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Family Day, Accompanying Programme
Saturday, September 10, 2022, 10.00 am
Dvořák Prague Family Day

Programme in Czech language only


10.00: theatre performance of Rusalka (outside - in front of Rudolfinum)11.15: Creative Workshops on the theme of opera Rusalka (inside Rudolfinum)13.00: Music Brings People Together: Timbalooloo – A Journey around the World (outside - in front of Rudolfinum)

Creative workshops

Creative workshops will take parents and children through Antonín Dvořák's fairytale opera Rusalka in a entertaining way.

The Water Goblin’s Story – “Poor, pale Rusalka…”

What colour is lake water? Is it green, blue, grey, or yellowish, or are there water lilies blooming on it? In our story, the lake water’s colour depends on the mood of the water goblin. And you can find out what mood the water goblin is in and why when you stop by and help him colour the lake.

Rusalka’s Sorrow – “O moon in the deep sky…”

When the moon weaves all the stars together with long strands of silk, lovely music is heard in the sky. Is it calm and quiet like the moonlight, or is it wild and loud like Rusalka’s sorrow? And what images are reflected in the pond in the light of the moon? If the moonlight is not enough, the stars will help, too. O moon, do not go dim! Do not go dim!

The Witch Casts a Spell – “Abracadabra…”

How do you mix a potion to change a fairy into a human being? Where do you look for all the ingredients the magical potion must contain so that such a transformation will really work, and what magic words have to be said while cooking the potion? And what is it like when your tongue turns to wood? You will learn all of that from the Witch that Rusalka went to ask for help with a difficult task. 

The Prince’s Infatuation – “White flowers along the way…”

The castle is getting ready for the wedding of Rusalka and the Prince. “And they lived happily ever after!”, as they say… Or does it turn out differently this time? What is a celebration at a castle like? And why is Rusalka sad there? Together with the prince, we will devote ourselves to courtly dancing. We will dance the noble polonaise and find out what it was that so infatuated the prince.

Music Brings People Together: Timbalooloo – A Journey around the World

You are invited to a musical journey around the world! Your guides will be members of a band that has collaborated directly with the American jazzman Oran Etkin, a Grammy winner and author of the unique Timbalooloo music education method. A special concert at the Dvořák Prague Festival will be the culmination of a series of camps for Czech and Ukrainian children under the patronage of the Karel Komárek Family Foundation. Music is an important aspect of integration, and not only for children. It becomes a universal language and a way to discover the world, differing cultures, and styles. Come have this unique experience with the Timbalooloo project, this time with two singers: Izabela (Czech) and Liuba (Ukrainian). The entire programme will be translated into the Ukrainian language. The concert is being prepared by Nerudny

  • Dress code: casual
  • Doors close: 9.55 am
  • End of concert: 4.00 pm


Docela velké divadlo

Information about the theater group will be added soon.

Nerudný Fest

Creative Workshops for children with the opera Rusalka


The Rudolfinum is one of the most important Neo-Renaissance edifices in the Czech Republic. In its conception as a multi-purpose cultural centre it was quite unique in Europe at the time of its construction. Based on a joint design by two outstanding Czech architects, Josef Zítek and Josef Schultz, a magnificent building was erected serving for concerts, as a gallery, and as a museum. The grand opening on 7 February 1885 was attended by Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria, in whose honour the structure was named. In 1896 the very first concert of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra took place in the Rudolfinum's main concert hall, under the baton of the composer Antonín Dvořák whose name was later bestowed on the hall.