Accompanying Program of Open House Prague 2024

photo by Jan Malý

The accompanying program of the 2024 Open House Prague festival, starting on Monday, May 13, includes guided tours in Englishexhibitionsperformancesprojections, and more. Most of the accompanying events are in Czech, but some of them are also suitable for international visitors.

From Monday, May 13 to Sunday, May 19, you can visit us at our information center, this time located at the Hybernská Campus (address: Hybernská 998/4, Prague 1). Here you can shop festival merchandise, get your copy of the Festival Guide, or ask for recommendations and tips.

We look forward to seeing you!

Photo Contest “Open Prague”

Do you love Prague, architecture, and photography? You can take part in the third edition of the photo contest “Otevřená Praha” (“Open Prague”), held in collaboration with and Škola kreativní fotografie, and win valuable prizes. You don’t have to be a professional – all you need is a camera or a phone and a good eye! You can compete in three categories; the best photos will be selected by our jury, and the winners will be decided in a public vote. The photo contest runs from May 13 to May 19, 2024. You can sumbit your photos until Wednesday, May 22 at 12 p.m.

photo by Václav Lomič
Visual Stories
Open Call for Visual Stories
Capture this year's theme and win e.g. a trip to the Open House Europe summit
photo by Hybernská Campus

Tips for Events on Weekdays

From Monday, May 13 to Sunday, May 19, you can visit an exhibition titled My Shoes, Your Shoes, held at the Hybernská Campus. Eight female artists and their daughters were invited to engage in an intergenerational dialogue that explores the emotional legacy of their families. Tickets can be purchased on site.

On Wednesday, May 15 at 7.30 p.m., you can watch a performance from Rainbow Gospel at the Clubhouse of the Autoclub of the Czech Republic. Admission to this event is free of charge.

On Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m., you can experience a performance at the Chapel of St. Wenceslas in the district of Suchdol. The performance combines words, music, and images, and employs the work of poet Bohuslav Reynek. Tickets can be purchased on site.

Guided Tours in English

As part of the accompanying program on the weekend, several buildings that are open during this year’s festival also offer tours in English. Thanks to these tours, you can visit several gems of functionalist architecture, important buildings tied to sports and education, or unique examples of various architecture styles. The tours will take you to the heart of Prague as well as other city districts, such as Holešovice, Břevnov, or Ruzyně. More details on the buildings that offer tours in English and scheduled times can be found below.

Václav Havel Airport Prague – Terminal 4, photo by Tomáš Sysel
Program děti 2024 - EN
Festival Activities for Children
Open Senses

Interactive City Game

During the weekend, you can play Open Senses, an interactive city game focused on the accessibility of the city for all groups of people. Visit five checkpoints located near selected buildings from this year’s program, complete small tasks, solve the crossword puzzle, and claim your reward! The game will help you discover the city space through all senses and try out some of the challenges that people with visual or physical disabilities face on a daily basis. Open Senses is organized by the students of the Arts Management program at Prague University of Economics and Business.

Exhibitions, Projections & More

On the ocassion of the 100th anniversary of Franz Kafka’s passing, Goethe-Institut is holding an exhibition which features unique photos of the Kafka family, many of which have never been published. Capturing the world-renowned author and his relatives, the photos tell a story about Jewish emancipation and social rise. At the historical building of the National Archives, you can see a facsimile of the Golden Bull of Sicily, and at the premises of the National Archives in the district of Chodovec, there is going to be an exhibition dedicated to Jindřich Waldes, businessman and founder of the KOH-I-NOOR Factory. On Saturday, Troja Château is holding an acoustic workshop for all generations titled Visual and Acoustic Experiments. On Sunday, you can visit a fair near the Letná Water Tower, which also features programs for families with children. Below is an overview of all the accompanying events taking place on the weekend.

Franz Kafka at 5 years old, photo provided by Goethe-Institut

Overview of Accompanying Events in the Open Buildings on the Weekend

Bílá Elementary School and Nursery School
exhibition of the school’s history

Brandejs Homestead – carriage house
exhibition of documents and photographs, workshops (embroidery and dance), restaurant day, country dance on Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m.

