Social Programme

Welcome Reception

Date: Monday, July 3, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: free for all registered participants of ICOLD 2017
Dress Code: Smart casual

You are warmly welcome to attend the Welcome Reception which will be held at the Clarion Congress Hotel on the Exhibition floor.

Cultural Event: Concert of Classical Music

Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: free for all registered participants of ICOLD 2017
Dress Code: Formal

The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (Symfonický orchestr Českého Rozhlasu)

The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (SOČR) is one of the leading and oldest Czech orchestras. Its inventive approach to the choice of programme and ever increasing artistic value has helped the orchestra to earn a prestigious position on the Czech classical concert scene. It also receives many invitations to perform in concerts halls abroad. Its history dates back to 1926 and it is linked with the first radio broadcasts of the radio station Radiojournal. After 1945 the orchestra was transformed into a big symphony orchestra. From 1985 to 2011 the Orchestra was headed by the conductor Vladimír Válek, who is now its honourable Principal Conductor. His systematic artistic work with the Orchestra has delivered its very high professional standards. Since the 2011–2012 season the post of the Orchestra Artistic Director was taken by Ondrej Lenárd. The artistic credit of the orchestra is documented by a positive response to their foreign trips both from the audience and the art critics. The orchestra regularly performs around Europe; they also play in Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan and U.S.

Rudolfinum Concert Hall

The building of Rudolfinum is one of the most valuable examples of Prague cultural heritage. The building in Neo-Renaissance architecture is located on the embankment of the River Vltava and, since its opening in 1885, it has always been associated with music and the arts. Today the building houses the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rudolfinum Gallery; there is also a stylish cafe. The grand building of Rudolfinum was built in 1876–1884 and its architects were Josef Zítek and Josef Schulz. It was designed as a multifunctional centre for arts where exhibitions could be held and concerts performed. Rudolfinum has succeeded in this mission and it still serves this purpose even in the 21st Century.


Farewell Dinner at the Žofín Palace

Date: Friday, July 7, 2017
Time: 20:00
Price: Free for all registered participants
Dress Code: Semi-formal

General Information

The neorenaissance Žofín Palace is one of the most notable architectural treasures. Žofín Palace is used for important social events, conferences, concerts and balls. The Large Hall at Žofín regularly hosts the most prominent personalities from business, politics and the arts in this country and abroad.

History of Žofín Palace

In 1835, when Václav Novotný decided to build the first brick building on Slavonic Island (or Dyers’ Island as it was then called), he had no idea that the one-storey neoclassical
building named after the mother of Emperor Franz Joseph I, Princess Sophie (or Žofie in Czech), would become one of the most important cultural and social centres in Prague and the Czech Lands as a whole. In 1884 the municipality bought the whole island, including Žofín, and over the next two years it converted the building into the present neorenaissance palace with richly decorated interiors and fine halls that have now been part of Czech (and not only Czech) culture for the last 150 years. On November 5, 1882 the first erformance of Smetana’s My Country in its entirety took place at Žofín, and four years previously, on 17 November 1878, Antonín Dvořák had held his first concert here. The hall at Žofín also hosted performances of Zdeněk Fibich’s works; Berlioz, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Wagner all appeared here, and Jan Kubelík made his debut here. Žofín was also a venue for balls and dances. The first was held on February 3 ,1841 and two years later the writer Božena Němcová danced here, and Žofín was visited by the poet Jan Neruda and other figures from Czech history. Since 1994, when the renovation of the palace’s exteriors and interiors was completed, Žofín has been managed by Agentura NKL Žofín, s.r.o. The company has restored and added to the glory of this exceptional venue where concerts of classical and popular music alternate with the Žofín Forums, international conferences and wonderful balls. Its location, in a venerable park with a view over Prague’s historical panorama, and the magnificent and gloriously decorated halls with original paintings and
stuccowork on the ceilings, fitted with modern lighting, sound and projection technology and air conditioning, once more offer unique opportunities and experience.