October 2023 Culture Newsletter from the BCH Department of Culture

19 October 2023, 11:00
October 2023 Culture Newsletter from the BCH Department of Culture

The Brno Culture Newsletter brings you an overview of what is happening in theatres, clubs, festivals and cultural events in Brno.

Dear fans of Brno culture,

I met many of you at the XVII Brno Cultural Forum not so long ago. Allow me to thank all of you who came to the Orlí Street Theatre. Judging by the discussions and subsequent reactions, it seems that the topic of accessible culture fell on fertile ground. It will probably never be possible to remove all the obstacles in a city like Brno, but much has certainly changed for the better. Brno has been striving to make things right for a long time. Every year, for example, we donate around ten million for small improvements to public spaces, mostly based on specific initiatives. However, this is the first time that interest has been systematically focused on cultural institutions. Information about accessibility, especially for people with physical disabilities, can already be found in the application gis.brno.cz/mapa/mapa-pristupnosti/, but the list is not complete. This is why the Department of Culture wants to map out the situation in a targeted manner, including entities without their own premises. However, “impracticability” alone may not be the only reason why some groups of Brno residents do not get to experience the culture they want. Both language barriers and lack of access to information can be problems. This too needs to be resolved to ensure Brno offers culture for everyone.

Markéta Vaňková
Mayor of Brno


XVII The Brno Cultural Forum emphasised the importance of accessibility and wheelchair-friendliness in culture

The Brno Cultural Forum had one of its best turnouts, so thanks to all of you who met us at the Orlí Street Theatre on 9 October. Together we had the opportunity to broaden our horizons in accessible and wheelchair-friendly Brno culture and, thanks to our foreign guests, also visited Hungary and Estonia in relation to this issue. We are glad to see that the forum has become a first step towards creating a more inclusive cultural environment in Brno that should be accessible and open to all, regardless of their abilities or state of health. We are very pleased that many of you are already getting in touch with ideas and suggestions.

Didn’t have time to come to the Orlí Street Theatre for the seventeenth Brno Cultural Forum? Never mind! We are preparing an official recording of the whole forum for you, which will soon become available at kultura.brno.cz

However, we already have a photographic taster for you.

The Department of Culture has received 301 subsidy applications that are now undergoing review

From 15 August to 30 September 2023, it was possible to apply for cultural subsidies for 2024. Applications were submitted in nine subsidy programmes. A total of 301 applications were received. The formal requisites are currently being assessed, after which they will be assessed by expert evaluation commissions. The expected outcome will be known in early 2024.

We celebrated Mental Health Day with the Art in Healthcare interdisciplinary conference 

The Art in Healthcare interdisciplinary conference, which we co-organised with Vision of Dance at CO.LABS, was held from 10 to 12 October. The conference’s aim was to develop the interdisciplinary competences of artistic

and expert healthcare and social workers through education and the sharing of know-how in the context of interdisciplinary cooperation involving contemporary dance, the visual arts and music. The programme was replete with inspiring lectures, the participants had the opportunity to put theory into practice, and there was no shortage of unique experiences. 

Department of Culture in Poznań 

During the Days of Czech Culture, which took place from 11 to 15 October in Poznań, Brno’s partner city since 1966, we visited the Poznań VISUAL PARK 360°, managed by the ABC Gallery foundation, for inspiration for our Sculptors’ Brno project.

We took inspiration from the whole programme and it was interesting for us to learn about how they place sculptures in public spaces. 


Selection procedure for the director of the Centre for Experimental Theatre in Brno

As the five-year term of office of the current director will shortly expire, Brno City Council has announced a selection procedure for the position of director of the Centre for Experimental Theatre in Brno.

If you have experimental blood flowing through your veins and want to apply for the position, you need to do so by the end of the year, i.e. by 31 December 2023.

Detailed CONDITIONS of the selection procedure.

Accessibility Catalogue for Brno Culture

Are you interested in accessibility in culture and have experience in research? Then we have an opportunity for you to get involved! The Department of Culture has announced a public contract for the “Accessibility Catalogue for Brno Culture”. The deadline to apply for the selection procedure is 12:00 on 27 October 2023.



State Cultural Fund of the Czech Republic issues call for 2024

The State Cultural Fund council announced a total of three calls for subsidy applications on three different dates for 2024. 

The decisive date for a project is the start date for the key output, meaning, for example, the opening of a festival, a première, a vernissage, the launch of a book or CD, etc.

One applicant may submit a maximum of three applications per year.


