This weekend in Prague: Warm up with fun fall festivities

Plus: A trio of new photo exhibits, a Ukrainian retelling of "Waiting for Godot" and plenty of pumpkins for little munchkins.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 13.10.2022 18:00:00 (updated on 14.10.2022) Reading time: 5 minutes

ART

Photograph by John Wehrheim
Photograph by John Wehrheim
  • An exhibition marking the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor famine and humanitarian disaster in Soviet Ukraine between 1932 and 1933 opens at the National Library in Klementinum Friday and runs through Dec. 10.
  • The yearly edition of the Czech Press Photo competition was officially launched yesterday at the Czech Photo Center with an exhibition of Ukrainian photographers Evgenia Maloletka and Mstyslav Chernov on the Russian siege of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. It runs through Dec. 4.
  • John Wehrheim: Paradise Lost Photographyopened yesterday at the Prague City Gallery – House at the Stone Bell. The exhibition shows a complete set of Wehrheim’s photographs as well as a documentary on his primary subject, a 1969 hippie settlement on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. It runs through Jan. 8, 2023. 
  • For the tenth time, and after a four-year break, Signal Festival takes place in locations across Prague from Thursday to Sunday. Impressive lights and dance shows will be on display, featuring gallery zones with large-scale projections. The majority of the festival, which is the most-visited cultural event in the country, is free of charge, with some sections requiring an entry fee.

FOOD & DRINK

Chocolates at Galerie Harfa. Photo via Facebook/Nikol.B photography.
Chocolates at Galerie Harfa. Photo via Facebook/Nikol.B photography.
  • Autentista wine bar celebrates its third birthday Friday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. at its location in the heart of the Old Town. The stunning space devoted to natural wines from Bohemia and Moravia will serve light bites in addition to its bottles of liquid delight.
  • ČokoFest at Galerie Harfa starts on Friday, Oct. 14. The family-friendly event includes an exhibition of the history of chocolate, cooking with chocolate, chocolate workshops, tastings, an entertainment program, and competitions with prizes. To sweeten the deal, entrance is free.

FILM

FEATURED EMPLOYERS

  • “Triangle of Sadness” plays at Edison Filmhub on Saturday, Oct. 15. The Cannes-awarded satirical black-comedy by Swedish director Ruben Östlund explores the relationship between power and beauty as protagonists stranded on a desert island fight for survival.
  • A screening of “Moonage” at Dlabačov cinema on Sunday, Oct. 16, explores pop icon David Bowie's creative and musical journey. The film, created by award-winning U.S. documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen, examines Bowie's life and inspiration for his chart-topping hits.
  • The Bollywood Film Festival runs through Oct. 15 at Kino Světozor, with a festive afterparty on Oct. 14. at Futurum Music Bar. Read more in our article.

THEATER & PERFORMANCE

  • “Cirkus Cirkus” international circus festival sees the circus come to town this weekend (Oct. 14 and 15) - multiple times over! Now in its sixth year, this is one of the largest and most prestigious festival circuses on the globe.
  • “Waiting for H” at Divadlo Na Prádle on Friday offers an introspective approach to the human spirit and how we become “better” people (the "H" stands for human). The play, based on Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” is a collaboration between the Ukrainian theater company Yellow & Blue and the Prague Shakespeare Company.
  • Karlín Musical Theater presents "Holmes, The Legend," a musical retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story on Friday and Saturday. In Czech with English subtitles.

LIVE MUSIC

  • Russian rapper Morgenshtern comes to Malá sportovní hala on Saturday night. The artist has 1.3 million monthly listeners on Spotify with songs topping the Spotify charts in his home country (following the Russian invasion of Ukraine the anti-Putin artist moved to Dubai).
  • Carpenter Brut, a dark synth artist with a bass-heavy, electro-music vibe takes to the Roxy stage on Oct. 15. His sound evokes a timely nostalgia for 1980s horror movies.
  • Estas Tonne, a flamboyant guitarist from Ukraine, plays at Hybernia Theatre on Oct. 13. Expect a wide variety of tunes from this musician, who describes himself “as a modern-day troubadour.”

MARKETS & SWAPS

Find vintage treasure on Veverka street / illustrative image
  • Festival Mini sees 90 Czech and Slovak brands and shops for the entire family descend at Pražská tržnice on Saturday. Shop for a selection of clothes, toys, books, cosmetics, furniture, and accessories. The area includes a playground, creative workshops, a café, and a quiet zone.
  • Autumn Swap in Kbely lets you swap til you drop Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a maximum of 15 pieces of women's clothing and accessories in clean and in excellent condition to the swap; take home as many pieces as you'd like. The remaining clothes are donated to charity. Entrance is CZK 70 and prior registration is required.
  • Café Ad Astra continues its popular Sunday charity bazaar from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Donate clothes to the café between Oct. 1 and 15; proceeds from the sale of the items support the cafe's employees, who are people with disabilities. Remaining clothes are donated to socially disadvantaged families. Each item at the bazaar will cost CZK 30.

SPORTS

The Czech Republic picked up the win on the soccer field. Photo:  Juan Salamanca/Pexels:
Soccer field: Juan Salamanca/Pexels
  • The Gladiator Race on Oct. 14-15 at the Čihadla nature park on the outskirts of Prague features water, mud, and both traditional and unconventional obstacles, and varied running terrain to keep runners on their toes. Competitions for the little ones and a nighttime color show make it a family affair.
  • Czechia faces off against Finland in the European Championship in American football, Sunday, Oct. 16. Die-hard fans will have to head to Ústí nad Labem where the kick-off time is 1 p.m. The core of the Czech team consists of players from the Prague Black Panthers.
  • Fans of soccer can stay in Prague for a match between Bohemians 1905 and Sigma SK Olomouc on Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. The Kangaroos currently rank fourth in the Czech football league, while their rivals rank seventh.

FAMILY

Carousel at Manifesto Market. Photo: Manifesto /
Carousel at Manifesto Market. Photo: Manifesto / Václav Miškovský
  • The Halloween-themed Spooky Brunch & Beats starts at 11 a.m. at Manifesto Market on Sunday. Kids can enjoy Halloween-themed games and activities; grown-ups can enjoy a live performance by Brazilian singer Gabriel Guerreiro. The event is free of charge and includes Spooky Hot Chocolate with marshmallows from SOOT bar.
  • The Botanical Garden in Troja offers pumpkin-themed fun on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. with creative workshops such as painting pebbles, making paper pumpkins, or playing with leaf prints. The entire family can enjoy a pumpkin-based menu at the food stalls, which also sell mulled wine.
  • Dům dětí a mládeže in Prague 8 hosts a Midnight Circus from Saturday at 10 a.m. to Sunday at 12 p.m., an occasion to admire jugglers, dancers, fortune tellers, clowns, and the House of Horrors. All the attractions are under one roof, and the entrance is free of charge. The cherry on the cake is the show on Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m., for which the admission is CZK 50.

OPEN DAY

Minion at Folimanka Park. Photo: Facebook / Petr Cífka
Minion at Folimanka Park. Photo: Facebook / Petr Cífka
  • Come and see one of the largest civil protection shelters in Prague at Folimanka. The tour takes place on Saturday between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free of charge, and is suitable for children and seniors. The municipal staff as well as volunteers are available on-site to answer your questions about the shelter and its history in Czech, English, and Russian.
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