The noise of a city can be overwhelming and stressful to hear day in and day out. Car horns, police sirens, crowds of people, and dogs barking can all make for an unpleasant backdrop to your day. For some, the answer is to put in their headphones and try and block it out. Losing yourself in your own music is calming, but can be a bit isolating. You are in your own world, detached from the activity going on around you. For those who want music but still want to be part of the city, there is an alternative; calming, live music for everyone to enjoy as they walk through the city. This is why Piána na ulici (Pianos on the Street – www.piananaulici.cz ) is such a great idea.
The idea to put pianos out on the street came in 2013 when five pianos were placed around the streets of Prague. Now, the idea has spread and more than 50 cities around the Czech Republic have placed pianos on their streets. Passer-byers all over the country are able to stop and play a tune for their neighbors. The idea was so popular, in fact, that Piána na ulici expanded their operations to include Šachy na ulici (Chess on the Street). You can now challenge a stranger to a game of chess or bring your friends out and play. Through music and games people can now enjoy the streets of their cities more than ever.
You can tell that a sense of community and belonging in your own city is important to Piána na ulici. They like to bring people together and make the city more pleasant and enjoyable for all. Not only do the pianos and chess boards reflect this, but they also organize group activities such as dance lessons, concerts, and poetry readings for the people of the city to enjoy. Through all of these events and activities, Piána na ulici shows residents that they have the power to affect their own surroundings and bring about a more pleasant, community driven environment.
At The Spot, we are equally motivated to create a sense of community in the city— especially with expats living in Prague. Taking a page out of Piána na ulici’s book, we have recently added a piano of our own. Visitors can now stop by and show off their musical talents for their fellow patrons. The Spot has always been a relaxing place to meet with friends and grab some coffee, but now the soothing melodies from the piano will be heard throughout the café.
So, stop on by, grab a cup of coffee, and show us your skills on the piano. After that, go explore the city and find the pianos on the street and play some more music to liven up the city. If you’re in the neighborhood, we recommend checking out Náměstí Míru, located right down the street, and play a game of chess or take some impromptu dance lessons. The city of Prague, and The Spot, are much more enjoyable places thanks to the sound of pianos.
Your Team at The Spot