Brno’s Mikro-teatro theatre is expanding its ranks

The professional travelling theatre company, founded in 2019, is expanding its ranks and looking for new members. If you are studying theatre production, theatre science, management in culture,
aesthetics or any other field but are interested in theatre and production, send an e-mail by 31 October 2023 to mikroteatrobrno@gmail.com.


New Blood 2024 open call for emerging artists

New Blood on the Stage is a New Network programme to support young and emerging artists, new arts groups and art school graduates working in the field of new theatre.

The programme is particularly suitable for artists and arts groups who want to intensively pursue their own original work in the future. New Network will select 3 to 4 artists for 2024 who will be able to choose between support

in the form of one year’s mentoring, or support for the launch of a finished project or the creation of a new one. The deadline for applications is 30 November 2023.



Polish partner for contemporary art and inclusion projects

Are you involved in the topic of inclusion and, ideally, also contemporary art? The Polish Fundacja SWAP - Spontaniczne Warsztaty Artystyczno - Praktyczne foundation is looking for projects related to culture, art and social inclusion to establish partnerships. The closing date is 31 January 2024.



Come to transcend the limits of your senses. The Health Department invites you to Day of the Blind on 1 November at FUTURUM Shopping Centre. The event is aimed at helping sighted people experience the world of the blind and partially sighted by trying out various common everyday tasks without sight using only touch and hearing, just like blind people. 


The BRNO16 international short film festival returns to its home at Art Cinema this October! Brno Film Festival will present short films of all kinds accompanied by digital games, art and a great party. Visit the festival from 18 October to 22 October. 




On 28 October, the CO.LABS cultural centre invites you to a concert by a contemporary electro-acoustic music studio of the young Brno generation of composers - fixed media, live electronics; an 8-channel sound environment.


The Brno City Museum has opened the exhibition Brno’s other face. The exhibition presents the works, and the interesting life stories behind them, of four of the most important German painters who were born or grew up in Brno in the 1880s.


The PROTOTYP 2023 festival will be held on 26 to 29 October after returning to the Reservoirs under Yellow Hill. You are invited to discover an audiovisual show and explore an art exhibition. Large-scale and spatial projections, larger-than-life 3D sculptures, lenticular images and augmented reality.




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The programme for Janáček Brno 2024, an international opera and music festival now in its 9th year, was unveiled at a concert held to mark this occasion entitled Janáček to the start! On Saturday, 4 November, the Mahen Theatre was filled not only with devoted fans of the festival, but also with foreign journalists, politicians and prominent figures from the world of culture. In addition to a collection of wonderful musical performances, the audience was also treated to a lineup of renowned artists – Kateřina Kněžíková (soprano), Václava Krejčí Housková (mezzo-soprano), Josef Špaček (violin) and, last but not least, Robert Kružík, who took on the role of both conductor leading the Orchestra of the Janáček Opera at the National Theatre Brno during the evening and also performing as a cellist.  more

The musical comedy The Addams Family is the latest production to hit the stage of the Music Theatre of Brno City Theatre. Audiences are in for an ironic, slightly morbid and enticingly horrific spectacle for the whole family. A musical production has been crafted here which serves up a famous contemporary pop culture phenomenon, as well as a generous helping of hyperbole and catchy melodies to boot. And testament to the audience’s hunger for this wacky family is the fact that all thirty performances are already nearly sold out…  more

The Ensemble Versus choir, accompanied by the Ensemble Opera Diversa under the baton of Gabriela Tardonová, demonstrated what a combination of historical and modern instruments sounds like within a contemporary musical context in the Red Church. The dramaturgical line of Tuesday evening was presented in the spirit of a combination of the works of Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa (1566-1613) and the world premiere of Exsultet by the principal composer Ondřej Kyas (*1979), which also includes parts written for cornett (Radovan Vašina), dulcian (Jan Klimeš), trombone (Pavel Novotný) and theorbo (Marek Kubát).  more

The second New World of Moravian Autumn festival began on Thursday in Brno’s Besední dům. This project, by students of the Faculty of Music at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts, was primarily originally created for the practical musical programming course and intended to be a one-off event during the Moravian Autumn the year before last. Subsequently, however, more students signed up and started working on a repeat festival. The dramaturgy for New World 2023 was handled by percussionists Adéla Spurná and David Paša, bassoonists Aneta Kubů and Josef Paik, and multimedia composer Martin Janda. Three concerts were prepared for 19, 20 and 21 October for this mini festival.  more

The Restlessness of Icelandic Peace was the name of a concert on 15 October at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Brno, at which conductor Chuhei Iwasaki with the Moravia Brass Band and American artist Adam Wiltzie performed a work by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (1969-2018). Many of you may know his music from the award-winning films The Theory of Everything and Arrivalmore