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Prague Fresh Film Fest – Day One Picks

By Andrew Fenwick + August 23rd, 2011

As we reported last week, Prague’s Fresh Film Fest – which begins tomorrow – aims to provide a wide portrait of contemporary world cinema. We offer our picks of day one.

Literature Gets Interactive In UN Bid

By Andrew Fenwick + August 18th, 2011

No one needs reminding of Prague’s rich association with literature, but sometimes it’s worth gently celebrating the fact that a disproportionately large number of celebrated wordsmiths have lived and worked within the city

Fledgling Filmmakers Offered a Stage

By Andrew Fenwick + August 12th, 2011

A Prague-based film festival aims to shed light on fledgling filmmakers from across Central Europe and the wider world.

In Briefs: Ukrainian Press Freedom

By Andrew Fenwick + July 19th, 2011

Here at TOL we’ve covered the plight of journalists working in the Ukraine in detail, but judging by the actions of feminist group FEMEN, it seems that sometimes raising awareness of press freedom can also be achieved by simply stripping off

Images of Dustin Hoffman et al aren’t an unlikely sight, but when the ads in question are located in downtown Moscow promoting some mysterious children’s charity rather than the latest Hollywood flick, things start to feel a little less familiar

Prague Celebrates Week of Freedom

By Andrew Fenwick + June 27th, 2011

Week of Freedom – hosted in various locations across Prague city centre – will be celebrating the disestablishment of the Warsaw Pact and the departure of troops from Czechoslovakia

Sofia War Memorial Gets A Pop Culture Makeover

By Andrew Fenwick + June 21st, 2011

A public monument to the Soviet Armed Forces in Sofia, Bulgaria was vandalized in striking fashion over the weekend

Should Prague Apologize to Sudeten Germans?

By Andrew Fenwick + June 14th, 2011

An annual meeting of post-World War II expellees was tainted this weekend by a war of words with Prague, with Czech president Vaklav Klaus outraged after a Sudeten German leader demanded an apology for their expulsion

Made in Russia: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design

By Andrew Fenwick + May 17th, 2011

In the same way that certain sights and sounds help shape our understanding of a particular time or place, peculiar artefacts have a strange tendency to remain firmly lodged in the memory too. Russians, it seems, understand this only too well.

IT and the East

By Andrew Fenwick + May 3rd, 2011

In the coming weeks Transitions Online will be launching a blog focused on the IT and technology sector in post-communist Europe and the former Soviet Union. We want your tips and suggestions

Tim Hetherington: Talented photographer, true gentleman

By Andrew Fenwick + April 26th, 2011

There have been numerous tributes paid to inimitable British photo-journalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington since his untimely death in Libya last week, but few have captured both the talent and personality of the man quite as well as this piece

Mapping Czech’s A/V Underground

By Andrew Fenwick + April 19th, 2011

In a recent video interview, Czech sculptor David Černý bemoaned the fact that regardless of the quality of your art, if you’re not from New York or London, you’re unlikely to garner much international attention.

Video: Euronest Forges A New Eastern Alliance

By Andrew Fenwick + March 30th, 2011

While the leaders of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia are used to convening under the banner of the Visegrad group, further east a new alliance is forming that aims to draw the same influence as its Central European forebear.

Communism through the Eyes of Animals

By Andrew Fenwick + March 23rd, 2011

The history of communism has been chewed over in a whole manner of tongues over the decades, but animals have rarely been part of the story, let alone the storytellers.

Czech Street Art Comes In From The Cold

By Andrew Fenwick + March 15th, 2011

With street art having long ago made the transition from city streets and subways to white-washed gallery spaces, it could be said that modern, urban design is less about toying with the establishment and more about appealing to rich collectors.

Video: Women’s Global Economic Index

By Andrew Fenwick + March 8th, 2011

To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, The Economist’s Intelligence Unit and multimedia agency JESS3 has put together a nifty interactive graphic comparing economic opportunities for women around the world.

Arnošt Lustig (1926-2011)

By Andrew Fenwick + March 1st, 2011

Prolific Czech writer Arnošt Lustig died in Prague on Saturday at the age of 85 after a six year battle with cancer.

Uzbekistan Brands Heavy Metal Fans ‘Sadists’

By Andrew Fenwick + February 22nd, 2011

Have you ever listened to heavy metal or rap music? If so, you must be a sadist, drug addict or just a generally immoral person according to Uzekistan’s state television.

Your Ukrainian Content Wanted

By Andrew Fenwick + February 21st, 2011

This week marks one year since Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s inauguration. A lot was promised in the run up to the election but have those pledges been fulfilled? TOL plans to investigate with your help


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