Thursday, 19 September 2019

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Czechs increasingly fond of energy drinks

Radio Prague |
6 September 2019

The sales of energy drinks in the Czech Republic have been booming in recent years. In 2018, the market with energy drinks increased by 2.4 billion crowns, the website Aktualnce.cz reported on Thursday. The results were published by the company Al-Namura, producer of the Big Shock! energy drink.

Czech opera singers demand 'auditions' for top National Theatre posts

Radio Prague |
6 September 2019

National Theatre artists, mainly opera singers, are threatening to strike if the newly appointed culture minister rejects their demand to open selection processes to replace their current bosses and increase "transparency" at the institution.

World-renowned surrealist Jan Švankmajer turns 85

Radio Prague |
5 September 2019

One of the world's most acclaimed surrealist filmmakers Jan Švankmajer turned 85 on Wednesday. His signature surreal style influenced other major artists such as Terry Gilliam and Jose Garcia Moreno.

Václav Havel exhibition opens in New York

Radio Prague |
5 September 2019

A new exhibition dedicated to the late Czech president, playwright and dissident Václav Havel will open at the National Bohemian Hall in New York on Thursday, launching a series of events marking the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia.

Serial Killer festival founder: original Czech humour travels, but 'Nordic Noir' TV must die

Radio Prague |
5 September 2019

Serial Killer – billed as the first international festival of TV and web series in Central and Eastern Europe – is the brainchild of Kamila Zlatušková, a former vice-dean of Prague's famous FAMU film school and seasoned TV professional. Inspired by the likes of France's Series Mania and the Edinburgh television festival, Serial Killer seeks out provocative original stories with novel approaches to telling them.

Czechs renting homes spend more than homeowners

Radio Prague |
5 September 2019

Czechs living in rented homes spend more than homeowners, according to a study by the Partners consulting agency, presented on Wednesday. On average, Czechs renting a home pay 1800 crowns a month more than those who own their home. At the same time, flats are rented mostly by people with lower income. The survey suggests Czechs prefer to live in their own homes. More than three quarters of those asked regard it as an undisputable advantage, while another 13 percent think it is a major advantage.

Orbis Pictus - Comenius's groundbreaking book for children

Radio Prague |
4 September 2019

A new exhibition, marking the start of the school year, got underway at the National Museum in Prague on Monday. It is dedicated to the 17th century Czech philosopher and thinker Jan Ámos Komenský or Comenius, known as 'The Teacher of Nations', and focuses on his most famous work for children, called Orbis Pictus.

Plant-based "meat" going strong, but not everyone is cheering

Radio Prague |
4 September 2019

Plant-based "meat" is gaining popularity the world over and it is not just vegetarians who are jumping on the bandwagon. Chicken strips, patties, burgers or sausages made from plant substitutes are now widely available in the Czech Republic and despite the high price many are willing to give them a try.

Fear of EU directive makes Czechs hurry to secure building permits

Radio Prague |
4 September 2019

Czechs are racing to file applications for building permits, with official figures showing that the number of applications in the first half of 2019 was the highest in 10 years. The main reason appears to be an EU directive that will make building more expensive from 2020, when stricter environmental rules come in. However, representatives of both business and government say that modern technologies will help save money in the long term.

Why are Czech students less happy to be back in school than their global peers?

Radio Prague |
3 September 2019

Most children in the Czech Republic returned to school on Monday following the summer break. Compared to their peers worldwide, however, fewer look forward to being back in the classroom. This stems in part from a lack of positive feedback and individual attention from teachers, but also a lack of support from classmates, various studies show.

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