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Saturday night city skate, Prague defenestration, melon carving and Sázavafest

By Kateřina Heilmann | Prague Daily Monitor |
29 July 2009

Inline skating has a tradition in Prague. You see many people skating at popular locations such as Ladronka and Letná park on nice summer days. Beginning this Saturday, Prague will have a new attraction, the night mass inline skate. This fun activity during which skaters get several kilometers of streets to themselves to explore a city accompanied by music and like-minded people has become a popular attraction in London, Munich, Amsterdam, New York and other places. The adventurers of the Prague skate will meet at Palackého náměstí at 7:30pm. The skate will wind through various parts of the city to finish back at the starting point. Full protective gear is recommended.

A reenactment of the 1419 Defenestration of Prague, which involved the killing of seven members of the city council by a crowd of radical Czech Hussites and led to the Hussite Wars, will take place on the event's 590th anniversary this coming Friday. The event, to be held in front of the New Town Hall on Karlovo náměstí from 5pm to 8pm, will offer a puppet show, medieval music and a historical market with snacks such as bread baked in a replica mobile oven made according to a 15th century design. The reenactment itself will start at 7pm when a procession led by Jan Želivský will storm city hall and throw the council members out of the window.

To explore more from the rich history of Prague, take a look at the collection of some of the most significant archeological findings made in Prague during the last 250 years; now on display at the Museum of the City of Prague. Or you can follow the urban development of the Old Town and New Town riverbanks at a photo exhibition currently open at Staroměstská town hall under the name Proměny města (urban transformation).

On Saturday and Sunday, contemporary jazz musicians centered around Prague's Agharta Jazz Centre will play in Old Town Square between 2 and 8pm. The Prague Jazz Week festival will then move to Agharta club on Železná street with a series of evening concerts featuring young jazz pianists.

It turns out that the art of melon carving goes way beyond fruit salad. To catch some carving action, visit the Festival of Melons and the First European Melon Carving Championship at Zličín shopping centre on 31 July and 1 August. The event, organised by the Czech Carving Studio, will include carving and eating contests and other activities for adults and children.

Australian musician and medicine man Vimal Darpan, singer-sitar player Maureen Ji and multi-instrumentalist Ravi are guests at a public party hosted by the Troja Botanical Garden in Prague on 30 July. Audience members can enjoy the gardens by night while chilling out to electronic and ethnic sounds and the shamanic grooves of the Temple of Glowing Sound. Tea and coconut beverages and relaxing massages will also be on offer. The event starts at 7pm.

Visitors of the annual open-air Sázavafest in Kácov near Kutná Hora and the Sázava river can again catch an exciting array of multigenre music and other acts. The festival, which runs from 30 July to 2 August, boasts a long lineup of local artists plus overseas crows-pleasures such as New York Ska Jazz Ensemble; UK funky-acid-jazz outfit Freak Power; Dutch alternative rock band the Gathering; Speed Caravan, led by Algerian guitarist Mehdi Haddaba; and Moby, who's back at Sázava with his latest album Wait for Me.

Kateřina Heilmann is a staff writer and translator at the Monitor. She likes writing about cycling and culture.
You can reach her at katerina@praguemonitor.com. You can read more of her stories here.