Busy schedule of events in Prague and beyond on Velvet Revolution anniversary
Countless events across the Czech Republic – and indeed across the globe – are taking place over the next four days to mark the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. These are scheduled in key places associated with the Revolution, such as Wenceslas Square or Národní třída in Prague, as well as in locations such as Washington D.C. and London.
Tram and car traffic is to be suspended at Národní and two concert stages erected – symbolically entitled “Truth” and “Love”. At this site, a major “Festival of Freedom” is to take place starting at 10am, and continuing until 10pm. Performances from the likes of Lenka Dusilová and Baromantika, Zrní and Jaromír Švejdí will underscore the atmosphere of celebration. A number of stalls will be erected in the vicinity too, with a carnival procession and other festivities planned, including skating, graffiti, exhibitions and performances by student bands. Theatre performances are also set to take place in this space, as well as in the nearby Black Box theatre, which will premiere a new play directly about the events of 1989. Czech students will also partake in an event entitled “Díky, že můžem! – Korzo Národní” – or “Thanks that we can” in which thanks is given to those students who 25 years ago opened the gates to freedom and democracy.
Meanwhile, musician and former Velvet Underground member John Cale is to perform at a “Memory of the Nation” award event at Prague’s National Theatre on November 17. The award is given to people who have waged battles against totalitarian communist regimes. Also present will be author Tom Stoppard. 20 people have been nominated for the award this year from countries including the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.
Naturally, events are also taking place in other key sites associated with the Velvet Revolution, such as the city of Brno or in Bratislava, now the capital of independent Slovakia.