Czech Street Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
Festival Contact Information

Czech Center New York
321 East 73rd Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
Phone: (01) 646-422-3399
Fax: (01) 646-422-3383

Festival Description

A New York City tradition since 1998, the annual Czech Independence Day festivities commemorate the foundation of Czechoslovakia on October 28, 1918. The events will include the traditional Czech Street Festival, on East 73rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue followed by an After Party. The Staropramen Party continues from 7:00pm at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street.

Festival Dates October 1, 2011
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Festival Story:

Czech Center New York (CCNY) — Since 1995 the Czech Center New York has been building a dialogue between the Czech Republic and the American public, particularly in the areas of culture, business and tourism. The Czech Center New York is primarily focused on presenting the latest and most innovative works of Czech Artists to the U.S. and is funded by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is a non-profit, non-political organization. Currently there are 24 Czech Centers in 21 countries around the world.

Bohemian National Hall (BNH) is located at 321 East 73rd Street between First and Second Avenue. The newly reconstructed building located in the heart of the Yorkville area of Manhattan is the new seat of the Czech Center New York, a cultural institute and government agency of the Czech Republic, and of other Czech and Czech-American institutions. The BNH was built by the Czech and Slovak community at the end of 19th century and expanded at the beginning of the 20th century to become the lively center of an immigrant community. A Czech and Slovak American association donated the building to the Czech state in the 1990s with the hope that its spot on the cultural map of Manhattan would be restored. The reconstruction was finalized in October 2008 and the building opened to the public on November 1, 2008. Since then it has become the location of various cultural and social events organized by Czech, Slovak, and American institutions.


Festival Events:

Programming 2011:
  • The Czech Street Festival is a celebration of the Czech Independence Day.
    • Live music (Pajtasi Dulcimer Band, and Czech bands — Skyline, and Please the Trees, and others)
    • Traditional Czech food
    • Kids tent (including at performance by children from the Czech School in Astoria)
    • Marionette theater (including Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater)
    • Souvenirs
    • Free raffle (Win a trip to PRAGUE for 2 sponsored by STAROPRAMEN)
    • And much more…
  • Come taste Czech beer STAROPRAMEN!!!
    • Staropramen Premium Lager will be available from 3:00pm at the Bohemian National Hall located on 321 E 73rd Street (same block as the Czech Street Festival)
  • After Party
    • The Czech Street Festival continues after 7:00pm at the Bohemian National Hall where you can enjoy Czech bands Skyline and Please the Trees and taste Staropramen Premium Lager:
      Staropramen Party
      Bohemian National Hall
      321 East 73rd Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue


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