Culture in quarantine // Second Edition

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Our next newsletter has brought you proposals for the first structural measures related to independent arts, tips for platforms for sharing job offers and demands, overviews of online streaming of performances and concerts, virtual gallery tours and other creative procedures, proving the power and creativity of the cultural sector in hard times – you can find information about theatres making face masks, for instance.

Structural help

Praha is ready to help city grant recipients, who anticipate issues with the implementation of the cultural events due to extraordinary measures. Frank Bold has launched a legal advisory service, which will help explain the most common legal situations linked to new situations and restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic to citizens, businessmen, and municipalities. The state of the independent cultural sector is described in Deník N’s article Not even big players may survive, clubs may disappear. We will update information about further measures on our website.

Mortgages and consumer credits

The Czech Banking Association has issued a resolution on the possibility of the three-month-long deferment of payments of mortgage and consumer credits, the topic was analyzed on in the article Banks would allow people to defer the mortgage and consumer credit payments for three months. The Czech-Moravian Guarantee and Development Bank offers an interest-free loan for SMEs affected by the coronavirus and the Ministry of Finance has prolonged the deadline for tax form submission and presented a virus set of measures.

Job offers

The group Herci, umělci bez práááce – umíme cokoliv ( : is now on Facebook, offers can be also found in groups Práce v kultuře, Práce z domova, and on our portal Culturenet.

Online platforms

Czech Centers will present Czech culture online. You can offer projects suitable for online presentation at The internet TV MALL.TV has started to cooperate with the donation platform Donio and now provides space for live streaming of concerts, performances, and lectures. The portal has published a list of institutions and organizers who have decided to make selected events online. The overview of online streams can be also accessed in the group Sám doma – kultura za časů koronaviru and Zábava v době koroNOVÉ or on the website Kultura Online. Extreme lectures for extreme times are being prepared by the Faculty of Art and Design UJEP. CAMP in Prague will stream lectures as well.


Cirk La Putyka will show online the recording of the performance Up End Down with the Film Philharmonic on 18 March, which is the initial project of the Cirk La Putyka (A)live platform. VOSTO5 will play live the performance The Fellowship of Homeowners on on 20 March. iVysílání of the Czech Television offers recordings of theatre performances. The Metropolitan Opera, Berliner Philharmoniker and State Opera in Vienna stream live as well.


Choreographer Václav Kuneš / 420PEOPLE will stream motion workshops twice every day, at 10:30 in Czech and at 5 p.m. in English.


Poetry heals and unites – the online poetry festival Básne/ě v karanténe will bring live streams of authors reading contemporary poetry in Czech and Slovak on 18 March – 22 March. The National Library will make accessible 206 thousand books for university students, you can choose among 1,308 books to download in Databáze knih, books are also offered by the Municipal Library in Prague for free.


12 world-famous museums invite you to the virtual tour, Petr Sís will guide you through his exhibition About Flying and Other Dreams in DOX, Linhart Foundation invites you to the Joska Skalník’s virtual studio, you can also walk through the exhibition Czech Theatre Photographs, prepared by the ATI.


The National Film Archive makes Czech films accessible online in the long run. DAFilms is the platform where you can play digitally restored films with articles, including contemporary reviews. They can be searched for on the portal Filmový přehled in Kontexty. You can choose among nearly one hundred Czech feature films and documentaries, shot from the 1930s to 1990s for free, you can also watch it on the YouTube channel Česká filmová klasika.

The platform is also the place for Jeden svět/One World. You can play The Parasite on, with other current and old movies.

Special projects
Theatre Critics’ Awards in 8 minutes

Theatre Critics’ Awards 2019 have been given away! The minimalist broadcast from the editorial office of World and Theatre has revealed the winner in the YouTube streaming as a result of this year’s pandemic. Congratulations!

Czech theatres help make face masks

Many Czech theatres have been looking for the opportunity to help after the announcement of the state of emergency in the Czech Republic. Dressers from several theatres have decided to start making face masks for hospitals.


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Your ATI


18. 3. 2020


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