This year the theme of the international theatre festival is “Freedom?!” Over five days artists from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Serbia, the Netherlands, Slovakia and the USA will be appearing.  more

The city of Brno has just joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network - UCCN in the field of music.  more

The theatre is filling dancing roles in the musical Saturday Night Fever directed by Stanislav Moša, which is in preparation.  more

A new work by the dramatist Milan Uhde and the composer Miloš Štědroň is being performed this weekend on the musical stage of the Brno Municipal Theatre. The main roles are being taken by Lucie Bergerová and Petr Štěpán. The production was created under the direction of Juraj Nvota.  more

ProART Festival has opened applications for the workshops in dance, singing, acting, photography and other arts. This year the festival will take place in Brno, Liberec and Valtice. The workshops will be led by, among others, Iva Bittová, Irene Bauer, Martin Dvořák, Ida Kelarová, Aleš Slanina, Leonie Wahl, Veronika Žilková and more.  more

In this original musical by Stanislav Slovák, Jan Šotkovský and Petr Štěpán songs by the legendary group The Beatles will be performed in the English.  more

In the world premiere JAMU students of musical theatre have produced Světlo pod Café Brel. The author and director is the American actor, scriptwriter and guest teacher in Brno Gene Terruso.  more

This multi-genre festival brings together musicians from Brno and guests, institutions, clubs and public spaces. In the course of a single summer weekend countless concerts will take place in various parts of the city.  more

We celebrate our 4th birthday and as a thank you to our readers, we announce a big birthday competition. Don’t miss the opportunity to win tickets to Magdalena Kožená and flamenco dancer Antonio El Pipa in concert.  more

The Brno City Theatre presents the premiere of the Lemonade Joe Musical directed by Petr Gazdík. Lukáš Janota and Ivana Odehnalová will perform in the lead roles.  more

Feature articles

Hits like Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever or How Deep Is Your Love sung beautifully, and wonderfully constructed and danced choreography in shiny disco costumes, and three exceptional performances in the main roles. That is the currency of the new Brno musical Saturday Night Fever. The director Stanislav Moša staged it in the Municipal Theatre. more

An interview between Kateřina Bajo, the main coordinator for the membership of Prague as a city of literature in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and David Dittrich, main coordinator for the membership of Brno as a city of music in the same network. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was set up in 2004 and its main aim is to support cooperation and international cooperation and creativity. Now it brings together 180 member cities from 72 countries from around the world. The cities fall into 7 creative areas – literature, music, design, film, gastronomy, traditional crafts and media. A city applying for membership in the network has to fulfil very strict criteria, and it must be supported not only by the commission of experts but also by all the member cities.  more

Brno is now one of the 180 cities from around the world that belongs to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Only some three dozen of these are focused on music. After Prague it is the second city in the Czech Republic to be accepted into this network. The awarded title recognises the work of artists, people working in culture, the diversity of genres and cooperation with the surrounding region.  more

The retro comedy musical Viki kráčí za štěstím (which might be translated as Viki Seeks Her Fortune), premiered in the Brno Municipal Theatre, in many ways represents a journey back in time. He audience returns to the work of Milan Uhde and Miloš Štědroň, which has now been supplemented by the work of the composer Karel Cón. On the surface it is an excursion into a true story which took place at the turn of the 1960s and 1970s, or the era of the swinging music of the sweet sixties. The same creative team led by director Juraj Nvota that was introduced five years ago on the same stage with the romantic musical Divá Bara now parades in front of the audience again.  more

The musical scene of the Brno City Theatre stages the musical comedy Lemonade Joe. Therefore, one of the most popular post-war heroes, who has been criss-crossing the Czech stages since 1944, returned to the local main stage last weekend. He became immortal in 1964 thanks to a brilliant film, a replica of which cannot be expected this time though. First of all, the theatre version contains many more songs, but the screenplay is different from the extraordinary celluloid version in some moments and in the final result. The new production directed by Petr Gazdík turned the well-known title into a wild narrative musical show that does not claim to be related to the famous film. On the contrary, thanks to its original humour and the method of its use, the new production tries to break through all the widely popular quotes to its own and legitimate version.  more

The musical about the long-term friendship between French singer Edith Piaf and German actress and singer Marlene Dietrich is focused on the solid base of their famous songs and the slightly decadent atmosphere of the 1950s in Hollywood. The new production of the City Theatre Brno tells a story of their close relationship and what they meant to each other.  more

There are many things which the first musical production of the Brno City Theatre will draw attention with this season. The performance Pískání po větru (Whistle Down the Wind) was staged at the Music Theatre and directed by Petr Gazdík, who also appeared in one of the main roles. Apart from the interesting dramaturgy, it is also the musical package of the title and its production as well as the main protagonists’ and numerous children actors’ performances.  more

A very interesting building is growing before our eyes on Veveří (street). Once completed, it will be known as Sono Center, a club with superb acoustic properties. The concert hall will be located in a sphere placed between two semicircular concrete blocks. The two blocks will house facilities for musicians, as well as a hotel and a restaurant. We sat down with the dramaturge of Sono Centre Dan Giač and the investor of this project Jiří Štopl to discuss the upcoming programme, the ideal line-up or the very reason why Štopl decided to build the center, as he is also the co-owner of the Sono Records studio. The two gentlemen did not have time to do this interview together but they were okay with my postproduction mixing.  more

The construction of the year 2012 was the Theatre at Orlí. Besides the actual award I was pleased that it was included in Stavby občanské vybavenosti (Community Facilities Buildings). Someone would often say that theatres are slowly transferred into the category “repository of inadaptable minorities”.  more