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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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Director Ivan Fíla on final cut…

Award-winning screenwriter and director Ivan Fíla this summer added another titular feather to his cap – that of best…

 
 
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Bizarre real-life story focus of award…

The Czech Republic’s annual Muriel Award for the best comic book of the year was given to Svatá Barbora or Saint…

 
 
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Twenty years after his death Jaroslav…

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Collection for huge new St. Vitus…

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Expat musician Geoff Tyson turns…

Prague-based musician Geoff Tyson released his first music video in four years last month. “Spotlight” pays tribute to…

 
 
 
 
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