Prague will celebrate the upcoming Czech EU Presidency with many events this weekend

The town hall said the celebrations, held under the slogan “Praha žije Evropou” (Prague meets Europe), should represent Prague transformed into the “capital of Europe” during the EU presidency. From Friday to Sunday, and in some cases also next week, a rich palette of activities is planned, which, according to the municipal authorities, also aim to exchange know-how with other European capitals on contemporary urban issues. .

One of the main venues for these celebrations will be Mariánské náměstí Square, where the Mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, will receive a symbolic relay from the Deputy Mayor of Paris, to symbolize the handover of the French EU Presidency to the Czech Republic.

Speaking at the unveiling of Prague’s plans on Wednesday, Hřib said the square will also host accompanying debates between Czech and French experts on topics ranging from innovation and sustainability to urban cooperation.

Zdenek Hřib |  Photo: Michaela Danelová, Cesky rozhlas

“Part of the square will also be transformed into a summer cinema, where there will be screenings of French, Czech and Swedish films, the latter because Sweden takes over the presidency after our country. People will also have the opportunity to taste some dishes of French cuisine. This will continue until Sunday, June 26.

Meanwhile, in front of the nearby Rudolfinum Concert Hall, the city will host a variety of shows from the city’s major theater companies as well as a regular balloon launch accompanied by acrobatic performances. Families with children can appreciate the planned educational game which will focus on discovering interesting corners of the center of Prague, or the various artistic and entertainment programs that are planned on site. Activities are scheduled to be accompanied by live jazz and classical music.

Special processions of dancers carrying the flags of EU member states are planned in Hradčany, Charles, Mariánské Squares and Prague’s Old Town this week and next week.

Campus Hybernska |  Photo: HYB4/Prazské služby

On Friday this week, Campus Hybernská will host the Let’s repair Czechia (Opravme Cesko) event, where visitors can ask repairers for advice on what items they need to repair. There will also be a performance by Roma band Bachtale Apsa, and at 10 p.m. musician David Vrbík will perform with his signature laser string instrument. The following day, the same venue will host workshops where visitors can decorate their flowerpots or exchange flowers, with further musical performances planned for the evening.

South of Charles Square, the Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP) in Prague will see experts from the French, Czech and Swedish capitals exchange their experiences on urban cycling, green public spaces and collective housing.

Čapadlo summer terrace |  Photo: Úřad městské části Praha 1

Fans of iconic landscapes might want to visit the Čapadlo Summer Terrace where the city will showcase its new hydroponic wall. As in other venues, the evenings will see live musical performances, such as that of French chansonniers Pierre Morillon Duo on Fridays at 6 p.m.

If the bustling center isn’t your kind of place, you’ll also have the option of attending a guided urban agriculture tour at Kotlaska Community Garden in Prague’s Libeň district.

The first reuse center in the Czech capital, Z pokoje do pokoje, near Florenc bus station, will present its products and workshop to visitors on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The furniture of the center will also be exhibited on the Marianské náměstí square during the symbolic handing over of the relay on Friday, informs the town hall.

According to events director Jakub Vedral of the company ArtProm, “Praha žije Evropou” is a “multi-genre happening open not only to Praguers, but to all visitors to the Czech capital”. He said he hoped to present Prague from new and unseen angles.

Berta D. Wells