PILZEN, Czech Republic's 2015 Capital City of Culture
PILSEN, is Europe’s 2015 Capital City of Culture, only1 hour from Prague, the Czech Republic’s national capital. This year Pilsen celebrates it’s world-class status by presenting a total of 50 major cultural events along with over 600 special program whose focus is on the Arts, Theater, Music and Dance together with exhibitions and installations throughout the region ending December 31, 2015. The city is part of West Bohemia,and is the country’s beer mecca where Pilsner Urquell, producer of the world’s first “pilzner” beer is located. Some of the exciting events planned for the year include the Liberation Festival in May in the city’s historical center on May 6 heralding the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the city by the U.S. Army under Gen. George S. Patton at the end of WW II.This will be saluted by a gala concert and exhibition, “The 1945 Liberation in Pictures” It’s part of a nine-week festival.Also in May enjoy the JiriTrnks Exhibition, dedicated to Czech puppeteer, Jiri Trnka. His collection of over 300 original life-style puppets along with his paintings, graphics and sculptures will be on display. Starting May 14 you’ll find the Ladislav Sutnar exhibition from the Return of Ladislav Sutnar series highlighting the artist’s impressive graphic design works. And starting May 21, the artist’s Venus exposition opens to the public. It is located in the Gallery of the City of Pilsen where Ladislav Sutnar’s famous series of female figures can be seen. And starting August 28 the Royal de Luxe program takes place in the city’s center. Here you’ll witness a giant puppet measuring over 20′ by French puppeteer Francois Delarozier. Opening the 2015 expo will be Swiss acrobat David Dimitri together with eight of the world’s top acrobatic ensembles which include the French troupe Cirque Trottola, the Burattini Family and the Magda Clan from Italy.The most exciting event might be the appearance of one of the world’s largest carousels with giant puppets in Western Bohemia and the not-to-missed World Championship in Ice Hockey in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic holds no less than 13 of the world’s most significant World Heritage sites ( UNESCO ). It is known for its ornate castles, annual beer festivals,Renaissance styled architecture and historical old-world ambiance, and with many first-class restaurants at your disposal.In Prague discover the National Gallery of Art and the works of literature by Franz Kafta, author of The Trial, The Castle, and The Metamorphosis and the music of Antonin Dvorak, Gustav Mahler, Leos Janacek, and Peter Eben. Also try your hand at a video game and one of the many stalls throughout the city, the country’s leading export product.
In Central Europe, the country is well situated for tour and travel from all parts of the continent.Its capital, Prague, is the sixth most visited city in Europe.
For more on PILSEN and Prague, and the opportunities for discovering the Czech Republic in 2015 go to: www.czechtourism.com