This weekend in Prague: Mark 665 years of Charles Bridge with free entry to the bridge museum

On the anniversary of the start of construction of Charles Bridge, the museum devoted to the bridge will be free until 10 am. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 07.07.2022 16:25:00 (updated on 07.07.2022) Reading time: 4 minutes

Last chance for modern art and see a bit of student history

Post Digital Intimacy at DOX, The Kings of Majales at Kampa park

It's your last chance to see Post Digital Intimacy. The show at the National Gallery's Veletržní palác venue closes on July 10. Nine contemporary artists look at intimacy in the modern world. The same venue also has "Move: Intimacy as Resistance" until Oct. 9.

The outdoor exhibition The Kings of Majales is in Kampa park until July 27. The mounted posters explore the history of student celebrations in the communist era, including poet Allen Ginsberg's famous visit in 1965. The celebrations often took on the tone of political protest. Texts are in Czech and English.

Postcard for the 1946 Majales. Photo: Muzeum paměti XX. století.
Postcard for the 1946 Majales. Photo: Muzeum paměti XX. století.

An early morning anniversary plus a newly opened garden

Charles Bridge, Kryt Folimanka, and the Straka Academy garden

For early birds, there is the 665th anniversary of the start of construction of Charles Bridge. It is at 5:31 a.m. on July 9 on the Old Town side. The time for starting work was chosen by astrologers, who found the numerical palindrome of 135797531, for the year 1357 on the 9th of the 7th month at 5:31. The Charles Bridge Museum will be open for free until 10 a.m.

Charles Bridge at dawn.
Charles Bridge at dawn. Pixabay: TomasHa73

See inside one of Prague’s Cold-War era anti-nuclear shelters, Kryt Folimanka. Prague 2 opens up the complex under Folimanka park once a month, and the next time is July 9 from 9 am to 3 pm. The network of tunnels and rooms was able to support 1,300 people. Free admission, enter at Pod Karlovem Street. 

The renovated gardens of the Straka Academy, the seat of the Czech government, will open to the public for the first time on July 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and be open every Saturday during July and August. Paths were fixed, rose bushes and flowers were planted and the lawns were regenerated. Enter from  from Kosárkova nábreží.

The small recreational Točná Airport in Prague 12 will have an open house on July 9 from 1 a.m. to 6 p.m. People can see the aircraft, and if the weather is good some will take off.  

Unusual Spanish wine and a road trip

Degustation at Manifesto, riverside food fest in Mělník

Spain is the focus of the Orange Wine & Tapas Degustation at Manifesto Anděl on July 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. Orange wine is made from white grapes (not oranges) but the skins are left on during processing to create a unique color and flavor. There will also be live guitar music. Tickets can be booked online.

Not far from Prague in Mělník you can experience a day of food and family fun at Moře u Mělníka on July 9 at Mělnická náplavka. Food trucks will be on the river embankment, plus live music and a program for children.

Classic Czech cinema and recent hits at a discount

Cutting it Short, kino za kilo, and a Matrix sequel

Director Jiří Menzel’s classic Czech comedy Cutting it Short (Postřižiny), based on a book by Bohumil Hrabal, is screening with English subtitles at Kasárna Karlín on July 9 at 9:30 p.m. The story centers around life in a small town dominated by a brewery.  

Scene from 'Cutting it Short.' Photo: NFA
Scene from 'Cutting it Short.' Photo: NFA

Kino Pilotů is showing a series of recent films for CZK 100 per ticket under the banner Kino za kilo. English-friendly entries this weekend include "The Batman" on Saturday and "Dune" on Sunday. Seating is limited due to small rooms, so advance purchase is recommended.

The sci-fi film The Matrix Revolutions can be seen at Gabriel Loci, next to Kinský Garden in Prague 5, on July 10 at 9:15 p.m. The second sequel to "The Matrix" earned mixed reviews.

Dance on the islands

Carl Cox, a free festival, and Iceland's angry Hatari

The free dance-music festival Beat Picnic takes place on Střelecký ostrov on July 8 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Local DJs will play a relaxing mix of deep-house, minimal, electronica, lofi-house, downtempo, and house.

Techno star Carl Cox headlines Pure Open Air, a one-day electronic dance music festival at Štvanice ostrov on July 8, starting at 2 pm. There is also an indoor stage at Distrikt 7 starting at 10 pm.

Carl Cox in Ibiza in 2015. Photo: Wikimedia commons, CC By SA 4.0.
Carl Cox in Ibiza in 2015. Photo: Wikimedia commons, CC By SA 4.0.

Music festivals outside Prague this weekend include Masters of Rock, with Judas Priest, on July 7–10 at Vizovice and Mighty Sounds, featuring Dropkick Murphys, at Tábor on July 8–10.  

Icelandic anti-capitalist techno-pop group Hatari, which translates to "hater," brings their rage to MeetFactory on July 10. The concert is in cooperation with Rock for People.

A drag star visits plus some edgy comedy

Vanessa Van Cartier performs, and Adam & Eyal push the envelope

American and Israeli Stand up comedy act Adam & Eyal will perform their one-hour dark comedy solo show at Pracovna on July 8, They will hit on several taboo topics ranging from political correctness to toxic masculinity, so be warned.

Vanessa Van Cartier, winner of the second season of DragRace Holland, will be at P.M. Club & Cocktail bar on July 9. The evening will be filled with music and dancing from DJ White Cat as well as drag and burlesque performances. Read more about the Gay Agenda's summer events in our article.

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Vanessa Van Cartier. Photo via The Gay Agenda.

Carousels and circuses

Ride a carousel or learn some new tricks

The historical carousel near the Petřín Tower will be in operation until the end of September. It will soon have competition, as the carousel in Letná after years of delays will begin spinning again on July 11 and the public can ride as of July 12.

A circus workshop for childen and adults, led by experts from Cirk La Putyka, is ar Kulturní a rodinné centrum Knoflík on July 10, starting at 10 a.m., with different blocks of time for different ages. The working language is Czech, and space is limited so be sure to book in advance.

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