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Prague Choral Meetings 2017

Prague Spring Choral Meeting 

April 28-May 1, 2017

Prague Summer Choral Meeting:

July 13-16, 2017

August 3-6, 2017

Prague Autumn Choral Meeting:

November 9-12, 2017

November 16-19, 2017

Prague Advent Choral Meeting:

November 23-26, 2017

November 30-December 3, 2017

Prague Spring Choral Meeting 

April 28-May 1, 2017

Prague Summer Choral Meeting:

July 13-16, 2017

August 3-6, 2017

Prague Autumn Choral Meeting:

November 9-12, 2017

November 16-19, 2017

Prague Advent Choral Meeting:

November 23-26, 2017

November 30-December 3, 2017

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Prague Spring Choral Meeting
March 17-20, 2016

Prague Summer Choral Meeting
July 14-17, 2016
August 4-7, 2016

Prague Autumn Choral Meeting
November 10-13, 2016
November 17-20, 2016

Prague Advent Choral Meeting 2016
November 24-27, 2016
December 1-4, 2016

Prague Advent Choral Meeting 2015

Prague Advent Choral Meeting


November 12-15, 2015
November 19-22, 2015
November 26-29, 2015
December 3-6, 2015

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Prague Advent Choral Meeting 2014

November 20-23, 2014
November 27-30, 2014
December     4-7, 2014

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Prague Summer Choral Meeting 2014

Prague Advent Choral Meeting

July 17-20 , 2014

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Prague Advent Choral Meeting 2013

November 21-24, 2013
December 5-8, 2013
December 12-15, 2013

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November 22-25, 2012
December 6-9, 2012

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December 1 - 4, 2011
December 8-11, 2011

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Advent Choral Meeting

December 2 - 5, 2010
December 9-12, 2010

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Advent Choral Meeting

December 3 - 6, 2009
December 10-13, 2009

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Advent Choral Meeting
December 4 - 7, 2008

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Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Situated on the River Vltava in central Bohemia, Prague has been the political, cultural, and economic center of the Czech state for over 1100 years. The city proper is home to more than 1.2 million people.

Prague is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is among the most visited cities on the continent. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. According to the Guiness World Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world.

Prague is traditionally one of the cultural centers of Europe, hosting many cultural events. Significant cultural institutions: National Theater, Estates Theatre, premiere of Mozart's Don Giovanni was held there, The Rudolfinum (home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra), State Opera, National Museum. There are hundreds of concert halls, galleries, cinemas and music clubs in the city.

Basic Info
  • Area: 496 sqkm
  • Population: 1,212,097 (2007)
  • Geographical situation: north latitude 50° 05', east longitude 14° 27', height above sea level 235 m (average)
  • Time: Central European (GMT+1), summer time - Central European +1 (GMT+2)
  • Climate: average temperature 9,0°C
    summer season - July 19,0°C
    winter season - January -0,9°C
  • The Vltava river flows through the city in the length of 30 km, its maximum width being 330 m
  • Parts of the historical centre: Hradcany, Mala Strana (Lesser Town), Stare Mesto (Old Town) including Josefov, Nove Mesto (New Town) and Vysehrad
  • Administrative division: 22 administrative areas
  • Voltage: 230 V

How to get there:
Prague is served by Ruzyne International Airport, the biggest airport in the Czech Republic and one of the busiest and the most modern in Central and Eastern Europe. It is the hub of the flag carrier, Czech Airlines and of the low-cost airlines SkyEurope and Smart Wings operating throughout Europe.

Transport

Prague's transport system is incredibly reliable, and covers a very large percentage of the metropolitan area and surrounding outskirts. Using a combination of bus, tram, train, and metro it is possible to get to within a five minute walk of essentially any part of the central city. The public transport infrastructure consists of an integrated transport system of Prague Metro (with 55 stations in total), Prague Tram System (including the "nostalgic tram" no. 91), buses, the Petrín funicular to Petrín Hill.

Currency

Currency is the Czech Crown /CZK/. Exchange rate of November 2008: 1 EUR is approx. 24 CZK.

Banknotes:
Kc 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000

Exchange rates - www.cnb.cz

Money ex-change

Money can be exchanged in hotels, exchange offices or banks. However the rate of exchange and charges can differ greatly.

Language

The Czech language is a west slavic language. Older Czechs often speak German or Rusian, for younger people, English is the most popular foreign language.

