United Islands coming to Karlín

The annual festival will have most of its events in Prague 8 this year

The annual music festival United Islands of Prague will run June 23–24 offering free music on stages in Karlín, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary. There is also a club night on June 22.

The festival is put on by the same organizers who are staging the Metronome Festival at Výstaviště, which features headliner Sting and which requires tickets.

“The program of the 2017 United Islands not only introduces the most interesting discoveries of the European music scene and so returns to its roots. It also features many foreign artists who have performed at various world festivals for rising talents such as the Great Escape (UK) or Eurosonic (NL). We believe that both the Czech and the international audience will be impressed,” program head Barbora Šubrtová said in a press release.

The acts will perform directly on Karlínské náměstí, in the vicinity of the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, near the Křižíkova Metro Station, in the Kaizel Gardens, in the garden of the Czech Radio Regina DAB Prague as well as on the Rohanský ostrov, where ČT Art Stage and Radio 1 Stage will be located.

The main program of the Karlín’s celebrations will begin on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 3 pm. On Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 1 pm, there will be a program for children and their parents, a concert in the St. Cyril and Methodius Church, a show of Praga historical cars and other surprises. At 3 pm, a festive procession will start out from Karlínské náměstí and open the Saturday's program of the 2017 United Islands of Prague.

The festival will be preceded by a Club Night on June 22 on the stages of Club Futurum, Rock Café, Jazz Dock, 007 Strahov, Palac Akropolis, Potrvá, and many other clubs.

This year´s program includes pop and jazz, world music and rock, folk, and electronics. Ivan Hlas Trio, which is closely associated with Karlín, will perform on Friday.

On Saturday, all six musical stages will be in use. Thom Artway has recently received two Czech Anděl Awards and will be on the ČT Art Stage. Other notable acts are vocalists Fil Bo Riva and Tamir. Next Ex performs indie electronics. Visiting acts include Portugal's Throes and Shine, who will conclude this year's program on the ČT Art Stage.

In the evening, Karlínské náměstí will see alternative folk band Bratři Orffové, who will perform at the United Islands after nine years. The Radio Wave stage will present new talents and there will be an open mic stage.

This year, the accompanying program will be named United Continents at Kampa, Střelecký island, and Kinský Garden. Visitors will be able to try sports from different continents, learn different types of dances and visit a relaxation zone.

The festival will also host a birthday celebration of the People in Need organization, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

“The festival United Islands of Prague traditionally enriches both the musical and cultural scene in Prague at the beginning of summer. Over the years of its existence, the United Islands have confirmed with its program that it is one of the largest festival events of its kind in Prague. Given this, the City of Prague ranked the festival among seven major events that get significant and continuous support from the City. I am sure that this year again, the three festival days are long and busy enough for every visitor to choose a genre or performer of their heart, but also to enjoy the beauty of Prague in June,” said Jan Wolf, the city councilor for culture, monument care, exhibitions, tourism and national minorities.

For more information, visit www.unitedislands.cz/en or www.facebook.com/unitedislandsofprague.

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