This weekend in Prague: Vltava Day kicks off a new season of riverside fun

Plus: Street-food fests return, Thurston Moore plays at Meet Factory, and much more.

Ioana Caloianu

Written by Ioana Caloianu Published on 16.03.2023 17:00:00 (updated on 16.03.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes


Contemporary art|Polish artist Magdalena Kleszyńska's exhibition Maps of Memories is at Pragovka Gallery until March 30. A long-term researcher on the relationship between man and memory, Kleszyńska focuses her attention on human stories and places them in the context of the past and the lived present. 

Architecture and design|An exhibition at the Winternitz villa celebrating the work of architect Jan Kaplický has been extended until March 30. Photographs of Kaplický's designs for the apartment of former director of the Design Museum in London, Deyan Sudjic, as well as interior furnishings, are on display at the villa, which is an architectural gem designed by Adolf Loos and Karel Lhota.

The Winternitz villa. Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Palickap under CC BY 4.0.
The Winternitz villa. Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Palickap under CC BY 4.0.


Mesmerizing opera|The Met production of German composer Richard Wagner's opera Lohengrin is at Kino Aero on March 18 (with English and Czech subtitles). Directed by François Girard, who left brought his unique visual style to the production, and conducted by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the production, which premiered last month, has tenor Piotr Beczała in the role of the swan knight.

Surrealist master|The film festival Luis Buñuel - a major retrospective brings the father of Surrealism's best works to Kino Ponrepo in cooperation between the National Film Archive, the Embassy of the United States of Mexico, and the Instituto Cervantes in Prague. The Exterminating Angel is on the big screen this weekend on March 18 (in the original Spanish with Czech subtitles).

Bulgarian films|The 15th edition of the Bulgarian Film Festival takes place at Kino Lucerna between March 16 and 19. Come see some of the most interesting Bulgarian films made last year (in the original version with English and Czech subtitles), linked by this year's theme, which is rebellion.


Electronic music|British DJ Mark Knight is a Grammy-award nominated producer who has worked with The Black Eyed Peas, the singer Skin, and numerous other diverse recording artists. Following several sold-out performances at Prague’s Roxy Club, the house music heavyweight is back for a unique club night experience in the same venue on March 17.

Songs for Ukraine|Ukrainian singer Jerry Heil performs at Retro Music Hall on March 19. The artist, who is also a YouTuber, had several top 5 hits in Ukraine. One of her most recent songs, "When God shut the door," combines a catchy pop melody with lyrics in English and Ukrainian inspired by the Russian invasion of the country. Part of the profits from the concert goes towards supporting Ukraine.

Rock pioneer|Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore will play at the Meet Factory together with his Thurston Moore Group and guest act Seafoam Walls. In addition to Moore, the first band's lineup includes Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe and This Is Not This Heat guitarist James Sedwards. 


Stories from Ukraine|The play Eight short compositions from the life of Ukrainians for a Western audience premieres at Divadlo Archa on March 17, with another performance on March 18. As the title suggests, the production shows performers from different European countries reacting to the text with movement, singing, and music. Part of the performance is a projection of author Anastasiia Kosodia's text in Czech and English.


Street food fests|Smíchovská náplavka will host the Street Food Fest on March 18, bringing a wide range of food offers, from Belgian fries and French charcuterie to smoked fish, pizza in a cone, and churros. On the other side of the river, Karlín Market on March 19 brings together street food gastronomy, and live music from brass band Brass Avenue.


Free boat rides| Vltava Day marks the start of the season on the river that runs through Prague on March 19 with free boat rides. Additionally, the All-Vltava Association organized a series of activities taking place on and near the water, such as sailing songs from the marine band Matylda, a parade of steamer ships, and free entrance to the Charles Bridge Museum and to the exhibition of Navalis photographs.

View of Vltava. Photo: iStock / Kateryna Kukota
View of Vltava. Photo: iStock / Kateryna Kukota


Green living|The upcoming weekend at Centrum Černý Most is all about sustainability. The Everyday Green banner reunites a wide range of activities, although most of them are in Czech. Some that could prove language barrier-free are swapping, an event where you can trade books, indoor plants, or even children's clothes with other people; a thematic photo booth; and a pop-up with natural cosmetics.

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