Prague Kicks Off a Month of 100th Anniversary Celebrations Today

Prague Kicks Off a Month of 100th Anniversary Celebrations Today

October 28, 2018, will officially mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia, a historic event that will culminate in the largest military parade and air show in Central Europe down Prague’s Evropská street.

But the Czech capital is preparing more than just that. In fact, Prague has prepared a whole month-long series of events that will commemorate of the the most significant dates in Czech history.

It all begins today, with the unveiling of Prague’s newly-restored Astronomical Clock at 18:00. Guests will be able to see a special videomapping show projected on the face of Old Town Hall at 20:00, 21:00, and 22:00.

Prague’s Astronomical Clock, one of the oldest in the world, has been undergoing extensive restoration work for much of this year. Throughout the summer, its face was obscured by a temporary digital version.

But the unveiling of the newly-restored Astronomical Clock is just the start a month-long series of celebrations that will culminate on October 28. All October long, events commemorating the foundation of Czechoslovakia have been organized as part of the Czech and Slovak Century project.

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Special events aren’t only happening in the Czech capital: cities across the Czech Republic and Slovakia – as well as international locations including New York, London, and Brussels – will all be celebrating 100 years of Czechoslovakia this October.

In Prague, the celebrations are being presented as a month-long series of street festivals for the public to participate in, including outdoor concerts at locations including Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, and Náměstí Republiky.

In addition to the Astronomical Clock, Prague’s National Museum will also be finally opening after a lengthy (seven year!) renovation process in October. On October 27, a videomapping show will be projected on the facade of the newly-restored building. The following day, October 28, the Museum will officially be opened to visitors and present a special exhibit focusing on the history of Czechoslovakia.

Other special exhibits celebrating the 100th anniversary will be presented at Prague’s National Technical Museum and National Agricultural Museum. Special concerts marking the occasion will take place at the National Theater, Rudolfinum, and other venues in the Czech capital.

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A full catalog of events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia can be found at the official website of Czech and Slovak Century.

Lucas Němec

Prague-based author with two decades experience living in and writing about the Czech Republic for local and international sites and publications. Nakládaný hermelín enthusiast and frequent Club-Mate drinker.

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