Shakespeare Summer Festival - August 13 and 14, 2010
All theatres are on their summer break at the moment so if you’re looking for some drama, here’s your chance. The Shakespeare festival is a unique opportunity to enjoy a high quality perfomance in the most beautiful setting you can imagine – the courtyards of the Prague Castle. The Shakespeare Summer Festival has been a great tradition since 1994 and it’s the biggest open air theatre festival of its kind in Europe. Perfomances in English this year will be held on August 13 (Merry Wives of Windsor) and on August 14 (As You Like It). Both are brought to you by London’s very own GB Theatre Company. Get your tickets beforehand through ticketportal.cz
Open Air Music Festival – August 12 to August 14, 2010
What is your idea of a perfect day? Blue skies, a couple of beers and live music to go with it? If that’s the case then you should head to the Open Air Music Festival. The organisers didn’t spend much time coming up with the festival name but they did spend a fair amount of time booking awesome artists for your hearing and dancing pleasure. Some of the headliners include Kasabian, Faithless, Röyksopp and The Kissaway Trail. The party will take place just outside of Prague at the Airport Panensky Tynec. Plus points go to the festival for trying to be green with eco buses running from the Prague metro stop Stodulky - all the way to the festival. Tickets are 880 CZK and are available through Ticketpro offices.
Dvorak Prague Festival – August 20 to September 4, 2010
It wouldn’t be Prague if there wasn’t something for the classical music lovers. Antonin Dvorak is considered to be the greatest Czech composer by many - even the greatest Czech of all time by some! He managed something only a few great artists were able to accomplish – during his life - he was well known and celebrated, not only in Europe but also in The United States, and even Australia. He travelled a lot but always returned to his beloved Prague so come along and hear the best of his work, performed by the best artists and orchestras from Budapest, Birmingham and London. Performances are held at the beautiful Rudolfinum next to the river. Tickets are available through ticketportal.cz.
International Folklore Festival – August 26 to August 31, 2010
If you feel like a bit of culture while having fun at the same time, try the International Folklore Festival. It’s free so what can go wrong? It’s also one of the biggest Folklore festivals in Europe - presenting more then 30 foreign and local ensembles and 1200 perfomers! It all happens in the center of Prague - in Ovocny trh where you’ll also have the chance to admire the work of traditional craftsmen and some tasty Czech dishes, from the many food stalls dotted around the square.
Open Air Cinema Strelak
The Open Air Cinema on Strelecky Ostrov is truly the favourite part of summer for many Prague inhabitants. Placed on an island on the Vltava river, right next to the National Theatre, it’s also in an unbeatable location. You can even head down before the movie starts and have a picnic on the grass, go paddle boating or just sit down with a beer and enjoy the views. The movies shown are usually Czech and international classics. Entrance is 89 CZK, screenings start at 21.30 and there are concerts here every Thursday.
The Prague Horn – August 7 to August 17, 2010
Yes, that’s right. There’s a horn festival in Prague. Its aim is to bring the best horn artists from around the world and present this unusual instrument to the general public. It should be fun and if you’re as curious as I am, you can catch a concert and even learn something new by going along. They also organise Horn Classes so check out praguehorn.cz for all the info.
- Kristýna Svobodová