October is a great time to be in Prague, with lots of festivals and events happening. We’ve highlighted a music festival, a film festival and an art exhibition for you this month, For more information about what’s on, check the Prague Tourism website.
Galerie Rudolfinum is Prague’s original contemporary art museum. The building itself is worth a visit, and they have a fairly decent café as well. Until January 2, you can check out this wide-ranging exhibition dealing with excesses of all kinds: body, beauty and mind. Works by Damien Hirst, Gilbert & George, Robert Mapplethorpe, Christian Humboldt and more will be on display. The exhibit is a mix of photography, sculpture, painting and video and displayed against the stately backdrop of the Rudolfinum will surely be a vision of decadence in one way or another.
It’s the 15th year of this wonderful international music festival which features jazz, classical and world music, both traditional and modern. Organizers are experts at bringing adventurous performers to Prague; many have never played here before. Highlights this year include contemporary violinist Julia Fischer and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. Check the website for a full concert schedule, and get your tickets early!
Prague’s Indian Film Festival is annual hit, bringing a ton of Bollywood’s most popular films to the screens of Kino Svetzor. Running from October 11-16, films range from action-thrillers to comedy romps as well as the musical showpieces Bollywood is best known for. All are shown with English subtitles. A variety of documentaries are shown, plus an accompanying program which features events like the Bollywood Party on October 16 which includes a Bollywood dance workshop and show. Full details can be found at their website.