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Theres an Annual Light Festival in Prague and It Looks Amazing

© Marek Madensky For the last 5 years, the SIGNAL Festival of Lights has been largest cultural event in the Czech Republic, drawing over 2 millions attendees to Prague since its inception. This year’s festival, which ran from October 11-14 featured over 20 installations; most of which were site-specific, light and 3D projection mapping projects, often combined with audio. They were installed in the downtown neighborhoods of Karlin, Centrum and Vinohrady. The size and scale of the installations are hard to convey online. It’s a true sensory overload, a shared…

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How a Tokyo-Born Outsider Became the Face of Czech Nationalism

Tomio Okamura’s background is about as multicultural as you can get. The son of a Czech mother and a Japanese-Korean father, he suffered racist bullying in Japan and the Czech Republic that was so severe he developed a stutter and wet his bed until the age of 14. Which may or may not help explain why his Czech political party is adamantly opposed to immigration, wants the country to leave the European Union and compares Islam to “Hitler-style Nazism.” The message is resonating: Okamura’s Freedom and Direct Democracy may become the fourth-strongest…

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Mother and daughter die after becoming locked in Czech sauna

Door handle came off, trapping the women, aged 65 and 45, in sauna at their friends house Two women died in a sauna in the Czech Republic after the door handle came off, trapping them inside, police said on Sunday. The mother and daughter aged 65 and 45 were taking a sauna at their friends place in a garden colony, police spokeswoman Iva Kormosova said in a statement. The owner thought they were taking too long to come out so she went to check and found them lying on the…

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