In what must be a once-in-a-lifetime event, a 515-meter-long dinner table and chairs spanning the length of Charles Bridge will be placed at the Prague landmark next Tuesday, June 30 from 18:00 to 22:00.
All residents and visitors are invited to join in what will likely be the city’s largest dinner party ever. There’s just no table service: guests must bring their own meals, or share with benevolent tablemates.
Prague’s big dinner date is being organized by local entrepreneur Ondřej Kobza, whose previous projects have included placing pianos and chessboards across the streets of the city. Kobza also operates popular Prague 4 hangout Café V lese.
“In addition to enjoyment and aesthetic image, the goal is also an act of trust,” Kobza told local media.
“The bridge is a great symbol of connection. We hope that people will bring something for themselves, and that they will not be afraid to take a sandwich from a stranger, for example.”
Because of the recent coronavirus crisis, Prague’s Charles Bridge is mostly devoid of the hordes of tourists that make passing over it unpleasant, creating this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“We are experiencing a unique situation where Charles Bridge is not crowded with people,” the Facebook event description states.
“Maybe we won’t experience it ever again. Together with you, we want to symbolically celebrate the farewell to the past difficult period of the coronavirus crisis.”
The 515-meter-long table will be covered by a white tablecloth. Public toilets will be provided by several participating restaurants on both sides of the bridge.
Because of hygienic and organizational reasons, only about 2,000 people will be allowed to attend the dinner. Admittance is free, but guests must register at GoOut on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are now available on GoOut – – act fast!
The event is being organized in cooperation with the city of Prague 1.
“Everything will be in accordance with the regulations for events,” said Prague 1 Mayor Petr Hejma. “The table will be divided into sections and disinfection will also be available.”
“We are apprehensive about closing the bridge for private events, but we liked [this idea]. We need to send the world a symbol that we live again and that we invite decent tourists, both Prague residents and non-Prague, to experience this unique event.”