Betlémské náměstí hosts live music, exhibitions, tours for a cultural night
Betlémská kulturní noc. via Facebook

Betlémské náměstí hosts live music, exhibitions, tours for a cultural night

The eighth edition of the cultural block party Betlémská kulturní noc will take place in and around Betlémské náměstí on September 10, with events from 3 pm to midnight.

Some 20 local institutions have prepared a program both in the open air and indoors. There will be several exhibition openings, live music, film screenings, performances, culinary stops, walking tours, and a children’s program. The primary language for the event is Czech.

The theme for the event is Truth, and one of the main parts is the opening of an exhibit called For the Truth (Za pravdu) at the lapidarium of the Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera and the Bethlehem Chapel. The exhibition has over 30 pieces inspired by the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and 650 years since the birth of religious reformer Jan Hus.

za pravdu
Za pravdu

The opening takes place at 6:10 pm. The exhibition, which incorporates video, sculpture, painting, architecture, and other art forms runs until October 10.

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Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera will have a second opening called Cloud 69, exploring 25 years of planning by architectural studio A69. This exhibition runs until October 28.

The same gallery will have a musical program starting at 5:45 with pianist Jan Bartoš, and later concerts by Vladivojna La Chia & 4Tria, Michal Ambrož & Hudba Praha, and finally Josef Sedlon.

The Náprstkovo muzeum (Náprstek Museum) will also be open, with an outdoor photographic exhibit and a workshop on traditional crafts from China. The exhibition starts is at 5 pm and the workshop at 6 pm.

china crafts
Kam craftsmen from China. via Náprstek Museum

Galerie U Prstenu on Jilska Street will have a guided tour of its current exhibition When the statue falls (Když socha padá), led by the artists. The works are by students of Karel Nepraš from the early 1990s, as well as by Nepraš and his first assistant Jiří Plieštik. This starts at 6 pm.

Galerie Fotografic has an opening called Architecture of Evidence featuring abstract-like photographs by Valentyn Odnoviun taken in prisons of former oppressive regimes in Eastern Europe. “The series show how images can become evidence of an event and create a paradoxical perception. They call into question the relation between what we see and what we perceive before the act of recognition,” the gallery states. Music at the opening is by DJ Filip.

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Donuterie and Point Gallery also have openings.

Aside from the already mentioned music, there will be country music on a stage in Betlémské náměstí from 5 pm to 7 pm, and a jazz orchestra at Champagneria from 8 pm.

The film archives at Ponrepo will show a film from 4 pm to 11 pm, showing the 7 hour film CzechMate: Searching for Jiří Menzel. People will be aloud to enter and leave during the projection. The cinema cafe will a special Bollywood menu.

Champagneria plans a blind wine tasting from 4 to 7 pm. Not to be outdone, Mezičasy Café has a blind coffee tasting at 4 and 6 pm. There will also be food stalls on Betlémské náměstí from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Prague City Tourism will give guided tours of the Betlémské náměstí area at 3 pm, 5 pm and 6:30 pm. The Dominican Cloister will have tours at 4 pm and 9 pm.

Spoken word, discussions, and literary events will be at Artspace, Galerie U Prstenu, Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera, the Dominican Cloister, Donuterie and Duende. The latter will have a poetry slam at 8 pm.

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Visit the Facebook pages for more on Betlémská kulturní noc or For the Truth.

Raymond Johnston

Prague-based journalist with over three decades of media experience writing about culture, business, and travel. Folktale and legend expert, and avid photographer. Follow him on Instagram at @raymondjohnston4 or visit his blog
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