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Our team member Sany face of Reebok Classic campaign

Wow. This is huge! Our team member Sany was chosen to represent a new collection for Reebok. Here you can find some videos and pictures from the campaign. We are very proud to have her in our team. Congratulations to this well deserved success. You can meet sany during our street art and graffiti workshops or join us for one of her Alternative Prague Tours.

Sany – Alternative Prague Tours member for Reebok Classic

Michal Škapa aka TRON – New art exhibition in Prague’s Trafo Gallery

On Friday there was an opening of long awaited new exhibition of one of the most popular Czech street artist TRON. Michal Škapa belongs amongst one of the graffiti pioneers who started with graffiti in Prague in the mid 90’s. From that time he went a long way and these days you can see his art not only in the streets, but also in prestigious galleries around Prague.

This exhibition proves that he never stay on a spot and again pushing the boundaries and leaving the “competition” far behind. This exhibit is called significantly ANALFABET as here he’s mainly playing with his own unique type font, that he developed over the years and for those who are not familiar with it it’s kind of hard to read, so it’s something like graffiti cryptography. You can see this type font all over the place in many different forms – engraved 3D installations, canvas paintings, paper paint, on house video projection etc. What we like the most are the canvases painted with airbrush where Tron’s unique font is inscribed as a code into concentric circles that can evoke an old data processing media in combination with the specially designed glass neon light tubes it’s just incredible. If you would focus on the script carefully, you can find out that in the paintings there are inscribed for example quotes from his favourite music bands like Nine Inch Nails or Depeche Mode. Cherry on a cake can be the circular canvas in the back of the gallery, when someone gets closer to the painting it starts to rotate so no one can actually read it…

If you are in Prague this month, this exhibition is definitely a must see. Join us for the Alternative Tour or go and check it yourself.

Trafo gallery is opened always from Wednesday to Sunday – 3 PM to 7 PM – Address: Hall no. 14 – Holešovická tržnice, Bubenské nábř. 306/13, Prague 7 – Holešovice

Accompanying program of the exhibition:

Guided tour with Michael Škapa and Radek Wohlmuth on Thursday, March 30 – from 17 pm.

Typography workshop with the author on Thursday, April 6 between 19 to 21 hours.

Drunken Photo Report:

Girl Power Movie – Finally on DVD!

It’s finally here! First documentary about female graffiti all around the world filmed by our friend and member of our Alternative Prague team Sany was recently issued! You can purchase it online from the movie online e-shop or directly from us in person during the Alternative Prague Tour for a special discounted price.

The Girl Power movie is a documentary that presents female graffiti writers from fifteen cities – from Prague to Moscow, Cape Town, Sydney, Biel, Madrid, Berlin, Toulouse, Barcelona and all the way to New York. The graffiti community is predominantly a man’s world, and men often share the view that graffiti – namely the illegal kind – is not for girls. And yet women have become increasingly more emancipated in recent years; there are female graffiti shows, magazines and websites. Girl Power captures the stories of ladies who have succeeded in the male graffiti world.

Festival of Lights in Prague – Signal 2016

From the 13th until the 16th of October the Signal Festival of Lights is taking place in Prague transforming some of Prague’s most iconic historical and modern buildings with the magic of illumination and projections. The festival has come a long way over the 4 years of it’s existence including more and more buildings and bringing more international visual artists to town. You’ll be able to experience videomapping projections, interactive art and light installations all over the city and the best thing is that it’s free 🙂 If you are planning to visit Prague any time soon, this weekend might be the best option.

This year the capital city of Prague and the Ministry of Culture have included Signal festival among the ranks of the top priority cultural events taking place in Prague and the Czech Republic. Don’t miss a chance to see one of the best modern art and new technology inventions in the streets of our magical city. We simply can not wait to see installations from artists like Jakub Nepraš, David Vrbík, Jan Hladil, The Macula, Can Buyukberber & Yagmur Uyanik, Daniel Rosa, Yasuhiro Chida and many, many more…

Here you can find more info: http://www.signalfestival.com/2016/en/

Great Alternative to Black Light Theatre in Prague

Prague is well known for its rich history, culture and art. One of the biggest Prague’s attraction would be definitely also the famous Black Light Theatre. Unfortunately, in recent years the quality in the capital rather deteriorates and thus our friends who are coming from Prague’s graffiti scene created an genuine alternative – Live Light Art Show at the Na Perštýně Theatre.

