Archiv of Leoš Janáček took over the certificate of the inscription on the UNESCO Memory the World International Register
The Leoš Janáček Archive, which is part of the Moravian Museum's Department of Music History, was in 2017 entered into the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register, making it the sixth Czech entry.
The Leoš Janáček Archive is a collection of documents covering the composer's entire written legacy and many other materials which have been gradually added to it following the composer's death in 1928. With a few exceptions it includes all of Janáček's manuscripts for his compositions, librettos and studies, and the composer's library, which contains numerous volumes of fiction as well as specialist books with notes written in Janáček's handwriting.
A very important section also consists of Janáček's correspondence, amounting to more than 14,000 items.
TIC BRNO published the guidebook
In the footsteps of Leoš Janáček
The guidebook, In the Footsteps of Leoš Janáček. Brno City Guide, presents locations and buildings in Brno which are connected with the composer's personal as well as professional life, and contains a great deal of information, historical photographs and illustrated documents. Enthusiasts have the opportunity to follow the route we have suggested or adapt it to how it suits best in terms of length and time. It also includes the composer's life in dates and in a longer text, two of Janáček's feuilletons and an overview of Brno institutions, their history, as well as any current activities which are connected with Janáček's legacy. Inside contains a poster and a large map of the centre of Brno with a marked-out route. The guidebook was published in both Czech and English.
Brno Christmas 2017 with Janáček
The Maestro was also present in Brno at Christmas. He appeared at the opening projection mapping, while throughout Christmas in Brno the figure of Leoš Janáček and other Brno notables were part of an installation around the fountain on náměstí Svobody. He also featured in a Christmas collection of gifts with pictures of famous people connected to Brno.
Vendula Chalánková's JANÁČEK
TIC BRNO prepared a new collections of souvenirs with motifs of Leoš Janáček. One of these is based on a graphic design by the artist Vendula Chalánková, who used historical photographs from the Leoš Janáček Archive to create her own pictures of Leoš Janáček and his family and friends, as well as characters from the opera The Cunning Little Vixen.
The second is based on motifs from Janáček's speech melodies - notes from situations and snippets of conversations including notated records which the composer entered into his diaries for more than thirty years.
The collection was created by the designer Barbara Zemčik.
THE MAKROPULOS AFFAIR in Shanghai
The Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno performed Janáček's opera The Makropulos Affair, directed by David Radok, at the Great Theatre in Shanghai on the 19th and 21st of November 2017. The JO NTB also performed the same production in Hong Kong in February 2017.
JANÁČEK BRNO 2018 festival
Tickets went on sale for the Janáček Brno 2018 International Opera and Music Festival on 13.11.2017 and are disappearing fast!
The new Janáček Brno 2018 festival programme is out! It is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic. All of Leoš Janáček stage works will be performed, with productions by international artists such as Ivo van Hove, Robert Carsen, Kornél Mundruczó, David Pountney and Alvis Hermanis. Behind the conductor's stand will feature, amongst others, Tomáš Hanus, Tomáš Netopil and Marko Ivanović. The concert section of the programme will include outstanding musicians such as Thomas Adès, Martin Kasík, Jitka Čechová, Simona Houda-Šaturová and the Pavel Haas Quartet.
UNESCO Memory of the World
The Leoš Janáček Archive, which is part of the Moravian Museum's Department of Music History, was designed to the inscription into the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register.