The Clinic is an autonomous social center established in 2014 in a former hospital in Žižkov. Whether or not its use of the premises is legal is still under discussion, as originally the operators had no lease, making their occupation essentially a squat. Continue reading
Ex Post is a sort of partial successor to the former Trafačka, which was an industrial space dedicated to contemporary art, active 2006 to 2014. It used to house workshops of local beginner artists and well-known foreigners. Unfortunately, the old townhouse in Vysočany it was in was demolished, displacing the artists all over Prague. Continue reading
The Ztohoven artist-activist group opened this space in October 2014. Its name and ideals carry on the traditions of the dissident and political thinker Václav Benda, who first formulated the theory of the functioning of alternative culture (or “underground” culture) in the essay titled Paralelní polis. Continue reading
Shortly before the Soviet dictator Josif Vissarionovich Stalin died in 1953, Czechoslovakia started building a massive memorial in his honor on a site on the Letná Plain (today, the site is occupied by the “Giant Metronome” installation). Continue reading
A multipurpose theater space located in what once hosted the Richter factory to make machine components and the Bendelmayer foundry plant. Since 2012, La Fabrika has underwent a full-scale process of redesign owing to private funding to become what it is today: a place that offers Continue reading
The gate of this sanctuary of fine arts opened in November 2014 for the first time. Yet it came into being only very recently, the site has something special to offer to this highly honored, wishful audience. This particularly involves the stuff called nouveau cirque, or Contemporary Circus. Continue reading
An extensive railway area with many operating buildings and multiple-storey warehouses, this high-capacity railway station built in 1931-1934 was used for the rapid transshipment of goods, particularly foodstuffs. The importance of the building in terms of transportation began to decline after 1966, after the completion of the new food depot in Strašnice. Continue reading
This musical club of Holešovice belongs, according to DJs addressed by UK’s Guardian, among the 25 best spots in Europe. Foreigners have mostly heard about it so they seek the site quite a lot. Yet it is not what you would probably expect. The opposite may be true. Continue reading
This international center for contemporary art founded in 2001 by artist David Černý is part of a special industrial building. A former glass-making factory built in the 1920s, after World War II it served for manufacturing diesel engines of Škoda Pilsen. In the 1990s it was abandoned once for all. Continue reading
Made from a shipping container and aimed at the presentation of NGOs, this season-only cultural center does not lack a comfortable seating area and diverse programs. Containall is operated by what once was a civic association founded in early 2013 upon the initiative of a group of friends to transform into a non-profit company in December 2013. Continue reading
My story of rediscovering the pub
You’ll surely know that. You have a hint of an event stored in your memory and the more water flows down the River Vltava, the more it seems that the event was fun, a freaky experience and overall success. The same goes for places.
I bet that this rather unattractive-looking pub would be bypassed if you went around. Well, no wonder. But the fact is that you would make a major mistake and lose the chance of getting fundamental knowledge needed to understand the soul of a Czech person since if you get some courage and pay a visit to this godforsaken and perhaps damned operation, you can experience the reality of the Czech pub culture firsthand.
If you want to experience something other than a sterile, far from being original cinema, pay a visit to Aero. Offering a highly diverse program, whether featuring up-to-date movies or pieces that had their premiere long ago, the dramaturgy staff seek to choose recordings that either exceed the industry standards in terms of quality or bring something interesting.
The operation opened in March 2012. Previously, there used to be a spot called Boží mlýny that I loved very much so I was a little disappointed to hear it would no longer be located in these beautiful cellar premises. However, Pražírna is just as good – maybe even a bit better and nicer in this or that.