If you are searching for a unique and creative experience in Prague, definitely don’t forget to check out this one-of-a-kind show. Experience the romantic story of the City of a Hundred Spires, and immerse yourself in the magic of painting with light. On a luminescent canvas, you will see real action paint of realistic pictures that soon disappear only to be replaced by another. This inimitable light animation is enhanced by a musical accompaniment, including the famous Smetana’s Vltava.  See famous characters and buildings from the Czech history such as Charles IV., National Theatre, Jewish Cemetery, Golem, Charles Bridge and many more. Take an experience that you will never forget home from Prague. Custom-tailored performances are available as well.

Live performance of Light Art Show is on display daily until the end of August.

 

Where: Theatre Na Perštýně – Na Perštýně 359/6, Prague 1, 110 00
When: Daily from 8 PM

For more info and booking please visit: Prague’s Light Art Show Website or Facebook Page

Black light theatre art show in Prague
Live Action Light Paint

Black light art show
Picture with happy visitors 😉

Top 10 Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants in Prague

Even though Czech cuisine is mainly based on meat. The new trend of more healthy food alternatives is slowly becoming more popular in the streets of Prague.
We selected top 10 Prague’s vegetarian, vegan and vitarian restaurants for you, so you don’t have to make your own research any more…

1. Plevel Restaurant

 Plevel Restaurant – source: www.facebook.com/restauraceplevel
First one was opened in one of the most hipster streets in Prague – Krymská couple of years ago. It has it all – nice interior, hip location and friendly and welcoming staff. The concept got so popular that there is a new one, more centrally located on Jindřišská street. If you are looking for a tasty vegetarian meal, then look no further. The meal offering changes with the seasons, so it’s always fresh. The thing I like about it is that the food looks and tastes like it is made with meat but it’s not at the end 🙂 Try the Portobello burger or vegetarian svíčková, you won’t regret…

Contact info and map:
Krymská 2, Prague 10

 

2. Lehká Hlava

Leká Hlava – Clear Head Source: Official facebook page

This is probably the most famous Prague’s vegan/vegetarian restaurant. When you walk in you will see why. Inside you can find 3 main rooms, each has it’s own unique design and style. My favourite one is on the picture above and it’s called significantly “Heaven”. Even though it’s slightly more expensive the meals are worth the price. There is always a great selection of delicious meals, home made fresh drinks and tasty deserts. This place is located right in the city centre and it’s really popular so reservation in advance is highly recommended.

Like Plevel, Lehká Hlava is really popular, so they opened a new, slightly bigger sister restaurant not far away from the original one in Týnská street. It’s called Maitrea. This is really a chilled out peaceful place. The interior is again something very special. Inside you will find two fountains, fireplace and a retreat with the Buddha – Maitrea (in the translation of “loving kindness”). They called the restaurant and the whole House of personal development, in which it is located after him. It’s definitely worth a visit, if only to check out the interior design. In addition to the permanent menu, which offers dishes inspired by many different cultures from around the world they also have a special daily offer – menu for 115 CZK, which includes a soup with main dish and water.

Contact info and map:
Lehká Hlava – Boršov 2, Prague 1

Maintrea – Týnská ulička 6, Prague 1

 

3. Vegan’s Prague

Dine like a king – Vegan’s Prague

This is another well established vegan place in Prague. It’s located in Nerudova street right underneath the Prague Castle. When you sit on their terrace underneath the Prague Castle complex you feel like a king. Vegan’s Prague offers various cuisines from around the world. Every day during the lunch time you can find there also a special lunch menu, which is very popular in Bohemia. They put emphasis on the ethical aspect of food, quality of ingredients and handmade preparation. In a short time you can look forward to new menu, which will be 100% free of soybeans.

