Walking through the streets of Prague I have noticed that there are always street performers out and about. Whether I’m walking along the Charles Bridge, passing through Winceslas Square, or grabbing something to eat in Old Town Square, it’s impossible to go a day without seeing people bringing out their best talents and performing.
Earlier on a walking tour about communist Prague, we learned that Prague was not always a city open to artistic expression. After WWII the country was in the hands of the Communist Party and nationalization took place. From 1948 until the Velvet Revolution of 1989, a communist totalitarian regime suppressed basic human rights. The John Lennon wall has historical significance and made a large cultural impact on advancing the efforts during the Velvet Revolution. Since the early 1980s, Czechs would gather around the wall and write on the wall about their communist grievances. In addition, musicians would perform at the wall as an act of rebellion against the communist regime of Gustav Husak. The movement of these young Czechs is referred to as “Lennonism.” Today the wall represents the symbol of love and peace as well as freedom of expression.
I think it’s safe to say that Prague would not look the same without the excitement of street performers at every corner. The Czech Republic is now a parliamentary republic.