Municipal House, Smetana Hall
Náměstí Republiky 5, Prague
As a national cultural landmark, the Municipal House ranks among the most prominent Art Nouveau buildings in Prague. It is located in the very centre of Prague, right beside the Powder Gate. The most distinguished Czech painters and sculptors of the time contributed to decorating the Municipal House - including Jan Preisler, Mikoláš Aleš, Max Švabinský, František Ženíšek, Ladislav Šaloun, Josef Mařatka, Josef Václav Myslbek and Alfons Mucha. The Municipal House has served as a multifunctional building right from the very beginning. The halls and lounges are used to hold conventions, conferences, concerts and balls, not to mention fashion shows. The areas are only accessible to the general public in the form of guided tours. Between 1994 and 1997 the Municipal House underwent technically and financially demanding renovation. On reopening its status as an important social and cultural centre was restored.
St. Barbara's Church
Kutná Hora Town
St. Barbara's Church is the second most visited church in the Czech Republic. It has always stood as a symbol of the town and continues to pride itself as the most famous building in Kutná Hora. It is considered to be the most original cathedral type church in Europe featuring a ring of chapels around the main altar. The view to the outer decorations is also stunning. The building has grown to stand for the former wealth and power of the town.
Mercedes Forum Praha
Daimlerova 2, Prague
The multi-purpose hall of the Mercedes-Benz Centre is a unique venue for hosting concerts and other cultural events.
The Loop Jazz Club
The CNSO Studios, Weilova 1144/2, Praha 10
The studios of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in Hostivař have been open since 2002 when the decision was taken to turn the former waterworks hall into a Studio Gallery. A great many personalities have paid a visit to the studio over the years including Quentin Tarantino, Lalo Schifrin, James Howard Newton, Ennio Morricone Luis Bacalov, Brian de Palma, Giuseppe Tornatore, Brian May, not to mention a whole host of fantastic jazz stars such as Chick Corea, Randy Brecker, Bobby Shew, Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie, Eric Marienthal, Wynton as well as Branford Marsalis, Marcus Miller, Vince Mendoza, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Natalie Cole, John Pizzarelli, Gordon Goodwin and more.
The bottom part of the building has been patiently waiting until this year to open as a cinema space which has held on to its 1980s feel.
During spring 2019 this space will transform into a stylish jazz club boasting fantastic acoustics and a unique atmosphere. A direct link to controlled production means we are able to make live recordings of concerts, while you can also choose from a wide range of beverages from the stylish bar, bathed in optimistic colours synonymous with the end of the 20th century. Welcome to the new location of The Loop Jazz Club, back on “home” turf at the CNSO Studios.
Dům U Hybernů, Nám. Republiky 3/4, Praha 1
In early 19th century classic style, the Hybernia House is situated on Prague’s Na Příkopě Street and boasts a history so diverse that you could be mistaken for thinking this was where the city’s records first began. The location is also unquestionably exceptional: opposite the more recent Powder Tower and previously the Royal Palace which assumed the spot we now know to be the Municipal House.
La Fabrika | Studio 2 (Foundry)
Přístavní 22, Prague 7, Holešovice
La Fabrika is a cultural centre situated in the Prague district of Holešovice. Right from inception it was intended to operate as a multipurpose space for creating and presenting audiovisual, theatre and dance projects requiring unconventional spatial solutions, multimedia expositions, performances, lectures, workshops as well as social gatherings, exhibitions, concerts and classical theatre productions. Studio 2 – Foundry, is the venue for jazz concerts at this year’s PRAGUE PROMS.
Renovation of the Foundry was completed in 2012. Even before its completion, the space of this former factory hosted alternative site-specific projects which utilised the rawness and slightly demolished appearance of the deteriorating building. In most cases much of the valuable architectural features of the factories have remained including the wooden beams of the original ceiling structure which give the space a certain softness combined with the windows allowing daylight into the hall. The variability of Studio 2 is enhanced through an extending auditorium and moving partitions, which can also be used as screens. The hall is also equipped with many additional black screens and projectors suitable for large-scale multimedia projects as well as theatre and music performances.
St. Agnes Convent
U Milosrdných, Staré Město
The St. Agnes Convent, also known as Na Františku, is located on the bank of the Vltava in the historic part of Prague’s Old Town district. The cloister of the female order of the Poor Clares and the male order of the Minor Brothers was founded by Anežka Premyslid, who became its abbess.
The exact date of the founding of the monastery is unknown, however it likely took place in 1231 when all negotiations around Anežka’s wedding were finalised. Anežka’s brother Václav I donated land to the convent situated on the right bank of the Vltava which was also convenient in terms of its proximity to the hospital nearby. At the time the neighbourhood was mostly inhabited by craftsmen. Václav also granted the monastery all of its privileges and freedoms.
The St. Agnes Convent is generally regarded as the first Gothic building in Prague. It was gradually restored over several stages during the 20th century. As of 1963, it has been under ownership of the National Gallery which holds permanent expositions and exhibitions there. Owing to its unique atmosphere and exceptional acoustics, the monastery hall plays host to chamber concerts.