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The Magic of Prague: ‘The City and Czech Cultural Revival’ by Gavin Plumley

28 januari 20222 minute read

Prague is one of the major cultural cities in Europe, well known for example the Charles Bridge, books from Franz Kafka, the Castle, the Jewish Quarter, and many other highlights.

Once Prague was part of the Habsburg Empire beloved of kings and princes. During the 19th century, however, the Czechs sought to reclaim the city for their own. Looking back at their roots and mythology, the Czech people imagined a new future through art, entirely reshaping cultural movements including Romanticism and symbolism in specifically patriotic ways. Looking at painters such as Alfons Mucha, Otakar Lebeda, and Jakub Schikaneder and composers like Bedřich Smetana and Antonín Dvořák, as well as their forward-thinking literary and architectural contemporaries, this contextual talk shows how the Czechs reclaimed both country and capital by cultural means.

Gavin Plumley is a writer and broadcaster, appearing on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and contributing to newspapers, magazines and opera and concert programmes worldwide. Lectures widely about the culture of Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. His first book, A Home for All Seasons, is published in June 2022.

To register for the online lecture go to Please note that you have to register before Monday February 7, 2022. The lecture starts at Tuesday February 8 at 20.00 pm. Fee (non-members): € 13,-. A membership (8 lectures and other activities) is € 65,- per year and € 120,- for a couple. A half-year membership (4 lectures and other activities) is € 32,50 per year and € 60,- for a couple.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 – 8 pm: 

This is a ZOOM lecture (It turned out it wasn’t possible to organise the lecture in the theater for this February)


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