Prague December Events
Early December—International Jazz Festival Prague's annual jazz festival draws international jazz legends and local emerging musicians. Reduta Theatre and various venues. For information, call 2423-5340 or 2493-3487. For tickets, call Ticketpro at 9632-9999. http://www.jazzfestivalpraha.cz. Concludes early December
25 Dec—Christmas Day Public holiday.
26 Dec—St. Stephen's Day Public holiday.
Throughout December—Concert The Prague Philharmonia performs regularly in the Dvorak Hall of the Rudolfinum, Alsovo Nabrezi 12. For information and tickets, call 2423-2488 or 2422-9293. http://www.pkf.cz. Continues through late April 2010
Throughout December—Performance The National Theatre is home to frequent ballet, theater, opera and other performances. Narodni Divadlo, Narodni Trida 2. For tickets and information, call 2490-1377 or 2490-1448. http://www.narodni-divadlo.cz. Continues through late June 2010
Throughout December—Concert The Prague Symphony Orchestra holds frequent concerts in Municipal House, Namesti Republiky 5. For information, call 2231-0784. For tickets, call 2200-2336, or Ticketpro at 296-328-888. http://www.fok.cz. Continues through mid June 2010
Throughout December—Opera Operas are performed frequently at the Prague State Opera, Legerova 75. For information, call 9611-7111. For tickets, call 2422-7266. http://www.sop.cz. Continues through mid June 2010
Throughout December—Dance The National Theatre Ballet performs regularly at the historic Estates Theatre, Ovocny 1, and the National Theatre, Narodni Trida 2. For information and tickets, call 2490-1377 or 2490-1448. http://www.narodni-divadlo.cz. Continues through mid June 2010
Beer festivals offer entertainment for all.
The Czechs have a very close relationship with their beer, and they will not miss an opportunity to celebrate that together. Be that as it may, drinking and tasting should of course be done with moderation and common sense. Therefore, a beer festival programme includes concerts, non-traditional brewery tours, and competitions. As a matter of interest: If you would like to taste a different beer every day in the Czech Republic, your visit would drag on quite a long time, as more than 400 kinds of beer were brewed here last year!
Already in its 52nd year, the hops and beer celebrations of the http://www.docesna.cz Hop Harvest Festival in Žatec promise spectacular festivities. It is precisely the Žatec hops that make a vital contribution to the quality of Czech beer. Czech and Slovak music stars will perform for the audience at three genre-specific music stages on 5 and 6 September 2009. At the Festival, you can test your adroitness in picking hops or dancing with a beer mug on your head. A queen of hops will be chosen, and you will also see the world’s smallest hops field directly on the square. Tasting will include around 45 kinds of beer from Czech and foreign breweries. Admission is free both days.
Beer is brewed at more than 120 places in the Czech Republic, but the Pilsner beer is known worldwide. In 1842, a legend was born in Pilsen: the pale lager Pilsner Urquell. The Bavarian brewmaster Josef Groll brewed a beer using the bottom fermentation method, which aroused a passion for that beer’s golden colour, dense snow-white froth and exceptional taste. This passion has continued to today, and the http://www.prazdroj.cz Pilsner Fest is held to celebrate brewing the first beer of the Pilsner type. This year’s fest will be held on 4 and 5 September 2009. In addition to Pilsner Urquell and Gambrinus, visitors can look forward to tasting an entirely special beer brewed solely for this occasion. This year, as every other year, gastronomic specialties and cultural events will accompany the fest. The co-organiser of this important event is the City of Pilsen, and admission to all events of the Pilsner Fest is free.
A traditional beer festival is also held at the http://www.chodovar.cz Chodovar family brewery. It was made famous by the world’s largest beer spa and by the so-called “beerarium” that connects gastronomy and beer. You can experience these amenities personally on 22 August 2009. In addition to the non-traditional tours of the brewery and malt-house, you will be entertained by a musical performance and amusing competitions relating to beer.
On 8 August 2009, with the arrival of the master of the mountains, the legendary Krakonoš himself, the gate to http://www.kpivnislavnosti.cz/ Krkonoše (Giant Mountains) Beer Festival will open. An addition this year will be a second stage which will offer alternative music genres and, above all, there will once again be the rides and amusements of the traditional Vrchlabí carnival. The entertainment will include the music of a regional folk group, dancers in regional folk dress, magicians and, above all, local specialties.
