Czech Next Wave, a regular podcast produced jointly by the Czech Centres network and Radio Prague International, introduces listeners around the world to emerging, exciting and highly talented young Czechs in various areas of the arts and beyond.
EP19: Graphic designer Pavel Fuksa
Pavel Fuksa is a highly successful graphic designer, illustrator and creative director. His client list is like a who’s who of top international brands and includes such names as Nike, Facebook, Lego and Google.
EP18: Actress Martha Issová
Prague-born Martha Issová was the female lead in Zátopek, a biopic of running legend Emil Zátopek that was one of the Czech Republic’s biggest films of recent years. She is also known for many other screen roles and is a member of the hugely popular theatre company Dejvické divadlo.
EP17: Designers Herrmann & Coufal
Young duo Herrmann & Coufal are the most recent absolute winners of the Grand Designer of the Year award, the Czech Republic’s top honour in the field. In recent years Eduard Herrmann and Matěj Coufal have shot to attention with everyday objects such as lamps and coat stands that involve the customer, DIY-style, in their manufacture, as well as pieces for eminent Czech design companies and even street furniture.
EP16: Opera singer Adam Plachetka
Adam Plachetka is one of the country’s most in-demand opera singers. He is the only Czech to have sung at the Met in New York before the age of 30, has been a member of the Vienna State Opera for over a decade and has appeared at many of the globe’s other great venues.
EP15: Štěpán Hulík
Screenwriter Štěpán Hulík shot to attention almost a decade ago when, still in his 20s, he wrote Burning Bush, a big-budget mini-series helmed by no less a name than the great European director Agnieszka Holland. Since then he has notched up further successes and his latest project, Suspicion, is just about to launch at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
EP14: Designer Lucie Koldová
Lucie Koldová is one of the Czech Republic’s greatest designers and is a two-time overall winner of the Czech Grand Design awards, most recently last year. She is perhaps best-known for her beautiful lights and as well as running her own studio is art director with the top Czech lighting brand Brokis.