Monday, 18 November 2019

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Cold War "king of Šumava" story brought to life in new film by Irish director

Radio Prague |
4 November 2019

One of the highlights of this year's Jihlava festival of documentary films was the Czech premiere of Kings of Šumava, which combines real interviews with animation to tell the gripping story of border guard turned cross-border agent Josef Hasil.

Study: Czech children more active than their peers

Radio Prague |
4 November 2019

Czech children are more active than their peers in other parts of the world when it comes to spending their free time, suggests an international study carried out by experts from the Palacký University in Olomouc. According to the survey, nearly 90 percent of Czech kids attend some after-school classes. However, an increasing number of them also spend time at their computers.

Honey production down by 15 percent

Radio Prague |
4 November 2019

The Czech Republic's honey production is expected to be very low this year, Czech Radio reported this week. According to data from the Czech Beekeeper's Union, Czech honey production will be about 15 percent lower than last year. One of the main reasons behind the drop in honey production are unfavourable weather conditions, namely a cold spring and dry summer, which resulted in a lack of nourishment. Some bee colonies were also decimated by diseases, especially by the Varroa mites.

Czech Radio building among new national cultural monuments sites symbolising the struggle for freedom

Radio Prague |
1 November 2019

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the Ministry of Culture will designate seven sites as 'national cultural monuments'. All of them are tied to the Czech nation's struggle to secure freedom or rid itself of Nazi or Soviet oppression. Among them is the Czech Radio building in Prague, a focal point of resistance both in 1968 and at the close of WWII.

Roma children's choir Chavorenge and members of the Czech Philharmonic perform in UK

Radio Prague |
1 November 2019

The Romany singer Ida Kelarová and her Chavorenge Children's Choir together with musicians from the Czech Philharmonic performed at the Phoenix Concert Hall in Croydon, southern England on Thursday evening.

US academic: Tomas Garrigue Masaryk had strong support base at University of Chicago

Radio Prague |
1 November 2019

Czech Immigrants first started settling in Chicago in the 1850s and continued in several waves in the 20th century. Today the city has the biggest number of Czech-Americans living in the US, with localities known as "Prague" and "Pilsen".

Poll suggests a third of Czech children contribute to the cost of school accessories

Radio Prague |
1 November 2019

One-third of Czech children contribute to the cost of their school accessories from their pocket money, according to a poll conducted at the start of the school year by the STEM/MARK agency.

Mozart balls: a portrait of the bittersweet life of Jihlava-born painter Barbara Krafft

Radio Prague |
31 October 2019

If asked to picture Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in your mind's eye, odds are you will conjure up one of two images of the Austrian composer – both of which have Czech artistic roots, albeit centuries apart. If not the lead actor from Miloš Forman's Oscar-winning film Amadeus, the image in your head is likely a posthumous portrait by Jihlava native Barbara Krafft.

Plamen issuing 'Steel Strings and Iron Curtains' album of Kryl, Nohavica tunes in English

Radio Prague |
31 October 2019

Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, an eclectic group of musicians based in the United States has recorded a special album of songs written by Czech songwriters Karel Kryl and Jaromír Nohavica. Called 'Steel Strings and Iron Curtains – Songs that Ignited the Downfall of Communism', it features a number of subversive tunes never before recorded in English.

Czechia drops to 157th place in World Bank building permit clearance ranking

Radio Prague |
31 October 2019

The Czech Republic has dropped a peg to 157th place among 190 countries when it comes to the ease of obtaining a building permit, according to the World Bank's annual Doing Business report.

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