Braník Brewery – Dance Art Center
display of scenic machinery and costumes, rehearsals on Sunday

Bulgarian Elementary School & Petar Beron Grammar School
exhibition made by children from the school

Cemetery Gardens and Chapel of St. Wenceslas in Prague-Suchdol
Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. – guided tour with authors of the project Václav Šuba and Jakub Červenka, loop with photos from reconstruction at the Chapel of St. Wenceslas

Church of the Hus Congregation in Vršovice
performance, lecture, community event, exhibition

Clubhouse of the Autoclub of the Czech Republic
exhibition on the history of the club and the clubhouse; screening of historical videos about motorsports; exhibition of publications, rod maps, magazines, and other documents

Congress Center Prague
exhibition on the occasion of the Congress Center’s 40th anniversary (entry no. 5)

Deym Palace and Václav Havel Library
audiovisual program, exhibition of photos of Václav Havel and Oldřich Škácha in the atrium, books and items from the production of the library for sale

DISK Theater (part of the Academy of Performing Arts – DAMU)
evening performances at DISK Theater: “Maloměšťákova svatba” (Bertolt Brecht) on Saturday, May 18; “Sestra” (Jáchym Topol) on Sunday, May 19

Ďáblice Cemetery
Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. – guided tour with architect Filip Ditrich, Kateřina Konečná, and Adam Vokáč (gravedigger specializing in ecological burial); no registration necessary, more details TBA

Ďáblice Observatory
presentation on the history of the observatory showroom
electric bikes available for a free ride within the building’s surroundings

Electrical Enterprises Prague – Bubenská 1
exhibition of historical photographs

Eliška Pešková Creative House
screening of materials documenting the reconstruction

Evangelical Cemetery in Strašnice and Funeral Atelier
guided tour with architect Filip Ditrich on Saturday, May 15 at 10 a.m. (no registration); mass in the chapel on Sunday, May 19 at 9.30 a.m.

Faculty Elementary School in Ďáblice
plans, photos documenting reconstruction and activities of the facility

Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague
historical videos and photos from the faculty life – important figures, cultural life, buildings

First Czech General Reinsurance Bank – Goethe-Institut
exhibition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Franz Kafka’s death: Photo album of the Kafka family; quiz competition about Germany; screening of short films with queer themes; musical performance by the children’s chamber ensemble Cenerentola at the German library – Saturday, May 18th at 11 a.m.; live broadcast from the Berlin Philharmonic featuring Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 – Saturday, May 18th at 7 p.m. (free entry); Pimp My Bike workshop – Saturday, May 18th, 2–5 p.m. & Sunday, May 19th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (in front of the building); open hour of the Mini Film Club (for children aged 3 to 6); music program by DJ Nicole – Sunday, May 19th, 3–6 p.m. in the courtyard

Floating Boathouse of TJ Tatran Praha
exhibition of photos and available documentation concerning the floating boathouse

Garden of Arts

Gráf Hotel – I. P. Pavlova 5
origami workshop for families with children (Saturday, 2 p.m.)

Hlávka Dormitory CTU
drawings, photographs, children playroom

House of the Firemen’s Association of Bohemia – Firemen’s House
observation with telescope (in case of good weather)

Hrzán Palace
information brochure available

Hybernská Campus
LEGO® and DUPLO site by CzechRepubrick; exhibition “My Shoes, Your Shoes” in the gallery

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry AS CR – historical and new building
guided tour with architects Ivan Šrom and Kateřina Mašková, plans and visualizations, 3D model of the building, architecture designs

Johannes Kepler Grammar School
café for the foundation Cesta domů; drawings and materials from the archives; video from furniture designer and architects of the new hall; chronicles from the early 20th century; future plans of the building; 3D model of the building

Karlín Palace – main office of CZECH PROMOTION
loop with photos from the reconstruction and photos introducing the agency, guided tour with architects

