A storm of interesting events is about to hit Prague in the following days. In addition to the arrival of English hooligans in the metropolis for a football match, there is also the funeral of singer Karel Gott and the annual light show Signal Festival. Its largest installation can be seen on the Smetana Embankment next to Střelecký Island.
Since the organization of such a festival cannot be canceled overnight, the organizers made an agreement with the singer's family that they would honor his memory with a minute of silence on Karlínské náměstí on Saturday at 7 pm, on the day of national mourning. The sound and installation will be adjusted so that it doesn't interfere with the pietà on Žofín.
This seventh year of the festival is on the theme of the Velvet revolution, its thirty-year anniversary. Visitors can look forward to three routes - Lesser Town, Old Town and Karlín. Lesser Town actually replaced Vinohrady.
"This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. We see this not only as an opportunity to look back into history, but also to look forward into the future and as an opportunity for change," says Matěj Vlašánek, Program Coordinator and Curator of the Signal Festival.
Among the most distinctive names of this year is the world-renowned architect Eva Jiřičná, who, together with her studio Al-DESIGN, will reveal a mysterious light meteorite in Vojanovy sady.
A project of the Big Light art group called I´m Leaving the Body will guide the visitors through the Baroque complex of Les Invalides and take them into the past.
The largest installation in the history of the entire festival will be screened above the surface of the Vltava River at 180,000 cubic meters between the Smetana Embankment and Střelecký Island. It was created by audiovisual artist Jakub Pešek.
"It consists of four huge lasers that will create a truly magical show on the surface of Vltava," said Matěj Vlašánek.
People love videomapping, which is why there will be three of those this year. One at Tyrš's House, which can even be enjoyed in 3D, and another at Karlínské Square at the Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Next to those, there will be a playful mapping aimed at child viewers at Lička's school.
For the first time this year, the map that guides the visitors through individual installations will be free as part of the festival application. Info points will be available for visitors at Kampa, the Karlín Square and the Old Town Square.
The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday at 7 pm on the Smetana Embankment. The festival ends on October 13 at midnight.