Cultural newsletter of the MMB Department of Culture for February 2023

Cultural newsletter of the MMB Department of Culture for February 2023

The Brno cultural newsletter brings you an overview of events and opportunities in the coming period concerning theatres, clubs, festivals, and cultural events in Brno.

Dear Brno culture fans,

it’s only been a few days since we followed the media’s enthusiastic reception of the Brno Philharmonic’s concert at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall. It’s been almost half a century since the Brno musicians have travelled to the United States, and the standing ovation is surely a guarantee that they won't have to wait so long for another overseas tour. The same programme was tried, with success, at the end of January in one of the most prestigious European halls in Leipzig, during the opening of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the partnership between this German city and Brno.

The recent production of “The Mother” by the Brno National Theatre’s drama ensemble in Israel also met favourable responses... Brno’s culture is thriving abroad. But how is it received by the Brno people themselves? A large-scale survey should answer that question. It is said that “a prophet is not honoured in his hometown”, but perhaps that will not be true this time. We will try to eliminate and resolve any problems that the survey shows us as soon as possible, and the evaluation of this data will become important material for the future.

For the first time ever, we nominated our own candidate for the regional competition for the best repaired monument of last year. In the category of small buildings, we chose the Chapel of St. Anthony of Padua, whose reconstruction was part of the giant construction of the large urban ring road in Žabovřesky. On an elevated terrace, in its restored neo-Gothic beauty and with a newly cast bell, it is now located directly above the new tram line near the mouth of the tunnel. Voting will begin on 13 March, and I hope you will send your text message to vote as well.

JUDr. Markéta Vaňková

Mayor of the City of Brno


Subsidies for 2023

A total of 350 grant applications for 2023 (one-year grant) and 2023-2024 (two-year grant) were assessed and evaluated by expert committees. They are currently being prepared for submission to the Brno City Council, which will approve them on 28 February.

More information can be found HERE.

Help us improve the subsidy system

How do you like the OK MMB subsidy system? Is there anything missing? Do you understand the conditions of the calls? Do you know where to find information? These are not the only questions we ask in our regular questionnaire on satisfaction with the subsidy system. Do not hesitate to take part in the survey to help us improve the subsidy system for the coming years. We are interested in your opinion.


Cultural needs of Brno residents

To what extent are Brno residents satisfied with cultural institutions and events in Brno? How do Brno residents feel about culture, and what motivates them to participate in cultural events? What are the barriers to participation in cultural events in Brno? One thousand of you answered these questions when we launched a large sociological survey called “Cultural needs of Brno residents” at the beginning of the year. It is currently being evaluated and at the end of February you will find all the information about the survey on BRNO CULTURE.

The Chapel of St. Anthony of Padua in Žabovřesky will compete in the competition for the best repaired monument in the region

The South Moravian Region regularly announces a competition for the best repaired cultural monument of the past year. This year, the city of Brno joined the competition with the reconstructed Chapel of St. Anthony of Padua in Žabovřesky. The city of Brno will compete for the first time this year in the category of small buildings.


Brno and Leipzig have been partners for 50 years. The anniversary celebrations opened with a concert by the Brno Philharmonic in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus

The alliance between the two cities has lasted since 23 November 1973, when their representatives in Brno signed a document called the Treaty of Friendship and Mutual Cooperation between Brno and Leipzig. On 29 January, a combination of Czech and American music was performed in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, one of Europe’s most prestigious halls. The Brno Philharmonic prepared the same programme for the audience at New York’s Carnegie Hall on 8 February.



EXPO 2025: architectural competition

Czech architects have the opportunity to participate in the design of the Czech national pavilion at the next Universal Exposition EXPO 2025. It will be held after 55 years in Osaka, Japan. Architects can submit their proposals until 1 March 2023.


Festival UPROSTŘED – call for street artists

Together with the KÁVEESKA organisation, TIC BRNO is preparing a multi-week multi-genre festival aimed at reviving the public space in the city centre with quality art. Are you a (street) artist, a group, or do you simply have an interesting idea how to enliven Brno city centre during the summer months? Join us!


KUMST: AI meetup #6: AI tools in marketing

How can AI be used in real-life situations in marketing? Participants will learn what AI tools are available, how these tools are implemented into marketing strategies, and how they can be used effectively. Three experts who have immersed themselves in learning about AI tools will guide you through the meetup and talk about practical uses and tips for your work. The meetup will take place on 21 February at 5 p.m. at KUMST.

KUMST: Education for the TV industry

We are launching the topic of Television at KUMST with the founder of the Television Institute in Brno, Kamila Zlatušková, who will be joining us right after her return from Berlinale and will bring us feedback on her lecture there about training in the Eastern and Central European environment for the television industry and the representation of women in this field.


