Nina Johnson

Nina Johnson

Plastic – separately, paper – separately, old clothes – and then off to the second-hand. Classifying garbage before throwing anything away has already become a common practice. But what to do when you clean out the first-aid kit? Where should expired pills, sprays,or a broken mercury thermometer end up,and why? And how does this get handled for example in the Czech Republic?

Viktor Frešo is a Slovak artist and photographer who knows how to hide a frank smile, if not outright mockery, in his works, and thereby make the viewer start and think. He is surprisingly prolific – every year he has from 15 to 20 exhibitions. The current one is now taking place in the Prague Gallery of Modern Art DOX, where Frešo is again communicating with visitors virtually and raising a number of important issues in a satiric form.

The energy of the atom – does it have a place in the future of mankind? As the recently concluded COP23 climate negotiations in Bonn have shown, opinions on this issue continue to differ significantly.

There is so much talking and reporting going on around the world about ecological problems and protecting the environment that living an “Eco Lifestyle” has become somewhat trendy. It is certainly pleasant to wash one’s hair with a shampoo that contains only natural ingredients or eat fruit for breakfast that is not saturated with poisonous chemicals but rather grown in environmentally appropriate conditions. However, you can help the Eco-System in many additional ways which turn out to be really simple.

How does success differ from fame? What does the work day of a musician who inspires crowds of fans all over the world look like? What is the role of luck in the life of a musician? Answers to these and other questions were given us by Ben Gold, the British trance music DJ.

Continuing immersion in the world of modern electronic music, Youth Time talked with Matan Kadosh, co-founder of the Vini Vici project, and learned  the outlook for the future of psytrance.

It was 22th of September, Prague club SaSaZu. The dance floor was burned by recognized masters of modern electronic music – trance and psytrance. We here, in Youth Time, were curious: who are they, these people living in the world of thousands of festivals, neon lights, turntables and huge speakers? Meet David Gravell, an open-hearted, free-minded, spiritual, warm and friendly person. Talented DJ on the stage, philosopher in basic life. What does music mean to him? What does he appreciate in this world? How does he recharge his batteries?

It is a recipe which has been followed by all classical authors of world literature: if you want the Muse to pay you a visit, leave the noisy city behind and move to a quiet place, where life proceeds calmly and smoothly, without hustle and bustle – a place where the presence of people is so unobtrusive that you will think about it only if you happen to stumble upon a passer-by. A year ago, I discovered such place in the Czech Republic, and after paying it several visits, I have completely fallen in love with it.  

Vladimir Zabransky, a teacher and photographer, is among those who remember the origins of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival and the way it has steadily grown. He has been making photos and taking autographs of the celebrities who have visited the festival for forty-nine consecutive years. Despite having an admirable work experience, he does not consider himself a professional in his line of work and humbly treats his passion for photography as a mere hobby. However, it's a hobby that has brought him global recognition and appreciation.

When purchasing a product labeled FAIRTRADE, have you ever wondered about its meaning? Or about how you have influenced other people's lives by buying a bunch of bananas or a box of coffee with a blue-green sticker?

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