About Pianos on the Street
Since 2013, the Pianos on the Street organisation has installed dozens of pianos and chess boards in Czech cities and organised public dancing lessons and concerts in unexpected places. We do this to show how simple it is for anyone to help create the face of their town or city. We love to support new ideas that stimulate people’s interest in their surroundings.
It all started in the summer of 2013, when renowned coffee house owner Ondřej Kobza installed the first five pianos in the streets of Prague. Just like that, to make people smile. The idea quickly spread and the number of players and listeners increased, as well as the amount of people desiring to install a piano in their own town. Today, the network of piano caretakers covers more than 50 cities and is ever increasing.
We gradually began to implement more ideas, such as concerts for six pianos or a piano and dance exhibition on a pontoon on the Vltava river. Our next project involved organising public dance lessons for all age groups. Besides pianos, we also install chess boards throughout the country to facilitate the meeting of people, planned as well as random. Another way that we enliven the public space is through poetry. You can listen to author readings on the Poesiomat poetry jukebox, or turn the poetry cylinder of the Veršomat installation and discover the world of Asian poetry and its European parallels. Our newest project is called Cultural Cores, a joint initiative of Pianos on the Street and BU2R Urban Projects, which has been supporting new projects by active local people for the second year now.
Open mapě to see where you can play a street piano, invite your friend to a game of chess or enlighten yourself with poetry. If you can’t find your town or wish to join us, call +420 732 972 007 or send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.