When? October 27 – 28
Where? Various locations in Prague
On 28th October 1918, Czechoslovakia declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I. The new state unit was founded by its first president Tomas Garrique Masaryk (1850 – 1937) and it existed until its peaceful dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993. In order to commemorate 100 years from the declaration of Czechoslovakia, citizens and visitors of Prague can look forward to rich celebrations consisting of open air concerts, thematic exhibitions, military parades, video mappings and much more on October 27 – 28.
During the weekend October 27 – 28, several Prague´s museums and galleries will be open for free or at a low charge, f. e. National Museum, National Technical Museum, National Gallery, Prague City Gallery, The City of Prague Museum, Municipal House, Military History Institute in Prague. Till the end of the month, you can see an exhibition “Moments of the century“ in “Na Příkopech” Street, which consists of 163 pictures showing important events which formed Czechoslovakia as well as everyday life of its citizens.
You should definitely not miss a video mapping which will be projected on the vaults of recently restored building of the National Museum (the dominant of the Wenceslas Square) on October 27 at 8:00 p.m. The theme of the video mapping will be “Witnessing the History“, and it will guide you through the past 100 years. The video mapping will be possible to watch from the Wenceslas Square.
An interactive video mapping “The Nation to Itself Again“, projected on the vaults of the National Theatre, will present the history of this significant building on October 28 at 6:00 p.m. Moreover, there will be a special mobile application available to enjoy the show. Players will catch falling coins to help to build the theatre and later help to put out the fire which destroyed the building after its grand opening. The best viewpoints will be from “Střelecký ostrov“, Legion Bridge (“most Legií“) and the surroundings. There will be abundance of stalls offering foods and drinks as well as seating for visitors in “Střelecký ostrov“ from 1 p.m. till midnight. You can check the location here https://goo.gl/maps/NrDcTEo4r192.
The highlights of the celebrations will be large fireworks at “Letná” park which will start symbolically at 19:18 o´clock on October 28. The best viewpoints will be from “Dvořákovo nábřeží” (https://goo.gl/maps/2Akf6LPzSuD2) or from nearby bridges “Čechův”, “Mánesův” or “Štefánikův”. The event organizer recommends being at a selected location in advance, as a great attendance is expected.
You can learn more about a programme for 100 anniversary celebrations by visiting this link https://czechandslovakcentury.com/en/anniversary-2018. There will also be and information stall located in the Wenceslas Square where you can try virtual reality focused on the history of Czechoslovakia (this virtual reality was premiered in Czech dome in this year’s Olympic Games in South Korea).