Gala Dinner



Dear all,

I am delighted to invite you to the Gala Dinner of the 55th Annual Conference of the Particle Therapy Co-operative Group, to be held in the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle. Since 1605, the Spanish Hall has borne witness to key events and milestones of Czech – as well as European and world – history. In recent years, it hosted functions attended by Presidents Clinton and Obama, the Queen of England and many other dignitaries. The past, present and future of the Czech Republic and Europe combine in this exquisite and truly outstanding venue. Seven hundred years since the birth of the great Czech king and European ruler, Charles IV, leaders of business and science will assemble in this unique heritage location – and step into the future. It is our great pleasure to invite you to join us on this historic occasion. I am sure you will not want to miss it.

  Iva Taťounová

Director PTC



As host and organiser of this year's conference, we were granted the amazing chance to hold this Gala at the Spanish Hall, where only State visitors are allowed to dine. We kindly ask all the guests to treat this occasion and place with respect and dress code / black tie-tuxedo is, therefore, required. Black suit with a bow tie is a must. If somebody from your party does not own one, we will happily arrange rental from a company in Prague.

History and architecture

Residence of the Czech kings since 9th century and the presidency office since 1917, the Prague Castle is considered the largest castle complex in the world, and placed right at the historical heart of the capital. It’s also the resting place of several Czech kings and patrons, and the St. Vitus Cathedral within the castle grounds protects the Czech crown jewels.

Construction of The Spanish Hall was instigated by Roman Emperor Rudolph II, who chose Prague Castle as his home. Finished in 1605, the hall was originally planned to keep Rudolph’s exquisite art collection but was instead always used as a ceremonial venue. Outstanding baroque architect Kilian Ignatius Dienzenhofer later raised the hall’s ceiling to the new impressive height of 12 metres, giving the hall its grandiose appearance we now know.

With opulent stucco decoration added in the 19th century, the Spanish Hall combines elements from three centuries to a breath-taking result and is among the best preserved parts of the historical Prague Castle. After the Velvet revolution, the Spanish hall was restored to its original glory. The reconstruction was partially commissioned and funded by members of the Rolling Stones, who personally handed the symbolical key of the venue to president Václav Havel here in 1995. Restoration of the Prague Castle grounds was also funded by Prince Charles’ foundation and the Prince visited the castle on several occasions.

Events and historical milestones

Since the 17th century, The Spanish Hall hosted historical assemblies, acts of signature of international treaties, presidential election acts, state receptions and outstanding art events. The Dalai Lama, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and many other distinguished persons from world politics and art enjoyed the hospitality of Czech presidents in the venue. During Václav Havel’s presidency, the Spanish Hall became the venue of the opening ceremony for his annual FORUM 2000 conference.

Since 1917, the presidential office has hosted important ceremonies here, including presidential election acts. Václav Havel was elected president of the Czech Republic here in 1998 and gave his farewell presidential speech in 2003.

  • In 1999, president Havel signed a treaty marking the occasion of the Czech Republic membership in NATO.
  • In 2004, Prime minister Vladimír Špidla announced the Czech republic will join the EU.
  • In 2006, British fashion designer Vivien Westwood organized an exclusive fashion show in the Spanish Hall.
  • In 2010, Presidents Obama and Medvedev signed a new bilateral START treaty reducing number of the nuclear weapons.
  • In 2014, Meeting on the 5th Anniversary of the Eastern Partnership attended by the President of the Czech Republic along with the heads of states and top representatives of Eastern Partnership countries as well as several EU member states.
  • In 2015, „Let My People Live!" Forum organized by the European Jewish Congress in cooperation with the European Parliament and the Czech Republic.

... and in 2016, PTCOG55 Gala Dinner!



Tickets can be purchased during the online registration process or contact the Conference Secretariat by an email. If your are already registered, log back into the online registration form, click 'Edit' button and add your Gala Dinner ticket(s).

Price per ticket is:

  • 119 EUR (by 31 March 2016)
  • 129 EUR (1 April 2016 - 30 April 2016)
  • 139 EUR (as of 1 May 2016)

The number of participants is limited.


Dress code

Black tie-tuxedo. 

Ladies: floor-length gown
Gentlemen: black suit (tuxedo) with a bow tie


Sponsors Acknowledgement

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