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The Best Spring Events in Prague
Prague may be a city rich in history and tradition, but it’s also a centre for modern innovation and culture. From quirky customs such as Witches’ Night and annual celebrations like the Czech Beer Festival, to contemporary events such as the Prague Fringe Festival and Febiofest, the city’s spring calendar is full of exciting occasions to plan your trip around. Whether you’re looking to uncover time-honoured traditions or explore the city’s avant-garde attractions, let this summary be your guide to the best spring events in Prague.
Just as Germany is famous for its Christmas markets, Prague’s Easter Markets are the stuff of legends. Each year, hundreds of stands take over Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, showcasing local delicacies such as klobása (barbecued sausages), Czech beers, mulled wine and Easter-themed trinkets. Some of the most popular souvenirs to take home are the bright, hand-painted hard-boiled eggs, customised with a name or proverb. Be sure to pack some bubble wrap.
One of the largest film festivals in the Czech Republic, Febiofest is a celebration of international cinematography. The festival at Cinestar Andel showcases the best films of the last year, alongside premieres, tributes, retrospectives and projects by up-and-coming filmmakers. As well as screenings, festivalgoers can enjoy live music at the Febio Music Festival, which takes place in the cinema’s garage, or a themed dinner as part of Culinary Cinema.
23rd – 31st March 2017
Prague’s most eccentric annual festival, Witches’ Night is a centuries-old pagan tradition based around the idea of witch burning. Visitors can get involved by watching the parade, which travels through the city streets to Kampa Island, where a large bonfire awaits on which straw witches are burned ‘alive’ as merry makers eat hotdogs and watch the pyre go up in flames. The concept may seem a little morbid but it’s actually a celebration to say farewell to the spirits of winter.
One of the most important cultural events in the Czech Republic, Prague Spring International Music Festival is revered not just across the country, but also across the globe. Celebrating its 71st anniversary in 2016, the festival invites orchestras, conductors and classic musicians to perform at historic buildings, churches and theatres across the city. The event kicks off with an opening concert by the illustrious Czech Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Paavo Järvi.
The Czech Republic is one of the greatest beer brewing hubs in Europe, so it’s no surprise that beer festivals form some of the most popular events in Prague. The Czech Beer Festival lasts for an impressive 17 days and is the optimal place to sample Czech beer. With more than 150 draft beers on offer, pacing yourself is key.
Since its launch a decade ago, Prague Food Festival has become a prestigious gastronomic event. From a stunning location in the Royal Gardens of Prague Castle, guests sample local and international food and drinks. For 2016, the festival pays homage to Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV, with traditional meals from the 14th century served in celebration of what would have been his 600th birthday.
Taking its lead from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Prague Fringe Festival is a melting pot of theatrical talent. Attendees can look forward to a wide variety of performance arts, from abstract theatre productions and musicals, to comedy, monologues and more.
Explorer by day, writer by night, Beau Hunter spends the majority of her time travelling around her favourite European cities. Walking the path less travelled, Beau likes to ‘hunt’ down the latest hot spots and visit the coolest places only locals know about. Beau writes for a variety of travel magazines and blogs and lives in London.
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