Issue 4 - Community

Release Date: 15.08.2016

Editorial by Seneca Garrison

Being an expatriate living in Prague can feel like living in a small town in the heart of a big city. We cling to our tight community of people from our homeland and occasionally branch out by adopting a Czech local into the friend group. True, foreigners in Prague have developed their own vibrant culture of old world festivities and new world twists, but living in this bubble can obscure our view of the other communities around us. This month, we speak with Jako Doma, an organization that helps homeless women in Prague by teaching them job skills and getting them off the streets and plugged into the community. We take a tour of the neighborhood of Záběhlice, the first in our ongoing series of Prague neighbourhoods. And we talk to gay activist, Petr Laně, ‘The Man Who Sued the State’ who propelled the Czech courts to legalize gay adoption. We each have our own little circles in Prague but when we miss the bigger picture of togetherness, we can alien outsiders. In ‘Searching for a Second Home’, a Syrian refugee talks about trying to assimilate to life in Prague after escaping the violence of his home country. So step outside of your comfort zone and peer into the many groups featured in our fourth issue, you just may just find a new community to jump into.

Articles in this issue:


SEARCHING FOR A SECOND HOME: A Refugee in Prague
By Caroline Corrigan

On a warm, sleepless summer night in 2012, Khaled Samman* was roused out of bed at 3 a.m. by the piercing whistle of a bomb. He went to the window of his family’s flat in the heart of Damascus to see what was going on...


OBEJVAK: The People's Studio
By Elisabeth Sweet

“This is the kind of space where people are not afraid to eat a chocolate leg,” Jo Blin says with emphatic conclusion, as she sips Chardonnay out of a forest green mug. Erica Hoelper, the artist who envisioned and created said leg...


THE MAN WHO SUED THE STATE
By Debbie Liebenberg

Petr Laně sued the state to make his dream come true, a dream shared by many people – but a dream that the laws of his country prevented him from fulfilling. Last month, after a two-year battle, the Constitutional Court ruled that homosexual individuals can now adopt children...


WHO NEEDS BANKSY WHEN YOU CAN HAVE ČERNÝ: Prague Street Art 101
By Stijn van Venrooij

“Graffiti and street art can tell you a lot about a city,” says Tomas from Prague Alternative Tours. “Artists are getting more and more recognition, and we have some very talented artists here. I believe that in the future, Prague will be...


ZIPPING THROUGH ZÁBĚHLICE
Exploring Beyond the Main Tourist Trails

By Debbie Liebenberg

Far beyond the buzz of Prague’s centre, yet still easily reachable by public transport, you can find the enchanting district of Záběhlice. While the first mention of Záběhlice dates back to 1088, this area became a part of Pragu...


POLITICS Prosím
By Elisabeth Sweet

Amen, Glenn Beck: In case you didn't get your fill of Iraqi Christians in last month’s issue, here's another serving. At the end of 2015, Slovakia announced that they would welcome 149 Iraqi Christian refugees to their country in cooperation with...


EVOLUTION FROM INDUSTRIAL EMPIRE TO THE ARTS
By Hayden Pike

How Dolní Vítkovice Embraced its Past and Ignited the Imagination. Olomouc Archbishop Rudolf, the catalyst for Ostrava's birth as an industrial powerhouse, could probably not have forecast the dramatic change that the original...


BROKEN HEARTS CAFÉ: A Short Fiction
By Adam Hughes-Buchanan

Zlatka tripped on a broken cobblestone and lay sprawled on the ground. She couldn't remember how long she'd been dragging her feet through the Old Town’s narrow streets. The sun had started to illuminate the new day, the sky glowed a powder blue. Her arm hurt and she hugged t...


THE TEMPEST WITH A TWIST
By Margaret Reed

Anyone who has ever participated in theatre knows there is a community creating every show. Brigitte Dörner soon learned this during her first full production. But while Brigitte has had plenty of experience with shows before, both with props production and stage managing...


CREATIVE OF THE MONTH: Gangaanai Ganbaatar
By Stijn van Venrooij

When Gangaanai Ganbaatar moved from Mongolia to Prague to study Fine Art Experimental Media at Prague College, she could only dream of opening her own art gallery. Two years later, she is the proud owner of Dark Matter gallery, a place where upcoming artists can showcase...


FOUR EXPATS WALK INTO A HOSPODA...
By Marissa Gutsch

Defining the unique expat community in Prague by shamelessly stereotyping all of them. Move to a foreign country. Immerse in an entirely different culture. Find yourself. Blah, blah, blah. It’s the idyllic and ever-inspiring expat experience we’ve all sought out. That’s until you realize...


A PLACE TO CALL HOME:
One NGO’s Vision for a Better Tomorrow

By Kaitlin Paclisanu

Having just arrived in Prague a mere two months ago, I couldn’t ignore the prominent homeless community I noticed dotting the streets, sleeping under bridges and begging throughout Old Town Square, kneeling with arms stretched out and heads bowed low.


DISPLACED: An Art Piece on the Homeless Community
By Emily Drew

Sometimes, when I’m going to work early in the morning with bleary eyes and a foggy head, I see a jolly, tipsy homeless guy holding forth on a park bench with his buddies, and I get the feeling they’ve got it all figured out...