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.