Prague Spring, Smetana´s Litomysl, Janacek´s Hukvaldy, the International Music Festival Cesky Krumlov, the International Organ Festival in Olomouc or the Strings of Autumn Music Festival – these are some of the most significant music festivals held in the Czech Republic. Apart from the events mentioned above there are many more traditional music events held every year and each and every one has its own unique atmosphere.
Prague Spring is an integral part of the national culture of the Czech Republic.
This year´s 68th edition of the international music festival Prague Spring will be held from May 12 until June 2, 2013. The venues for the festival will include some of Prague´s most prestigious music halls as well as exclusive and unusual places all over the Czech capital. Many outstanding musicians from home and abroad will take part in the festival. Following tradition the festival will be opened by Smetana´s cycle of symphonic poems, My Country, performed this time by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
The second oldest yet still young – Smetana´s Litomysl
The second oldest music festival in the Czech Republic is Smetana´s Litomysl International Opera Festival. It is held annually at the birth place of one of the greatest and most popular Czech composers Bedrich Smetana. The programme comprises operas, gala concerts, oratorios, cantatas, song evenings and other forms of vocal art. This year´s 55th edition will take place from June 13 to June 30. The opening gala concert will be held at the 2nd courtyard of the Litomysl Castle and will feature the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra led by Jiri Belohlavek. Many talented young artists such as the soloist of the National Theatre Katerina Knezikova will also perform at the festival.
Music gems at Hukvaldy
Janacek´s Hukvaldy music festival takes place during the summer months in the area of Hukvaldy Castle and the adjacent park. Most of the concerts and performances are open-air. The first edition of the festival dates back to 1994 and is connected to the occasion of the 140th anniversary of Leos Janacek´s birth. The opening concert of this year´s 20th edition of the festival will be held on June 22.
Inside concert halls and in the open air
„I always consider it a small miracle that there are so many high profile music festivals held in the Czech Republic every year. And there is no doubt that the International Music Festival in Cesky Krumlov belongs among the very best,” commented the then president of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus. This significant cultural event will run from July 19 until August 17, 2013. The honour of performing at the opening concert will be granted to the famous Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča.
Traditional repertoire, improvisations and novelties
We would also like to invite you to Olomouc. The City of Olomouc used to belong among the most important royal towns of the Czech Republic and thanks to its location, ancient university, spiritual and cultural traditions it was considered the natural centre of Moravia for centuries. The International Organ Festival has been held here since 1969. This year it will take place from March 7 until March 28 and festival visitors will be able to enjoy the music of leading Czech and international composers much of it performed by talented young musicians.
Festival for both adults and children alike
If you are planning a trip to Prague between mid-September and mid-November, we would like to recommend the concerts of the Strings of Autumn Music Festival. Ever since its inception in 1996 this festival has offered an original programme focused on traditional and experimental jazz and classical music and its organisers keep coming up with something new. If you accept our invitation, you will be able to add yet another unforgettable Prague experience to your collection.