The Czech Republic Celebrates 100 Years
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The Czech Republic invites tourists from around the world to commemorate the establishment of Czechoslovakia in 1918 following the end of World War I. To mark the one-hundredth anniversary, hundreds of cultural, social and sporting events will take place throughout the year that highlight the period known as the First Republic, that is, the twenty years between the First and Second World Wars.
Czechoslovakia was founded in the aftermath of World War I as one of the successor states of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Central European country then existed (with a brief interlude during World War II) from October 28, 1918 to December 31, 1992, before officially splitting on January 1, 1993 to form the independent Czech and Slovak Republics. In 2018, both countries will be celebrating one-hundred years of existence and commemorating all that they have shared with the world together.
“The inter-war era left behind a range of monuments, museums, period cafés and sporting traditions whose stories are waiting to be discovered”
-Monika Palaková, General Manager, CzechTourism
CzechTourism invites you to take in the architecture and design, the cultural scene, the spa industry, gastronomy, history, and the stories of Czech brand names which are globally renowned to this day – the Škoda and Tatra automotive companies, the Baťa footwear group, and traditional producers of glass and fashion jewellery.
Around the country, the variety of activities connected with the Czechoslovak First Republic span the entire cultural landscape of the country. Active tourists can visit the lively open-air museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm or go on a tour of the original methods for brewing beer, the Czech national drink. Those who love history can walk in the footsteps of the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, through the architectural visions of Adolf Loos, Josef Gočár and Jan Kotěra, or around the galleries of Alfons Mucha, František Kupka and Emil Fila.
A key project to tie together the celebrations in the Czech and Slovak Republics is a joint Czech and Slovakian exhibition. In the Czech Republic, it will be presented by the National Museum, while the Slovak partners are the Slovak National Museum and the Slovak National Gallery.
Other participating Czech museums include The National Technical Museum, which is preparing an exhibition entitled, “Made in Czechoslovakia 1918 to 1992 – Industry which Conquered the World,” in cooperation with partners from Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. In addition, the Olomouc Museum of Modern Art is working on a project to present artistic movements and tendencies in Central Europe around the time of 1918.
The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra will mark the one-hundredth anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia with an open-air concert. It will then go on to perform concerts of Leoš Janeček’s opera, “The Cunning Little Vixen” (“Liška Bystrouška”) in Prague and New York, and is preparing an exhibition entitled, “Bedřich Smetana – Má vlast” (“Bedřich Smetana – My Homeland”), in honor of the Czechoslovak composer.
The Czech Republic’s centennial celebrations will be commemorated by all major Czech institutions, including church, army, and cultural groups. Come to the Czech Republic and discover the stories which have been written here over the past century!
You can find all up-to-date information on events and offerings on czechtourism.com.
Czech Republic 100 year celebration in Stockholm, Sweden at the Royal Coin Cabinette close to the Royal Palace on the 25th of October, 2018. See the pictures of the evening: