Thursday, 23 May 2019

Speed Caravan, World Press Photo and A Film With Me In It

By Kateřina Heilmann, Linda Witters | Prague Daily Monitor |
23 September 2009

Architecture Week invites everyone to celebrate the beautiful city that is Prague from 21 September to 4 October. With discussions, events, openings, and more, AW provides an opportunity for both professionals and interested non-professionals to learn and understand contemporary architecture in Prague. A full list of events can be found on their website.

One building will get a special attention on Saturday. The Prague Run-Up kicks off on 26 September at the City Tower as competitors fight to race up the 27 floors of the highest tower in the country. Open to men and women of all ages, plenty of prizes await, which include an air balloon trip for two people.

Fans of Guinness should make their way to the Irish bar Caffrey’s in Prague starting on September 24 for a one-week festival to celebrate 250 years of the famous Irish beer. The celebration will also showcase varieties of Irish cuisine and its interpretations in India, Jamaica, Wales, and more, as well as beer cocktails and oysters with beer.

If all that beer makes you wanna dance, make your way to Žižkov. The guitarist Stevie Salas will be merging sounds with singer Bernard Fowler at Palác Akropolis on 24 September. Having worked with the Rolling Stones, George Clinton, and other music legendaries, the two will combine their individual styles for a night of genre-mashing music. Tickets, which can be purchased via Ticketpro or at Palac Akropolis, are 350 CZK if bought the day before and CZK 400 on the day of the performance.

Speed Caravan, which creates music that is self-described as a "wonderful blend of traditional Algerian influences, electronic beats, and raw rock energy", will be performing at the Palac Akropolis on 25 September. For previews on what the show may be like, visit the group's Myspace page for videos and more.

Re-live last year’s rollercoaster of events at the World Press Photo exhibition in Karolinum, which starts on September 18 and continues till 11 October. Featuring events shot by photographers all over the world, the exhibition is open daily from 10am to 6pm.

The Czech Republic is famous for its history of marionette puppet theatre, and a new museum dedicated to the art has opened in Plzeň. To learn more about puppet theatre, visit the Muzeum Loutek between 10 – 6 pm on Tuesdays to Sundays.

If by any chance you are planning a trip to northern Moravia, here is what you can go see. The Ostrava? Kamera Oko film festival will commence on 25 September in the Moravian city, showing 100 films over 10 busy days. With cinematography as its focus, the festival includes international and Czech pieces, student films, and a retrospective program dedicated to the works of legendary Czech cinematographers like Miroslav Ondříček. The festival will also pay tribute to its host city by playing films made in and by film figures from Ostrava. Tickets, which cost CZK 50, can be purchased at any of the six screening venues.

The films shown at the upcoming Manhattan Short Film Festival will take you around the world, as the 10 final works that will be shown were chosen from 428 submissions coming from 36 countries. Following its mission to unite the world through film, the Manhattan Short Cinema network will show the final films in 173 cities within one week. Catch the movies on 25 to 26 September at Kino Světozor in Prague.

Ian Fitzgibbon's "A Film With Me In It", which won the Special Jury Prize at the 28th International Istanbul Film Festival, will premiere in the Czech Republic this Thursday. A black comedy, the film follows an unlucky actor and his friend as they try to make sense of the dead bodies that start to pile up around them and record the bizarre events in script.

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.