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Prague Summer

Prague SummerLong days, warm nights and a huge range of cultural and sporting activities make Prague the ideal place to enjoy summertime in Europe.

In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Orsino says, “If music be the food of love, play on”, in the hope that music might ‘cure his obsession with love’. If you need more music in your life, every genre imaginable will sound out in the streets, theatres and clubs of Prague in summer.

Until 25 June, you can catch a range of dance performances at the Tanec Praha dance festival. For lovers of rock, head along to O2 Arena on 8 June and experience the magic and music of the legendary rock group KISS, or get your fill of heavy metal with Judas Priest in concert on 26 June. The annual Prague Proms start on 21 June, and the city’s opera theatres have a fabulous programme of ballets and operas for classical music lovers. Enjoy some Czech opera—check out Bedrech Smetana’s The Bartered Bride on 14 June, or Antonin Dvorak’s Rusalka on 24 June.

Another of Prague’s legendary events, United Islands of Prague, is on from 18 to 20 June. Make the most of the summer weather, and enjoy open air concerts on some of Prague’s islands. July sees the Bohemia Jazzfest, Prague Folklore Days and the New Prague Dance Festival.

If visual arts are more your thing, head along to the Vital Art Nouveau 1900 Exhibition in the jewel of Prague’s art nouveau architecture, Municipal House. And don’t forget Prague Museum Night on 13 June. This is a chance to visit some of Prague’s museums free of charge. And public transport on the night is free too.

Letna Park – Beer Festival

Any time of year is great for sitting in Prague’s parks, but in summer there’s nothing quite like a cold beer overlooking the river in Letna Park. From 6-7 June, you can also enjoy a different experience – the Fresh Festival – where you will be able taste some fabulous food and watch chefs at work. And, of course, drink some beer. Letna Park is also the venue for a pyjama party on 21 June.

Continuing on the theme of beer, the Prague Microbrewery Beer Festival sees more than 120 kinds of beer available to taste on 12 and 13 June.

If your sport involves more than raising a beer to your mouth why not sign up for the 9th Annual Czech Bigman Festival. This triathlon festival involves a range of events, and is sure to provide a great spectacle for those who don’t feel up to swimming, running and cycling.

By Dalice Trost, 3 June 2015

Sources: Photo 2: Letná Beer Garden


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