Obliged to close their doors to the public during the coronavirus pandemic, a wide range of Czech cultural, historical and religious institutions have begun offering an extended range of virtual tours and online programmes. Among the latest to do so is the magnificent St Wenceslas Cathedral in Olomouc – which is developing a 3D virtual reality tour with English-language commentary – while the annual Prague Spring international music festival, whose programme, of course, needs no translation, will broadcast live.
The first public performance of Vltava, one of the best known pieces by Bedřich Smetana, took place 145 years ago today. The famous composition, also known by its English title The Moldau, is part of a cycle of six symphonic poems, entitled Má Vlast or My Country. Its premiere took place on April 4, 1875.
Prague City Council, in cooperation with ticket portal GoOut, have launched a new initiative to support theatres, concert halls, clubs and other venues closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. As of April 1, people can buy a symbolic ticket for a non-existent show to help save their favourite culture venues.
Petra Valentová is a Czech-born, New York-based conceptual and multimedia artist whose work frequently explores questions of identity. With her adopted city greatly impacted by the coronavirus crisis, she discusses her latest projects and more in this interview from the Czech Center New York series Artists That Never Give Up in the City That Never Sleeps.
The Czech film industry expects to see a 75 percent drop in production by year’s end due to the coronavirus pandemic. The cinemas are closed, the production of foreign blockbusters and TV series have been suspended, and local filmmakers are all but restricted now to doing studio work. But it is not all bad news. Czech Film Commissioner Pavlína Žipková says development work is still pouring in, and most if not all big-money productions will likely return.
Impacted like so many others by coronavirus-related restrictions, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra has found a new way to reach audiences. It is relaying live video streams of concerts on Facebook twice a week, with the second in the series of 25 due for Friday at 20:00. I discussed the special project with orchestra director Jakub Čížek.
Tom Kotik is an artist and curator whose work often explores the intersection of sound and vision, as well as a musician with the band Sportsman’s Paradise. As New York comes under terrible pressure from the coronavirus pandemic, the Prague-born, Brooklyn-based Kotik discusses his latest projects and more in this interview from the Czech Center New York series Artists That Never Give Up in the City That Never Sleeps.
Painter Hana Shannon, whose works include the series Czechs Silhouettes, received classical training in Prague before settling in New York. With the Big Apple currently severely affected by the coronavirus crisis, she discusses her latest projects – and being personally affected by Covid-19 – in this interview from the Czech Center New York series Artists That Never Give Up in the City That Never Sleeps.
The highly successful Czech-born illustrator and author Petr Sís has been resident in New York for several decades. As the city comes under intense pressure from the coronavirus pandemic, he discusses his latest projects and more in this interview from the Czech Center New York series Artists That Never Give Up in the City That Never Sleeps.
With New York reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, the city’s Czech Center is now reaching the public online. As part of this new focus, it has created a series of interviews with well-known Czech figures in the city entitled Artists That Never Give Up in the City That Never Sleeps – and those interviews will also be appearing on Radio Prague International’s website in the coming days. I discussed the project with Czech Center New York director Miroslav Konvalina.