United Islands has more than music

The free festival in Karlín will offer lots of opportunities for kids and adults

The United Islands of Prague festival offers more than just music. The festival does present both local and international acts in a wide range of genres so people can discover new sounds, but there is also a large side program. Entry to the festival including the side events is free.

The 15th edition of the festival will take place June 22 and 23 in Prague's Karlín district.

The center of the festival will be Křižíkova Street, which will turn into a pedestrian zone on Saturday, offering sports, drawing, circus, film, and educational or creative workshops.

The largest part of the accompanying program is by young people from Stop Zevling. “We have tried to create a diverse program. We want everyone to find and try things they do not normally do. You can see skaters, bikers, parkour, jugglers or even graffiti makers along the street,” Stop Zevling's Vojtěch Havlovec said about the Living Street program.

There will be an improvised bike and skate park, where people can also rent equipment.

A playground will have the unconventional French sports parkour with ambassadors from the professional team In Motion.

For those not into sports, there are drawing lessons, graffiti exhibitions by Czech artists and a circus parade by Takuara.

On Friday and Saturday people can come to see films at the Regina Summer Cinema. On Friday, there is a screening the 1995 Czech documentary Paper Heads (Papierové hlavy), and on Saturday people can see the 2015 German film B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West-Berlin 1979-1989, which maps the music scene in West Berlin.

The United Islands of Prague festival also has an educational program. The Mexican Embassy will have a photo exhibit. The Portuguese Center in Prague will also participate with playful Portuguese lessons for children and adults, and a booth will have a tasting of Portuguese specialties.

Near Karlínské náměstí, the Radio United Karlín stage will have a special festival radio station that will broadcast live from the venue with information about events and music releases from performing artists. This stage will also have interviews, discussions, lectures, and dancing.

The Levi's booth will have paintings, embroidery and silk screening workshops. The Skanska Green laboratory will show experiments that answer questions about green living and friendly building.

There will be many stalls and trucks with a variety of refreshments such as Mexican and Texmex cuisine, pancakes, burgers, vegan dishes, cocktails and ice cream. Stalls will have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including Krušovice beer.

There is also a program for children featuring classical games and toys or sporting activities.

For more information visit www.unitedislands.cz.

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