It’s here. The annual celebration for the founding of the Czechoslovak Republic. But this year’s festival will be the biggest yet for the 100th anniversary. The festivities begin on Friday, September 28 (St. Wenceslas Day) and end on Sunday, October 28. This celebration month includes exhibitions, concerts, theatrical performances, concerts and opening days of renovated buildings.
Here is a timeline with insider tips and information of the celebration month (Part III)
- October 27
- Concerts and March for the Republic
- Namesti Republiky, Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square
Three genre-concerts will split time between three stages: one in Namesti Republiky, Old Town Square, and Wenceslas Square. There’s also a festive march for the Republic attended by representatives of students, Sokol, legionnaires, and other organizations and associations.
- October 28
- Opening of the National Museum
- Vinohradská, Prague 1
In symbolic fashion, the National Museum will open its doors after reconstruction on the exact date of the 100th anniversary. Visitors can enjoy not only the beautifully renovated interiors of the National Museum’s Historic Building and guided tours, but also three exhibitions spread over an area of almost 2,000 square meters.
- October 28
- Štěpánská 61, Prague 1
In the Great Hall of Lucerna, a concert commemorating the founding of the republic will take place in the evening. The Prague Selection, the legendary underground band that became a symbol of resistance during the communist regime, will headline the event. It’s their only concert in Prague this year. David Koller and Kollerband, Vladimír Mišík, Ivan Hlas Trio, Vltava, and ETC… are the warm-up bands, while Garage (a symbol of resistance and a part of the Velvet Revolution) will end the concert with Kapela Garage and Tony Ducháček.
- November 6 – 11
- Czech Innovation Expo
- Rytířská 31, Prague 1
The Czech Innovation Expo is a new project that takes a look over the past 100 years of Czech history in science, research and innovation using cutting-edge technology. At first glance, the exhibition looks like an abstract game of shapes projected on the walls and a wooden box. The content of the show is only shown in the second part, where people use tablets and smartphones to interact with the exhibit. The project also maps the current innovation ecosystem of the Czech Republic and offers the possibility of virtual meetings with non-scientists, innovators and industrialists. It is one of the official programs to celebrate Czechoslovak statehood. Before coming to Prague, the exhibit was in Beijing and Brno.
Author: Meredith Hessel