An architectural pearl celebrated for its renowned, well-preserved historical centre featuring a unique collection of buildings registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List (1992), Prague is also a city with great intellectual and creative resources.
With its long and rich tradition of literature, Prague is home to an active and diverse contemporary literary scene. A multicultural book centre, Prague has one of the highest concentrations of bookshops in Europe and contains approximately 200 bookshops and 20 literary cafes. The city launched its first international poetry festival in 2004, becoming the Prague Microfestival in 2009. The Prague Writers’ Festival celebrates the Czech Republic’s writers and the International Literature and Theatre Festival, Deti Ctete (Children, do you read?) is one of Prague’s most successful festivals.
Prague aims to develop its longstanding book culture and literary tradition on a national and international level by hosting events related to national and international literature and literary studies.
As a Creative City of Literature, Prague envisages:
- enriching and expanding literary life in Prague and in other cities through collaborating with the UCCN in order to promote the exchange of experiences and best practices; and
- promoting Prague’s rich cultural and literary history, its tradition of libraries and education, and its approach to contemporary literary events.