On Sunday 2nd August, Café V lese in Prague celebrated 10 Years with an afternoon and evening of free street concerts. A flat-bed truck was used as a stage with each artist given 20 minutes to perform.
I could hear the amazing Sisa Fehér’s performance from my table at nearby Satsang where I had a great version of Eggs Benedict. Sisa had finished her set by the time I arrived so we watched some more acts, from backstage, while sitting on on the window sill of Café V lese. This sounds cooler than the reality; I only know Sisa because she was a regular at the lovely Le Bouquet wine bar (sadly closed) and backstage didn’t need a VIP pass, it was part of the street.
The street wasn’t closed off, so now and again a car or taxi would slowly push through the crowds and pass the makeshift stage.
There was a bar set up from the back of a van and I picked up a gin and tonic.
The next artist to take the stage was Petr Nikl.
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Next was a girl called Mucha. The rain had stopped and the organisers were trying to remove the gazebo without it falling on Mucha – but it happened anyway.
Next were two guys who called themselves Houpací koně (Rocking Horses).
More rain appeared near the end of their set and turned into a downpour. I felt sorry for the organisers, but left for home. The rain continued all that night and I saw that they’d had to move the concert indoors.
If you’re in the area, then stop by Café V lese, there’s a gallery space and a music club underneath – you’ll find something interesting like concerts, plays or discussions.
Café V lese
Krymská 12, 101 00 Praha 10-Vršovice
Mon – Sat: 18:00 – 02:00
Sun: 16:00 – 00:00