Fireworks to cap Czechoslovak 100th anniversary

The celebration will culminate on the weekend of Oct. 27 and 28

The celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia will culminate in Prague on the weekend of Oct. 27 and 28. Stages will feature Czech and Slovak performers, and aside from concerts, people will see be able to exhibitions and parades. All official events are free of charge, and information booths will be at Wenceslas Square.

The highlight will be fireworks at Letná on Oct. 28 symbolically at 19:18 in the evening. Czechoslovakia was established in Oct. 28, 1918, when the declaration was read out in Prague.

Czech stars will perform on outdoor stages both days. Stages will be on Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square on Oct. 27. Wenceslas Square will feature Ivan Mladek, Slza and Michal Hrůza. In Old Town Square the program will be aimed at younger audience musicians including Ewa Farná, Celeste Buckingham and Majk Spirit.

On Oct. 28 at Old Town Square a greatest hits concert will take place with top Czech stars such as Karel Gott, Lucie Bílá, Marta Kubišová, Helena Vondráčková, Jaroslav Uhlíř and others.

A video mapping and a parade are highlights on Oct. 27. The video mapping, called Witness to History, will take place at 8 pm on the newly cleaned and renovated facade of the historical building of the National Museum.

The parade called the March for the Republic will be headed by representatives of the Czech Sokol movement and will be accompanied by a historical re-creation with the first Czechoslovak president Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. The parade starts at 12:30 at Tyršův dům at Újezd and heads to Wenceslas Square, where it will end with a Sokol show. Sokol is a gymnastics organization founded in Prague in 1862. It played an important role in establishing Czechoslovakia but was banned during World War II and under communism.

From Oct. 28 until the end of the year, the Czech-Slovak / Slovak-Czech exhibition will be at the National Museum free of charge. The museum is finally reopening after renovations. It has been closed since 2011. Only part of the museum will re-open as renovations are continuing in some parts.

At the bottom of Wenceslas Square on Oct. 28, Czech Radio has a sound show called The Stairs of Time with recordings from the radio archive covering the most interesting events of every decade. The recordings are mostly in Czech without translations.

A military parade will take place on Oct. 28 at 2 pm on Evropská Street in Prague 6.

There will be further events across the city as well at Dejvické nádraží, Hradčanské náměstí, náměstí Republiky and the Rudolfinum.

Czech Railways has an exhibition in the government lounge at the Hlavní nádraží, and will also be adding more trains for people wanting to come to the city.

The complete program of celebrations is at spolecnestoleti.cz and more information is at www.facebook.com/Czech-and-Slovak-Century.

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