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Dialogue of Cultures 2008

Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 to Sunday, 5 Oct 2008

The 5th year of the festival focused on theme "The Neighbours from Around the Block" celebrating the encounters and blending among different cultures, languages and religions in the Czech Republic took place as a part of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (2008).

The festival took place at the Municipal Library of Prague at Mariánské náměstí, in Kampa Community Centre, and in the arcades of Lucerna Palace and its Kávovarna Café in Vodičkova 36, Prague.



25th September – 15th October 2008

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION “Destinies of the Roma moved from Vsetín”
Entrance hall of United Nations House, nám. Kinských 6, Prague 5
The exhibition is connected to the photographic cycle of Jiří Doležel named „Kandráčovi“. The cycle won a Photographer´s Award 'Documentary Photography and Discrimination' that was organised by Multicultural Centre Prague last year. Opening of the exhibition on 25th September 5:00 p.m.

30th September – 4th October 2008

Municipal Library of Prague
Documentary films and photographs made by young people in seven European cities as a part of “Cultures from Around the Block” international project will be presented at the Municipal Library of Prague. Further information about the project can be found at www.europeancity.cz.

7th October - 5th November 2008

Photography Exhibition “Together about Ourselves”
Railway Station Masarykovo nádraží in Prague
The exhibition will present life of teenagers from two culturally and socially different localities of Prague focusing on both similar and different sides of their lives. Black and white pictures took by children from Žižkov and Modřany capture important moments of their lives of which we generally know so little. The exhibition, prepared within Cultures from Around the Block project, will be displayed also in Prague 3 and 12 in November and December 2008. You can read about the project’s background here.

2nd and 3rd October 2008

Municipal Library of Prague, Small Hall
Come and find out more about our new neighbours! Four public debates on co-existence with foreigners, about their lives in family, at school, in the city and in the street together with us or just around the block.

Thuesday 2nd October

4:30 p.m. SCHOOL - A Debate
Does your child have classmates from other countries? How do Czech teachers deal with the increasing number of foreigners in schools? What is multicultural education? Do we count with a new generation who will no longer sell goods at the market places? What do students think about their classmates with different ethnic background?  

6:00 p.m. SAGI (UK) – A Concert
The band plays Bhangra, an Indian music style.

7:00 p.m. FAMILY – A Debate
Do you have neighbours who have come to the Czech Republic from a foreign country? Would you like to know how they feel about living here; what their troubles are; what it is like to live and work here? Do you want to know what life with a foreigner is like? What surprises a bicultural couple can encounter when running a household; when raising children; but also when going to see a doctor or when dealing with authorities?

8:30 p.m. MALIK PATHÉ SOW’s BAND (Belgium) – A Concert
In this performance traditional music of the Peuhl ethnic group meets modern African rhythms.

Friday 3rd October

2:30 p.m. Your Street My Street. – A Documentary
Municipal Library of Prague, Day Room
The film documents how young people from seven European cities perceive the world around them. Their views on life in culturally and socially different neighbourhoods of Prague, Bucharest, Bratislava, Coventry, Offenbach, Warsaw and Brussels show the cities from a perspective of teenagers living in Europe of 2008. The film was made by Polish authors as a part of “Cultures from Around the Block” project.

4:30 p.m. CITY – A Debate
What’s up in the streets of the capital? How has the population of Prague changed over last fifteen years? What nationalities are coming to Prague and what nationalities are leaving it? Has the ethnic structure of different parts of Prague been changing? What are the social characteristics of Prague’s “panel” suburbs?

6:00 p.m. THIERRY AND FRIENDS Band (Africa) – A Concert

7:00 p.m. EUROPE – A Debate
English – Czech Simultaneous Translation
Is Brussels’ or Berlin’s present Prague’s future? Is the situation in Prague different form the situation in other European cities? What lessons can Prague learn from other European cities? Does Europe need a common strategy for integration of foreigners?

8:30 p.m. ANEB (Romania) – A Multimedia Show
Romanian teenageers mix their own music with urban sounds in a multimedia show.

Saturday 4th October 2008

Kampa Community Centre
Spend Saturday afternoon playing with your children at multicultural music and arts workshops!

    Origami – fold a paper model of an animal.Calligraphy – write your name in Japanese signs.
    Organized by Czech-Japanese Society

    Creative Muslim workshop with stories about Islam and food served on special occasions.

    Use quill and ink as in old times and write your name in Hebrew alphabet.
    Organized by Jewish Museum in Prague

    Fairy Tale China – learn about China from a screened children’s story – magic envelopes, chopsticks, cutting and painting

    Romani music and dance – get to know Romani rhythm!
    Organized by Lačhe Čhave Association

    Drumming – African rhythms with Thierry
    Organized by MKC Praha’s guests

4:00 - 7:00 p.m. SOUP CONTEST – Cooking at the Neighbours‘ The contest will be moderated by Iveta Kováčová.
Welcome to Lucerna Arcade, taste from the variety of soups and the rich cultural program prepared by clubs and associations of foreigners and ethnic minorities in the Czech Republic and vote for the best soup!

