The final Awards Ceremony Gala traditionally takes place at the New Stage of the National Theatre and is broadcasted live by the Czech Television. The Golden Prague International Television Festival has once again been granted the auspices by the Mayor of Prague and the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Festival also collaborates with Mrs. Dagmar Havlová and the Vize 97 Foundation on long-term basis.
This year’s Closing Gala will feature performances of both the graduates and students of the Academy of Performing Arts to celebrate this year’s 75th anniversary of the largest artistic university in the Czech Republic which has raised generations of artists. The highly acclaimed soloist Jana Boušková will play the harp, we will see the Pavel Bořkovec String Quartet, solo clarinet performance and many others. The evening’s program will be complemented by a fragment of the newest staging of Petr Zuska, one of the most well-known Czech choreographers as performed by the Prague Chamber Ballet, Adagio from Pas de Deux from the Don Quijote will be danced by the Moravian Olomouc Theatre soloists and the Awards Ceremony Gala will be concluded by a diverse acrobatic show by the Losers Cirque Company.
The five-member jury will choose the best works from the films submitted by producers and television companies from around the whole world - not only will there be a main winner gaining the Grand Prix Award but there will be the Czech Crystal Awards across three categories. There will also be several Special Prizes awarded during the Gala: The Czech Television Award, the Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement and the Award of the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation Vize 97. A special Outstanding Achievement Award will be presented again at the Golden Prague Festival by EBU and Music and Media Centre IMZ. This year, this award will be given to Peter Sellars, the American theatre director known for his unique contemporary stagings of classical works as well as contemporary operas and plays.