Prague Fringe 2011
10 Years of the Fringe
For me it was a Bowie-esque musical on the life of Nikolas Tesla. For you it may have already happened once or it may be waiting around the corner in some theatre or performance space you've never even heard of. Either way some of the best theater you'll ever see, the stuff that will really hit you and stay with you, will almost certainly be a show you had no idea about, the performance you stumbled into whilst searching for the bar. And there's a excellent chance you'll discover several of those gems at this year's Prague Fringe, 27th May - 4th June at 9 venues in and around Mala Strana.
The Fringe celebrates its 10th year this year and is bigger than ever (with over 39 companies performing an astonishing total of 246 shows over the course of 9 days). With a mixture of comedy, theatre and music provided by acts from all over the world there's a real sense of intimacy and excitement as performers and punters alike scurry from venue to venue, mingle and swap tips on the hot tickets. With shows of between 45-60 minutes and prices kept at 150kc the chance to take in 2, 3, 4 or even 5 shows a night the opportunity really is on to abandon your grip on reality and dive into a fantastic and utterly eclectic variety of music and shows.
The Prague Fringe operates like other fringe festivals around the world in that performers apply and take on some of the cost of putting up and promoting their shows, meaning that absolutely everyone has a stake in the festival. Over the 9 days the buzz this creates in Mala Strana can approach Edinburgh's Royal Mile as performers jostle for an audience and audiences search for the best shows. Indeed, the Fringe founders were originally working at the Edinburgh Fringe and wanted to bring a slice of Scotland's festival back to Prague. Ten years on, with performers from all over the world applying to be part of the festival "...a real sense of community and ownership of the whole Fringe emerges" says festival organiser Steve Gove. "With everybody chipping in, from performers to the volunteer assistants [many of who make their own way to the Czech Republic just to part of the festival] the Fringe develops its own spirit and vibe" as theater goers mix with the artists, organizers and other audience members in a way that simply can't happen at individual shows.
The 10th Fringe starts on Friday 27th May with 'Pop up Fringe' - a new daily preview of Fringe performances - at Belushi's Bar at 12pm - and the shows start at various venues across Mala Strana from 4pm. Details of all the shows, venues and performance times can be found at praguefringe.com. Prague TVwill be carrying daily reviews and discussion of the shows and we hope you'll let us know when you stumble across your own musical Tesla.
Jim High is co-producer at Prague's Blood, Love and Rhetoric Theatre
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Three Tales @ The New Stage by National Theatre Opera (Foto: Hana Smejkalová)
by Beryl Korot & Steve Reich
Giant airship installed over Prague's DOX Centre by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: Dox - FB)
Wooden zeppelin named Gulliver is a place for art and literature discussion
Czech and Slovak puppets added to UNESCO list by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The tradition joins Czech folk dances and processions as Intangible Cultural Heritage
Henri Rousseau and his naïve world by Marya Oliynyk - Anglo American University
Henri Rousseau exhibition running till Jan 15, 2017 @ National Gallery in Prague
PSC presents Lisa Wolpe on Shakespeare and gender-bending by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The LGTB activist and director will present her solo show plus a workshop and lecture
Dust and Light: The Burning Man Collection by Oliva Marcus - Anglo American University (Foto: Marek Musil)
Exhibition running till November 20, 2016 @ Nikon Photo Gallery
Akcent festival starts at Archa by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
A play called New Bohemia has its world premiere at the documentary theater festival
Cirque du Soleil coming to Prague's O2 Arena by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV (Foto: cirquedusoleil.com)
The Canadian contemporary circus troupe will perform Varekai
Jan Kaplický opening at the Dancing House by Raymond Johnston - Prague.TV
The Czech architect known for his unrealized Blob library design would have turned 80 in 2017
Photos and films of Václav Havel at DOX by Prague.TV (Foto: Tomki Nemec - DOX)
The former president's life was captured by two photographers and a filmmaker
Feel the rhythm and party to the biggest hits of the 80’s!
First Cobbler's Prague Bakery Cup Cake Shop @ PALLADIUM!
27 taps with excellent craft beers and ciders in the center...
Get discounts on speed dating and meet other singles...
First diamonds museum in Prague
Trabant Museum @ STK Motol
Armádní muzeum Žižkov
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