As the coronavirus crisis deepens thousands of people are desperate for advice on how best to resolve their personal problems. One of the people out there who is working hard to help Czechs survive the crisis is writer, lawyer and former justice minister, Daniela Kovářová, who set up a Corona-helpline for the public in the spring.
The Czech Republic could begin the coronavirus vaccination process sometime around the turn of January-February 2021, Health Minister Jan Blatný said on Tuesday. In an ideal scenario, 70 to 80 % of the population should be inoculated, he said. However, a recent survey showed that the majority of the public does not want the vaccine.
The publishing house Kher was established by students of Romani language and culture at Charles University some eight years ago. The aim was to support and promote not just literature but use of the minority language itself. The latest book from Kher, which means “home” in Romani, is a collection of short stories about the spirits of the dead – an anthology published in large part thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.
The season of Advent is upon us. The word comes from the Latin “adventus”, which means arrival coming, as Christians awaited the second coming of Jesus. While for the faithful Advent is about repentance, it is also a joyful time, marked by traditional Czech goodies and music.
Regarded by many outsiders as a Romany ghetto, Brno’s Zábrdovice district is commonly referred to by the nickname “Bronx”. Now a new project entitled Městská galerie (Municipal Gallery) is brightening up the area with huge murals by leading Czech artists.
The administration of the Krkonoše National Park in the north-west of the Czech Republic has been reviving fruit orchards and alleys at the foothills of the country’s highest mountains. It has already planted dozens of fruit trees, mainly apples, pears and cherries, which used to be part of the landscape for centuries.
Minister of Finance Alena Schillerová plans to propose a reduction in value added tax (VAT) on period products, such as tampons and sanitary pads, to 10 percent from the current 21 percent. The news comes a week after Scotland became the first country in the world to make such products free and readily available for all.
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?
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.