The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra announced on Monday that its planned tour
this September of China will not take place.
It said that Chinese authorities had postponed the concert tour indefinitely, without explanation. But earlier, they had threatened to do so over statements made by Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) in support of Taiwan and Tibet.
After being elected mayor in November, Hřib reportedly pushed to remove a clause in a sister-city agreement between Prague and Beijing stating that Taiwan is Chinese territory, in line with the Communist country’s “One China” policy.
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra was due to tour China from 17 September to 5 October.
Directors of all Czech Centres, agencies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
charged with promoting the country abroad, are now holding their annual
week-long meeting in Prague.
Topping the agenda are preparations to mark the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in November.
Czech Centre directors will also discuss a new programme strategy to effectively highlight accomplishments of Czech scientists, deepen cooperation with foreign universities, and teach the Czech language abroad.
There are 24 Czech Centre branches around the world, including its headquarters in downtown Prague and the Czech House in Moscow. Last year, they organised more than 2,000 events (exhibitions, fairs, lectures and presentations), receiving more than 2.8 million visitors.
The Ministry of Defence is looking to spend nearly 1 billion crowns to
replace the country’s ageing fleet of tanks and 2.3 billion crowns to buy
two military transport aircraft.
Minister of Defence Lubomír Metnar is expected to present details to the government on Monday about the proposed purchases.
The MoD wants to buy 33 tanks of the T-72M4CZ variety, an upgraded Czech version of the Soviet-made T-72 battle tanks, and two new CASA C-295MW transport aircraft. The order price includes spare parts and training.
Police raided a large-scale illegal cigarette factory in the Liberec region
at the weekend and detained a foreign national allegedly running it on
charges of tax evasion.
A spokesman for a special police unit for fighting organized crime (NCOZ) said agents had seized nine tons of raw tobacco in addition to equipment.
The accused planned to import machinery and several tons of raw tobacco to expand the illegal cigarette production line, NCOZ spokesman Jaroslav Ibehej said.
The handball players of the year were announced on Sunday. They are
national goalkeeper Martin Galia and national team captain Iveta Luzumová.
Galia, who plays for Górnik Zabrze, was awarded the honour for a second time. Luzumová, a striker for Thüringer HC, defended her title and has now received the honour four times in her career.
Some 40,000 people attended this year’s Prague Quadrennial, the world’s
largest exhibition of performance design and theatre architecture,
organisers announced on Sunday. The Golden Triga Prize for best exposition
was awarded to a team of authors from North Macedonia for their project
This Building Truly Talks.
Prague Quadrennial was established in 1967 to bring the best of design for performance, scenography, and theatre architecture. The event traditionally takes place at Prague’s Exhibition Grounds and brings hundreds of events covering all kinds of modern dramatic and visual arts.
The Czech-led experimental archaeological expedition Monoxylon III returned
to the Czech Republic on Sunday. The team of architects from University of
Hradec Králové covered 400 kilometres in the Aegean Sea in a replica of
an 8,000-year-old vessel, chiselled out from a single trunk.
The aim of the expedition was to trace ancient sea routes and verify hypotheses about human migration in the Neolithic age. Members of the expedition will present their findings at a press conference at the Hradec Králové University on Monday.
Members of the Association for the Renewal of the Marian Column gathered on
Prague’s Old Town Square on Sunday, collecting signatures in support of
rebuilding the structure that stood there until 1918.
On Saturday, sculptor Petr Váňa again attempted to start rebuilding the column, placing part of a balustrade in its original location. His first attempt was thwarted by the police on grounds that he did not have the required permit to close off part of the square. Mr. Váňa claims that he has planning permission for the column.
The original Marian column, built in 1650, was regarded by some as a symbol of Austrian rule and was torn down by an angry mob shortly after Czechoslovakia was founded.