The #kulturunezastavis initiative organized a cultural happening on line A of the Prague metro, which it prepared in cooperation with Dopravní podnik, on March 2, 2023. The middle carriage of one of the sets as part of normal operation was animated by cultural performances – concerts, theater, dance and new circus performances, slam poetry, author readings or even stand-ups. Over 50 artists of all genres performed. The picture is from the performance of Circus La Putyka.
Prague – Passengers on one of the lines of the Prague metro are in for a surprise in the form of cultural happenings today from morning until the whole day. Over 50 artists of all genres will take part in them, passengers will see ballet, contemporary dance, theater improvisation, stand-up, author's readings, circus, as well as various music, including a jukebox, when the guitarist will play songs for them as they wish.Advertisement'; }
The program was prepared by the #kulturunezastavis initiative in cooperation with the Transport Company of the Capital City of Prague. Its goal is to bring culture to a non-traditional space and context, thereby drawing attention to the fact that even in times of rising prices and economic crisis, culture plays an indispensable role. The cultural program takes place from 08:00 in the middle car of several trains running on line A.
“As soon as one crisis is over, we have another one. Culture does not stand on the sidelines. It responds to the changing times and helps us cope with the crisis. We want to turn crises into opportunities. That is why, together with the transport company, we revive the metro with culture,” explained Vít Neznal, the director behind by the #kulturunezastavis initiative, which brings culture to unusual places. For example, she enlivened streets, backyards and homes for the elderly during the coronavirus pandemic, or organized theater performances during the war in refugee centers and children's homes in Ukraine.
Today, the subway car has been transformed into a gallery, the subway announcement is heard in three voices, for a fairy tale will be prepared for children returning from school, and passengers will also hear texts created by artificial intelligence specifically for this project. For example, the improv ensemble VOSTO5, cellist Terezie Kovalová, actors Jindřiška Dudziaková and Kryštof Bartoš, members of the new circus troupe Cirk La Putyka or the winner of the Jindřich Chalupecký Prize Olga Krykun will participate.
The happening will also include interviews directly in the subway car with leading personalities of the contemporary art scene on the topic of how the crisis changes the shape of culture. Discussions in non-traditional places will then continue throughout the year as part of the #kulturunezastavis initiative.