November 17 is one of the most important dates in the Czech calendar, the date of both student protests that led to violent Nazi suppression in 1939 and the Velvet Revolution 50 years later that led to the fall of the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
Last night in Prague, an impressive videomapping show on the facade of the National Museum paid homage to both events during a presentation that condensed 50 years of Czechoslovak history into a moving 10 minutes.
An estimated crowd of 40,000 people were in Prague’s Wencleslas Square to watch the show; a similar number took part in the Velvet Revolution celebrations at Prague’s Národní street throughout the day.
In case you missed it, here’s live coverage of the videomapping show on the National Museum via Czech Television:
The videomapping show, titled “Cesta ke svobodě” (Road to Freedom), was presented during yesterday’s Concert for the Future at Prague’s Wencelsas Square, during which numerous musical acts also took part into the evening.
Incorporating elements from Czechoslovak history that focused on isolation behind the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall, the 10-minute show was projected on the facade of Prague’s National Museum at 19:30 and 22:00.
Prague’s National Museum wasn’t the only locale to light up in Prague last night; other landmarks including Prague’s Dancing Building were lit in honor of both the Velvet Revolution and World Prematuriity Day, which also fall son November 17.
The entirety of central Prague’s Národní street was also lit up during yesterday’s celebrations: