Apr 09, 2024

Prague Celebrates Centenary of Franz Kafka’s Death with Special Tram

Franz Kafka fans rejoice! A special tram decorated with a portrait of the author and quotes from his works is now cruising through the streets of Prague.

This unique initiative aims to attract visitors to the Czech capital throughout 2024, marking the centenary of Kafka’s passing in June, 1924.

The commemorative tram, which will run on various routes, displays illustrations of Kafka with philosophical quotes – both in English and Czech – scattered along its exterior. “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us,” reads along one side of the tram. “Do not waste time looking for an obstacle – maybe there is none,” reads another. “He who sees does not need to ask,” is also displayed in Czech.

The inside of the tram comes with more quotes and information about Kafka’s life.

The tram isn’t the only tribute planned. Prague, along with the Ministry of Culture, has lined up an exciting program of events to commemorate this literary giant.

Art enthusiasts will be captivated by “Franz Kafka-Elevation,” a captivating illustration by Magdalena Jetelová gracing the New Mill Water Tower. Furthermore, the city is supporting 14 additional projects with a total investment of CZK 1.4 million. These include the theatrical productions “Kafka Has Left the Building” at the Na zábradlí Theatre and “Kafka’s Cause” by the Prague Chamber Ballet.

Exhibitions and publications also form part of the rich program. Collaborations are underway with institutions like the Jewish Museum, the Jewish Community, the Prague Literary House of the German Language, Revolver Revue, and the Architecture Association.

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“The diverse activities planned for this anniversary year highlight Franz Kafka’s enduring influence as one of the most significant writers of the 20th century,” remarked Culture Minister Martin Baxa (ODS).

The celebration of Kafka’s life and work has already begun at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art with an exhibition of contemporary artistic interpretations inspired by the author, running until September.

“Several events will be held in June at the Prague Municipal Library itself,” announced Tomáš Řehák, the library’s head. “The Na zábradlí Theatre will stage a production titled ‘Franz and Kavka,’ and the theme will also be explored at the 29th International Book Fair and the World of Books literary festival.”

So, if you’re a Kafka aficionado or simply appreciate exceptional literature, Prague beckons in 2024! Immerse yourself in the world of this celebrated author through this unique program of events.

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