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About Prague
Czech Republic
Prague has so many descriptions, so many adjectives to describe its absolutely unique „genius loci“ that it is difficult to pick the most fitting one. The city of a hundred spires, the city in the Heart of Europe, the city of Mozart, Dvořák, Smetana, Franz Kafka, Václav Havel, voted one of the top destinations by TripAdvisor every year…and last but not least the hometown of Karel Husa. To explore more about the city´s fascinating history, its monuments, sights, but also its nightlife and summer vibes, we recommend exploring the official site of Prague City Tourism.
In honor of
Karel Husa (1921–2016)
The WASBE Conference 2022 will take place on the Slavonic Island and in its Žofín Palace, a very special venue in the heart of Prague, situated next to the National Theatre on the Vltava river. The whole palace will be exclusively dedicated to the WASBE event, and the surrounding garden, the whole island and other venues in the historical centre of Prague will host the open-air concerts and fringe programme. The neo-Renaissance Žofín Palace is one of the most important cultural and social centres in Prague. Concerts, conferences, and balls are held here. The Great Hall of the Žofín Palace regularly hosts the most important personalities from the economic, political and cultural life of our country and from abroad. In November 1882 Bedřich Smetana’s cycle of symphonic poems, My Homeland (Má Vlast), was performed here for the first time.
The Slavonic Island in Prague
The Žofín Palace
Karel Husa was a Czech-born classical composer and conductor, winner of the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Music and 1993 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. In 1954, he immigrated to the United States and became an American citizen in 1959.