Contact info and map:
Nerudova 36, Prague 1

 

4. Secret of Raw

 Secret of Raw Restaurant Prague – Source official facebook page

Secret of Raw is trying to spread knowledge of raw food and raw lifestyle. The restaurant offers a wide range of great seasonal dishes, lunch menus or options to purchase raw materials for raw food. The menu is really colorful, you can choose between various exotic specialties, but also Bohemian classics, like dill sauce or traditional Czech Svíčková. Inside you will find also a special raw sweetshop with various raw cakes and deserts. If you want to know and experience more, you can enroll for a raw cooking class course in here.

 

Contact info and map:
Seifertova 13, Prague 3

 

5. Moment café and bistro

 Moment Cafe & Bistro Prague – Source: Official facebook page

Another place that I would highly recommend. Moment is a café and a bistro serving wonderful desserts, wraps and sandwiches. Lunch menu is full of fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. To acomplish the meal they offer selection of beers from small breweries, local cider or special lemonade. Every time there is something new, not only in the menu – exhibitions, acoustic concerts, punk-rock sessions etc. This is really a community thing. Worth visiting.

 

Contact info and map:
Slezská 63, Prague 3

 

6. RawCha

If you fancy raw food, this is another place in Prague that you have to visit. It’s central located, just around the corner from the Powder Tower (meeting point for the Alternative Tour). Lunch menu is literally a “world tour”, because every day it’s inspired by a different country or region and its cuisine. On regular menu you will find classics such as raw sushi and quiche. The restaurant also offers a great selection of tea.

Contact info and map:
Na Poříčí 8, Prague 1

 

7. Veggie Point – CLOSED 🙁

This place in Smíchov district is a healthy alternative to classic fast foods. Veggie Point offers burgers, wraps, sandwiches, lunch menu and special evening menu. Everything is hand made from premium ingredients. The local specialty is stuffed cupcake and vegan tiramisu.

Contact info and map:
CLOSED

 

8. My Raw Cafe

 My Raw Cafe Prague – Source: Official Facebook Page
This is a fairly new addition to Prague’s vegan world, but it’s already well recognized and respected. You can find it in the new foodie passage in Dlouhá street. MyRaw Café is not just a café with great raw desserts, which are prepared according to original owners recipes. It also offers a varied menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which is a feast not only for vitarian gourmets, but also for the eyes of every guest. Preparation of all raw food products takes place directly in front of you in the form of so-called Show cooking.

Contact info and map:
Dlouhá 39, Prague 1

 

9. Puro

Puro Prague – Source: Official website

Puro is beautifully designed concept bistro and shop in the center of Vinohrady district. Customers have the opportunity to taste selected products from the store in the freshly prepared meals and in case that you want to prepare it at home you can directly purchase the ingredients and prepare your own one at home. Daily they serve raw and cooked meals, sandwiches, desserts, smoothies, ice cream and much more.

Contact info and map:
Vinohradská 44, Prague 2

 

10. Estrella

Last but not least our beloved Estrella. This nice and cosy place you can find in Prague’s downtown. They offer various dishes prepared with fresh and seasonal ingredients, inspired by Czech specialties and international cuisine. The place is quite small, so I would recommend to book a table in advance. Also keep on mind that they don’t accept credit cards, so cash only 😉

 

Contact info and map:
Opatovická 17, Prague 1

 

(11.) Loving Hut

 Even though I’m not a biggest fan of this concept, I decided to include it to my list as it’s really popular in Prague. Loving hut is something like McDonalds for vegetarians. You can find it in 8 different places around Prague. My favorite one is located right in Wenceslas Square. Loving Hut is known primarily for its lunch buffet offering. Mainly they offer Asian specialties almost indistinguishable from the original meat version, but also other world cuisine and desserts.

Contact info and map:
Václavské Náměstí 48, Prague 1

 

I hope that this list will help you out with finding a nice place to eat something little bit healthier. If you feel that I forgot something or if you have something to share according to this post. Please feel free to write it in the comment section down below.