Czech Christmas

Just like in most European nations, as well as numerous countries around the world, Christmas is among the biggest and most popular holidays in the Czech Republic. Over the centuries, Czech Christmas traditions, customs and ceremonies have developed into somewhat of a cultural phenomenon. 

Roaming Masked Characters

It is believed, in many European nations, that during long winter nights the powers of the earth, wind and sky fight a fierce battle with demonic creatures. During this time of year the Sun, it seems, has lost the battle. Throughout the entire month of December, folk Christmas traditions are abound with mysterious creatures and characters, all shrouded in hidden symbolism. People often dress up like these characters strolling from house to house and through the dimly lit streets during the evening hours. These characters include:

Barborky (St. Barbara’s Day)
Barborky have very little to do with St. Barbara, except for the name. They used to visit rural homes on the eve of St. Barbara’s Day. Their costumes varied according to the individual region - sometimes wearing white dresses tied by a wide blue or red ribbon around their waist with both ends hanging down the left side of their body. So they would not be recognized, their hair was worn over their faces with a flower chain or a crown on their heads.  In the right hand they would carry a broom and in the left, a bundle or basket with presents. In some regions they wore a white cloth and tulle veil, or black dresses.
What do these mysterious Barborky do? Their arrival was signaled by the thrashing of their brooms on the windows and a ringing bell, after which they would enter the house and proclaim: "We have come from the Chapel of Drazíc to inspect your children, and to see whether they have been good or not this year. St. Nicholas will be arriving soon from far, far away, to bring great gifts to all the children who have been good. The angels have told St. Nicholas where all the good children live and these children will receive precious gifts from him. Now we must leave on to the next house, and if you children are good, we shall see you next year again." Good children were never afraid of Barborky. 

St. Nicholas

The evening before St. Nicholas Day, December 5, St. Nicholas strolls around the city, accompanied by an Angel and a Devil, visiting children and handing out presents. First, he asks the children whether they have been good and if not, they must promise they will be better next year. In Central Europe, there is no association of this St. Nicholas with the Western character of St. Nicolaus, also known as Santa Claus (like in England, USA, Sweden or elsewhere) who brings presents at Christmas. The St. Nicholas tradition is based on the legend of St. Nicholas, a bishop who lived in the 4th century in Asia Minor and was renowned for his religious life and charity. St. Nicholas gives presents in all Slavic countries. This tradition became very popular and the character of St. Nicholas, dressed in a long coat with a crosier in his hand, is now always accompanied by a devil and an angel, representing the antimony of good and evil.

Christmas tree and Christmas Eve

Christmas trees are usually decorated on Christmas Eve, December 24, or earlier in some families.  Nativity scenes are arranged, Christmas presents are wrapped and preparations for Christmas dinner are made. The Czech traditional Christmas dinner consists of fish soup, breaded fried carp fillets and potato salad. As the Christmas menu varies from region to region as well as family to family, there are indeed a whole host of recipes used. Tourists can also enjoy the Czech Christmas atmosphere as most of the restaurants and hotels offer traditional Czech Christmas meals.

The tradition of decorating Christmas trees is not very old in the Czech Republic. Legend has it that the first Christmas tree in Prague was erected for Christmas in 1812 at the Liben Chateau by the director of the Theater of the Estates J. K. Liebich for his guests.  Soon after, the Czech aristocracy and wealthy townspeople followed his lead and in the 1840, the tradition of Christmas tree decorating was wide-spread. In the past, trees were decorated with sweets, various folk ornaments made from wood, ginger bread or dough, although nowadays they have mostly been replaced by blown glass and colorful tinsel.  However, traditional ornaments made from natural materials are slowly making their comeback including straw ornaments, apples, nuts and the orange fruit of the Chinese lantern plant. Originally, the Christmas tree was hung tip-down, not standing upright. Nowadays, the trees are taken down on the day of the Magi or the following Sunday.

