Prague has a vibrant art scene. It becomes even more interesting during Summer, when several unique contemporary art festivals come to town. From movement theatre to jazz music and even circus performance, there's something for everyone.
5 great summer festivals in Prague
1) Fringe Festival
To have a good laugh, hurry to Prague as of 24 May! This nine-day extravaganza of English-language theatre, comedy and cabaret takes place for the 18th time this year, with an growing number of shows performed and/or created by women. Over 200 performances are planned within the Lesser Town district, promising an intimate, friendly and fun atmosphere.
2) Tanec Praha
This international festival for contemporary dance and movement theatre has been astounding audiences for over three decades. This year’s edition promises to reward your curiosity with a gateway to experience, kicking off with a spontaneous non-conformist Korean choreography. Talented locals meet with prominent international artists from all over the world. Expect vivid colours, innovation and several outdoor performances.
3) Bohemia Jazz Fest
This free open-air festival is undoubtedly the most important jazz event in the country. Established in 2005 by world-famous jazz guitar player Rudy Linka with the aim to promote top class musicians to his fellow citizens, it kickstarts in the capital before moving to other cities. With Old Town Square as its backdrop, the Prague edition is a truly mesmerising experience.
4) Letní Letná
Hide from the summer heat in one of the chapiteau scattered on the Letná plateau, where this reputable international festival of contemporary circus traditionally takes place. Be amazed by the flexibility of contortionists, the wit of the scenography, the imaginative lighting and music. A great place to go with kids, but book your tickets well in advance, as they are in high demand!
5) Signal Festival
As the days grow shorter in October, Signal Festival makes the best out of the prevailing darkness by connecting art, urban space and modern technologies. The result is a visual feast of light installations, laser shows and projection mapping spectacles. Make sure to be in town for this long weekend to see it light up with dozens of art works by local and international artists.
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