  • 4:30 p.m. ROMANIAN soup, modern Romanian dance
    Prepared by Romanian Cultural Institute

  • 4:45 p.m. ROMANI soup, Romani dance
    Prepared by Lačhe Čhave Association

  • 5:00 p.m. BULGARIAN soup, BULGARI – traditional dance
    Prepared by Prague Bulgarian Club and BULGARI Dance Company of Zaedno Association

  • 5:15 p.m. LEBANESE soup, folklore performance
    Prepared by KARAVAN SERAJ Restaurant and Lebanese Club in CR

  • 5:30 p.m. Ukraine soup, traditional dance
    Prepared by Ukraine Initiative and DZERELO Dance Company

  • 5:45 p.m. JAPONESE soup, how to wear a kimono
    Prepared by Czech-Japanese Society

  • 6:00 p.m. Slovak soup, traditional dance
    Prepared by Slovak Culture Club and LIMBORA Dance Company

  • 6:30 p.m. INDIAN soup, SAGI band (UK) presents Bhangra, an Indian music style
    Prepared by MAYUR Restaurant and MKC Praha’s guests

  • 7:00 p.m. BEST SOUP AWARD

Sunday 5th October 2008

2:00 – 7:00 p.m. READINGS ABOUT “NEIGHBOURHOOD” Moderator: Jiří Podzimek.
Kávovarna Café, Lucerna Arcade
Come and spend a pleasant afternoon listening to three blocks of readings about “Neighbourhood”!

  • Neighbours in Borderland and Abroad

    2:00 p.m. Miloslav Nevrlý
    – born in Prague, studied zoology, loves mountains. He raised attention of the public with his Kniha o Jizerských horách (Book on Jizerské Mountains) which was awarded Publishers’ Prize in 1976. The author of popular Karpatské hry (Carpathian Games) will present stories of the landscape, animals and people of the mountains as depicted in his other books. 

    2:30 p.m. Matěj Spurný – studied history and German and Austrian studies. He is co-author of Zmizelé Sudety (Lost Sudetenland) book and exhibition; he edited Proměny sudetské krajiny (Changes of Sudeten Landscape) and Sudetské osudy (Sudeten Histories). From the latter, he will present stories of people marked by the distinctive history of Czech borderland in the 1900s.   

    3:00 p.m. Fedor Gál – a journalist, publisher and media entrepreneur born in 1945 in Terezín. He will present his new multimedia project Long and Short Journey: inspired by a true story of a small Jewish community during World War II in Slovakia he looks for the witnesses of the past events related to this community and follows the reaction of the locals to the stories of their neighbours as well as the reminiscence of the victims’ descendents.

  • Roma Neighbours

    3:30 p.m. Erika Oláhová – a writer from Česká Třebová. She has published two books: Nechci se vrátit mezi mrtvé (I Don’t Want to Return among the Dead) and Matné zrcadlo (Opaque Mirror). As she claims she writes about “rather tough and serious stuff, no Harlequins.” She will read a short story called Bludná cesta (Errant Road) and poems Slzy (Tears) and Chci znát tvé jméno (I Want to Know Your Name).

    4:00 p.m. Irena Eliášová – writes mainly short stories. At the moment, however, she is working on a new novel Prositutka Lili (Lili Prostitute) as well as sequel to her first book Naše osada (Our Village). She will read a good-humoured story Jak najít podnájem (How to Find a Place for Rent).

    4:30 p.m. Vojtěch Fabián – a musician and a poet. He writes about life, unusual life situations, but above all about love. His poems have been also published in Austria or the USA. He plays the guitar and sings both in Czech and Romani.

  • Neighbours’ Poetry

    5:00 p.m. Vít Janota – a poet from Prague, he has published three collections of poems: K ránu proti nebi (Against Aurora Sky), Fasování košťat (Broom Release) and the last one Praha zničená deštěm/Praga caput regni (Prague Ruined by Rain/Praga Caput Regni) which he will read from. This collection documents Prague of past as well as present times, it guides the reader around Prague’s quarters dear to the author and shows how they have changed with time.

    5:30 p.m. Michal Šanda – he was born in Prague in 1965. He has published dozens of books, among others Blues 1890-1940, Sudamerická romance, Kecanice, Býkárna or Merekvice. He will read a rural idyll The Councillors of Stoklasná Lhota Who Auctioned a Stuffed Badger for 37 CZK for the Benefit of a School Lab (Obecní radní Stoklasné Lhoty vydraživší za 37 Kč vycpaného jezevce pro potřeby školního kabinetu).

    6:00 p.m. Igor Malijevský – a poet and a photographer. He has published a book of short stories Družba and a collection of poems Bělomorka. Abroad he is famous mostly as a photographer and his works can be found in world’s prominent museums. He will read a story Cesta do Čelechovic (Journey to Čelechovice) accompanied by discussion with its inhabitants (a multimedia show).

Free entry to all activities.

  • Datum: Thursday, 2 Oct 2008 to Sunday, 5 Oct 2008
  • Category: Dialog kultur
  • Region: Praha
  • Type: Festivaly a slavnosti
  • Domain: Kultura