Christmas is a family holiday where no one should stay home alone. That’s why the entire family usually meets at the Christmas dinner table and if someone lives alone, they are invited over by friends or neighbors. The festive dinner is followed by the special moment which children look forward to all year long - unwrapping the presents from under the tree that were left by baby Jesus. To get the presents they wished for, many children write letters to baby Jesus before Christmas. On Christmas Eve, baby Jesus enters each home and leaves presents under the tree. He lights the candles and lights on it and then disappears without being seen just before the Christmas bell rings. Christmas carols are usually sung under the lit Christmas tree. The most famous are: Christ the King is Born (originated in the 15th century), Wanting Him to Fall Asleep (17th century), Merry Feast of Yuletide (late 17th century), Come All Ye Shepherds (from 1847) and Silent Night (originally Austrian from 1818), as well as Czech carols: Pujdem spolu do Betléma (Come Together to Bethlehem), Stojí vrba kosatá, Dej Buh stestí (May God Bless You).
At midnight, people usually go to church for J. J. Ryba’s Czech Christmas Mass.

Christmas Today

There are numerous special Christmas events organized throughout the city. Exhibitions, concerts in churches and concert halls, advent music festivals, fund raisers, special programs for children - something for everybody. Czech Christmas cannot be complete without the Czech teacher and composer Jan Jakub Ryba’s (1765 - 1815) Christmas Mass with folk and pastoral elements Hey, Master. It is performed in churches throughout the advent season.
Advent time is not only about exhibitions and concerts. People clean and decorate their houses before Christmas. Gifts for family and friends are purchased, Christmas and New Year’s cards are sent, Christmas bread and other Christmas pastries are baked (vanilla rolls, sugar cookies). Christmas trees are bought, typically spruces, firs or pines. Around December 20 big tubs with live carp for sale appear in the streets of town.

Most visited sights

Prague Castle, Prazsky Hrad A castle was established on this site in the 9th century, and a Romanesque palace was erected in the 12th. In the 14th century, under the reign of Charles IV, it was rebuilt in the Gothic style. The final reconstruction of the Royal palace took place under the Jagellons at the end of the 15th century, and at that time the builder Benedikt Rejt added the now-famous Vladislav Hall, also in Gothic style. The castle was enlarged in the 16th century, especially after a big fire in 1541. The Spanish Hall, in a new part of the castle, was added in the reign of Rudolf II, and it took its final form in the time of Empress Maria Theresa, under the direction of the architect M. Pacassi. After World War I the interior and gardens of the castle were renovated by the architect J. Plecnik. Today the Castle is the seat of the President of the Czech Republic, and it serves as the historical and political centre of both city and state.

Charles Bridge (Karluv most) Started in 1357 by Master Otto and completed by Petr Parler, this is the oldest bridge in Prague. The statues and the groups of statues are mostly from the 18th century. Best-known are works by Matthias Braun and Ferdinand Maxmilian Brokof. Altogether 30 statues or sculptural groups line the bridge, 15 on each side. On the right side of the bridge, the Crucifixion scene includes a large 17th century Hebrew inscription, paid for by a rich Jew accused of blasphemy. Midway across the bridge, the oldest statue, cast in bronze in 1683, honours a local martyr St. Jan of Nepomuk.The bridge is 515 metres long and 10 metres wide.

 

Josefov - Prague Jewish Town Dates to the 13th century but its presents appearance is mainly the result of a vast redevelopment action undertaken between 1893-1913. Only a few most sifnificant buildings were saved, the living testimony of the history of Prague Jews which lasted for many centuries. Yet these buildings form the best preserved complex of Jewish historical monuments in the whole Europe (The following sights are open to the public: Old-New Synagogue, Old Jewish Cemetery, Pinkas Synagogue, Maisel Synagogue, Klaus Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue).


The Old Town Hall with the Astronomical Clock The Town Hall was founded in 1338. In 1364 the tower was joined to the chapel, and in 1470 the Town Hall was refurbished in Gothic style. The clock dates from the beginning of the 15th century; on the hour, a procession of the Twelve Apostles appears the window in the upper part. In the lower part are 12 medallions with the signs of the zodiac, created by Josef Manes (1865). The eastern wing of the Town Hall was destroyed on May 8, 1945, and has not been rebuilt yet.

Bambino - Infant Jesus Infant Jesus of Prague (Czech Prazske Jezulatko) is a famous statue of infant Jesus located in the Church of Our Lady Victorious in Malá Strana, Prague. Its history started in the beginning of the 17th century when a statue of the Infant Jesus was brought into Bohemia by a Spanish Princess. This princess had been given the statue as a wedding gift by her mother, Maria Manriquez de Lara of Spain, and the statue eventually was given to the Discalced Carmelites in Prague. The statue was set up in the oratory of the monastery, and twice a day, special devotions to Jesus were performed before it.

