October Newsletter of the Culture Department of the Brno City Municipality

October Newsletter of the Culture Department of the Brno City Municipality

Brno Cultural Newsletter presents a summary of events and changes relating to theatres, clubs, festivals and cultural events in Brno in the upcoming period. Last but not least, it also invites you to join the upcoming session of the Brno Cultural Parliament (Brněnský kulturní parlament).

Dear friends,

Quench your thirst for culture and save the date of 3 November to join the Brno Cultural Parliament (Brněnský kulturní parlament). It is a unique chance to get involved in the preparation of Brno’s candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2028. We will debate, plan and brainstorm!

In the meantime, there is the Culture Department evaluation of the applications submitted as part of grants for 2022. This year 334 applications were received and the number of applications submitted in the last remaining two days increased significantly compared to previous years, which has had an impact on the error rate. So be prepared if the Culture Department asks you to correct or complete your application.

During October, in accordance with the approved Strategy and Action Plan for Culture, the City Council approved the plan for a new scheme to provide grants to support major cultural events. The grant scheme was created in a participatory way with input from the cultural community and incorporation of comments from organisers themselves. The scheme will be announced in June 2022 for the following years to give organisers and new evaluators time to prepare for the update.

I look forward to seeing you in November at the 13th BKP (BCP) where we can talk about the latest news in Brno culture in person.

Your Councillor for Culture

Marek Fišer


Brno is a candidate for European Capital of Culture in 2028. Every city that applies must have a theme, so we are asking you: What topics do you think are important for Brno? What makes Brno special? What can it give to the world? Send us your ideas and you will get the opportunity to present them at the Brno Cultural Parliament (Brněnský kulturní parlament) which will take place on 3 November 2021 in KUMST. Email your application no later than by 25 October 2021 to kultura@brno.cz.  

A team of foreign consultants will help with the preparation of Brno’s candidacy for the European Capital of Culture 2028 competition. Nadja Luisa Grizzo, Prof. Hanns-Dietrich Schmidt and Neil Peterson were involved as guides to manage ten winning bids for the title of European Capital of Culture.

What’s the deal with those green cones that are supposed to release water mist in the Dominican square (Dominikánské náměstí)? Visit the premises of Urban Centrum (exhibition of designs from the water feature competition) to learn more about both the winner and all the entries.

As of last September, the opportunity to submit a grant application to the Culture Department of the Brno City Municipality has ended. This year, 334 applications were received in the field of culture, the formal examination of which ended on 17 October 2021. A record number of applications came in the field of music, which dominates every year. Compared to previous years, the number of applications submitted in the last remaining two days increased significantly, which is reflected in the error rate (up to two thirds of the applications submitted). The first round of evaluation by expert committees starts this week and will last until December. Approval of the applications by the General Assembly of the City of Brno will take place at the beginning of March 2022. The results will then be published immediately on dotace.brno.cz/schvalenedotace.

Are you a 2021 grantee and has there been any change in your project/activity against the approved application? Be sure to submit a request for consent to change to the Culture Department, according to the terms and conditions. The deadline for requests is 1 November 2021.

On our Plug & Play website you will find everything you need to know about organising cultural events in the public space of Brno. Notification of the event to the city district office is required. For several selected (pilot) locations you can simply make a notification on-line on the website; sites located in the Brno Centre District have now been added. 

Congratulations to Knihovna Jiřího Mahena (Jiří Mahen Library), p. o., which won the award Library of the Year 2021 in the category of “Significant achievement in the provision of public library and information services” for the Library at the Crossroads project. This branch was reconstructed thanks to winning the competition for the Participatory Budget of the City of Brno Dáme na vás (Listening and Giving)


The summer cultural scene in Brno is in full swing. Let us know about your event and add it to the map of Brno culture. Just fill in a simple form.  

Check out the current overview of calls from the schemes of Creative Europe - Culture. There are the following areas to choose from: European cooperation projects, literary translations, European networks and European platforms. In addition, the Creative Europe – Culture Office has prepared a series of regular online consultations for you. From 12 July to 30 August, a member of the Creative Europe office team will be available to answer your questions every Monday between 2 and 3 p.m.  

On 26 July 2021, the 2nd Call for EEA and Norway Grants – Capacity building of sectoral umbrella associations, networks and platforms – ends. You can also apply for the call Contemporary Art; there is time until the end of August.  

The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) launched the new Strategic Innovation Agenda 2021–2027. One of the main innovations is the establishment of a Knowledge and Innovation Community focused on the cultural and creative sector and industry. A call for this new Knowledge and Innovation Community will be launched in October this year. For more information on the upcoming call, the evaluation criteria and the networking platform in place, visit the official EIT website.  


Prototyp (Prototype) Festival connects art, science and technology. This year we are expecting a fashion performance, an audiovisual show, an art exhibition, expert lectures and workshops. Already this weekend at the fairgrounds.

DANCE BRNO 2021 is a dance festival focused on the presentation and creation of professional ballet companies of Czech theatres.  From 18 to 23 October, the festival will present six guest performances at the Mahen and Janáček theatres.

The 47th year of the annual international festival Ekofilm offers screenings of dozens of films from around the world, talks and discussions with leading environmentalists and filmmakers, programmes for schools, experiential programmes and concerts. This year it takes place from 20 to 23 October.

Vašulka Kitchen launches, on 26 October, a presentation by American multimedia artist and theorist Joseph Nechvatal. Since the 1980s, Nechvatal has been working on combining the traditional medium of painting with new media such as digital animation, artificial intelligence or computer viruses.

International Jazz Festival Groove Brno takes place until 10 November. You can listen to jazz concerts at the Sono centrum or Metro Music Bar.

Water reservoirs on the Žlutý kopec (Yellow Hill) are a technical monument and a unique industrial space. You can visit them and experience their mysterious atmosphere thanks to TIC Brno. Check out other tours from the project entitled Brno Industrial.

Have you visited the virtual gallery on Zelňák (Vegetable Market)? The exhibition of portrait photographs OSOBNOSTI VI. (PERSONALITIES VI.) is the next year of the project, which deals with the photodocumentation, archiving and exhibition of portrait photographs of important personalities from the ranks of artists, scientists, writers, musicians, playwrights, war veterans from the Czech Republic and foreign personalities associated with the Czech Republic.

From 16th to 24th October, there is an event in Brno entitled FEST IN 2021: festival integrované tvorby (Festival of Integrated Creation)Barka Theatre presents playful and serious themes, performances for children and adults. Sight-impaired people, wheelchair users and people with mental disabilities will perform.

Come and celebrate the publication of the book by curator Ondřej Navrátil entitled Řečiště a vlna: České umění a environmentální problematika na počátku 21. století (Riverbed and Wave: Czech Art and Environmental Issues at the Beginning of the 21st Century). The publication is devoted to the topic of radical environmental changes and especially its reflection in Czech art of the first two decades of our century. The formal launch of the book will take place on Wednesday 20 October 2021 at 6 pm at OFF/FORMAT Gallery.

Exhibition of photographs and paintings by the world-famous artist Jan Saudek can be visited in Graciano Gallery Veselá No. 39. The exhibition will run from 5 November to 5 December 2021.

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