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Newsletter of Prague City Tourism, Issue 2/2019
Dear friends of Prague,

Welcome to the early-spring edition of our newsletter, full of tips for events for your next visit to Prague. Easter is just around the corner, as is the Prague Spring international music festival. Non-classical music aficionados should note this year’s editions of the Metronome and United Islands of Prague festivals. The Open House Prague festival will open doors to some 70 buildings ranging from palaces to contemporary structures, all free of charge. If you’re planning to visit Prague this spring, be sure to download or order our Prague:spring brochure, now available also in German. Below, take a look at our fall events preview, looking at September and October.

The Editors
 
 
Meet Prague neighbourhoods: Holešovice and Letná

Discover the “real” Prague – a living, changing, contemporary city just outside the historical centre. Take a look at our short guide to the Holešovice district with adjoining Letná: They are vibrant neighbourhoods dotted with offbeat landmarks, grand museums, hip galleries, industrial architecture, extensive parks, and lots of stylish bistros and cafés. Pick up the free guide from our info centres, order it online, or download it here.

Impressionism from Dawn to Dusk. Slovenian art 1870 – 1930; Prague Castle Riding School, 1 May – 16 September 2019

Over 450 works present one of the most fruitful periods of Slovenian art. In the early 20th century, Modernist painters such as Rihard Jakopič, Matej Sternen, Matija Jama, Ivan Grohar, and photographer Avgust Berthold created a unique local style blending elements of Art Nouveau and Symbolism with European Impressionism. The style played a major role in Slovenian national emancipation; many of the works will be shown in Prague for the first time in decades. More.

Dvořák Prague, Rudolfinum, 8 – 23 September 2019

The 12th edition of the classical music festival will again welcome elite orchestras and soloists from around the world. Among those performing will be the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, Essen Philharmonic, Neeme Järvi, Gil Shaham, Ivo Pogorelić. The festival will also witness a rare event – the world première of the first version of Dvořák’s opera The King and the Charcoal Burner. The tickets went on sale on 26 March. More.

Vintage Festivals – starting on 13 September 2019

Its long winemaking tradition, new trends, and its position in the middle of Europe make Prague a top wine destination. From still to sparkling, red to rosé, orange to white, there’s plenty to choose from; in early autumn, the range also expands to include burčák, a partially fermented grape juice. Historically, wine has been grown for centuries in Prague’s Troja and Vinohrady districts, as well as around Prague Castle. These, then, are the sites where the annual vintage festivals are held.

Signal Festival, 10 – 13 October 2019

The international festival of light will illuminate Prague once again this autumn. Fascinating, interactive and often playful light installations orchestrated by Czech and international light designers will appear on Prague’s streets, squares, and riversides. Large-format video-mapping projections will animate the façades of historical and modern buildings alike. Come experience the atmosphere of a radiant outdoor gallery in the centre of Prague! More.

Ariana Grande
8 September 2019

The incredible vocal range of the fresh Grammy holder will be on display at the O2 Arena in September. The singer will present both her collection of R&B & pop numbers from her brand-new Thank U, Next album and her older hits.

David Garrett & Vanessa Mae
1 & 17 October 2019

Moving back and forth between pop and classical music will be two world-renowned violinists, David Garrett (1 October) and Vanessa Mae (17 October). Both promise to delight audiences with their greatest hits. Vanessa Mae is co-designing her own show, adding another dimension to the overall experience.

Lolita
Première 3 October 2019

Shchedrin’s operatic Lolita, staged for the first time in Stockholm in 1994, is a courageous treatment of Nabokov‘s controversial best-seller. The new Prague production promises an original interpretation and visual splendour to the story of a passionate relationship between a 12-year-old schoolgirl and a literate 40-year-old. Conductor: Sergey Neller. English supertitles provided.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers. NHL season opener.
4 October 2019

The Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers will face off in the 2019/20 season opener, to be held in Prague on Friday 4. October at the O2 Arena. The Chicago-Philly game will historically be the fifth NHL game to be played in the Czech Republic.

4+4 Days in Motion
4 – 12 October 2019

The annual festival of contemporary art and movement features dance and other performances, exhibitions, guided walks, and more; bringing to life Prague’s historical buildings by means of combining architecture with art.

Designblok
17 – 21 October 2019

Central Europe‘s No.1 design event presents established brands as well as the work of young designers and studios. Over 200 exhibitors will participate, with events extending far beyond the central venue at Prague Exhibition Grounds – into galleries, showrooms, and pop-up shops throughout Prague, offering special programmes.

Prague:exchange – new rules
as of 1 April 2019

Although many businesses in Prague accept euros, the Czech crown is still the official currency in the Czech Republic and as such, sometimes useful to have. Changing money, however, can have its pitfalls. Hence our practical summary ensuring that your transaction is fair, safe and accurate.

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