REBORN DESIGN – a challenge for design and architecture students

Reborn Design combines creativity, innovation, practical education, and the principle of sustainability. REBORN DESIGN is a chance for design and architecture students to practice and create with the materials of the future #upcycling. Register by 26 February 2023.



The Brno City Museum cordially invites you to Špilberk Castle, where a carnival revelry will take place on 25 February. READ MORE

On 15 February, the Brno House of Arts will host the main point of the accompanying programme to Milena Dopitová’s exhibition, which is the interdisciplinary debate Art as an Act of Social Imagination.READ MORE

Vrtiška & Žák: For good design

The exhibition presents a selection of collaborations of the author duo Vrtiška & Žák with seven companies in the field of product design. The exhibition is part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Museum of Decorative Arts. The opening will take place on 23 February.

The Slovácko Club in Brno cordially invites you to the Fasankováková beseda gathering with hammer dulcimer, 20 February in the Omega cultural centre in Husovice. READ MORE

Don’t have room in your library for more books among the dozens you’ve read? Maybe bought a book that didn’t suit your taste? Come to the gallery of the Moravian Library for a bookswap during the week of 13-17 February 2023! As many books as you bring, you can take back. READ MORE

Legends and new wave will meet at the 22nd JazzFestBrno. Featuring not only Diana Krall but also Kurt Elling, Simon Phillips, Donny McCaslin, Emmet Cohen, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Melissa Aldana. READ MORE

The premiere of Feminista will take place on 17 February. The play, which is loosely based on events at Czech universities, reflects on the social experience of the transformation of discourse caused by movements such as #MeToo or You don't! have to endure it. READ MORE

In February 2023, a new Brno gallery called Cejla will open. The opening of the first introductory exhibition Curatorial Menu will take place on 22 February 2022.

Sadly beautiful music with one of the most beautiful voices of the whole domestic independent scene. The Brno launch of the third album by the slowcore band Kalle will kick off the March programme at Kabinet Múz. READ MORE

Tomas Hlavina: TLNVXYK Brainteaser

Jan Šerých: On the Consistency of Science

Filip Dvořák: The Ravine – The Room, Fait Gallery presents three exhibitions with an opening on 22 February 2023.READ MORE

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For the twenty-eighth year running, the Concentus Moraviae International Music Festival presents dramaturgically varied and interpretively refined evenings set not only in concert halls, but also in courtyards and chateau salons, castle halls, basilicas, churches and synagogues. The theme of this year’s 28th edition is Between Kroměříž and Vienna. Vienna, the cultural centre of Europe, served as the seat of the Habsburg emperors, while Kroměříž was the home of the archbishops of Olomouc. The dramaturgy of this year’s edition was prepared by a trio of respected experts: the Dean of the JAMU Faculty of Music, harpsichordist, organist and musicologist Barbara Maria Willi; historian, musicologist and choirmaster Vladimír Maňas; and Otto Biba, Austrian musicologist and long-time director of the Vienna Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde archive.  more

The celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Brno’s Besední dům, which take place within its premises and elsewhere, have an interesting and distinguished dramaturgy that manages to transport the audience to the early days of this concert venue. Two concerts took place on 4 and 5 May and were entitled “Janáček” and “Horňácká muzika”. I took part in the first one; it was a truly momentous experience prepared by the Brno Philharmonic and Petr Mička’s Horňácká muzika. Friday’s repeat of the concert was broadcast by Czech Television. Both nights were sold out and standing tickets were even added to the sale.  more

The Brno Philharmonic’s headquarters and one of Brno’s most important historical and cultural landmarks – the Besední dům – celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. Exactly on 3 April 1873, when the auditorium (great hall) of the building designed by architect Theophil von Hansen, author of the famous Musikverein in Vienna, was ceremonially opened, this magnificent building became the centre of Brno’s culture and its distinctive artistic life. A century and a half later – on Monday 1 May 2023 – an afternoon gathering and a subsequent concert entitled When Smetana First Played in Brno. . . will launch a series of concerts that pay tribute to unique milestones in the city’s cultural history.  more

Singer-songwriter Martina Trchová, winner of the Anděl award for her album Holobyt, recently disbanded her band and now performs mainly as a soloist. She is slowly working on a new album and is also focusing on visual arts. Her new book Babi, will soon be published, and she’ll also be holding another festival in the Obřany district of Brno.  more

I talked to Barbara Maria Willi, the dean of the Faculty of Music at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts, dramaturge, teacher, populariser of classical music, harpsichordist, organist and specialist on the hammered dulcimer, about the 20th anniversary edition of the music series Barbara Maria Willi presents..., as well as about historically informed interpretation and further plans. The fact that she was actively teaching a foreign student just before our talk is the best indication of how busy her schedule is.  more