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Flašinet žije! Or why barrel organs are a grind (in a good way)

Barrel organ players and street artists from the Czech Republic and beyond gathered in Prague earlier this month for the annual festival Flašinet žije! (The barrel organ is alive!), organised by the National Museum. I went along to talk to some of the organ grinders to learn more about the history of the mechanical instrument and their passion for it.

 
 
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Turning grenades into wheels: ‘80s…

One of the most anticipated Czech documentaries at the 2018 Karlovy Vary international film festival had its world…

 
 
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Ostrava and its Jews: 'Now No-One Sings…

David Lawson had never heard of Ostrava when, fifteen years ago, his London synagogue received a Sefer Torah that had…

 
 
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An annual international opera festival celebrating the works of Bedřich Smetana – perhaps the most famous Czech…

 
 
 
 
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