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The third year of the festival in Lužánky Park will this year play host to musical groups, theatre ensembles and markets. The festival programme will take place over three days on five stages.  more

After almost thirty years one of the group that created Monty Python – Eric Idle – decided to wrtie a musical version of the Holy Grail. In Brno it will be performed at the Brno City Theatre under the direction of Stanislav Slovák. The main roles will be taken by Petr Štěpán or Lukáš Vlček, Daniel Rymeš or Marco Salvadori and many others.  more

The Brno group Metronome Blues released its album Vicious Circles under the Happy Mutant label in January. Today they will christen its vinyl version in the Kabinet múz. Together with them, Mara Jade and The Queues will also perform.  more

The American trombone player Fred Wesley will be visiting Brno. The former member of the accompanying band of James Brown will perform together with The New JB’s.  more

A singing workshop focused on traditional Roma songs will take place in the Amaro Records recording studio and musical café.  more

The SETKÁNÍ/ENCOUNTER international festival of theatre schools has entered its 28th year. As part of today’s event, theatrical performances and concerts will be held on Moravské náměstí at the statue of Jošt.  more

Alkinoos Ioannidis is visiting Brno as part of his European tour at the invitation of the group Jannis Moras & Banda, who will be appearing at his concert as guests. The Brno concert will take place in the Melodka club.  more

Dancing with a Partner is the topic of the new workshop of the Balladine dance school. The target is to learn the choreography of Nacho Duato. Vendula Vlasáková and Josef Koutný are the managers of the workshop.  more

In April the Croatian pianist Maksim Mrvica will once more be returning to the Czech Republic. He will be presenting his new album The New Silk Road in Brno’s Sono Centre.  more

Vitalic, a personality on the French electronic scene, famous for his fusion of techno, disco and synth-pop, will perform in the Fléda club. As part of his Olympia tour, in Brno he will present his latest retro-futuristic album Voyager. Tickets are already on sale.  more

Shortly before the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, the Brno-based group Plum Dumplings released a new album. As opposed to their official debut L'épitaphe des papillons (The Epitome of Butterflies, 2014), sung in French, the band went for Czech lyrics this time. We are talking to the band's vocalist, who presents herself as Adéla Polka.  more

Oldřich Veselý, a Brno-based singer, composer and keyboard player, died in January 2018. In February 2019, the 10th Brno Beatfest, dedicated to his memory, took place in the Semilasso music hall. And a year later, a CD recording of this concert was released under the title Malý princ [The Little Prince], complemented by several bonus items.  more

On the twenty-fourth of May of this year, five days before her ninety-second birthday, Mrs. Anna Kománková passed away – and with her departed her particularly extensive songbook of ballads (not only) from the Javornicko and Horňácko districts, which she had always carried in her head. She was able to perform all the songs conserved in her memory in a distinctive and inimitable style. All her life she safeguarded the rare legacy of her ancestral heritage – all the more interestingly because she did not write down the hundreds of often complicated tunes and many dozens of verses and variants of ballads, but she knew them all by heart. Even after she reached the age of ninety, when she no longer enjoyed good health and did not perform in public, she remained in contact with the Javornický ženský sbor [Javorník Women's Choir], which she had revived and eventually led for many years. She never pushed herself forward anywhere, while at the same time she learned a lot from the skills of her ancestors: apart from singing (dozens of songs from the hymn-book  and hundreds of folklore songs) she was an excellent embroiderer: She sewed and embroidered with her own hands every part of the folk costume she wore.  more

The Brno Contemporary Orchestra, conducted by Pavel Šnajdr, concluded its ninth season with a concert called Con certo: With Certainty or with the Devil?, held in the hall of the Convent of the Merciful Brethren. The programme featured works by authors already established in the world of contemporary classical music: Alexej Fried, Olga Neuwirth and György Ligeti, whose violin concerto was performed by the violin virtuoso Milan Paľa.  more

When pronouncing the name Jiří ‘moravský’ Brabec (1955-2018) (the name is partly a pun referring to a typical Moravian dish called "moravský vrabec", which is pork roast with braised cabbage and  dumplings – translator's note), anyone, who until recently had any business concerning the Czech-Moravian folk and country scene, is reminded of the unmistakeable figure of a mighty man wearing a beard, with a strong voice and an inexhaustible source of information, and an enviable general knowledge of not only the above-mentioned music genre. We are speaking here about a complicated but deservedly respected personality who was able to surprise us with his knowledge in a number of disciplines, but also with his self-deprecating humour and unexpected physical dexterity. Unfortunately, for the last time he surprised people around him with his sudden departure, only a few days before his sixty-third birthday in June 2018, almost unnoticed by the public media, for which he had worked for so many years.  more