Partner festival

Open House Praha

Date: May 13 - May 19, 2024

Organizer: Open House Praha, z.  ú.

Location: Prague, Czechia

Partner festival

Open House Praha

Date: May 13 - May 19, 2024

Organizer: Open House Praha, z.  ú.

Location: Prague, Czechia

The jubilee tenth edition of the Open House Prague festival takes place May 13–19, 2024. While an eventful accompanying programme is prepared for the week starting on May 13, the festival will also open 115 buildings and spaces around the capital city for free on the weekend of May 18 and 19. Several buildings in the programme also offer tours in English.

“Open House Prague allows the public to take a peek inside buildings associated with significant Czech architects, whose anniversaries we are commemorating this year – such as Josef Fuchs, Oldřich Tyl, Adolf Benš, Josef Fanta, Jan Gillar, Karel Hubáček, and others. At the same time, the festival addresses accessibility and openness of the city for all groups of citizens,” says festival director Klára Veselá.

The festival features a diverse range of buildings and structures that highlight the rich history of Czech architecture, with a special focus on the anniversaries of notable architects such as Josef Fuchs, Oldřich Tyl, Adolf Benš, Josef Fanta, Jan Gillar, and Karel Hubáček. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore unique spaces, including the former restaurant of the Štvanice Winter Stadium by Josef Fuchs, the rooftop terrace and technical facilities of the Trade Fair Palace, and the Pod Slovany Garage in Nové Město. Alongside these are new additions to the programme, such as the First Czech General Reinsurance Bank on Smetana Embankment and the splendid Neo-Renaissance Old Town Market Hall.

Trade Fair Palace. Photo by  Jakub Precechtel. Courtesy of Open House Praha.
Trade Fair Palace. Photo by Jakub Precechtel. Courtesy of Open House Praha.

The organisers of the festival always strive to break barriers and open the city for everyone, and this year is no exception. As part of the Open House Europe 2024 programme, which focuses on accessible and inclusive built environments, accessibility is one of the main themes of Open House Prague this year. The festival offers special tours for visitors with hearing or visual disabilities, tours for children, a discussion on the accessibility of the city, a workshop focusing on physical access to buildings, or an interactive city game titled “Open Senses.” Organised in collaboration with students of the Department of Arts Management at Prague University of Economics and Business, the game aims for visitors to experience the challenges that people with disabilities face when moving around the city. 

Vaclav Havel Airport Prague Terminal 4. Photo by Tomas Sysel. Courtesy of Open House Praha.
Vaclav Havel Airport Prague Terminal 4. Photo by Tomas Sysel. Courtesy of Open House Praha.

We invite visitors of Open House Praha to participate in the Open Call for Visual Stories. It is an opportunity for everyone to interpret their experiences of the festival and the annual theme of Open House Europe—Accessibility and Inclusion—in any art form they wish—a series of photographs, a short film, a drawing, or any other medium for a visual narrative.