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29-09-2016 00:08

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Brandýs nad Labem-Stará Boleslav - a place of pilgrimage

28-09-2016 02:01 | Dominik Jůn

Church of St. Wenceslas, photo: Hana Němečková, CC BY-SA 4.0

Church of St. Wenceslas, photo: Hana Němečková, CC BY-SA 4.0

September 28 is the Feast Day of St. Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia. The son of a duke, Wenceslas ruled the country from 922, when he was 15, to his untimely death at the hands of his brother Boleslav on September 28, 935. The day is celebrated as 'Czech Statehood day', and is a public holiday.  More

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Current Affairs

Twenty-three years after their Velvet Divorce Czechs and Slovaks are "closer than ever"

27-09-2016 14:26 | Daniela Lazarová

Robert Fico, Bohuslav Sobotka, photo: CTK The Czech and Slovak governments met for a joint working session in Bratislava on Monday to discuss the state of bilateral ties, cooperation in security and defense and their position on key European issues. Twenty-three years after the Velvet Divorce, the two neighbors say their relationship is better than ever. More

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Week-long festival celebrates Czech beer

27-09-2016 13:25 | Dominik Jůn

Photo: Eva Odstrčilová Four years ago September 27 was established as the Day of Czech Beer – but for the second time now this celebration of beer and pub culture has been expanded into a week-long festival. It runs from September 23 until October 1, with over 6,000 pubs, restaurants and breweries around the country taking part. More

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In Focus

St Andrews commemorates Czech Hussite emissary burned at stake for heresy

27-09-2016 15:42 | Ruth Fraňková

Plaque commemorating Pavel Kravař in St Andrews, photo: archive of Czech Foreign Ministry A plaque commemorating Pavel Kravař, a Czech scholar and Hussite emissary from Bohemia, was recently unveiled in St Andrews in Scotland, close to the spot in Market Street where he was burned at the stake for heresy in 1433. The university master was the first of a succession of religious reformers who were martyred in the town during the Protestant Reformation.  More

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Czech Books

Markéta Goetz-Stankiewicz: of unknown origin in a strange wood without leaves

24-09-2016 02:01 | David Vaughan

Markéta Goetz-Stankiewicz, photo: David Vaughan This year’s George Theiner Prize, which honours people who have helped to promote Czech literature abroad, went to Markéta Goetz-Stankiewicz. At the University of British Columbia she has devoted decades to promoting, translating and writing about modern Czech literature. It was also thanks to Markéta that many Czech playwrights, banned back home, managed to have their work performed on stages in Canada during the 1970s and ‘80s. She has worked just as hard to promote interest in the rich legacy of German writing from what is now the Czech Republic. More

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Business

Negrelli viaduct in Prague to undergo extensive reconstruction

27-09-2016 15:07 | Ruth Fraňková

Negrelli viaduct, photo: Jvs, CC 3.0 The Negrelli viaduct in Prague, the first railway bridge to be built across the Vltava River in 1850, is set to undergo extensive reconstruction, in order to create a link from the city centre to Prague Airport.   More

Aircraft factory to remain in Kunovice after talks with Russian owners

26-09-2016 15:25 | Ian Willoughby

Aircraft Industries, photo: CTK An aircraft factory in the Moravian town of Kunovice is to remain in the Czech Republic. There had been fears that it would be moved to Russia but after talks with its Russian owners on Monday morning, the Czech minister of industry announced that the...  More

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One on One

František Janouch, part 1: My work with Charter Foundation like wartime solidarity when dad was in concentration camps

26-09-2016 15:50 | Ian Willoughby

František Janouch, photo: Petra Čechová A nuclear scientist, František Janouch is perhaps best-known for the Charter 77 Foundation, which he set up in exile in Sweden to provide dissidents in his native Czechoslovakia with financial support and technical equipment in the latter years of the...  More

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Magazine

Magazine

24-09-2016 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Kristýna Maková In Magazine: To shave or not to shave? Firefighters lobby against the no-beards rule. Wine-makers in Moravia celebrate the ancient tradition of young girls crushing grapes with their bare feet. Nationwide celebrations of Czech beer are in full swing...  More

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Arts

Glass works by winners of the Stanislav Libenský award, as well as other finalists, on view at DOX

23-09-2016 14:19 | Jan Velinger

Natsuki Katsukawa - Micro World Specimens, photo: archive of Prague Gallery of Czech Glass The Stanislav Libenský Award, founded eight years ago, is an international competition recognizing outstanding works in glass by art college graduates. This year’s winners were announced just recently and their work (as well as that of other finalists)...  More

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