The first half of 2019 will bring us unique exhibitions, world-famous musical masters and their concerts, and various other events to commemorate the great anniversary of the Czech Republic. If you are wondering where in Prague to head out to after the New Year, you are at the right place - we have prepared a list of the events that you surely will not want to miss.
The Cultural Events You Surely Will Not Want to Miss in the 1st Half of 2019
January and February: looking back
The New Year will offer us wonderful exhibitions and concerts. If you are a piano lover, be sure not to miss the recitál of Jan Bartoš, a rising star among today’s generation of pianists. Enjoy this musical experience, and shorten one of the year’s longest Saturday nights at the Rudolfinum on January 26th from 19:30.
If you prefer exhibitions to concerts, we know of two that are well worth seeing and that you will be as pleased to see as we. The first of these is Fenomén Zoubek, an exhibition depicting the creation of four generations of sculptors of the Zoubek family. The exhibition will be on until Sunday January 20th, 2019. You can also visit the František Kupka exhibition (František Kupka – Legionnaire and Patriot) till the 27th of January in the lovely Kampa Museum. In February, be sure to also visit the unique exhibition of large-format photographs taken in 2018 by the best Czech sports photographers; it’s on display at the Old Town Hall, February 4th to 28th.
Perhaps you would like to add something a little out of the ordinary to the New Year "cultural marathon" – if so, we recommend you go see the Invisible Exhibition, where you discover what life is like when lived in utter darkness without the benefit of sight. Take this opportunity to learn about other’s reality and train your senses at the New Town Hall until the end of 2019. Another exhibition that will make the first few months of the New Year a special event is an exhibition whose name speaks for itself:"Sweet Life under Socialism in Winter: an exhibition of unique daily use items from the 70s and 80s" takes you back in time into the world of a socialist-era childhood.
March and April: celebrating 100 years of Czecho-Slovakia
It’s time to welcome spring, and grab the wonderful opportunity to greet it by enjoying a magical gala evening full of opera stars taking place at the concert hall of the Prague’s Rudolfinum on March 3rd. For a more unconventional experience, you can visit the Antonín Dvořák museum, which is presenting an exhibition titled Hříšné radosti Antonína Dvořáka (Sinful Joy) showcasing the famed composer’s love of his favorite vices. The exhibit shows our foremost composer as a common man of earthly joys and sinful passions. Or perhaps you are impressed by the new coins issued by the Czech National Bank on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Republic – everyone, not only lovers of history and numismatics can enjoy this exhibition of 100 Years of the Czecho-Slovak Crown (100 let česko-slovenské koruny), on display till April 28 at the Imperial Stables (Císařská konírna) of the Prague Castle. Another wonderful exhibition celebrating our 100th anniversary is titled A Hundred Paintings from 1918-2018 (Sto obrazů 1918–2018), reminding us that the history of our republic is not only about history and economics, but also about the beauty of everyday life. It is on display to be enjoyed at the Kooperativa Gallery till the 29th of March. And those of you who have a preference for architecture, you will be excited about the Golden Prague exhibition taking place until March 31st at the City of Prague Museum (Zlatá Praha, Muzeum hlavního města Prahy), which tracks the extraordinary urban and architectural expansion of Prague that took place during the course of the second half of the 19th century.
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May and June: concerts of world-class masters
If you are somebody who enjoys a good show, relaxed large events and classical music, you are sure to enjoy the concert of the world-renowned Dutch violinist André Rieu. This violin wizard will be performing on the occasion of his 70th birthday on May 3rd at the O2 arena. You can look forward to guest stars, entertaining stories, champagne, confetti and balloons. In short, you can expect a truly exceptional evening full of fun and well-known melodies from the worlds of opera and musicals.
As far as other renowned musicians are concerned, early May brings audiences another irresistible choice; living piano legend Vladimir Ashkenazy will be performing at the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum of May the 4th. The living virtuoso and composer will be playing along with his son, likewise a virtuoso pianist, in the last recital of the Prague series World Piano.
The end of May brings us back to the O2 Arena, where Cirque du Soleil will be appearing in a series of 5 shows from May 31st to June 2nd, 2019; as always, the critically-acclaimed circus will be performing timeless and stunning aerobatics, this time inspired by the film Avatar.
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