Posted 30 Jan 2013 at 19:14 UTC (updated 30 Jan 2013 at 19:23 UTC) by steve
Christian Gjørret, leader of Vive Les Robots! sent us a report on Café Neu Romance, billed as the world's first international robot performance festival, held in Prague last November. Why Prague? Because Karel Čapek's R.U.R. premiered there, giving us the word robot, of course:
The 800 visitors to the festival were given an introduction to what connects magical Prague with robots. During the opening, the R.U.R expert, Professor Jana Horakova from the Masaryk University in Brno hold the lecture “Karel Čapek - Czech Frankenstein”, on the notion robot, and how the play R.U.R spread to various European cities after its first performance at the National Theatre in Prague 25 January 1921.
The festival included a wide variety of robots and robotic art, ranging from a fashion show with robotic dresses to robotic origami. Read on for the full new release about the event as well as several nice videos of the sites and sounds from the first international robot performance festival. And keep in mind as you watch them that planning has already started for the second event to be held in November of 2013.
Broadly ever since the Czech writer Karel Čapek in 1920 wrote the play Rossum's Universal Robots (R.U.R) from which the word robot comes from, it has been quiet about robots in Prague until the end of November 2012 where the robot returned home to the Czech capital.
Vive Les Robots! is a Danish robot event and marketing company who recently invited robot players from all around the globe to Cafe Neu Romance, the world's first international robot performance festival, which took place in the most prestigious public building in the last 20 years in Prague , National Technical Library, from the 26th to 29th November 2012.
The 800 visitors to the festival were given an introduction to what connects magical Prague with robots. During the opening, the R.U.R expert, Professor Jana Horakova from the Masaryk University in Brno hold the lecture “Karel Čapek - Czech Frankenstein”, on the notion robot, and how the play R.U.R spread to various European cities after its first performance at the National Theatre in Prague 25 January 1921. Danish Vive Les Robots! showed a trailer for their upcoming documentary on Karel Čapek and Rossum's Universal Robots (R.U.R) and the British humanoid robot RoboThespian, by Engineered Arts Ltd., reflected on Czech in three small videos on Karel Čapek and RUR, Golem and the automata’s of the Astronomical clock.
The opening ended with a robot concert of the Czech robot wizard Stanley Povoda and the performance group Amanitas.
Cafe Neu Romance have been covered twice by the Czech national television station Česká Televize, and two nationwide Czech newspapers, Literární Noviny and Hospodářské Noviny, a U.S. technology newspaper, two Danish newspapers, and various blogs, and recently it has been presented at IIT Bombay Techfest, where 90,000 people visited the festival in Mumbai, India.
The preparations for the second edition of Café Neu Romance are now started. It will again take place in Prague in late November, and it will besides a great theme on Karel Capek and RUR, also include a cafe robot concept design competition, which will be printed in Europe and India.
To promote the 2nd edition of Café Neu Romance there’ll be arranged robot guided tours in Prague, where tourists can discover why Prague is the European culture-historical capital of robots, and have an accommodation at the Café Neu Romance suite.
For an interview or further information about Cafe Neu Romance - the world's first robot performance festival in Prague, please contact:
Christian Gjørret (tel +45 20864470) or mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Gjørret, Leader of Vive Les Robots!, Main organizer of Cafe Neu Romance.