Although the summer has long gone, Prague is still gearing up for the autumn festival season. Many of these exciting festivals take place in venues scattered throughout the city, so it’s best to split your days up if possible.
October is always one of the most active months in the Czech festival scene. The annual Designblok Festival (http://www.designblok.cz/), which celebrates Czech fashion and design, takes place in the beginning of the month. This year, it runs until October 12, so there’s still time to go out and see some of the handiwork of the best designers from Prague’s bustling arts community. This year’s festival features some spectacular installations around the city, including the legendary Hotel Evropa, immortalized in countless films.
Last year’s Signal Festival (http://www.signalfestival.com/2014/en/) drew over 250,000 visitors to Prague to view cutting edge video projections, interactive exhibits, and light installations. This year’s festival looks like it may beat the record, as the festival’s organizing team has been hard at work setting up 21 installations in parts of Old Town, Hradčany, and the Little Quarter. Additional after parties and other side events are also scheduled. This year’s Signal Fest runs from October 16th to October 19th.
If the contemporary art scene is more to your liking, 4+4 Days in Motion is takes place until October 18th, in various venues throughout Prague. The festival combines some of the best work in installation art, contemporary dance, theatrical productions, and audiovisiual installations throughout the city in interesting locations. You can find more information on their website: http://www.ctyridny.cz/aktualne/
For a quieter festival experience, the 4th annual international Festival Fotograf (http://fotografestival.cz/2014/en/)will be in Prague until the 31st. This year’s theme is “Seeing is Believing”, and its activities include lectures, afterparties, and installations through out the city. The festival finishes on October 31st with a spectacular party at Cafe Neustadt
Fans of Scandinavian, Nordic, and Finnish culture won’t want to miss out on this year’s edition of Dny Severu (Northern Days) http://www.skandinavskydum.cz/dny-severu-2014, a festival celebrating the arts and culture of Northern Europe. This year’s theme is Detective Stories, and will feature interviews with Scandinavian authors, a discussion with translators of Nordic detective novels, and screenings of famous crime thrillers like Nicolas Windig Refn’s Pusher. Northern Days runs from October 21 to October 29th.
Finall, fans of underground music will appreciate BE 22, a week-long birthday celebration running from October 20-26 for the venerable Prague club, Rox. Located in the heart of Old Town on Dlouhá třída, Roxy will surely be packed to the rafters with fans looking to catch one of the high-profile acts on the festival’s bill. Among this year’s guests will be the innovative American dance-punk band Liars, and British jazz-hip-hop legends The Herbaliser. As a special treat, on October 22nd, Czech Soundz will be throwing a free show, featuring 6 stages of music and free entry.
Enjoy October and remember in November 25th there is another movie night of PraguExpats!
Team of PraguExpats