How Was the 9th Open House Prague?
The week-long architecture festival Open House Prague took place May 15–21, 2023. The 9th edition of the event offered a wide variety of accompanying events – from discussions and lectures to guided tours and walking tours. On the weekend, 107 buildings and spaces that are usually inaccessible opened their doors for free. The accompanying program and open buildings recorded over 83,000 visits, an all-time high for the festival. See this year’s festival photo gallery! The 10th Open House Prague will take place May 13–19, 2024. Get ready and follow our Facebook event!
Explore Prague All Year Long!
Did you know that we organize events throughout the entire year where you can explore architecture in various districts of Prague? Although these events are primarily in Czech, selected events are also in English! See the current list of walking tours in our Events Calendar and join us! The current program includes several tours with English commentary that will take you to the villa neighborhood in Bubeneč.
The festival is a community project organized by Open House Praha, z. ú, a non-profit organization, thanks to the support from a number of partners and individuals. The festival would never happen if it weren’t for hunders of volunteers who dedicate their time to us and help us open the city. Do you like what we do? Join us! Become a volunteer, donate, or become a member of the club of Architecture Lovers. You can also enroll your building in the festival program, subscribe to our newsletter, or buy our products in our online store. Your support motivates us and assures as that our work is meaningful. Thank you!
Open House Prague is the first Czech festival of its kind that has opened itself to people with visual disabilities and hearing disabilities while fully respecting their needs, putting emphasis on their safety and providing them with the full experience. Accessibility is about determination, not about financially demanding solutions or modifications. Andrea Šenkyříková, director of the festival, has simply decided to make Open House Prague for everybody, and she is acting on that decision. That is why people with hearing disabilities and visual disabilities can explore the beauties of Prague’s architecture. I am happy that Světluška can be a part of that.
Světluška, a foundation managed by Český rozhlas (Czech Radio)
Exploring new buildings always brings a feeling of excitement and discovery. That is not the most important thing about Open House, though: the ability to enter buildings which have previously been just anonymous spots in the map for us and see them from the inside allows us to deepen our relationship with the city and become more connected to the place where we live.
Petr Hlaváček and Magdalena Hlaváčková
Partners of Programs for People with Disabilites
The festival takes place under the auspices of the following people:
Martin Baxa, culture minister
Bohuslav Svoboda – mayor of Prague
Petr Hlaváček – deputy mayor of Prague and councilor for local and strategic development
Jiří Pospíšil – deputy mayor and councilor for culture, tourism, protected buildings care, exhibitions, and animal care
Adam Zábranský – councilor for property, transparency, and legislation
Michal Hroza – councilor for infrastructure
Naděžda Goryczková – CEO of the National Heritage Institute
Terezie Radoměřská – mayor of Prague 1
Alexandra Udženija – mayor of Prague 2
Michal Vronský – mayor of Prague 3
Ondřej Kubín – mayor of Prague 4
Jaroslav Pašmik – mayor of Prague 5
Jakub Stárek – mayor of Prague 6
Jan Čižinský – mayor of Prague 7
Ondřej Gros – mayor of Prague 8
Tomáš Portlík – mayor of Prague 9
Martin Valovič – mayor of Prague 10
Vojtěch Kos – mayor of Prague 12
Martin Tumpach – mayor of Prague-Ďáblice