Prague is a city of diversity, with rich history, a fascinating art scene, and, most importantly for tourists, a vibrant festival calendar, encompassing everything from gastronomy, to fashion, film, music, and religion. During the Spring and Summer of 2014, Prague will celebrate its multicultural diversity with passion and panache. This is the ultimate festival guide for 2014, to inspire you to celebrate with the city, and with Mamaison Hotels & Residencies.
The Holešovice Fashion Market announced its April event to last between Friday 25 and Sunday 27. This is a great occasion for travelers, as well as for local residents, to buy original fashion and accessories directly from local designers and manufacturers. There will be fashion shows, music, and dance, to enhance the atmosphere, and to make the experience complete for everyone.
Location : HOLEŠOVICE MARKET, Bubenské nábřeží 306 Praha 7 – Holešovice
If you happen in Prague on the last day of April you will witness a unique local festival, with pagan roots: Paleni Cardojenic, translated, the “night of the witches.” The festival marks the last night of Winter, and the beginning of the Spring. This is the night when the witches come out to bring misfortune into the world. According to the local tradition, burning witch effigies on a pyre would keep their malefic magic away. Several fires will be lit on Petrin Hill to mark the tradition on April 30. Many restaurants, cafes, and cultural institutions around the city will organize special events to mark the date too. One of the largest gatherings, with contests, food and live music, takes place in the Ladronka Park.
Location: Petrin Hill, Ladronka Park, and others.
The 69th edition of the Prague Spring Music Festival kicks off May 12, to last till June 2, 2014. Several venues across the city will stage competitions, concerts and other events. A special festival concert by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra will be held Monday, March 24, in advance of the official opening date in May.
This is the most important cultural event of the Spring, and a must for music lovers. Among the highlights of the festival:
- Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana will appear at Prague Spring on May 24 in a programme featuring the music of Mahler and Strauss. Venue: Municipal House – Smetana Hall.
- The Hilliard Ensemble will be ending its professional career in 2014, and Prague Spring may be your last chance to see them together in concert: May 30, at Rudolfinum – Dvořák Hall.
- The Konvergence chamber ensemble will be performing at St Agnes’ convent, on May 19. In the programme: five world premieres, including Quartet No. 3 by Pavel Zemek-Novák and Viola Walk by Peter Graham, among others.
Other stellar participants include the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
The Czech Beer Festival is at its 7th edition in 2014. It will take place between May 14 and May 31, at the Areál Výstaviště exhibition grounds. The festival will bring together some of the best local breweries, showcasing over 70 brands of top quality Czech beer. But there’s more to the festival than good libations. Beers will be paired with equally rewarding cuisine, and the atmosphere will be enhanced by local bands, performing live, every day.
Dubbed “the most beautiful fringe festival in the world” by Tony Lankester, CEO of the National Arts Festival in South Africa, the Prague Fringe Festival offers a diverse programme, of theatre, comedy, music and entertainment. This is an international event, with plenty to see for English-speaking guests. Participating venues: Divadlo Kampa, Divadlo Inspirace, A Studio Rubín, Divadlo Na Prádle, and other small Prague theaters. The Fringe Festival takes place from May 23, to May 31, 2014.
The Prague International Music Festival United Islands celebrates its 11th edition in 2014, and it already ranks as the city’s largest open-air music festival. The festival opens with the traditional Club Night on June 11, and it will last till June 24, 2014. Participants include Nylon Jail, Vložte kočku, Voila!, Lanugo, Kieslowski, Palermo, Love Earth and many others. The complete programme is available online at http://unitedislands.cz/
Location: Kampa, Střelecký ostrov and Kinsky Garden.
Metallica By Request: Aerodrome Festival only lasts one day in July, but it is set to attract thousands of fans at the Incheba open air arena. Fans of heavy metal will see Alice In Chains, Children Of Bodom, Kvelertak in concert, before the stage will be taken by Metallica, whose performance will be the peak of the event on July 8, 2014.
Location : Incheba Open Air Areál Výstaviště 69, Praha 7
One of the top festivals in Prague, the Summer Festivities of Early Music are celebrating their 15th edition this year, between July 14 and August 6. The festival is focused on Medieval music, and takes place at several historic locations, including the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia, the Troja Chateau, the Břevnov Monastery and the Prague Castle.
The International Festival of Contemporary Circus and Theatre Letní Letná gathers together new circus companies from around the world in a unique celebration, which embraces a wide variety of cultural and artistic manifestations, including street art, photography, concerts, open air shows, and much more. The festival has something in store for everyone: there will be at least five shows per day for children. If you are in Prague between August 17 and September 2, 2014, don’t miss it.
Location: Letná Park