Czech presidency: festivals in the spotlight
Since 1 July, the Czech Republic assumes the EU Council presidency. No need to say that it has a lot on its plate for its turn at the helm of the Council of the European Union.
To go with this change, we invite you to (re)discover this summer's rich programme of Czech festivals.
11 - 31 August 2022
For nineteen years now, Letní Letná has built up this unique profile of an event that systematically hosts the best of international contemporary circus and, at the same time, provides cultural and leisure activities to children and their families. The festival has become a solid platform presenting the work of Czech contemporary circus and theatre companies to the general public. Many activities, workshops (both circus and fine arts) and interactive installations are also organised for the whole family!
Check the programme on their website.
19 July - 04 August 2022
Summer Festivities of Early Music is the only festival focusing on historical performing arts organised in Prague, that host foremost specialists – instrumentalists and ensembles, vocal artists, conductors, dance and theatre companies – from various countries around the world.
The motto of the 23rd edition is nature. The dramaturgy will focus on various types of musical, textual and thematic motifs and inspirations that the composers of spiritual and secular compositions drew from nature. Flowers, gardens, landscapes, sounds of animals, elements, natural deities and other mythological creatures inextricably linked to nature will dominate this edition.
Find more information on their website.
15 July - 06 August 2022
Český Krumlov, Czechia
Since 1992, the Festival Krumlov presents important Czech and foreign artists and offers a wide spectrum of music from the 15th to the 21st century by focusing on classical music, opera, musicals, world music, jazz and folk. The setting, in Český Krumlov, which is considered a European treasure and belongs to UNESCO World Heritage, definitely adds to the magic.
You want to watch Vivaldi's opera as much as experience a Baroque Night or listen to John Williams' masterpieces (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws...) ? That's possible with the festival Krumlov!
Check the programme on their website.
28 June - 17 July 2022
Žďár nad Sázavou, Czechia
Come and celebrate KoresponDance 10th edition at the chateau! This 4-day international contemporary dance festival includes new circus and physical theatre within the frame of the UNESCO baroque castle of Žďár nad Sázavou. The festival welcomes performers from the 5 continents and presents unique site-specific works. Tours of the castle are also organised, guiding you to normally inaccessible spaces such as a cellar or closed wings.
The full programme is available on their website.
Other Czech festivals taking place this year:
Baroque, 14 June - 26 July 2022
International Folklore Festival Competition “Holiday of Time”, 18 - 28 August 2022
Kutná Hora Performing Arts Festival, 8 - 10 September 2022
Divadlo International Theatre Festival, 14 - 22 September 2022
International Festival-Competition “Autumn Fairy Tale”, 28 October - 1 November 2022
[Youth & Festival’s Stories] THINK BIG! Festival
THINK BIG! is aware of the importance of stretching the contact with young people. The 2022 edition included contemporary dance and music theatre shows for children, youth and all ages. Several workshops and conversations were organised between young people and artists.
[Youth & Festival’s Stories] Travel Fest Albania
Travel Fest Albania's success of such an extensive activity was possible thanks to the extraordinary help of young volunteers. About 20 young people received the volunteer uniform and worked tirelessly to make the festival a hit.