The Brno Cultural Newsletter outlines what’s on and the latest developments and opportunities in culture.
Dear Reader of the Cultural Newletter,
You might not be aware that our team is involved in enriching public spaces and erecting monuments to personages of great importance, from Brno and elsewhere. through administering public competitions in the arts. Last year, we successfully finalized a statue of Fr. Martin Středa and a monument dedicated to Adolf Loos. This year we are holding a contest for a statue of Marie Restituta Kafková and a water feature in the Dominican Square (Dominikánské náměstí). The latter project has recently been given the green light. If you believe you have an idea to enhance this important site in Brno, be sure to submit an entry to the competition. The deadline for entries is the end of June.
Best regards. On behalf of the team of the Department of Culture,
FROM US TO YOU
We are organizing an architectural & visual arts competition for the design of a water feature in the Dominican Square (Dominikánské náměstí) in Brno. The resultant work is expected to be of a high artistic level and is intended to respect and increase the aesthetic value of the site that serves the community and is given over to public assemblies in front of the New Town Hall (Nová radnice). In addition, the feature shall act as a means of cooling the air in the immediate surroundings and the paved surface of the square during the summer months, emitting a water mist which encourages interaction by visitors to the square not only in the summer. The work must continue to function even in winter when it is disconnected from water supply. Applicants may submit proposals until the end of June 2021.
One activity listed in the new Brno cultural action plan is evaluation of the Brno Cultural Department’s grant system. Thank you to everyone who took part in the evaluation and offered valuable suggestions. Although communication from the Department was assessed in a very positive manner by respondents, some suggestions were partially based on lack of knowledge of the system. That is why we now intend to provide information to the public in a clearer and more comprehensible manner. Our website makes it possible to view the results of the questionnaire, as well as round table discussions with individuals active in the Brno cultural scene.
Brno is discussing a proposal for a new monument zone aimed at protecting the valuable heritage and evidence of the rich history of Brno around the historic core of the city. The Brno City Chief Architect‘s Office has held three meetings on the topic at which the extent and practical use of the zone were discussed at length, amongst other matters.
The Central Cemetery in Brno contains a large number of graves of personages that have been in poor condition for a long time. This gave rise to the idea of adopting a grave. The aim of the project is to involve members of the general public in the maintenance of such graves and prevent further dilapidation through cooperation with the public since they are artistic examples or historically highly valuable tombstones.
Brno is one step closer to saving the Arnold villa. The Brno City Museum has signed an agreement of partnership with the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo. This occurred at the beginning of March and confirms cooperation on the project entitled Centre for Dialogue – Saving and Renewing the Arnold Villa (Centrum dialogu – záchrana a rehabilitace Arnoldovy vily). The museum will consult with its Norwegian partner on restoring the villa in the context of conservation of heritage, as well as on current approaches to presenting this form of historic architecture to the public, i.e. where the primary function is private housing.
From 1 March 2021 onwards, applications may be submitted as part of the grant scheme entitled COVID — Culture — Audio-visual, No. 3.2 (COVID – Kultura – Audiovize, Výzva č. 3.2), designed for Self-employed and legal entities. The project is run in cooperation with the Czech Film Fund and stays open until the end of April.
The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic publishes a list (updated on an ongoing basis) of approved applications submitted within the scheme referred to as COVID – Culture 3 (COVID – Kultura 3). The table contains applications from self-employed individuals for co-funding that have received a positive response and been recommended by the Ministry of Culture for subsequent approval by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Kumst Creative Hub holds an educational event entitled (I (don’t) want to do business! ((Ne) chci podnikat!). This training course is designed for those from creative industries who want to make a living for themselves or others and will take place on 8 April
The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic has submitted its 2021–2025 Strategy for the Development and Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries (Strategie rozvoje a podpory kulturních a kreativních odvětví) (including an action plan) to the Government for approval. The proposal is available on the Ministry’s website.
The Creative Europe office is a source of up-to-date information on partnership opportunities in European collaboration projects. Five openings for partnerships have now been published in the areas, inter alia, of musical education, digitization, projects for exhibitions and a programme on artists in exile.
Dok.incubator CZ seeks applications from directors, producers and editors detailing documentaries currently in post-production, inviting them to submit projects as part of its 2021 workshop. Get seven months of individual consultation for dramatic performance and editing, development of strategies for festivals and distribution, as well as meetings with selectors of European festivals and sales agents from around the world.
A competition for children has been announced by the Moravian Museum in Brno entitled Become a Museum Reporter! (Staň se muzejním reportérem!). The task is to record and send in a short video on “NATURE IN 2021” (“PŘÍRODA ROKU 2021”). The aim of the operation is to develop the ability of children and teenagers to perceive the world around them and involve them in events at the Moravian Museum.
Danish production company Khora is looking for partners to develop a project that uses augmented reality to enhance the experience of visitors at cultural institutions.
WHAT’S ON – CULTURE IN BRNO
Take a themed walk entitled Brno Legends Offline (Brněnské pověsti OFF-line). The route takes in sites in the city centre linked with mysterious stories and legends. Participants are educated while on the walk, complete tasks, solve puzzles and riddles, and answer tricky questions.
Theatrical podcasts are gaining in popularity – even Bolek Polívka Theatre (Divadlo Bolka Polívky) has come out with one. There are two shows to look forward to – MALÉhRY ke kafi (Little dramas to go with coffee) and Příští zastávka: Divadlo Bolka Polívky (Next Stop: Bolek Polívka Theatre). Shows will be broadcast once a month at fortnightly intervals. Listen to the podcasts here or on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Youradio Talk or via the YouTube channel.
To celebrate the 110th anniversary of its existence, the House of Arts (Dům umění) has opened an exhibition entitled Here and Now! (Tady a teď!). The exhibition draws attention to the local artistic community and provides the opportunity to present, meet and collaborate at the municipal institution as a venue throughout the premises, including in outdoor areas and parts of the structure not normally accessible.
The SETKÁNÍ/ENCOUNTER 2021 theatre festival will take place online this year. In its 31st year, it shall include recordings of performances by young artists, presentations and concerts.
A seven-part series of live concerts starts this week; entitled Please Do Not Disturb, it was developed in cooperation between Brno Contemporary Orchestra and the Terrain (Terén) theatre platform. The series takes place in seven various hotels in Brno and will be streamed from Monday, 15 March until Sunday, 21 March, with each performance starting at 6 p.m.
The Brno Philharmonic has launched a new online store. Support the local philharmonic orchestra by buying giftware, and remember to check the online event calendar.
Brno Observatory and Planetarium and PiranhaFilm announce a feature-length documentary on the first Czechoslovak cosmonaut Vladimír Remek. On 2 March 1978, Remek became the first cosmonaut from a country outside of the U.S. and Soviet Union, and is also referred to as the first European cosmonaut.
In March, Káznice LIVE presented two concerts. On 17 March, it streamed a concert performed by Irena and Vojtěch Havel while later in the same evening it introduced a brass quintet, NdBrass.
The BuranTeatr theatre platform debuts a play directed by Alexandra Bolf entitled SELF. The author’s staging is loosely inspired by the work of controversial British playwright and director Sarah Kane. The online premiere takes place at 5 p.m. on 29 March on Facebook Live. Let’s watch it together!