Art and culture

Lidice, seventy years on

Nearly seventy years on from the Lidice massacre it was about time that a film was made to commemorate the tragedy which remains one of the most chilling episodes in this country’s history. The Nazi reprisal took place in 1942, after the assassination of...

(Italiano) Novità Editoriali

Scveik in New York Invented by Jaroslav Hasek during the years of the First World War, the character of the good soldier Švejk, soon entered the collective imagination to become the symbol of a real way of being, whose peculiar features detach him from...

Vat on books, the controversy explodes

Publishers, writers and ordinary readers are all angry at the government’s decision to increase VAT on publications. Even Vaclav Havel is among the 150,000 signers of the petition “god protests”. But there is also discontent among the politicians of the majority: “What a paradox:...

IBC at EIRE 2011

Three days of intensive work at the main Italian event, dedicated to the real estate sector – where we participated again this year with a stand – the only one dedicated exclusively to the Czech Republic and Slovakia markets, sponsored by the Municipality of...

Czech anniversaries

20 years ago The Warsaw Pact is officially dissolved in Prague On 1st July 1991, the famous Warsaw Treaty or Warsaw Pact, is officially dissolved. This military alliance between the ex-Soviet Bloc countries, ratified soon after the Second World War, in order to counterbalance...

The New Life of the Golden Alley

In Prague we have just witnessed the re- opening, after just over a year of restoration work, of the street of the alchemists, or the golden alley to tourists. Averaging a thousand tourists per day, it is one of the Castles most magical places....

The Spielberg: rigorous jail or meeting place for armchair subversives?

The advance from Italy of an anti-risorgimento and anti-unitary front, devoid of interpretative models, has made its way to the Czech Republic. To Brno, to be exact, dominated from the top by one of the most painful symbols of Italian patriotism: the Spielberg fortress....

Italy’s 150 years celebrated in Prague and Brno

A conference to commemorate the 150 years of the unification of Italy took place in Prague and Brno on 3rd and 4thMarch. The choice of the dates was not casual. It was, in fact, on March 4th 1861 that the then subalpine Parliament proclaimed...

New Publications

I just wanted to wake up late in the morning Jaroslav Hašek’s ghost is wandering through the streets of Naples. To embody, in a Neapolitan style, the spirit of the Prague writer, is Jacopo Fernandez, the hard drinking journalist protagonist of “ I just...

Trip into Prague…the magic side

Buildings with a marked astrological symbolism; esoteric architecture; myths and legends of the past and a crowd of men of science, philosophers, astrologers, alchemists and magicians who especially in the old days of the esoteric emperors Charles IV and Rudolph II (among others) trod...