Thursday, November 8, 2012

Radio Prague Today 11.8.2012

Articles posted today

Natalia Gorbanevskaya visits Prague to launch Czech version of her book Red Square at Noon

Late last month the Czech literary world finally paid its due to Natalia Gorbanevskaya a Russian poet, translator and civil rights activist who in 1968 risked her life to voice her opposition to the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. More than 40 years after her brave deed her book Red Square at Noon reflecting the events was finally published in Czech.

Reforms back on track as Czech ruling coalition regains strength

After weeks of instability, the centre-right government consolidated its position in the lower house on Wednesday, passing not only a vote of confidence but also some of its key reform bills: a package of controversial tax hikes, a bill on pension reform and that on church restitutions.

2012 Mezipatra queer film fest focuses on power, madness and manipulation

This year's Mezipatra Queer Film Festival gets underway on Thursday night with a ceremony at Prague's Lucerna cinema. The event, now in its 13th year, is bringing more than 100 films with gay, lesbian and transgender themes to the Czech capital, before moving on, in smaller form, to a number of other cities in the regions. Just ahead of its opening, I asked the head of Mezipatra, Aleš Rumpel, what the main theme was this time out.