Czech Republic's well-loved RefuFest begins in Prague
RefuFest, a favorite festival in the Czech capital, began today. The 11th annual multicultural gathering will last through tomorrow.
This is the first time in seven years that RefuFest will not be held in Kampa Park, as the Prague 1 Municipal Department did not permit it to reserve the space and the festival also lost one of its big grants. A crowdfunding campaign run on the HIT HIT site came to the rescue, as did the exceptional industrial space of the Žižkov Freight Train Station, where the festival is taking place this year.
The program has not changed and audiences can again look forward to a diverse offering of musical performances, a children's program, international cuisine, workshops and thematic discussions. Visitors will have the opportunity to listen to the stories of refugees and the volunteers aiding them, and understandably the traditional dosage of high-quality music also awaits them.
The newly-created HarMálek orchestra, which plays in the brass band style of Goran Bregovič, will debut at the festival, which will also present the Cuban dancer and musician Dariel Martinez and Balkan Family, a fusion of Balkan folk rhythms with groove and jazz music. The main day of the festival will be Saturday, when the biggest number of musical events will be staged, with the evening program taken care of Terne Čhave and the funk band Top Dream Company.
All of this and many other features are absolutely free of charge! The motto of this year's festival is "Get to know each other without fear or prejudice" and is aimed primarily at those who want to get to know the cultures and individual talents of the refugees living in the Czech Republic better.
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