DISK Theatre is a part of the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU). It is a classic repertory theatre with a permanent ensemble made up of final-year students from the Department of Dramatic Theatre. DISK is also where students from DAMU’s Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre present their performance projects. Non-repertory events include festivals organized by students from the school’s other departments.
The theatre’s operations are traditionally ensured by DISK’s employees and the school’s students – directors, dramaturges, scenographers, costume designers, and production staff. Students from the Department of Theory and Criticism join with audiences to organize DISK_USE, during which audiences can meet the entire production team.
In terms of facilities and equipment, DISK is a multifunctional space that is easily adapted to all of the students’ artistic needs. Its variability and technical equipment rank it among the country’s most modern theatres, and its variegated repertoire has enabled DISK to attract a diverse audience that appreciates not only the ensemble’s great acting and excellent production quality, but also the service and menu at the neighboring Kafe DAMU.
DAMU’s second stage, Studio Řetízek, is available to all of the school’s departments as a practice space and for presenting student works. Audiences can see a wide range of performances covering all possible genres and ranging from original performances to staged readings and puppet theatre. This pleasant and intimate space with seating for 40 people is located in the immediate vicinity of DISK and is accessed from a shared lobby space.
Over the course of the school year, the DAMU Studios are used primarily for teaching purposes or for rehearsing students’ works, but they are also available for workshops and students’ extracurricular projects or leisure-time activities. The studios’ black-box design offers a wide variety of uses, and they can be adapted to suit various individual needs. As part of PQ Studio: Festival, they will be used as small studio stages with a capacity of 30–50 people.
In the basement of the former House of Artistic Industry on Prague’s Národní třída (National Avenue), a new and partially reinvented multigenre theatre is being created where creative individuals from a variety of disciplines will come together to explore new forms of free artistic expression. This industrial-looking, unconventional, and experimental space will attract not only independent theatre, filmmakers, musicians, designers, and artists, but also and especially socially responsible individuals who are not afraid of open dialogue and of exploring important social issues. The extensive exhibition hall with a second-floor gallery is currently being used by various cultural organizations and educational institutions for panel discussions or lectures aimed at artists and the general public alike.
Adress: V Kotcích, Prague 1
V Kotcích Street in Prague’s Old Town connects Uhelný trh (Coal Market) with Melantrich Street. The street’s name derives from the market stalls (“kotce”) located in a large triple-nave market hall built around 1362. In 1739–1783, it was the site of Divadlo v Kotcích, the city’s first brick-and-mortar theatre and its second opera house. In 2007, the Prague 1 municipal district renovated the street with new paving stones, lighting, and greenery.
Náměstí Jana Palacha (Jan Palach Square) is located on the banks of the Vltava in Prague’s Old Town. The square is flanked by four important buildings and institutions: the Rudolfinum concert hall, the Museum of Decorative Arts, Charles University’s Faculty of Arts, and the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design. The western side of the square opens onto Mánes Bridge and the Vltava River, with Klárov Park on the other side. At the center of the square is a small park with a sculpture of Antonín Dvořák.
The Czech Philharmonic is the leading Czech symphony orchestra. Its first concert, conducted by Antonín Dvořák, took place in 1896 in Prague’s Rudolfinum concert hall. In September 2019, the orchestra with its Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov will open its 124th season that will include residencies in Prague, Tokyo, Vienna, and Paris. The orchestra will also appear at the BBC Proms in London. In Prague and Hamburg it will perform Janáček’s Katya Kabanova. For more information and the programme visit www.czechphilharmonic.cz.
Galerie Rudolfinum operates as a kunsthalle, i.e. a gallery which hosts temporary exhibitions, without a permanent collection on display. In its short history, Galerie Rudolfinum has earned a stable position on the Czech art scene, and not only thanks to the exhibitions of world-known artists such as Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Louise Bourgeois. Until 11th of August, you can visit an exhibition named „A Cool Breeze“. There is no entrance fee thanks to our General Partner „Avast Foundation“. More information at www.galerierudolfinum.cz
swim is a place where the freshest club music mixes with progressive cuisine. It is located in the very center of Prague, not far from Wenceslas Square. The functionalist interior of the café, which is located in one of the city’s architecturally most important shopping passages, designed by Eugen Rosenberg, is characterized by extraordinary details such as a translucent ceiling, ceramic tiles, and display cases with curved glass. The club’s basement spaces feature an unusual pool-shaped dance floor. swim is a place where you can come for breakfast and stay through the night until the next morning.
Czech scouts have created an exceptional, quiet space in the middle of Prague’s busy tourist center. The space on the first floor of Dům U Zlatého rohu (House of the Golden Horn) was given to the scouts by the City of Prague after the building had spent twenty years empty and abandoned. The Scouting Institute later expanded into the neighboring Dům U Minuty (House of the Minute). The remaining floors are used by other non-profit organizations. The building hosts as many as forty events a month, including lectures, workshops, theatre performances, film screenings, and yoga practice.
Containall Stromovka is a seasonal cultural center, a summertime multigenre project open from May to September in Stromovka Park in Prague 7. The Containall program features regular outdoor movie screenings, theatre performances, music, workshops, and sporting events. You can play football tennis, beach volleyball, ping-pong, pétanque, and the Swedish game known as kubb.
Fuchs2 opened in November 2018 in a building that in the 1990s was home to the Face 2 Face music club. An outstanding example of functionalist architecture, the former restaurant building was built in 1932 according to a plan by Josef Fuchs and Bohumil Steigenhöfer. It was connected to the Štvanice ice arena until the arena’s demolition. The club’s cultural program is organized by teams from four other cultural venues: Altenburg 1964, Containall/Stalin, Přístav 18600, and Vila Štvanice.