Rivers of Opportunities

Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic

Ostrovy s.r.o. organised one workshop of River of Opportunities meeting in Prague that took place during United Islands festival between 19th and 21st June 2014. The main focus of the meeting was on audience development with practical examples as of the festival that awaited some 60 000 during three days.


The opening event of the meeting took place in the former cargo railway station in Žižkov – the brownfield that is being trasferred to the cultural site throughout the whole year. United Islands festival had the cargo station as one of the clubs during the club night on the 19th June.


On Friday 20th the participants of the meeting joined the reSITE architectural conference that was partner event of United Islands. reSITE festival content for this year was Cities and Landscapes of the New Economy and took place newly constructed Forum Karlin. Debate went through topics of the architecture, politics, finance and community participation with the world's best experts in urban economy, design and development. The morning session of the conference had two specific topics: Community Resiliency – City for All and lecture of Eugene Asse the dean of Moscow School of Architecture. The afternoon was dedicated to meeting with local promoters of public events focusing on working with audience such as Signal festival – the festival of light that is one of the biggest events in Prague. Afterwards participants visited the United Islands festival in the Prague centre.


There was a guided architectural walk prepared for Saturday morning with one of the most important young architect Adam Grebian. 

Participants from 5 partner institutions from Germany, Croatia, Sweden, Italy and from Finland took part in the meeting.

Organiser: Ostrovy s.r.o.
Place: Prague, Czech Republic
Website: www.unitedislands.cz
United Isands Festival program:  http://unitedislands.cz/en/program/

Reflection of Marta Moretti

The main focus of the meeting was to experiment several typologies of audience development, in the framework of an important open air music festival. In my opinion, one of the most interesting topics addressed during this meeting was connected to the selection of sites hosting public events. »»

Reflection of German participants

The discussion about public spaces as well as the definition of what is considered to be a public space was very interesting for us. In comparison to Munich, the discussion in Prague is highly characterized by the cultural challenges of the post-communist time. Whereas in Munich public events are often regarded to be done for the sake of doing it, public events in Prague are encouraged and highly appreciated. We also enjoyed the discussion about the topics "who owns public spaces" and "how do o


Workshop was organised from 19th till 21st of June 2014 during the United Islands Festival in Prague. »»

London in Prague

Thames Festival Trust learners travelled to Prague to meet with River//Cities representations Pavel Zelinka (United Islands, Prague International Music Festival). »»

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