We did it again – BudWars II

Breakdance seems so different from all other kinds of dancing that the first question people ask when they see it is: “Where did these kids learn to dance like that?” To many people, this type of dance seems to have come out of nowhere. But like everything else, Breakdance did come from somewhere, something and someone. If you’ve ever seen James Brown on TV or at the concert, then you know he could really get down. And when he performed his hit, he did the kind of dance you’d expect James Brown to do. High Energy.

This almost acrobatic dance was, appropriately enough known as the lot of kids around New York City. By the time the Good Foot became the new dance style, the tradition of dance battle was well established and this new dance spread world wide under the name break dance or street dance. And after the fall of communism in Czech Republic this dance came also to our country.

Because we always support young people here one month ago we organized a big breakdance event “BudWars II”. 36 break dance and street dance crews from the whole Czech Republic and Slovakia came to the city of České Budějovice, where our famous beer Budweiser (not the American copycat) came from. All guys wanted to win 21 000 Kč:). But this dance is of course more about love and unity and this event had a very special atmosphere.

There were also workshops, discussion and party of course:). See more photos and movie from that amazing day.

Thank you all for the cooperation and unforgettable vibe!

Prague lost another legendary club :(

Prague’s legendary club Wakata is closing down at the end of the month. Wakata was a well established alternative underground club in the city. It was enriching the club scene in Prague since 1996. I remember so many great parties in this place as a DJ and also as a visitor of this place. It’s unique chilled out atmosphere and interior design will be a huge lost for the Prague’s club scene…

Existence of a music club does no longer fit with the business plan of the house owners, they claimed that they no longer wish to have a music club or a bar in their house. Therefore this is the last month when you can experience the unique vibe of this place. Don’t miss it out!

During the last month of it’s existence you can bid in Wakata auction, where the club is selling off it’s unique design equipment – eg. Painting by Tokyo (pattern for the club’s logo), which was painted in one of the first Kick The Shit videos (legendary Prague’s graffiti video), the DJ console or maybe a bar stool called “drtikulka”. Few pieces from the auction can be found here.

Hope that the owners will find a new place and don’t give it up. The club will always remain indelibly inscribed in our memories as one of the major bars of the post-communist Prague’s club scene. We would like to thank the whole Wakata team for the great space and unforgettable gigs. RIP Wakata.

Prague’s John Lennon wall – „Wall is over!“ – Mystery unveiled

When we symbolically moved John Lennon’s wall to Národní Třída for the 25th Anniversary of Velvet Revolution, we didn’t even know that student art group Pražská služba (Prague’s service) made a happening at the real one. They covered the whole wall which became a symbol of freedom and opposition to communist regime with white color and left it blank with a stencil sign in the middle: WALL IS OVER!

Alternative Prague’s Lennon Wall at Národní Třída

In the morning the Czech news were filled with articles and discussions about this. Right after the owner of the wall filed a criminal complaint against an unknown perpetrator. From the revolution in 1989 it’s legall to paint here, but this was too much for him. He sad that this is “inside out graffiti” and that this is a criminal act 🙂
The art group contacted him and explain him everything with this statement:

“Wall at Velkopřerov Square was used as an illegal space for reflection on anti-regime protest since the 70s. There were messages, poems and paintings expretossing disagreement with the totalitarian system, which were changing permanently as the goverment was buffing it all the time, but it never stayed blank long. After the assassination of John Lennon, it had become an unofficial memorial monument that pays tribute to the memory of his pacifist and idealistic thinking. Twenty-five years ago one big totalitarian wall fell. Project „Wall is over!“ refers especially to those revolutionary events. Art school students are trying to express memories for November 17 (date of Velvet Revolution) and adds that it’s not an end, but a new beginning for the wall so it could have a new set of messages from the new generation…

Now the wall is white again – free / 17.11. 2014

Happy Christmas from Prague service.“

It seems the owner of the wall got the idea later and he’s no longer going to sue them. I think that it’s kind of symbolic and it’s a nice performance for the 25th Anniversary. The wall became a major tourist attraction and most of the tourists don’t even know why it is there, this might bring a new fresh air to this place. What is your opinion on this action? Leave us a comment below…

John Lennon Wall before the action

Alternativa 2014 – Music festival in Prague

If you are in to alternative/experimental music, you are more than welcome to join us for the 22th year of the international music festival Alternativa 2014.

