It Is Finally Official! (Je To Konečně Oficiální!)

8 01 2009

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EU Flag (www.timeanddate.com)

Even though the Czech Republic assumed the EU presidency on January 1st, the celebrations with EU and Czech government officials was scheduled for the 7th of January. The EU officials spent the whole day in Prague to experience the Czech cuisine and learn about our culture, and in the evening they had a chance to attend a celebration ceremony in the National Theatre in Prague. Many politicians, diplomats and other important figures attended this event; however, the Czech President Vaclav Klaus was absent.

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New Year’s Fireworks in Prague (Novorocni Ohnostroj v Praze)

1 01 2009

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New Year’s fireworks in Prague were in a theme of the number nine this time. Fireworks, named Nine Images, lasted exactly 999 seconds in a form of nine countries from four continents: France, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Spain and Portugal. The whole program consisted of a 19-seconds-long prelude, nine images – each 99 seconds long, and an 89-second-long finale representing the Czech Republic to remind everybody that the Czech Republic is taking over the Presidency of the European Union.

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A New Czech National Anthem Could Be Emerging Soon (Nova Ceska Narodni Hymna?)

23 09 2008

Clanek v CESTINE dole.

The national Czech anthem was composed over 170 years ago by Frantisek Skroup as the opening scene of a patriotic opera called Fidlovacka. The opera was written by Josef Kajetan Tyl at a time where Czechs were only a small ethnic minority within the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The anthem is known to every Czech living at home or abroad as a festive patriotic piece. But to the Czech conductor and composer Varhan Orchestrovic Bauer it is envisioned as a melancholic and sad folk song that needs a makeover.

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