The world premiere of a new performance at Jatka 78 takes place this week (photo via Facebook / @jatka78)

The 10 best things to do in Prague this week: January 13–19, 2020

Kicking off in Prague this week: a citywide food festival, films galore, world-class art exhibits, and a strapping new show

Bingo on the metro
January 13, Václavské Náměstí
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Meet “under the horse” for an experience that might just outstrip the “no-pants” metro ride (no pun intended); bingo aboard Prague’s public transport. It begins at 6pm.

Iranian Film Festival
January 15–19, Multiple venues
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The ninth Írán:ci Film Festival, showcasing films from Iran and Afghanistan has screenings scheduled at Světozor, Bio Oko, and Screenshot. All films will have English and Czech subtitles. A tasting of Iranian food is also planned.

castle of dreams
The Iranci Film Festival begins on January 15 (still from “Castle of Dreams,” via Iranci.cz)

Strapmania
January 13–14, Jatka 78
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The premiere of a new show produced by the German-Scandinavian circus company Strapmania is solely based on the aerial apparatus straps. Exploring themes of body and apparatus in the contemporary circus perspective. 

Joan Miró
January 14, Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery
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An exhibition devoted to the unique graphic work of the Catalan painter, a leader of the European avant-garde and one of the most original and successful artists of the 20th century.  

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The 10 best things to do in Prague this week: January 13–19, 2020
The Grand Restaurant Festival kicks off on January 15.

Grand Restaurant Festival
January 15–February 29, Multiple restaurants
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Sample some of Prague’s top tables with price-fixed menu specials. This year’s theme is “sci-fi” and some of the restaurants will present the food of the future; food-themed talks, walks, and workshops are also on the menu.

Urbania
January 15–16, CAMP Praha
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Opening this week, an original interactive installation for up to eight players gives you the opportunity to become the manager of an imaginary yet familiar Living City.

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Prague Film Awards
January 16–17, Kino Aero
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Free and English-friendly screenings of short films, music videos, documentaries, and genre pieces comprise the third-annual festival devoted to “passionate storytelling of all shapes and lengths.”

The 10 best things to do in Prague this week: January 13–19, 2020
The third annual Prague Film Awards are at Kino Atlas from January 16.

Jiří David: I’m Here
Opens January 17, DOX
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David, famous for his artistic, often provocative experiments, returns to the medium of painting. With his typical temperament and emotional commitment, he opens an old and new world of painting poetry and poetic painting.

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Chinese New Year
January 17–18, Congress Centre
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It’s the Year of the Metal Rat! Visitors can celebrate with traditional Chinese crafts – such as Shu embroidery, bamboo weaving, sugar painting, calligraphy, ink painting, and more. Martial art demonstrations, music, folk performances, and costume shows are also on the program as well as tastings of Sze Chuan dishes, desserts, and drinks and a tea ceremony.

The 10 best things to do in Prague this week: January 13–19, 2020
Chinese New Year festival at Congress Center from January 17-18 (photo via  INTERCHARM Production)

Rock Café’s Birthday Celebration
January 18, Rock Café
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The 29th birthday of Prague’s legendary Rock Café, an institution on Narodni street, will see performances by Prago Union and Brass Avenue. Afterparty includes a performance by Hello Marcel.

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