Thursday, August 31, 2023

Municipal House, Smetana Hall    ---sold out---

Náměstí Republiky 5
Prague 1 – Old Town
Smetana Hall website

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Dress code: Casual

How to get there?
Obecní dům, Náměstí Republiky 5, Prague 1 (map)

Ticket: 3000 CZK (approx. 127 EUR)
The ticket includes attendance at the social event, dinner served in the form of a menu, drinks (beer/wine/soft drinks) and the event program.


  • 19:30: Arrival, Welcome drink
  • 19:45: Smetana Hall opening
  • 20:00: Served dinner
  • 21:30: Concert
  • 22:15: EFCATS awards
  • 22:45: Optional guided tours of the Municipal House
  • 23:45: Organ performance in Smetana Hall
Municipal House
The Municipal House in Prague was built at the place of the former Royal Court in the year 1912 to celebrate the Czech nation. It is a representative building, which for its splendor and beautiful decorations is one of the jewels of Prague architecture. Although the building is usually described as an “Art Nouveau” edifice, it is more of a blend of neo-Baroque, neo-Renaissance, western and oriental influences, and Czech Art Nouveau style.
The interior is decorated with the works of the best Czech artist from the first decade of the 20th century. Smetana Hall, the principal concert hall, and gala venue Prague is famous for its grandiose glass dome and its elegance. The building also contains several smaller halls, conference rooms, offices, and exquisite restaurants. The exterior is dominated by the huge mosaic “Homage to Prague” designed by Karel Špillar and golden roof decorations.
Smetana Hall
Smetana Hall, centrally located and accessible from the first-floor foyer, represents the largest area of the Municipal House. The name of the concert hall is Prague’s tribute to the creator of modern Czech music – Bedřich Smetana. Of the sculpted decoration, Ladislav Šaloun’s stucco groups called Vyšehrad and Slavonic Dances, placed along the sides of the stage, particularly stand out, also commemorating the other brilliant Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák. Smetana’s Vyšehrad from the cycle of symphonic poems My Country is represented by the mythical figure of Lumír, narrating the legend of the homeland to harp accompaniment, while the dancing couple located on the opposite side is a motif from Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances. Smetana Hall’s interior features also other Czech composers whose portrait medallions embellish the box parapets and the parapet of the main balcony.
Ceiling and mural paintings by Karel Špillar also contribute to the generally airy and festive impression of this hall. In particular, his monumental murals Music, Poetry, Dance and Drama are some of the painter’s best works.