Over the coming days Opona – an organisation established to promote the fall of communism in the Czech Republic – will be staging its largest public event since its formation in 2007.
Week of Freedom – hosted in various locations across Prague city centre – will be celebrating the disestablishment of the Warsaw Pact and the departure of Soviet troops from Czechoslovakia.
Transitions will be contributing to the project with two multimedia presentations in Wenceslas Square on Tuesday 28 June, including a documentary on freedom of the media in Central Asia – an area where free speech is still very much restricted – and another on life beyond communism in Central and Eastern Europe.
Among the centrepieces of Freedom Week’s public displays are Czech artist David Cerny’s “pink tank” which will be hosted on a pontoon in the middle of the Vltava river until 1 July.
Once a memorial of the liberation by the Red Army, then a symbol of the end of the Soviet occupation and finally an exhibit in a military museum in Lesany, the artwork was original created 20 years ago by the then 23-year-old art student.