JANÁČEK BRNO FESTIVAL
1 – 24 NOVEMBER 2024
TIC BRNO is preparing an off program of the Janáček Brno 2024 festival:
Follow the trail in Janáček's footsteps from the comfort of a minibus
The trail includes locations where Janáček lived, composed, conducted, taught, heard the premieres of his compositions, strolled around and met up with his friends, etc. You can also visit his home on Smetanova ulice, where Janáček spent the last quarter of his life and composed all of his greatest works. You will be guided by the musicologist Jiří Zahrádka, the curator of the Leoš Janáček Archive. An audio-guide will be available for international visitors with commentary in either English or German.
TTry the recipes of the Janáčeks' housemaid
During the Janáček Brno festival you will be able to try the Maestro's favourite recipes made by his housemaid, Marie Stejskalová, in some of Brno's gastro spots. Janáček wrote nine operas and you can look forward to nine different delicacies. If you try them all and collect nine stickers, you can take part in a competition to win a copy of Marie's Cookbook.
Win tickets and a t-shirt with Janáček!
Set out on the footsteps of Leoš Janáček with the Loxper mobile app and from 21 October until 6 November you can take part in a competition with prizes. The first 100 participants to finish the trail will receive a Janáček t-shirt and there will also be a prize draw which will feature more gifts as well as tickets to the Janáček Brno 2022 festival! The app is in Czech, English and German available.
Take a shower with Janáček in the Czech Radio audio shower
Step under Czech Radio's audio shower that can be found before and during the festival in the shopping center Velký Špalíček. Submerge yourself in an auditory experience, browse the content on a touch screen and listen to Janáček.
Listen to Janáček in the streets of Brno day and night
During the festival there will be sixteen places in Brno where you can meet Leoš Janáček with his dog Čipera, and after scanning the QR code on the Maestro's jacket, you can listen to a musical extract. Enjoy a stroll with your mobile phone while listening to music including the wedding scene from the opera The Cunning Little Vixen, the fanfare from Sinfonietta or the overture to the opera The Makropulos Affair.
Travel to Hukvaldy or Luhačovice in search of Janáček
Together with the company Brno Day Trips we are offering the chance to book tours to either Janáček's hometown of Hukvaldy or his favourite spa resort at Luhačovice.
From the history of the festival Janáček Brno:
In 2004, as part of the commemorations of the 150th anniversary of Janáček's birth, the Janáček Festival Brno was established, where all of the composer's opera works were performed. This led to the idea of organizing a regular biennial festival, which has been receiving great acclaim since its launch in 2008. The main dramaturgical concept centres on performances of Janáček's operas by international as well as Czech opera companies, accompanied by a diverse series of concerts. Productions by world-renowned directors have been performed at the festival (e.g. Robert Carsen, Robert Wilson, Harry Kupfer, Peter Konwitschny, David Pountney and David Radok), and many leading conductors have appeared here, including Sir Charles Mackerras, Tomáš Hanus and Jiří Bělohlávek.
The Janáček Brno festival was the winner of the International Opera Awards in 2018.
The festival organizer is National Theatre Brno.