Prague 7 seeks to be an art district

A new plan will encourage cooperation among institutions

The Prague 7 district is hoping to become the artistic center of Prague. The city's Institute of Planning and Development (IPR) has made a feasibility study on behalf of Prague 7. The project is called Art District 7.

Prague 7 has signed a memorandum of understanding with the IPR as a first step. Prague 7 Mayor Jan Čižinský (Praha 7 Sobě) says the idea is to create an environment to encourage a living and working cultural district of theaters, galleries and similar venues. The district has also raised its investment into culture from Kč 120,000 to Kč 2.2 million.

Prague 7 Councilor Hana Třeštíková (Praha 7 Sobě) said schools will be connected with cultural institutions so children will have more exposure to the arts, and disused buildings will be made available for pop-up events. She added that the district supports events that bring cultural institutions together such as open house projects and theater nights. The district is also preparing maps and street signs to encourage use of cultural venues.

Ivana Duškova, the director strategies and policies at IPR, said the Art District 7 project will help to redefine the cultural character of Prague by creating authentic places for authentic experiences.

There is already a large number of cultural institutions in Prague 7 including the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, the Academy of Fine Arts (AVU), the National Gallery (Veletržní palác), the National Technical Museum and other institutions. The Prague Zoo, the Botanical Gardens and Výstaviště are also part of the district. A new venue called Továrna opened recently in an old factory building.

Třeštíková said that so far there has been insufficient cooperation among the various venues, and that joint sales of tickets for some theatrical events could take place already before Christmas. Prague 7 includes Letná, Holešovice, Bubny, Bubeneč, Troja as well as a small part of Libeň.

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