Culture in Prague
Above: An organic portrait of Rudolf II
Left: The workshop of the much-loved Bohumil Hrabal
Below: From the gallery at Prague castle
Prague is a true cultural treasure trove, bursting with fascinating museums, galleries, theatres, and music venues. The city regularly plays host to numerous prestigious exhibitions, events, and more international festivals than you can shake a very large stick at.
In a historical sense, Prague has always been a cultural city of influence: Mozart wrote "Don Giovanni" here, the great Czech composer Antonín Dvorak spent most of his life here, and Franz Kafka is one of the city's most famous sons.
Much of this cultural dominance is due to the early establishment of a University in Prague. In 1348, the Charles University became the first such institution in central Europe, and it immediately began attracting great minds to the city. Culture's role was of course somewhat depleted during the dark days of communist rule, but the Velvet Revolution - initiated by several peaceful Charles University student demonstrations - allowed creativity to take on forms other than that allowed by the authorities (or those which were aimed at sneaking under their radar!).
Today, Prague once again shines brightly and proudly as a cultural beacon. As a city to create, exhibit, or perform in, it knows no equal, and this is reflected in the vast range of events that take place here; check out our culture listings for a taste of what's on offer!