With a lively calendar of cultural happenings and arts festivals heating up the autumn season, experience the best events in Prague
When the leaves turn orange and a crisp autumnal breeze begins to blow, Prague is at its most captivating. But as well as offering up some beautiful autumnal scenery, the city also hosts an impressive calendar of cultural happenings. From festivals dedicated to music and the arts to fashion shows and culinary occasions, the calendar of events in Prague is busy and diverse during autumn. Discover the city’s cultural side by planning your trip around highlights such as Dvořák Prague International Music Festival, Designblok and Unique Fashion Week.
Antonín Dvořák was one of the most important Czech composers of all time, and the Dvořák Prague International Music Festival celebrates his contribution to music with a series of concerts at venues across the city, such as Dvořák Hall at the Rudolfinum and Prague Castle. An annual highlight for classical music enthusiasts, the festival invites international orchestras and chamber ensembles to perform music by Dvořák and other leading composers.
The Czech Republic may not be widely known for its fashion industry, but thanks to events in Prague like Unique Fashion Week, the country’s local designers are beginning to attract attention outside of the city. This trendsetting event celebrates both local designers and international brands who showcase their latest collections during runway shows. Book a ticket to mingle with style icons and discover the latest trends and designers to look out for in 2017.
Festival Prague Crossroads marks what would be the 80th birthday of former Czech president and playwright Václav Havel. Commemorating his life through a programme of shows. the festival is a must-see for those interested in both the performing arts and Czech history. Attendees can enjoy a mix of reproductions of Havel’s plays and fresh shows by leading Eastern European theatre companies.
Lighting up the heart of Prague in dramatic fashion, Signal Festival takes over many of the city’s most famous sights, such as Charles Bridge and Old Town Square, which will be transformed by contemporary audio-visual art installations. If you’re in Prague during the festival, make time for an after-dark stroll and explore the innovative light displays and video-mapping technologies presented by artists from around the world.
Designblok is one of the largest annual design events in the Czech Republic. Taking place each October, the festival brings together the best design and fashion talents for four days of exhibitions and shows. If you’re interested in viewing the latest fashions by Czech designers, exploring contemporary design trends, or purchasing distinctive furniture and home furnishings, this event should feature in your itinerary.
A chapel may seem like a peculiar place to host a whisky event, but Prague is not like most cities. The annual Whisky Life! Prague festival invites enthusiasts to taste over 150 different types of whiskies and bourbons in the shelter of Bethlehem Chapel, close to Old Town Square. It’s a unique and memorable experience for all visitors to the city.