A new cultural newsletter issue released by Culture Department, Brno City Municipality

A new cultural newsletter issue released by Culture Department, Brno City Municipality

Brno Cultural Newsletter presents a summary of events and changes to relate to theatres, clubs, festivals and cultural events in Brno in the upcoming period. 

The turn and beginning of a year is a period of reviewing and resolutions. The Culture Department of the Brno City Municipality has not been idle in this respect, too; we have been thinking about any updates to offer in the coming year and how existing things can be improved. 

First of all, we focused on evaluating the grant system. We have sent a link to applicants for grants in 2021 and 2021–2022, where they can access our anonymous questionnaire to evaluate the current grant system and give ideas of how to improve it. If you are one of them, please do complete it by 24 January 2021. At the same time, as promised last year, thinking about how to manage the system of approval of multi-year cultural grants for activities of organizations from now on, we present, upon the initiative of the Deputy Mayor, a new structure for awarding multi-year grants. We would like to hear from you! Like last year, we will do our best to mitigate the impact of the current pandemic situation on the Brno cultural sector this year.

We are right there with you. So, let’s put our best foot forward in the New Year and keep our nerve!  

Best regards, Veronika Majíčková 

For the Culture Department 


The Culture Department is conducting an online applicant satisfaction survey with regard to the Brno grant system. Step 2 will be round table discussions with those interested. One of the main topics will be proposing a new, “bridging”, two-year grant system. Please let us know what you think about it. READ MORE

Brno City Assembly will approve cultural grant funded by the City of Brno budget in 2021 and 2021–2022 at its meeting of 16 February 2021. After this date, the grant award procedure results will be available on the grants website. Grant recipients are reminded of the fact that their reporting documents from the previous year must be submitted as necessary and appropriate and any documents found in the public register must be correct and up to date in order to be eligible for signing the grant agreement. We also note that the process of submitting reporting documents for 2020 is now underway. There are two deadlines based on the setting of your grant agreement: either 11 January or 1 February 2021. You are welcome to contact  members of the Internal Audit and Control Department of Brno City Municipality who are available for any queries or consultations. READ MORE

How Brno culture was doing in 2020? Read our article about what progress we have made and what goals we have set for the next year. READ MORE


In December, the Czech Government approved the third round of COVID-Culture III – a one-billion CZK grant scheme. At the same time, a special call for applications will be announced to cover audio-visual works; it will be administrated by the Czech Film Fund. READ MORE

The Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI) has published the results of their survey mapping the pandemic impact on culture, posting them on its website. Music, literature, fine arts, theatre and dance were all covered. ATI also points out the importance of data collecting in culture. READ MORE

A new platform has been set up; entitled Cultural Sphere, it aims to represent all the individuals active in the private sector of culture and want to communicate their positions and information they obtain in a comprehensible and clear way. Currently, there is an activity on their website involving the census of employees in living cultureREAD MORE


Kumst Creative Hub (Kreativní hub Kumst) has opened opportunities for new applicants once again. If you are looking for premises in the city centre of Brno for your creative activities, you can register by 1 February 2021. You are also welcome to arrive and have a tour of the premises and studios. READ MORE

Creative Business Cup 2021 – the competition aiming to assist start-ups across the creative sector has announced another round. Please register by 17 January 2021 to compete and qualify for participation in the international grand finale that takes place in Copenhagen. READ MORE

Since the beginning of January, registering was launched for companies to take part in Creative Vouchers Brno (Kreativní vouchery Brno). Companies can apply for cooperation with the 159 creative people who registered with the Creative Gallery (Kreativní galerie) last autumn. READ MORE

ATI opens another year of the ATIs Academy (Akademie IDU) – a training scheme targeting cultural managers and focussing on strategic thinking, planning and leadership. Please register by 15 January 2021. READ MORE

The competition entitled The Best Construction Work of the Year has opened a call for applications for the 29th year. Registration is possible for any brand new or redesigned structures of all kinds of typology are eligible, along with operations involving redesign of public areas, landscape design and engineering/transport infrastructure, as well as all other types of special construction work completed and put into operation, or, finally approved, by the end of May 2021. READ MORE

The new Eduard Experience project presents a six-month scheme for beginner collectors who want to get an insight with respect of the arts market and add to their knowledge of international context in an entertaining way. READ MORE


 Dramox, a streaming service specialised in theatre performances, is enjoying great popularity. Featured items now include even some of the famous shows of the Husa na provázku theatre: Raskolnikov – jeho zločin a jeho trest (Raskolnikov – His Crime and His Punishment) or Běsi – Stavrogin je ďábel (Demons – Stavrogin Is a Devil).

 National Theatre Brno has seen a great success. Their Baletiště (Ballet in the Airport) campaign has been ranked among the top 10 commercials of 2020 by the Marketing Journal portal.

Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno invites you to their New Year’s concert to be streamed online from the Community Hall (Besední dům); just watch it on their YouTube channel at 7 p.m. on Friday, 14 January 2021.

Czech dancer Jiří Bartovanec created, along with his colleague, Nicola Mascia, a new work of art entitled RAPTURE/YOUniverse. Premiered online in late December, its online streaming is available here.

 The Lumír choir has posted Missa secundi toni – a Christmas mass by Tůma – for online streaming.

Bringing the Christmas time back is also possible thanks to the Gospel Friends choir who recorded their concert as part of the operation entitled 2021 Bethlehem Gifts for online streaming.

Moravian Gallery in Brno holds, on a periodical basis, live courses and presentations for all those interested. Over the next couple of days, you can look forward to Phenomena – a session included in their course on art history, for example.

The artist-run space Zaazrak|Dornych has arranged an online exhibition entitled Kozel – Alkazar (Early Access). It is available online on Facebook and Instagram.

Brno. Photograph: archives



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