Portuguese director Manoel deOliveira called this festival “a Mecca of documentary film”. Yet 19th International Documentary Film Festival held this fall. During the festival it is possible to see not only the featured movies, but also to participate in competitions, which are for the year announced. Always is also ready an accompanying programme. Last year it has been, for example, theatre and cabaret, music programs, or radiodocumentary, which introduced the Český rozhlas, in cooperation with organizers of the festival. Part of the IDFF was the project “Enchanted Caravan”, documentary film on the way through the city.
At Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou was this year a 17th international festival of classical music. The Festival offers a wide range of selection not only of music styles, but also of the countries of origin and their performers. At the Opening concert of this year´s festival played the Philharmonic orchestra of Bohuslav Martinů in the forefront with the Italian conductor Sebastian Rollim, accompanied by singers from Spain and South Korea. The festival opens of full lock, and so you can when listening to music soaking up the atmosphere of historical sites such as the temple of St Margaret´s and the Hall of the ancestors. Whether you choose any concert, in the castle, French garden or courtyard of the Dalešice brewery, it will surely be an unforgettable experience.
Mahler Jihlava Music Festival – The Music of Thousands
Gustav Mahler was born in the small village Kaliště at Humpolec, and is one of the important persons of the Vysočina region. 14th Mahler Jihlava Music Festival this year with main concerts in the Town Hall in Jihlava. Took also the accompanying programme, traditional bike ride “Following Gustav Mahler´s footsteps”, or unusual living picture “Jan Amos Comenius is saying goodbye to Jihlava”. The picture consisted of 405 people and it is the largest living picture in the history of the Czech Republic.
Concentus Moraviae – International Music Festival of 13 Towns
Forty concerts, twenty-seven days, twenty towns. Even so, one can describe this festival. This 20th season of the Concentus Moraviae carried the theme: “Let´s celebrate!”. This festival traditionally belongs among the cultural events of the region. This year´s celebrations were accompanied by the program with three focal points: the Lednice-Valtice Area by bike with musical stops, masquerade Festa Teatrale in Slavkov u Brna and the Chateau Žďár nad Sázavou, which was flooded by harps.
Pelhřimov International Festival – Town of Records
If you are interested in records and curiosities, visit of Pelhřimov is always a pleasure. The agency “Dobrý den”, which is in charge of not only the museum of records and management of the Czech databank of records, is also organizer of International Festival of Records and Curiosities. During the two days of festival came a number of the participants with their curiosities or records. There was a accompanying program too, which includes, for example, Czech singers Aneta Langerová or Naďa Urbánková. Another major event was the entry of Mrs. Dana Zátopková into the Hall of Fame.
This multicultural festival takes place directly in the grounds of the renaissance Chateau Náměšť nad Oslavou and nearby areas such as St Ann´s Chapel in the Hospital, the chateau library (with 1 600 volumes!), the Church of St John the Baptist, and of course the chateau´s exteriors. Some parts of the program take place in the heart of the town. Folk holidays are not just about the concerts of artists with all sorts of musical genres. There is also a unique opportunity to try out play some musical instrument, create your own images, or write a poem, at the festival´s workshop. It is the opportunity no just listen and see international art (Austria, Colombia, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Mali, Ireland, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, South Africa), but also become part of it.
During the seventeen days (at the turn of July and August) you can hear the Czech and foreign folk songs, which are often altered for the current listeners. Example of this could be Danish group “Tradish”, which in a unique manner adjusted the Irish songs. This year´s 33rd festival hosted this group, just as Czech performers Lenka Dusilová and her daughter, Vladimír Mišík and others. Like the organizers say: “The Holidays in Telč are not a festival but a way of life”. If you want “try” at first the Holidays, come to the five-day festival the Christmas holidays in Telč.
This year´s 3rd Vysočina Fest was organized at Jihlava amphitheatre Malý Helous, which is located close to the city centre. Last year it was visited by 22 000 lovers of good music and exceptional atmosphere. During the three days were here replaced a number of music groups and performers.