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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

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Live Action Light Paint

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Picture with happy visitors 😉

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.

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

Prague’s graffiti jam of the year

Prague will host the biggest graffiti jam of the year on 17th of May 2014 at the longest legal graffiti zone in central Europe. Yes, the jam will take place at Orionka / Belárie graff wall and you will have a chance to meet the best of the best graffiti writers from Prague. This event is organized by two strong elements of the local graff scene. The most popular Czech graffiti and cultural website PhatBeatz.cz which celebrates 12 years in the game and the biggest graffiti shop Graffneck which is celebrating ninth year in support of this exciting art discipline. On top of that, this is the 10th year of the existence of this legal zone. If you are in Prague and you are reading this blog, this is simply a must!

The Jam starts at 12 AM and it will be accompanied with music by the Czech legendary djs: DJ Goldstar, Jaykob and Inside Kru DJs Aesop & Bica.

Refreshments are provided with the help of experienced guys from mobile vege fast food Waipawa.
In addition to the classic menu, beer-limo-alcoholic coctails they also offer vegeburgers and falafel.
For those who are not that alternative and fancy more some classics there will be special sausages which consist of 95% meat.
You will also have a chance to taste delicious 11° beer Wlnozubec from special Bulovka micro-brewery.

How to get there:
By car: Mezi vodami street / GPS: 50.008884,14.402862
By train: every half an hour from Praha hl.n. to Praha-Modřany station
By ferry: Ferry P6 every 20 minutes from Lahovičky to Nádraží Modřany: http://goo.gl/rAKqbw
By bus: bus no. 139, 165, 173, 341 to Modřanská škola station – http://goo.gl/maps/wwlpB
By tram: tram no. 3 and 17 to Modřanská škola station – http://goo.gl/maps/wwlpB

more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/524704284252478

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SIGNAL Festival with special Alternative walking tour

Prague will host the very first light festival in its history called Prague Light Festival Signal from 17th to 20th October 2013.

For four days in October historical heart of Prague will be turned to a center of new technologies, amazing ideas and unbound creativity.

The festival will bring the city’s historical buildings to life through the audio-visual installations. International and local artists will be revealing major trends of new technologies and lighting design in the streets of Prague featuring video mapping projections, audio-visual installations including light sculptures and other light installations, concerts and performances in the Old Town Square, lit up Hybernia building, Ovocný trh, Kampa, the National Theatre’s New Stage and other spots in the city. Prague Light Festival Signal is organised by Fresh Films and supported by the City of Prague and Czech Tourism.

This festival will be really massive and we are glad that our company was chosen to take our own part in it. We designed a special festival walking tour around the installations in the city centre for you and you can join us every day during the festival. You will see the selected installation with commentary about the author and details of the presented work. The tour starts every day at 7 PM and at 9PM from the Signal info point (Jan Palach Square, Prague 1 in front of Rudolfinum concert hall).The price depends on the number of participants.
We are looking forward to see you there! for more info please visit Signal Festival official website here.

Also our beloved guide Sany prepared for you original graffiti workshop with our friends from Green Lemon company specially designed for the festival where you will have a chance to try out to spray your own graffiti piece with phosphorescent colors under Sany’s strict supervision and guidance.

Bethlehem Odyssey – video art show on 12th October

If you are wondering what to do tomorrow in Prague after the Alternative tour. This event might be the right thing to take in your consideration:

On Saturday 12th October on the facade of the Bethlehem Chapel in Prague will take place unique multimedia art video mapping show called „Bethlehem Odyssey“. During the performance you will have a chance to watch historical images which will blend with computer animations and effects. The show will unfold the historical story of John Hus – Czech famous priest who was burnt at the stake on 6th of July 1415 as a heretic. John Hus was the key predecessor of the whole protestant movement in Europe and therefore he’s one of the most famous Czechs and one of the most beloved persons in our history. You can find his monument in the middle of the Old Town Square in Prague.

The show was prepared for you by Zdeňka Čechová who is the director and choreographer of this audiovisual art projection. The projection will be accompanied with amazing music by composer Miroslav Vobořil. Zdeňka will try to revive the old frescoes on the facade of the Bethlehem chapel which is undoubtedly historically linked with this chapter of the Czech history. You will see John Hus first as a preacher and rector of Charles University and afterwards as a heretic and martyr. Another part of the story is the portrait of the resistance of the Czech people under the leadership of Jan Zizka and the subsequent Hussite movement. She also tries to emphasize the worldwide significant dates of foundation of Charles University and Czech Technical University in Prague (first university in Central Europe). All will be presented with hi-tech computer effects and animations.

This will be actually just a sneak preview, gala premiere is planned for 2015 to mark the 600th anniversary of the death of John Hus. But it will be also a great warmup for the Signal festival which will take place in Prague next week and where we prepared a special walking tour and workshop for you…

When: The performance will take place on Saturday, 12th October from 20:30 and from 21:00 to 21:30.

Where: Bethlehem Chapel

Admission is free.

Free concerts in the underground subway stations

For the second time the Prague Public Transport Company, in cooperation with the Conservatory and the College of Jaroslav Jezek prepared for you a spring concerts in 17 selected stations of Prague’s subway (metro). 37 different music groups will perform all over the Prague’s underground stations on Tuesday, 14 May from 6 AM till 10:45 PM. Each group has scheduled performance lasting 45 minutes and during the day program you will hear more than 20 different music genres.

The first concert starts at 6.00 pm in the station Hradčanská (green line) where you will have a chance to see the guitar duo KJJ, they they will play a wide range of musical styles from the Renaissance through the Latin-American music, Spanish folklore to popular radio songs. Last bands will play from 10 PM at the stations Vltavská and Florenc (red line).

I visited this event last year and it was really great and unusual experience, so I can only recommend this show to everyone of you.

The whole program can be found here.

Here you can check one video from last years event:

Million Marihuana March event in Prague

The 16th traditional annual demonstration, march and culturally uplightening event for the legalization of cannabis will take place on Saturday, May 4th 2013, as part of the worldwide campaign Million (also Global) Marijuana March. The demonstration will start at 12.30 PM by assembly at Karlovo náměstí in Prague, Czech Republic.

The event is organized by the Legalizace.cz civic association and strives to express the citizens disapproval of the current anti-marijuana policy in our country. Furthermore, it aims to highlight key problems and imperfections of effective laws including the recently passed bill regarding medical marijuana. It also wishes to voice its solidarity with the victims of cannabis prohibition in this country and abroad. By way of this happening, thousands of citizens from the entire Czech Republic will join the hundreds of thousands of people and several hundred cities spanning five continents together in protest against the nonsensical and harmful worldwide prohibition of cannabis.

The main demand of this demonstration is to legalize the growing and possession of cannabis and cannabis products for personal use, both for medical and recreational purposes.

The demonstration will start on Saturday, May 4th at 12.30 PM on Karlovo náměstí. The peaceful, but very visible procession accompanied by music will set out from here through the city to Parukářka park, where two music stages and a varied program will await.

You can also look forward to a cultural medley provided by the legendary Czech bands with wide range of musical styles from punk to bass music. Apart from the musical entertainment, a cannabis open-air market and a non-profit sector await you, and for families with children, there will also be a program provided for the youngest protesters.

This cultural event is taking place in Parukářka park under the patronage of PhDr. Matěj Stropnický, deputy major of Prague 3. You can follow the live music from your homes at live.legalizace.cz. For more info about the event visit mmm.legalizace.cz.

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