Friday, 4 December 2020

Radio Prague

New doc highlights Frank Zappa's connections to Prague

Radio Prague |
2 December 2020

A new documentary on the late rock star Frank Zappa contains multiple references to Prague. Zappa was the first major Western musician to visit the city after the Velvet Revolution and performed his last ever concert there in 1991. But why was he so popular with the Czech underground?

Major new book commemorates "genius designer" Jan Kaplický

Radio Prague |
1 December 2020

The visionary world of architect Jan Kaplický is captured in the hugely impressive new coffee table book Jan Kaplický: Pro budoucnost a pro krásu (For the Future and for Beauty). The hefty monograph is the fruit of 10 years of work by his friend Ivan Margolius, himself also a Prague-born architect who made a life and career in the UK.

"It is unprecedented" – Report says Zeman requesting details on Russian espionage

Radio Prague |
1 December 2020

"It is unprecedented from a president, any state official in fact, to ask an intelligence agency to provide the names of spies that are being followed in the country," says former chief of Czech Military Intelligence, Andor Šándor, in an interview for Radio Prague.

Some households to save on electricity and gas bills in 2021

Radio Prague |
1 December 2020

Czech consumers will pay more or less the same for electricity and gas in 2021 as they have this year. The country's Energy Regulatory Office on Monday announced a 1.7 percent drop in the regulated price of electricity for households and 1.6 percent fall in the regulated component of natural gas prices.

Distance learning especially tough for foreign kids learning Czech

Radio Prague |
1 December 2020

With the easing of coronavirus restrictions, schoolchildren are gradually returning to the classroom, at least in part, much to the relief of parents. Distance learning has proved challenging for many students, especially for foreign children struggling with the Czech language.

The Holy Hill pilgrimage site with the Basilica of Our Lady

Radio Prague |
30 November 2020

This popular pilgrimage site with its Baroque complex of buildings and Basilica of Our Lady is located close to Olomouc city. It attracts thousands of believers and in 1995 was visited by Pope John Paul II.

Artist Míla Fürstová illustrates new edition of Kytice

Radio Prague |
30 November 2020

To mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Karel Jaromír Erben, one of the greatest Czech poets of all time, the London-based publishing house Jantar has released a special illustrated version of Kytice or A Bouquet of Folk Legends, Erben's famous collection of poems.

Prague municipality opens more shelters for the homeless to curb spread of coronavirus

Radio Prague |
30 November 2020

With the onset of winter weather Prague is preparing to open its shelters for the homeless. The municipality also wants to test homeless people for coronavirus and has special care facilities for those who test positive.

National Gallery exhibition sheds light on a Dutch master

Radio Prague |
27 November 2020

The nation's galleries and museums remain closed, but many continue to organise virtual exhibitions. Among the most ambitious is dedicated to one of the greatest painters of all time – Rembrandt – now at the National Gallery in Prague.

Lasvit translucent glasshouse headquarters awarded Czech Architecture Prize

Radio Prague |
27 November 2020

The headquarters of the Lasvit glass company in Nový Bor, combining historical timber-frame houses with a striking new building covered in translucent tiles, has won this year's annual Czech Architecture Prize. The international jury praised the Prague-based architecture studio ov-a for combining traditional values with modern design.

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