The Alternativa Festival has been a staple of Prague’s autumn cultural scene for over twenty years now. This year’s festival, which runs from 8 to 16 November, will once again introduce artists who are often difficult to define according to music genre but who all have one thing in common: they look for new approaches to music, explore new methods of interpretation and unanticipated connections, and are not afraid to experiment. The same can be said for Alternativa festival-goers who are open to the most diverse music initiatives and enjoy discovering new things.

This year’s festival will kick off at club Kaštan in Prague 6 with Malá Alternativa, a showcase for new and up-and-coming bands. This will be followed by performances at the same intimate venue by Široko-daleko, Slovak band NE:BO:DAJ led by composer and musician Július Fujak, British/American duo Gareth L. Davis and Elliott Sharp who are established performers on the international alternative music scene and the Prague Improvisation Orchestra (Pražský improvizační orchestra) which is organising a live music installation tailor-made for club Kaštan in collaboration with the Perch Hen Brock & Rain quartet (NL/USA/D).

Malostranská beseda will host British band Polar Bear, recently nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize for the album In Each And Every One, the Japanese/French project Kaze led by outstanding pianist Satoko Fuji, Vojtěch Procházka’s Czech/Norwegian trio Bergljot, a special international festival project entitled ‘Dreamer´s Crossing’ (Anna Homler, Michael Delia, Jaroslav Kořán and Fabio Turchetti), improvisational vocalist Laurie Amat who is no stranger to Alternativa fans, Czech band Stratocluster, sound designer Martin Janíček and others.

Polar Bear by RJ Fernandez
Polar Bear by RJ Fernandez

As part of the festival, we have also organised several accompanying events. Anna Homler, on this occasion as an artist, will give a presentation of her exhibition of photography which documents her Pharmacia Poetica installation in the Unijazz reading room. At the same venue, festival-goers will also have the opportunity to see O hodinu dřív’s dance performance entitled ‘Cestou’ and a follow-on vocal workshop by American performer Laurie Amat. We have also put together other events in cooperation with Café Souterrain and the Školská 28 communications space. Photographs by Karel Šuster and Rudolf Dobiáš from past Alternativa festivals will be exhibited at club Kaštan until the end of November.

Anna Homler - photo by Martin Cox
Anna Homler – photo by Martin Cox

The history of the festival

The origins of the festival date back to 1992 when the Union of Authors and Performers (SAI) organised Prague Rock Days – a three-day rock festival in Prague’s Lucerna. One of the evenings was devoted to alternative music. However, the Prague Rock Days festival was a once-off event and as a result the Unijazz cultural association and the Rachot production agency decided to take over the organisation of at least the alternative part of the festival. One year later, the first year of the international music festival Alternativa was held. The festival took place in two venues in Prague 6 which no longer exist today, Spektrum K and club Delta, with a great deal of assistance from Dejvické Theatre.

Since then, the festival, which follows music acts that are outside the mainstream, has been held annually in various venues throughout Prague. In 1994 the festival helped open the Archa Theatre (formerly used exclusively for theatre performances) for concerts and music projects and the theatre became Alternativa’s main venue for several years.

Over the past 21 years, the festival has presented numerous artists from both the Czech Republic and around the world, including John Zorn, Iva Bittová, David Thomas, Elliott Sharp, Zeena Parkins, Už jsme doma, Jablkoň, Magma, Palinckx, Hector Zazou, Faust…. and many more. This represents approximately 600 acts, primarily music acts, but also theatre ensembles, projects covering a wide range of genres, performances and workshops. Alternativa has also been the inspiration for several new projects, including festivals with a similar focus.

Since 1997 a traditional part of the festival has been Malá Alternativa which has provided a platform for new up-and-coming bands. Some of the bands which have been successfully showcased at past festivals are Sledě, živé sledě, Květy, -123 min. and Vložte kočku…

For more info check the event here on Facebook