100 years of Czech story

100 years of Czech story

Celebrate with us the marvellous time of the so called “first republic”

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100 years of Czech story
The Czech Republic invites tourists from around the world to a spectacular celebration. To mark the one-hundredth anniversary of the independent Czechoslovakia, it will primarily commemorate the period known as the First Republic, that is, the twenty years between the First and Second World Wars, with hundreds of cultural, social and sporting events to be held.  
Czechoslovakia was founded in the aftermath of World War I as one of the successor states of Austria-Hungary. The central European country existed (with a brief interlude during World War II) from 28 October 1918 to 31 December 1992. On 1 January 1993, Czechoslovakia split to form the independent Czech and Slovak Republics. In 2018, both countries will be celebrating a hundred years of existence and commemorating the best that they have given the world together.

“The twenty years between the two world wars represent an exceptionally rich period in Czech history. At that time, Bohemia became one of the centres of modern European life. Czech towns such as Brno, Hradec Králové, Plzeň, Pardubice and Prague boast unique functionalist architecture, our galleries are home to pictures and sculptures by artists whose works are today some of the most appreciated in the world, and industrial production from that period, primarily cars and reproduction glass, captivate with the precision of their execution and the timelessness of their design. The inter-war era left behind a range of monuments, museums, period cafés and sporting traditions whose stories are waiting to be discovered”, says General Manager of the CzechTourism travel agency Monika Palatková about the celebrations.

CzechTourism will invite you to take in 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. For the occasion, the travel agency is preparing a creative concept to promote tourism, which it will present in an integrated marketing campaign in the Czech Republic, as well as on selected foreign markets. CzechTourism will also play the role of marketing coordinator. The anniversary will see the creation of a logo, a number of topical commercial spots and publications with eye-catching photo content.

Would you prefer to visit the lively open-air museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm or to go on a tour taking you through original methods for brewing beer, the Czech national drink? Tourists will have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and to visit border fortifications, while walks through the architectural visions of Adolf Loos, Josef Gočár and Jan Kotěra and the paintings of Alfons Mucha, František Kupka and Emil Fila will provide visitors with a memorable artistic experience.

A key project for the celebrations is a joint Czech and Slovakian exhibition. On the Czech side, it will be presented by the National Museum, while the Slovak partners are the Slovak National Museum and the Slovak National Gallery.

The National Technical Museum is preparing an exhibition with the name “Made in Czechoslovakia 1918 to 1992 – Industry which conquered the World”. In cooperation with partners from Slovakia, Hungary and Poland, 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 be marking the hundredth anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia with an open-air concert. It will then go on to perform concerts of Leoš Janáček’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 honour of the Czechoslovak composer. 

The Czech Republic’s centenary celebrations will be commemorated by all major Czech institutions, including church, army and cultural stalls. Come to the Czech Republic and discover the stories which have been written here over the centuries.