Monday, 16 September 2019

Bílá Labuť will be transformed into a Parisian-style shopping gallery |
11 September 2019

The iconic Bílá Labuť (White Swan) shopping center on Na Poříčí Street gears up for a reconstruction that's projected to cost half a billion Czech crowns. Czech Forbes writes that plans are underway to remake the 80-year-old department store into a modern European shopping gallery á la Galeries Lafayette in Paris.

Věra Jourová nominated to become a European Commission Vice President |
11 September 2019

Czech politician Věra Jourová has been nominated as one of eight vice presidents in the next European Commission, to be led by President-elect Ursula von der Leyen. Jourová will be responsible for values and transparency, and serve a term of five years once the new administration takes over.

Why you keep quitting Czech class and how to make your lessons really stick |
10 September 2019

Foreigners who don't learn the Czech language often give a plethora of excuses for not doing so: it's difficult, time-consuming, expensive. A new Czech language school for foreigners opening this month in Vinohrady says that it's devoted to making the experience as stress-free as possible.

Betlémské náměstí hosts live music, exhibitions, tours for a cultural night |
10 September 2019

The eighth edition of the cultural block party Betlémská kulturní noc will take place in and around Betlémské náměstí on September 10, with events from 3 pm to midnight.

Restored Ecstasy soars but The Painted Bird gets only minor prize at Venice festival |
10 September 2019

Two Czech films took prizes at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, one of cinema's top three annual events.

Prague's animal rescue station will be completely modernized |
10 September 2019

Prague City Hall is preparing to completely rebuild its wild animal rescue station in Jinonice so it meets modern standards. In October the city and its subsidiary organization Lesy hl. m. Prahy will apply for a joint zoning permit and building permit.

Czech Republic among the world's most frequently intoxicated nations |
9 September 2019

Who buys the most drugs from the darknet? Who feels guiltiest after a night out? And which country's citizens consume the most pot? All of these questions and more were part of the eighth annual Global Drug Survey (GDS), which compiled data from 123,814 people living in 30 countries to analyze patterns of drug and alcohol use worldwide.

Giant pandas, cartoon characters and bubble makers will get the boot from Old Town Square |
9 September 2019

Giant pandas, cartoon characters and bubble makers will get the boot from Old Town SquareA draft amendment will ban oversized animal costumes and people making bubbles from Prague's Old Town Square and other locations. This will be in line with promises to reduce what the current City Hall administration calls "visual smog" in the crowded city center.

Prague City Hall has closed 11 exchange offices, but only on city-managed property |
9 September 2019

Dishonest exchange offices are vanishing from city property, but still can be found on private property, Prague City Hall has closed 11 exchange offices so far. This includes offices that were recently shuttered in Old Town Square, Můstek, and Wenceslas Square.

Prague City Hall commits to building Museum of Memory of 20th century |
6 September 2019

Prague has made a commitment to opening museum exploring totalitarianism in the 20th century, tough many details including the location still need to be worked out. Three groups in the city's coalition — Pirates, United Force for Prague and Praha sobě — agreed on the idea, and City Hall intends to pursue it as part of its agenda.

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