Souvenirs

What are the opening hours of Prague stores? Most stores open between 9 and 10 a.m. and close between 6 and 7 p.m. There is usually no lunch break. Stores in the historical center are also open during the weekend.

Do Prague stores and restaurants accept the Euro? The Czech Republic is part of the European Union, but local currency is czech crown - ceska koruna. Some shops, restaurants and hotels accept payments in Euro.

What are some typical things to buy in Prague? The most typical handicrafts are glass, crystal, porcelain and ceramics. Stores selling this type of merchandise can be found everywhere in the city center. If you like Czech music, you can buy a CD of alocal edition of classical music. If you want to take home a gastronomic souvenir, there are the spa wafers from Karlovy Vary that come in a box, or you can taste them fresh and warm on the streets. There is also the typical Czech liquor (also from Karlovy Vary) called Becherovka.

Eat & Drink

Prague offer of hospitality is abundant. There are restaurants of different price categories here, with international cuisine, with all kinds of national cuisine, as well as restaurants specialized in fish, venison, vegetarian, kosher dishes, etc. At one’s disposal, there are wine-bars, beer halls, coffee lounges, internet cafés, confectioneries, tea-rooms and night-clubs with entertaining programmes. Culture and style of catering are always interesting in a foreign country. Therefore, the first place in the offer is represented by restaurants with Czech cuisine, which is highly appreciated by a majority of visitors.
It includes plenty of various classical dishes, such as pork with sauerkraut and dumplings, sirloin of beef, tomato, dill, mushroom and other sauces with dumplings and beef, or schnitzel with a special potato salad, roasted pork knuckle, or perhaps yeast fruit dumplings strewn with cottage cheese and sugar. It is also possible to choose from many regional specialities, various potato and mushroom dishes as well as desserts, such as famous Bohemian and Moravian cakes.

A good dinner must be accompanied by the Czech national drink - beer, first and foremost worldwide known Pilsner beer, brewed in Plzen, the city in the Western Bohemia. But many other excellent light and dark beers also figure in the offer - Budvar, Radegast, Gambrinus, Smíchovské, Kozel, Bernard, Krusovice and tens of other brands. Some beerhouses brew their own beer and it is possible to order an excursion to a brewery.The selection of delicious Czech and namely Moravian wines is abundant as well. Men like to visit picturesque beerhouses, whereas women indulge themselves in neat confectioneries with a rich selection of sweet desserts and good coffee, but both agree on one of stylish wine cellars.

The main meal is usually dinner served at midday time or supper, which is served most often from 6 to 8 p.m. The day activity begins earlier then in the most of other European countries, but the development of tourism brings a progressive adaptation to custom practices in other countries. Smoking is allowed only in places, where there are ashtrays on tables.Waiters are tipped at the moment of payment and the service charge is set by rounding the paid sum and reflects the client’s satisfaction (at average ca 10 %). In the best-known and luxurious restaurants, the seat reservation is recommended, especially in the evening.

As it is usual also in other countries, the prices in restaurants differ - it depends on type, standard or locality of the catering establishment. The price of a menu usually ranges from 200 CZK to 500 CZK, in choice restaurants it generally exceeds 1 000 CZK.

From an enormous number of restaurants, beerhouses, coffee lounges, wine-bars, and tea-rooms being at present available in Prague, we present at least some selected establishments, according to the type of their special cuisine. 

How does the city transport in Prague operate?

Metro
The Prague Metro network consists of 3 lines designated by letters and differentiated in colour:
green colour (Depo Hostivar station - Dejvicka station)
yellow colour (Cerny most station - Zlicin station)
red colour (Letnany - Haje station), with possible changes at Muzeum station (lines A and C), Mustek station (lines A and B), Florenc station (lines B and C).
Metro operates daily from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. The time interval between train departures is approximately 2 - 3 minutes during the workday rush hours and 4 - 10 minutes during off-peak hours.

Trams
Daytime operation is from 4:30 a.m. to midnight. Night operation is from midnight to 4:30 a.m. and is provided by tram numbers 51 to 59 in the interval of 30 minutes. The central interchage station for night lines is Lazarska stop. Tram schedules are located at individual stops. 

Historic tram – the nostalgic No. 91 line: 
sightseeing rides on this historic tram through the downtown area; runs from April to November.

