Updates: 10/19/2021 3:47 PM
Released: 19.10.2021, 15:47
Prague – The anniversary of the Velvet Revolution would have to take place this year on Národní třída in Prague under the sign of street exhibitions, light installations and audiovisual projections. The organizers are planning a cultural program, including theater performances and debates, at the site of the students’ clash with the police in 1989. Following the example of last year, the place of reverence will also be transferred to the online environment. Thanks to Martina Plesníková for the organizing association.
The eighth year of the celebrations of freedom known as Korzo Národní is officially returning to public space after a silence forced by anti-pandemic measures. At the same time, due to the changing situation around the coronavirus program on Národní třída, the organizers designed so that visitors did not gather in large crowds for individual activities. “This year is a promise for us to return to normal. People will be able to enjoy the program directly on Národní třída during November 17, just as they were used to in the past. We will also offer several ways to celebrate the anniversary from a distance,” that we can Lucie Bílková.
According to plans, Národní třída will be transformed into a lively gallery space during the anniversary. He will be dominated by audiovisual and lighting art installations. Among other things, the plan includes an outdoor projection on the facade of the May department store, focusing on the current political situation in Belarus. Visitors will be able to visit street exhibitions or take part in educational walks mapping the period of communism, the events of the Velvet Revolution and the early post-revolutionary years. Unlike last year, the program also takes place in the internal duties of buildings around Národní třída. Korzo National representatives of theater performances, a coupe talk show in the Forest in cooperation with the Vosto5 Theater, art workshops with the Scout Institute or debates co-organized with the media.
During the Day of the Struggle for Freedom and Democracy, the center of events will traditionally be a place of reverence where citizens place candles, wreaths and flowers. “In 2020, due to circumstances, we were looking for creative solutions to bring the celebrations of freedom to their homes. An online pieta was created and more than 2,000 people took advantage of the opportunity to light a candle remotely. We decided to repeat it this year to allow people to worship the events, even if they cannot or do not want to come directly to Národní třída for various reasons, “Bílková said.
Even this year, the organizers do not neglect the interconnection of the entire Czech Republic. The plan is, for example, the traditional lighting of buildings in Czech state colors. The prayer for Marta has its place in the program, which the organizers need to mediate the television broadcast in a symbolic date and time on November 17 at 5:11 p.m. The songs will also sound city radio nations around the country and radio airwaves. More information about the program can be found at www.dikyzemuzem.cz or social networks.