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Shakuhachi, Fresh Film and Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet

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One of the biggest concerts this year in Prague will take place Thursday as Madonna brings her Sticky & Sweet Tour to town. About 40,000 people are expected to attend the event in Chodov, Prague 4. Tickets are still available from CZK 995. Unless you have a ticket, avoid the area as it will be a mess. But if you have to be there, take the metro. It will run almost every 2 minutes.

Since Strahov can no longer be used as a venue for concerts and Letná is out of question due to the tunnel construction, Chodov could become the city’s new concert venue. But only if Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet is not too noisy and messy. The locals who have been protesting the show for months are prepared to measure the level of noise during the performance and report it if necessary.

Faith No More is coming to Prague Monday 17 August as part of their reunion tour. This American alternative metal band from California broke up in 1998 only to announce 11 years later they would perform again with the original lineup. Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, Bill Gould, Jon Hudson and Mike Patton will take the stage at Tesla Arena at 7:30 pm. The last tickets available are for the seats on the upper balcony.

Japanese music, especially the shakuhachi bamboo flute, will be the focus of the Prague Shakuhachi Summer School whose third season is opening in Prague on Friday. Professional shakuhachi musicians from around the world will perform their traditional as well as avant-garde pieces in collaboration with electronic music and other contemporary styles. An exhibition featuring multimedia installations of young artists created in cooperation with the shakuhachi musicians will be part of the event taking place at New Town Hall through Tuesday 18 August.

The Prague’s largest vineyard, the St Claire vineyard in Troja, is a good place to be for wine tasting or just an afternoon walk. In addition to wine and the view, on Sunday there will be music, theatre, pottery and a wide range of delicious snacks from the countryside as part of the annual Trojské posvícení celebrations. This year’s event, organised by the Botanical Garden, is inspired by the 1930s; bring a period costume and you may win a prize. To get there, take the 112 bus from the Holešovice metro stop to Kovárna. The festivities run from 12 until 10 p.m.

The Karlovy Vary spa town is once again the venue of film. The 6th Fresh Film Fest opens today with a large array of student and debut feature films from 35 countries. The event will feature five competition selections, two of which will focus on Central European student film and Czech independent movies. Fresh Classics will offer a retrospective of late theatre artist Petr Lébl. Tickets are available from CZK 150 for a single day to CZK 390 for all five days. The festival ends Sunday 16 August.

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