Ondřej Kobza

Ondřej Kobza

chairman

Ondřej is the chairman and author of projects for Pianos on the Street. He has studied political science and theology, though he left his studies uncompleted even after many years. He has helped to arrange dozens of happenings and demonstrations, and organized concerts for his friends in his hometown of Ústí nad Orlicí. In 2010 he opened his first coffee house, Café V Lese, which turned Krymská street and the entire district of Vršovice into one of the most lively places in Prague. One year later, Ondřej together with Martin Kontra opened the outdoors riverside bar at Bajkazyl, enlivening the Prague waterfront. He opened his third establishment in 2013: Café Neustadt, located in the heart of Prague in the courtward of the New Town Hall. The cafe has been home to the “Nebe nad Neustadtem” summer festival for the second year now. Ondřej started with Pianos on the Street three years ago, when he installed the first pianos around Prague and later assisted many local managers to enliven their own towns nationwide. The street piano project was followed by an idea to install public chess boards as a place for both random and planned meetings, and the invention of the Poesiomat poetry jukebox and Veršomat poetry bower. Ondřej currently lives between Vršovice and Karlovo Square in Prague, and the town of Rataje nad Sázavou, where he has rented the castle of Pirkenštejn. This will serve as a place for inspiration, meeting and development of new ideas. Ondřej is a lifelong reader of Nietzsche. That might be one of the reasons for his grim determination and ability to view every setback as a challenge. 

Michaela Hečková

Michaela Hečková

director

Michaela studied Czech language, specialising in editing work, culture studies and bohemian studies at the Palackého University in Olomouc, as well as theory of interactive media at Masaryk University. She started off as a literary critic, but later switched to the production side of the art world. Michaela worked on projects for Ostrava 2015, in the Metropol theatre in Olomouc, and on community projects for Galerie Chodovská Tvrz in the Prague Jižní Město area. For the last four years she worked at the Bohnice mental hospital, producing the "Babí léto” festival and the “Prádelna Bohnice” gallery of contemporary art. She was the Programme Director of the Street for Art festival of art in the public space, as well as the funded organisation “Praha 14 kulturní“, which strives for the cultural revitalization of the 14th Prague district, including the Černý Most housing development. Pianos on the Street is her first project outside of the Prague outskirts. She loves old industrial buildings, organising community projects, helping out young cultural managers with dramaturgy and production, hooking up with specific social groups, all kinds of local culture, hours spent on trains and hours spent on the phone She thrives in crisis situations, backup plans, chaos and hopelessness, giving rise to a feasible project at the end of the day.