Prague plans a month of celebrations

The 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia will include concerts and video mappings

The celebration of the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia will run for an entire month in Prague, starting Sept. 28 with the unveiling of the restored Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square and culminating Oct. 27–28 with the reopening of the National Museum in Wenceslas Square.

The Společné století (Joint Century) project has over 350 events focused on Czech-Slovak relations, which take place in all regions of the Czech Republic.

Celebrations in Prague are conceived as a monthlong festival in the streets for both citizens and visitors with thematic exhibitions, concerts, theater and stage shows, happenings, open days and many other events.

“The main goal of the national project in Prague is to have a proud celebration a hundred years of our ‘little big country.’ We are proud to have established a close and constructive cooperation with representatives of civil society and are maintaining a completely apolitical style of celebration that reminds us of our common history and call for unity,” Robin Čumpelík, the anniversary national co-ordinator in Prague, said in a press release.

The festival in the streets of Prague will be launched on Friday, Sept. 28, at 5:45 pm with the ceremonial opening of the Astronomical Clock at the Old Town Hall. The clock will go into action at 6 pm, and that will be followed by light shows on the tower at 8, 9 and 10 pm. Sept. 28 is St Wenceslas Day, a national holiday.

The clock has been restored to how it looked and functioned before its hasty restoration after it was damaged in World War II. It has been out of service for most of the year.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, a thematic video mapping will take place on the historic building of the National Museum, which will open to the public on Oct. 28, which is the national holiday for the Foundation of the Independent Czechoslovak State.

Visitors to the museum can enjoy not only a renovated premises but also a special Czech-Slovak / Slovak-Czech exhibition, which will be accessible for free for everyone by the end of 2018. The museum has been closed since 2011 for the long-term repairs, and its reopening has been delayed several times.

On Oct. 27 there will be concerts on three stages in Prague at náměstí Republiky, Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. There will also be a parade with representatives of student groups, Sokol and other organizations and associations.

“Prague has prepared a most attractive program, which will have among other things live scenes from Czechoslovak history right in the streets of Prague or the hiSTOries mobile application, which is intended for teenagers and families with children, and offers an untraditional guide to places, where the history of Czechoslovakia was written in Prague,” Prague City Hall spokesman Vít Hofman said.

The live scenes will cover more than just famous events. “One of these live scenes will be set in the 1930s, where historic cars will be seen and the car culture in Czechoslovakia will be remembered,” said Jan Šťovíček, president of the Autoklub of the Czech Republic, said.

State agency CzechTourism has prepared a unified marketing concept and logo, and is preparing audio and video spots for television, radio, online channels and social networks. The agency invited a number of Czech and Slovak personalities to participate.

“The message of the whole national project was reflected in two words ‘neměnil/a bych’ (I would not change). We would like to experience national pride and belonging with the help of personalities from the field of culture, sport or science whose professional or personal life is inherently connected with the Czech or Slovak Republic,” Společné století marketing director Lukáš Bajer said.

“For the project, we managed to get cardiac surgeon Jan Pirk, Major General Emil Boček, actors Táňa Pauhofová, Viktor Preis, Zuzana Kronerová, Emilio Văáryová, Martina Dejdar, fisherman Jakub Vágner, former Miss World Taťána Gregor Brzobohatá or footballer Antonín Panenka,” he added.

The 100th anniversary celebrations in Prague are organized with the support of the City of Prague, the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Education, Czech Television, Czech Radio, the Senate of the Czech Republic and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

All the events associated with the national celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia in Prague are available on the website spolecnestoleti.cz.

There is also a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Czech-and-Slovak-Century.

An updated program catalog will also be published as a guide to events connected with the anniversary.

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