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The Conference & Award Gala Dinner will take place on 9 October at Zofin Palace, situated at 'Slovansky ostrov' , an island in the Vltava river in Prague.

Copiright: Agentura NKL

Zofin island was created in the 18th century by a sediment under the weir. After big floods in 1784 it was hardened and planted with trees. When Vaclav Novotny bought the island in 1830, there used to be a spa (destroyed in 1928) and a dye house. Novotny built there a significant cultural centre and called the island in honour of Princess Sofie (Zofie in Czech), the mother of the emperor Frantisek Josef.

People used to go to the island to watch impressive fireworks or the reconstruction of the National Theatre. Men and women of higher class strolled on the insland, young couples had (and still have) their romantic meetings there.

The Zofin palace built in Neo-Renaissance style serves as a important cultural and social centre. The palace has hosted many balls and concerts. The most famous musicians that performed in Zofin palace are Ferenc Liszt, Hector Berlioz, Petr Iljic Cajkovskij, Richard Wagner, Antonin Dvorka or Bedrich Smetana.

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