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90 years of Nepomuk College

This religious institution in Rome is a reference point for Czech citizens in the Eternal City College for young seminarians preparing for the mission as future Catholic priests, meeting point, centre of the religious, cultural and scientific life of the Czechs in the Italian...

In 1929 the Czech Jawa Moto started the production of motorcycles

90 years ago The Czech Jawa Moto started the production of motorcycles It was František Janeček who in 1929, in the Pankrác district of Prague, founded what is now the oldest Czech motorcycle company still in business. The first motorcycle model that the factory...

Plastic People of the Universe, when music led you to jail

The most iconic (musically and politically) among Czechoslovak rock bands marks their 50 years of activity The Plastic People of the Universe (also known as Plastici or PPU) were one of the most well-known groups beyond the curtain even before 1989. This is also...

The Magic Lantern: The revolution of ‘89 witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague,

The Magic Lantern: The revolution of ‘89 witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague by Timothy Garton Ash We recommend the new edition of an essay of contemporary history, a real classic by now. “The Magic Lantern” is one of those rare books able...

Ecstasy, when Czech cinema scandalized the world

Gustav Machatý’s 1930s masterpiece, a watershed in the history of the art of film, made a return to the Venice festival this summer “In the garden of the Excelsior that evening, you could hear the breath of the extremely attentive spectators, you felt a...

In 2009 the Národní technická knihovna was opening

10 years ago The Národní technická knihovna was opening The National Technical Library (NTK) celebrated its first 10 years of existence in September. Located in Prague, in the district of Dejvice, in a modern building considered among the most interesting, from an architectural point...

That century old swaying friendship between Rome and Prague

The prevailing Francophile tendencies in Czechoslovakia and the subsequent rise of fascism in Italy beset with obstacles the beginning of diplomatic relations between the two countries Although the first relations and exchanges in various areas between Italy and the Czech lands go back to...

Culture and freedom at Václav Havel Library

The study centre dedicated to the former Czech President in the centre of Prague: a place of research to delve into the concept of dialogue The events are frequent, one every three to four days, at the Václav Havel Library, the library located in...

Jaroslav Heyrovský won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry

60 years ago The Nobel Prize for Chemistry went to Jaroslav Heyrovský Jaroslav Heyrovský is considered the father of electroanalytical chemistry and was the inventor of the dropping mercury electrode, a working electrode for measurements that is used in polarography. Heyrovský was born in...

Classic by Walter Attanasi

December 10 On December 10, in the church of St. Salvator – a baroque monument part of the Klementinum in Prague – will take place a Classic concert, organized and conducted by Maestro Walter Attanasi, as part of the Italia Arte Fest and Umbria...