Video mapping, exhibits, and films: Prague marks one year since Ukraine invasion

Charity People In Need will hold a range of events this week that commemorate Ukrainians' suffering in the past 12 months.

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 22.02.2023 12:28:00 (updated on 22.02.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Czech charity People In Need is holding a series of events this week to mark one year since Russia’s widescale invasion of Ukraine, the organization writes in a press release. Those interested can see video mapping, film screenings, debates, and exhibitions in Prague.

A light display for a heavy topic

The building of the Interior Ministry, which is next to Letná park, will feature a light projection that aims to convey the mood of living in a country under attack.

People In Need has chosen Letná Plain as a place where people can congregate to see the light projection.

A second light projection will be displayed nearby and will feature a “time loop that will show the misery, destruction, and devastation that the people of Ukraine have been facing for a year,” said People in Need. The loop will be projected among trees.

“We chose this particular place because it is connected with Czech history. Any time something important happened in Czech history, it happened on Letná Plain.”

Milan Votypka, People in Need media coordinator

Screenings and debates

Several Czech theaters – such as the Prague National Theater – will organize special evenings featuring Ukrainian guests and screen Ukrainian films, ČTK reports. Some will also illuminate their buildings in the style of a Ukrainian flag. At Václav Havel Square (beside the National Theater) people are due to sing the Ukrainian national anthem on Thursday at 6 p.m.

The Prague Světozor cinema and the Prague Langhans Center will also hold exhibitions mapping the war in Ukraine. 

Světozor will Thursday also hold a talk on the Ukraine-Russia war featuring the director of People In Need, wherein guests will discuss the role of Russian propaganda in fueling the conflict.

At 4 p.m. on the same day, Oscar-nominated documentary A House Made of Splinters will be shown at Světozor. It portrays the atmosphere in a Ukrainian orphanage near the ongoing conflict. A debate on the status of child refugees in and outside of Ukraine will follow; registration via e-mail is needed.

The Langhans Center will from Thursday hold a virtual-reality gallery by artist Alberto Lores, showing the gradual deterioration of the situation in Ukraine. The exhibition will be held in Vodičkova street in Prague’s center.

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A rally outside the Ukrainian embassy preceded by a concert will also take place this Saturday. Speakers will include President-elect Petr Pavel and new British ambassador to Czechia, Matthew Field. The Million Moments for Democracy group has organized a march that, en route to the Ukrainian embassy, will pass by the Russian embassy.

IN FULL

For a full overview of the events organized by People In Need, check the official website or the Facebook page.

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