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Year of Jewish Culture - 100 Years of the Jewish Museum in Prague
 

The project is held under the auspices of the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic Vítězslav Jandák, Chairman of the House of Representatives Lubomír Zaorálek, Chairman of the Senate Přemysl Sobotka, Mayor of the City of Prague Pavel Bém and Václav Havel.

Introduction

The year 2006 marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish Museum in Prague. During the momentous occasion of this important anniversary, the Jewish Museum has approached other cultural institutions in the Czech Republic, as well as artists, Jewish communities and public officials for their support. Together with the contribution of several embassies and foreign cultural centres, the Museum has prepared the „Year of Jewish Culture – 100 Years of the Jewish Museum in Prague“, a yearlong project that will take place all across the country.
 
The basis of the celebration is to create and promote activities of the Jewish Museum. This thriving institution is not only the most visited museum in the Czech Republic but has become a symbol that personifies the modern history of Jews in Bohemia and Moravia from the time of their emancipation to the present day. The new project of the Jewish Museum will include independent and cooperative museum, gallery, theatre and film events as well as concerts. These individual projects will present the works of Czech and foreign artists whose common thread is Jewish art and culture. Every month, from January to December 2006, several cities throughout the Czech Republic will participate in the Jewish cultural programme celebrating the anniversary of the Jewish Museum in Prague, concurrently drawing attention to the Jewish culture and its value in the Czech and international context. In total, the “Year of Jewish Culture“ in the Czech Republic will include the participation of more than 80 institutions, and currently 70 different events have been planned.
 

The „Year of Jewish Culture“, in its entirety, will create an awareness of the unique characteristics of the Jewish cultural heritage, as well as its tradition associated with the Czech culture and society. The anniversary of the Museum offers an exceptional opportunity of bringing the Czech public closer to the Jewish culture. The Jewish Museum in Prague believes that the “Year of Jewish Culture” will become a significant event in 2006 that will enrich the cultural life in the Czech Republic.
 
Media partner organizations of the project:
MF Dnes, Český rozhlas, Týden, The Prague Post.
 
For more information, please contact: [email] 100[at]jewishmuseum.cz
PR: Jana Tomášková, jana@iam.cz, GSM: (+420) 602 255 961

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