Buses
The daytime and night operation of buses is similar to tram operation. Night service is provided by bus numbers 501 to 514 and 601 to 604. Bus schedules are located at individual stops.


Fares

Transfer ticket 26,- Kc
Discounted (children 6 to 15 years) 13,- Kc

  • the ticket is valid for 75 minutes after marking. During off-peak hours, i.e. 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on working days and all day Saturdays and Sundays ticket validity is prolonged to 90 minutes.

Ticket with limited transfer options 18,- Kc
Discounted (children 6 to 15 years) 9,- Kc

  • in trams and buses a nontransfer ticket is valid for 20 minutes after marking and does not allow changing of lines. In the underground the nontransfer ticket is valid for 5 stations after marking (excluding the starting station) and allows transfers between the underground lines. Time validity of the nontransfer ticket in the underground is limited to 30 minutes.
  • nontransfer tickets are not valid on night trams and buses and for the Petrin Funicular

The prices may be increased during the year.

Freight

  • luggage, prams without babies 18,- Kc
  • dogs 26,- Kc

Tourist Tickets

  • for 24 hours 100,- Kc, children (6 - 15 years) 50,- Kc
  • for 3 days (72 hours) 330,- Kc (+ 1 child 6 to 15 free of charge)
  • for 5 days (120 hours) 500,- Kc (+ 1 child 6 to 15 free of charge)

These tickets are valid for all the city transport facilities and allow changes.
The ticket is valid from the moment of its marking. These tickets can be bought in the Information Centres of the Prague Public Transit Company and in the Information Centres of the Prague Information Service (PIS).

Ticket Inspection

The validity of tickets can be checked by the ticket inspectors of Dopravni podnik at any time during travel or stay in the Metro system. The ticket inspector is entitled to ask the passenger to produce his or her valid ticket, to confiscate invalid tickets, and to collect a penalty (950 Kc, if paid at once 700 Kc) in case of travel without a valid ticket. In case of unpaid freight the inspector collects a penalty 200 Kc, which is reduced to 100 Kc, if it is paid on the spot or in an excess fare ticket office of Dopravni podnik. To prove their identity, inspectors produce yellow-and-red badges. They issue receipts for the penalty amounts.

Transfers service

No transportation in Prague is included in the basic services. We feel it is very important to start your stay in Prague in the most comfortable way and would therefore like to offer you our transfer service from Prague airport or any railway station to your chosen accommodation. We provide safe and friendly service with English speaking drivers. Mostly you could be arriving by plane to the airport or by train to the railway station.

Railway station

There are two international railway stations in Prague - Prague Hlavni nadrazi (Main railway station) and Prague Holesovice which are both near to the city center. Our driver and your guide will greet you at the time of your arrival at the platform of the station.

Airport

Prague airport Ruzyne is situated approx 16 km (10 miles) west from Prague city center. Our driver and your guide will greet you in front of the exit from the terminal gate inside of the arrival hall.

Transfer outside city

We also offer a transportation service to all towns in the Czech Republic.

Tours

Normally, your choosen package includes half day dightseeing of Prague /without entrance fees/

We are happy to offer you following additional options for your free time in Prague:

Lunch or dinner onboard a ship and a small cruise on the Vltava River - 2 hours
Would you like to see Prague from a different perspective? We offer you very popular cruise on the Vltava river. You will admire the most impressive monuments of historical centre - Prague Castle panorama, Charles Bridge, romantic Kampa Island, picturesque roofs and charming spires of Lesser Town and Old Town.This tour ends at the Vltava embankment. Cold and warm buffet and a welcome drink is included

Performance of Black Light Theatre Image
Sometimes it is difficult to be in the right place at the right time. But if you are sitting right now in the auditorium of the IMAGE theatre then you have succeeded. Welcome! Of course, not all the theatres are the same. Black theatre is different; the light is different and the dark is different. The intense darkness of black theatre is full of fantasy. Poetic pictures are approaching you from the mysterious and almost indefinite depth of a black cabinet. You cannot see the actors, as they are invisible. Suddenly you can see them rather well and almost dangerously close. Dance will express the unspoken, disturb emotions and overcome laws of physics. Music will bring inanimate to life, tragic will change into comic, unbelievable will become real. And, moreover, your imagination will fully awake. If you are willing to join our exploration, inside you may find something you have never known existed.

 

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