Manifesto plans a second market in Smíchov

Prague will have another popup urban oasis in an underused area

Manifesto Market is opening a second site in Prague’s Smíchov district. Manifesto's sibling will open this summer in the empty parking lot of a 19thcentury community center Národní dům na Smíchově (National House Smíchov), in advance of that building’s renovation planned by Torino-Praga Invest. This popup won’t be a twin of the existing market in Florenc. It will have a different focus, but still rely on cashless payment, as vendors will take credit or debit cards.

“At Manifesto Smíchov, we are curating a different concept around Czech beer culture and master brewing, offering unique experiences focused on its quality and diversity and like Manifesto Na Florenci, we will offer a free music and culture program. We will be the first place to combine a large traditional brewer – we are in discussion with Pilsner Urquell – with local microbrews,” Martin Barry, the person behind the whole concept, said.

“People might be surprised by the food. We are pairing international bar food, cuisine from around the world known for going well with beer, especially from Asia, bringing an eclectic variety of tastes instead of the typical Czech and German beer classics. We also will a host daily program of live music, DJs and summer cinema,” he added.

The location on the square náměstí 14. října is a few steps from Anděl’s Nový Smíchov shopping mall. Although surrounded by two parks, the place is lifeless, which will hopefully be changed by the present of the Manifesto popup.

The goal is to have local residents and employees from nearby offices rediscover the charm of this place, and also to attract Smíchov’s strong creative community.

“There are never enough restaurants, bistros and galleries in Smíchov. I can’t wait to visit the new Manifesto and I am really glad I will be able to walk there,” Smíchov-based designer and performer Aleš Najbrt said.

The the young, award-winning architecture duo Chybik + Kristof plan to install a water element and work with modular architecture due to the temporary aspect of the second Manifesto Market.

The water surface will act as a mirror reflecting the surrounding buildings. “We have in mind a summer oasis in the middle of the city featuring a refreshing pool – similar to our installation at the Milan Expo which became a hit of the international fair. For winter, the layout will change again,” Ondrej Chybik, partner at Chybík+Krištof, said.

The space will offer 10 units and keep its major floor area for seating for the guests. The layout will include a stage for music performances and a dancing terrace.

The exact opening date will be announced in May, and the popup Manifesto Market Smíchov plans to remain open thru Christmas 2019, then reopen for spring 2020 in a new location.

Manifesto has also initiated a new collaboration with Ameba Production who is behind Rock for People festival. Ameba’s team will curate free music nights and at least one ticketed monthly concert.

The original Manifesto won a prize for Retailer of the Year 2018 for Best Customer Experience. It is the first fully cashless place in the Czech Republic, thanks to a partnership with Mastercard.

Manifesto has been initiated by Martin Barry, a landscape architect originally from New York, and his design-focused nonprofit organization reSITE which has a mission to improve the quality of life in the urbanized world.

Plans for an international expansion of the Czech-born innovative concept are underway.

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