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.
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.
EP13: Dancer Tereza Ondrová
Dancer, choreographer and teacher Tereza Ondrová is a leading figure in Czech contemporary dance. Ondrová is a frequent collaborator with both domestic and international artists, working with such names as director Petra Tejnorová, dancers Peter Šavel (with whom she created the acclaimed duet Boys Who Like To Play With Dolls) and Silvia Gribaudi, and conceptual artist Kateřina Šedá.
EP12: Games creator Jakub Gemrot
Jakub Gemrot heads Charles Games, the studio affiliated with Prague’s Charles University that produced Attentat 1942, a “WWII game through the eyes of survivors” that won many admirers around the world. Gemrot and his team are hoping to do at least as well with the follow-up Svoboda 1945: Liberation, which is due for release later this year.
EP11: Director Jiří Havelka
Jiří Havelka is one of the Czech Republic’s most exciting theatre directors, as well as being an actor, playwright and teacher. In addition Havelka scored a huge critical and commercial success with his debut film Owners, a work that he also performed on stage with the acclaimed theatre company Vosto5.
EP10: Illustrator Lenka Šimečková
Czech illustrator and comics artist Lenka Šimečková has established herself as one of the most exciting names in her field over the last decade. Her striking work – frequently characterised by a macabre, dreamlike atmosphere – appears in comics, books and games, and even on tarot cards, and has earned her tens of thousands of social media followers around the globe.
Czech Next Wave - EP9: Conductor Jakub Hrůša
At the age of just 39, Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša is already a major name in classical music, serving as chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony and principal guest conductor at the Czech Philharmonic in Prague, as well as regularly wielding his baton with many of the world’s top orchestras.