International music festival
The Prague Spring (Pražské Jaro) is the biggest annual event. It includes outstanding performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles from around the world. The festival commemorates important musical anniversaries by including works by the composers concerned on its programmes. It presents Czech as well as world premieres of compositions by contemporary authors. This is not to be missed. For more details, including the festival’s programme, visit www.festival.cz. On the other hand, there are four to six concerts every day so it is easy to just go along. Many concerts are performed in Prague’s churches, so be prepared for a chilly evening; some are in gardens and courtyards. Performances generally start at 5pm or a little later.
Tickets and reservations
Even if you think you have to pre-book your tickets for classical music, opera, theatre or ballet or even some rock concerts you might be lucky to buy some half an hour before the show (or at the theatre box office). To take advantage of booking ahead and have peace of mind, you will find plenty of agencies that deal with venues, and opera and concert booking (generally all accept credit cards at no surcharge). The most recommended ones are Ticketpro and Ticketcentrum. Generally, all venues offer some discounts for students, children and the disabled.