9 Summer Festivals Celebrating Diversity

A number of upcoming events in Prague celebrate the city's range of foreign cultures
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Enjoy Vietnam – May 21
Jiřího z Poděbrad

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This year is the Year of Vietnamese Culture in the Czech Republic, commemorating 65 years of mutual cooperation between the two countries. One of the highlights of the yearlong celebration will be Enjoy Vietnam, a Vietnamese food and culture festival. Food, music, workshops and more are part of the celebration organized by Prague 3, the Vietnamese Embassy, and Info-Dráček, an NGO whose main goal is the integration of Vietnamese people in Czech society. 

Latin Food and Music Festival El Arrerio – May 23
Stromovka Park

Add some spice to your Saturday: Sample tasty grilled fare from Colombia, Peru, and Mexico and Latin-American speciality food products sellers, including Toro Blanco, paired with live salsa music and children’s activities. We suggest trying the authentic Helado de Paila sorbet by Fruta Libra, delectable dulces by Sweet Fer, and some serious sangria.

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Festival of Latin American Culture – May 23
The Naprstek Museum

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Experience a ritual yerba mate ceremony, a guitar performance by Juan Carlos Vivas, and a guided tour of Chilean wine. Taste South American chocolate and empanadas and other specialty dishes from the chef at Gran Fierro restaurant; plus art workshops for children and the chance to shop for folk art and crafts.

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Refufest – May 30
Kampa Park

The tenth outing of this multi-genre and multi-cultural festival promises a lively mixer of Prague’s migrant communities and will feature music by Bipsi Babsi, Circus Problem, and more plus theater performances, an array of exotic food stalls and a colorful line up of activities for the family. Says festival spokesperon Blanka Charvátová, “Our aim is to highlight the positive contribution that migrants make to the Czech Republic and thus help break down stereotypes.”

French Week – May 29-June 14
Multliple locations

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Týden France is a series of events organized under the patronage of the French Embassy in Prague. Scheduled to include The French Taste Trail, with a group of French restaurants, wine cellars, bakeries, and delicatessens providing specials during the event, and French Style Days, a similar gathering of French fashion and design labels that’ll offer discounts for Francophiles. The festival culminates in a June 6 celebration of Czech-French friendship in Kinského zahrada with French food and drinks, concerts, activities for kids.

Fresh Festival of Polish Culture Support Night – June 6
VILA Štvanice

This evening fundraising party and celebration of Polish culture has slated an outdoor screening of the black-and-white Polish classic film “A Trip Down the River” (1970) in Polish with Czech subtitles, a performance by Polish folk singer Adam Repucha, and a selection of Polish drinks and delicacies. The event is organized by the Bardzo Fajn collective, a group of Polish expats who have currently almost met the goal of their Hithit campaign, which is to bring a two-day festival of Polish cinema and food to the Bio Oko cinema in November. Polish Days are also on at JZP from June 12-13.

Holi Open Air Praha – June 20
Camp Kotva

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Inspired by the springtime Hindu religious festival of colors and love that take place throughout South Asia, this celebration in Prague isn’t exactly a sacred event with a line-up of top Czech djs and a bar. But the colors will fly and the spirit of love, if only beer-induced, is sure to be in full swing!

Days of Jerusalem – June 21-23
Containall Stalin

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Days of Jerusalem champions the peaceful coexistence of Jews and Arabs, followers of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Endorsed by the HateFree Culture initiative, the festival brings together Palestinian chef Kamel Hashlomon with his Israeli colleague Ilan Garousi as well as a rich line-up of dance, music, visual arts, and film.

The Vibrant Nine – August 29
Podvini Park 

A celebration of foreigners and ethnic minorities in Prague. A main stage featuring acts as diverse as Bollywood performance and traditional Bulgarian dance, Congolese singing, and a Brazliian carnival show. Learn Japanese origami, Chinese martial arts, and refresh with food and drink from Mexico, Vietnam, and beyond.

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How and where does your community celebrate in Prague?


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