The http://www.bernard.cz Bernard Family Brewery in Humpolec will provide a combination of good beer and music for the Bernard Fest programme. On 7 and 8 August 2009, such very popular Czech musical groups as Monkey Business, Kryštof and Chinaski will perform here in the heart of the Vysočina (Highlands) region. The audience also can look forward to competitions and fireworks.
13-Aug Prague, Czech Republic Chodov Natural Amphitheatre
Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour – Summer 2009 dates w/ Paul Oakenfold
Madonna’s phenomenally successful ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’, already the #1 Biggest Grossing Tour in history for a solo artist, will embark on another series of shows beginning July 4th in London at the O2 Arena and at Manchester’s MEN Arena on July 7th. (Schedule below).
Stops will include appearances in never before played markets such as Werchter Belgium, Marseille France, Hamburg Germany, Oslo Norway, Helsinki Finland, Tallinn Estonia, Ljubljana Slovenia as well as stops in Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria it was confirmed today by Live Nation. Additional appearances by Madonna will include return visits after more than 15 years to Madrid, Gothenburg and Munich.
“This is a first for me. I’ve never extended a tour before. I’m excited to be going back on the road, visiting places I’ve never been and returning to places I love.” commented Madonna about the new run of dates.
Raves around the globe for the tour include the London Times which remarked, “In the premiere league of song-and-dance spectaculars, the queen of pop remains unrivaled and undefeated.” “The choreography, visuals and live talent were world class and mind-blowingly well executed, intelligent and witty,” glowed The Independent (UK).
In 2008, the ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’ was seen by 2,350,285 fans in 58 cities. With record breaking ticket sales everywhere, including 650,000 tickets sold in her series of South American dates, 72,000 tickets at Zurich’s Dübendorf Airfield – the largest audience ever assembled for a show in Switzerland, 75,000 tickets in London’s Wembley Stadium and four sell outs in New York’s Madison Square Garden (60,364 tickets).
“This new run of dates will further solidify Madonna’s position as one of the top selling touring artists of all time,” said Arthur Fogel, Live Nation’s Chairman of Global Music and CEO of Global Touring/Artist Nation.
Special Guest for Sticky & Sweet 2009, Paul Oakenfold has long been one of the most important – if not the most important – name in modern club culture. He has remixed The Rolling Stones U2, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dog, Muse, New Order, The Cure, Massive Attack and even Elvis Presley and produced The Happy Mondays. The two time Grammy nominee is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the biggest DJ in the world. His new artist album, ‘Pop Killer’ is due out later this year.
Madonna’s multi-Grammy-nominated CD ‘Hard Candy’ debuted at Number One in over 37 countries.
Madonna July/August 2009 ‘Sticky & Sweet’ Tour Dates:
(Dates and information subject to change.)
4-July London, United Kingdom 02 Arena London On sale Feb. 06
7-July Manchester, United Kingdom MEN Arena On sale Feb. 06
11-July Werchter, Belgium Festival park On sale Feb. 07
14-July Milan, Italy San Siro On sale Feb. 06
21-July Barcelona, Spain Olympic Stadium
23-July Madrid, Spain Vicente Calderon
28-July Hamburg, Germany Trab-Arena Hamburg Bahrenfeld
30-July Oslo, Norway Vallehovin On sale Feb. 09
04-Aug Tallinn, Estonia Tallinn Song Festival Ground
06-Aug Helsinki, Finland West Harbour On sale Feb. 09
09-Aug Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi On sale Feb. 09
11-Aug Copenhagen, Denmark Parken On sale Feb. 09
13-Aug Prague, Czech Republic Chodov Natural Amphitheatre
15-Aug Warsaw, Poland Bemowo Airport
18-Aug Munich, Germany Olympic Stadium
20-Aug Ljubljana, Slovenia Hippodrome
In 2009, Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour will also visit Marseille in addition to performances in Bulgaria, Hungary, Russia, Romania, and Serbia.
For complete Tour and Ticket Information, Fan Club Memberships, VIP Packages, Merchandise and more visit  &mnbsp;www.madonna.com