Formerly a freight train station and a coal storage space, this location belonged well within the industrial working class nature and atmosphere of the Prague neighborhood ŽiŽkov. I can picture the Coal miners, who would attend the local tavern Briquette daily, both before and after their shift. Later, this idealized image of the old working class in Žižkov dramatically changed and tavern Briquette was turned into a repulsive hole-in-the-wall gambling bar.
However, in the last couple of years there was a cultural shift and interesting things started to happen here in the field of music, theatre and art. In the summer of 2013 the International Biennale of Contemporary Art took place here and that was the turning point when the general public started to become interested in this place again. I’m very curious about the fate of this landmark building.
Last summer, Jaroslav Fragner’s Gallery organized a summer festival of industrial, post-industrial landscape architecture and repurposed industrial objects. During the month of June and August, thematic lectures, discussions and workshops on guerilla gardening took place here. These were accompanied by concerts and theatrical performances capitalizing on the industrial genius location of this place!
So during your visit to Prague, I definitely recommend you look at their website to get information about actual program to see if there’s an event, or concert. It is open every day and it simply rocks! (But be careful in the winter months, because this place gets a little quiet then).