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Newsletter of Prague City Tourism, Issue 4/2019
Dear friends of Prague,

you can look forward to our next newsletter in a new format. In this edition we want to invite you to the current exhibition of French Impressionists, the upcoming festivals of Dvořák Prague and Letní Letná and palatable events like the Foodparade and wine harvest festivals. You’ll find more and equally interesting tips here. This issue also serves to remind you of our novelties and key events to look forward to in early 2020.

The Editors
 
 
Prague:1989 – 30 Years of Freedom

This autumn, the Czech Republic will be enjoying the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which brought back freedom and democracy after 40 years of Communist oppression. To mark the occasion, we have prepared a brochure as well as a special landing page, where you’ll find not just an overview of events in Prague commemorating the anniversary, but also a summary of major events, profiles of key figures and an overview of where the events of 1989 took place. You can get the brochure free of charge at our Tourist Information Centres or download it here.

New: Congress Information Booth

Prague City Tourism offers congress and conference organizers the option to hire an infobooth staffed by professional and language-proficient personnel from our Tourist Information Centres. The proposition also includes our maps and brochures. For an inquiry form and more information, see here.

Beautiful Madonnas, 20 November 2019 – 19 April 2020

Around the year 1400, Europe delighted in showing the Virgin and Holy Mother elegantly poised, young, crowned, holding baby Jesus in a weaning robe – beautiful Madonnas. A new exhibition in the beautiful Gothic interiors of the St Agnes Convent will display some thirty major works of the beautiful Solnohrady format, some of them shown for the first time. You can combine your visit to the exhibition with a walk through the convent gardens featuring sculptures by contemporary artists, or take a look around the permanent exhibition of medieval art. More.

State Opera reopening – 5 January 2020

Take a trip down memory lane and revisit our majestic State Opera’s landmark historical events by way of an operatic gala show, with which the theatre reopens to the public after three years of extensive reconstruction. The Neo-Renaissance building was built between 1886-1888 and is considered one of the most beautiful European opera houses, with excellent acoustics and a wealth of painted and sculptural decorations. More.

 

Adam Plachetka, 16 January 2020

A mix of classics and pop music presented in the O2 Arena by the renowned bass baritone and star of many world stages. This soloist of major opera houses, such as the Vienna State Opera, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the National Paris Opera and the Opera of the National Theatre, Prague, will join his stellar guests in renditions of Italian arias and songs, musical melodies and duets. More.

Prague:walking tours
– now daily!

Take a stroll through the historical city centre with our well-versed professional guides. From Old Town Square you’ll pass through the Jewish Quarter to Charles Bridge. These walks, complete with English commentary are held daily and the price includes admission to the Charles Bridge Museum. Order online at eshop.prague.eu/walks or in person at the Guide Office or any of our Tourist Information Centres.

Devětsil
27 November 2019 – 26 April 2020

An avant-garde group of Czech visual and literary artists of the 1920s, Devětsil sought to innovatively bring art into all the social strata. The group diverged from the conventional concept of artistic works, and kept in contact with other European avant-garde streams. This aspect will be highlighted in the exhibition, with selected artworks of the group’s members complemented by architectural and scenography models, photographic prints, film screenings, etc...

Grand Restaurant Festival
15 January – 28 February 2020

This event for culinary feast lovers is returning next year. The exceptional gourmet festival gives all aficionados of high-quality food a chance to visit the premium-quality and often premium-priced establishments and select from a palette of aromas and flavours. Get to taste the specialities of the best and most interesting restaurants as listed in Maurer’s Grand Restaurant Guide, at discounted festival prices.

Turandot
Premiere 23 January 2020

The story, set in China, of the transformation of a cruel princess is the last opera by Giacomo Puccini. The National Theatre brings a fresh staging to the opera by director Katharina Wagner, artistic director of the Bayreuther Festspiele and great-granddaughter of the great German composer Richard Wagner. The performance is sung in the Italian original, accompanied by surtitles in English.

Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK: Absolute Tribute to Beethoven
5&6 February 2020

In 2020 we mark 250 years since the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the world’s greatest musical geniuses. The Prague Symphony Orchestra will put on 2 concerts for this occasion, playing the Egmont overture as well as Beethoven’s probably best-known work – the famous 5th or “Fate” Symphony.

Holiday World 2020
13 – 16 February 2020

The largest Central European tourism fair is leaving its traditional venue at the Holešovice exhibition grounds and moving to Letňany. The fair will offer not only a broad international range of country presentations, but also a whole host of in-country regional ones. The Prague City Tourism stand too, of course, presenting the very best of Prague. Our brochures, maps, cultural insights and news await you there. We cordially invite you to come along.

New Exhibitions at the National Museum
from November 2019 and June 2020

The Historical Building of the National Museum has undergone a complete overhaul in recent years and its new exhibitions are getting their finishing touches. There are some 80 thousand collection items to be seen in the New and the Historical buildings, where 8 new permanent exhibitions will open in November 2019 and June 2020. These will focus on natural history and historical topics, with a Children’s museum also in the works. Also being opened is the underground connecting passage between the two buildings.

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