Thursday, December 22, 2011

Radio Prague Today 12.22.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Stage managing Prague Castle - Zdeněk Lukeš remembers Václav Havel

When Václav Havel came to Prague Castle, it meant a complete upheaval not only of the old system of governance, but also of the way things were run at the historical seat of the president itself. One of those who has been at Prague Castle since the very outset of that period is architect and art historian Zdeněk Lukeš, who worked closely with Václav Havel on revamping the castle and shared in the exuberance of the early administration. Speaking here with Christian Falvey, he recalled working with Mr Havel in the Civic Forum, the first post-Communist political movement.

Václav Havel honoured at Prague's Chanukah ceremony

The late president Václav Havel was honoured by Prague's Jewish community on Wednesday during a Chanukah lighting ceremony in Jan Palach square in the centre of the capital. Jewish leaders, along with diplomats and the mayor of Prague, said the festival celebrates the same values Václav Havel always stood up for.