By Joann Plockova in Prague—
Prague holds numerous festivals throughout the year, but spring offers the busiest festival schedule. From film to literature, fashion to music, Prague’s spring festivals are a great way to experience the city’s cultural passions.
Here are a few of the springtime festivals not to be missed:
Days of European Film
April 14-21, 2011
Now in its 18th year, Days of European Film: The Festival of European Films offers a week’s worth of some of Europe’s best films. This year’s program includes over 40 contemporary films from 25 European countries–including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland and many others. Held in Prague’s Cinema Lucerna and Cinema Svetozor, there are several films in English and many with English subtitles.
April 15-17, 2011
Held over one long weekend, Prague’s upcoming fashion designers come together in a unique space to show and sell their wares to the public. Besides providing an opportunity to see some original Czech fashion, the event is completely free. Code:Mode also offers a rich accompanying program of fashion shows, DJs and VJs, and theater and dance performances.
Prague Writers’ Festival
April 16–20, 2011
The city’s literary event of the year, Prague Writers’ Festival is now in its 21st year. Comprised of readings, conversations and signings, this year’s event–based around the theme “Some Like it Hot”–includes authors from the Czech Republic, the U.S., Greece, Turkey, France, Belgium, Iraq and Saint Lucia. Check the program as there are few free events.
Prague Easter Festival
April 19–30, 2011
Hosted by the Prague Symphony Orchestra, this annual event offers a series of concerts linked to an Easter theme. Held in three locations, the evening concerts include performances by the Prague Jazz Quintet, Tiburtina Ensemble (a female vocal ensemble) and, of course, the Prague Symphony Orchestra.