November Rain: Not in the Czech Republic
Prague.tv's handy guide of what to do in November
As the temperature falls all over the Czech Republic, so too does the rainfall. With an average of 3°C in November and no Christmas Markets to warm you up yet, it’s not the most appealing prospect spending all day outside walking around. But then you don’t have to, for Prague.tv is here with a handy guide of what to do in November, both inside and out (just remember to wear a hat).
On the 1st of November the Prague Municipal House will be opening its exhibition space to showcase an exhibit of European and Czech art nouveau. Focusing on the years 1890 to 1914, which covers the period the Municipal House was built, the exhibit is set to last until June 2015, during which time it will be renewed. The artworks on display follow the theme of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and the influential art it produced.
Actually starting in mid-October but running all throughout November until early December, the eighth International Jazz Festival down in Plzeň is back. With revered musicians from all over the world (including various Grammy winning artists) the festival has established itself as one of Europe’s top jazz events. Artists performing include New York Voices, Dave Liebman, Vojtěch Dyk & B-Side Band and many more from near and afar. There will also be workshops for anyone wanting to get involved, from traditional swing dance to big band, as well as a jazz poster exhibition at Galerie European House, Plzeň.
For anyone looking to experience a mixture of traditional Czech music, dancing, food and drink then put Thursday 7th or 14th November in your diaries. Hlubočepy in Prague 5 is holding a Czech folklore evening with live dulcimer music in a two and a half hour show that includes a full meal, unlimited drinks and the chance to learn traditional songs and dances. The restaurant and gardens are decorated in the old Czech style and the 48 Euro price includes a three course meal, drinks and transport from a hotel to the restaurant and back.
Open Cellars Festival in South Moravia takes place the weekend of Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November, featuring around 30 winemakers from the region who will be opening their cellars to the public. It is a rare opportunity to sample excellent regional specialities in the places they are created and a good chance to experience the beautiful villages of Moravia. Included in the ticket price is free admission to all the cellars, over 300 samples for tasting (although it’s probably best not to try them all), bus transportation between villages and a 200 CZK wine coupon. Wine lovers have no excuses not to go, and tickets cost 890 CZK in advance or 990 CZK on the day (for the whole weekend).
If music is more your thing though, the Lucerna in Prague will be hosting reformed UK alternative rockers Suede on Satuday 16th November. Having released their comeback album ‘Bloodsports’ earlier this year, this will be the first time they’ve played in the city. It’s a busy weekend on the whole for UK acts at Lucerna, as on Friday 15th they’ve got singer-songwriter Tom Odell, Sunday has indie-rock group White Lies, while on Monday 18th November Primal Scream will be bringing their Scottish brand of rock to the capital. During that weekend Sunday 17th November marks the 24th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, and is a national holiday (but seeing as it’s on a Sunday most people will have it off anyway).
Český Krumlov is also holding a range of music events throughout the month, but more along the classical/orchestral line. Starting with a solo performance from Latvian pianist Irina Kondratěnko on Saturday 2nd November this is followed by the first ever professor of the guitar Štěpán Rak a week later. At the end of November, the 23rd, Martin Kasík and Kristina Kasíková will be performing a piano concert before Irina Kondratěnko, this time with tenor Štefan Margita, take part in a special performance at Český Krumlov Synagogue on Saturday 30th November.
The weekend before sees the 16th edition of the Czech Republic’s French Film Festival, from Thursday 21st to Wednesday 27th November. Taking place across various venues in Prague, Scala in Brno and Kotva in České Budějovice, tickets to each film cost 90 CZK. Most of the films on offer will be shown more than once in Prague, so anyone worried about missing the first screening will have an opportunity later in the week. Some of the films will be subtitled in Czech but it is best to check beforehand.
Then on Saturday 30th November the famous Christmas Markets finally open as the city transforms into a festive wonderland and temperatures plummet even further.
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