Klar Institute of the Blind – seat of the Czech Geological Survey
historical photos of the building and its construction, posters with the activities of CGS

Koulka Homestead
exhibition of artworks inspired by the gardens of the villa and its surroundings

Laichter House
exhibition of documents, plans, drawings, and photos

Letná Water Tower
exhibition in the gallery Happy Špaček II, Sunday market

Liechtenstein Palace
information brochure

Marianne Gellert-Petschek Villa – Museum of Literature
guided tour with architect Zdeněk Žilka on Saturday at 4.30 p.m.; limited capacity, prior registration necessary at

Masaryk Railway Station
historical photos of the station, promotional materials from Czech Railways

Metro Palace – Image Theater
video documenting the reconstruction, historical photos of the original cinema provided by the owners of Metro Palace

Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
plans, documentary materials, photos from the preparation stages of construction and reconstruction

Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic
panels with historical photos, construction plans on the walls, transportation-themed playground for children in front of the building

Municipal House in Ďáblice
exhibition of drawings and photographs from construction

National Archives and State Regional Archives in Prague
guided tour with architect Iva Knappová (Saturday, Sunday at 1 p.m.), panel exhibitions with original archived materials: an exhibition on businessman Jindřich Waldes, an exhibition on the history of the building, an exhibition on Czechoslovak-German economic relations in 1918–1992

New Jewish Cemetery
guided tours with experts from the Jewish Community of Prague, Iva Steinová and Hana Krchovová – Sunday at 10.30 a.m., 1.00 p.m. & 2.30 p.m.

New Stage of the National Theater
drawings and materials from the archives; video from the glass factory that produced the New Stage’s screens; information and interesting facts about the furnishings, the building itself, and more; future reconstruction plans; LEGO model of the New Stage

New Waltrovka
ground plans, office fit-out in 3D, visualizations of the entire project including the next stages

Petzold Restaurant – Bohemia Pavilion
exhibition with photos from the reconstruction process

Podkovářská Premises
visitors can play basketball on the roof; tour of the printing office and the graphic studio, tours of showrooms

guided walks with architect Jiří Havrda (DAM.architekti) – Sunday, May 19th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (no registration required, meeting at entrance E1), guided tour of art objects around Port7 with sculptor Pavel Karous – Sunday, May 19th, at 2 p.m. (no registration required, meeting in front of the southern entrance to the vestibule of Nádraží Holešovice metro station (next to McDonald’s)

Prague Castle – Lobkowicz Palace
short audiovisual presentation on TV

Prague Main Railway Station – Fanta Building
exhibition with historical photographs, promotional materials from the Czech Railways

Project Studios Association – CAMP
Planeta Praha exhibition, inclusive tours of the area, on Sat from 2 to 6 p.m. presentation of accessibility measurements in CAMP

Sokol Gymnasium in Karlín
exhibitions of photos and materials from archives

Sokol Gymnasium in Vinohrady
lecture, open archive with medals from the Olympics, introduction of sports activities of each unit

Strahov Monastery

Town House – Czech National Agency for International Education and Research
children’s corner, information on international education and volunteering

Trmal Villa
current exhibition, permanent exposition of furniture designed by Jan Kotěra

Troja Brewery – Kolovna ZOOna
Saturday, Sunday at 11 a.m. – guided tours with architects from Industry Punk; photo loop, presentation

Troja Château – Prague City Gallery
exhibition “Uncertain Situations”, creative workshop “Visual and Acoustic Experiments Art” – Saturday, May 18th at 1 p.m. (Eco-Studio in the orangery, no registration required)

Třebešín Velodrome
free bike and helmet rental and a ride on the velodrome, track cycling demonstration by the junior members of TJ Kovo team as part of their training session

U Slavíčků House – office of Committee of Goodwill – Olga Havlová Foundation
video projection, history of the foundation, building plans, exhibition of Olga Havlová’s unique fashion outfits

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