The ProART Festival is entering its 15th year. This year for the first time this multi-genre festival is taking place in four towns and cities. In addition to Brno, Valtice and Liberec this year it will also expand to include Plzeň. A total of 34 instructors will lead workshops in contemporary dance, theatre, singing, music, literature and photography. Among them will be Lenka Dusilová, Zdeněk Bína, Eva Vrbková, Radka Fišarová, Zdeněk Král, and Ida Kelarová as well as authors like Josef Formánek, Michal Viewegh, Jiří Hájíček, Alena Mornštajnová and Tereza Boučková.
This year’s festival motto is Submerge Yourself in Art. The festival’s theme and inspiring motif is however freedom in art: Freedom for Art _Art for Freedom …! All the art workshops are intended for experts, professionals, school students and laymen, senior citizens, the Roma minority and the disabled. They have varying lengths – from intensive one-day up to holiday one-week and experiential courses. The purpose is to learn and to share their experiences. Most of the workshops end with informal public presentations. In Valtice there is even a whole-evening performance.
The Brno part of the festival will take place from 16 to 22 July 2018.
The evening programme of the festival includes concerts, international shows and student presentations. “When we fifteen years ago founded the festival, I did not think it would last so long, and it would be held in even more places. For me it's already a piece of history and a lot of dreams realised, human emotion, energy, a network of friendship and a nice mutual dose of inspiration. Therefore I have come back to it every year and for fifteen years I have put off my holiday until August. I believe that this year as well it will pay off to come and enjoy the atmosphere. Art has to be experienced at ProART," says festival director Martin Dvořák.
16/7 8 p.m. Governor’s Palace
ESCUALO QUINTET_Tango Nuevo
COMPAGNIE E7KA_Pure_Ouvrir le temps
TANZ COMPANY GERVASI (AT)_Enklave + SAKHER ALMONEM (SYR/FR/AT)_Bag full of hearts + reading by participants in the Michal Viewegh creative writing workshop
19/7 8 p.m. Buranteatr
BUDAPEST DANCE THEATRE (H)_Dose_Bolero + ProART COMPANY (CZ)_Firebird
20/7 Governor’s Palace
ART FOR FREEDOM_Freedom for Art:
7 p.m. Gala ProART IDA KELAROVÁ’S VOICE WORKSHOP
8 p.m. Dance-Theatre searching projects by NEIL PARIS, KRISTÝNA FREJOVÁ and MARTINA KRÁTKÁ + readings by participants in the creative writing workshop of ALENA MORNŠTAJNOVÁ
9 p.m. TORCH OF FREEDOM_ProART Company Brno premiere of choreography by Martin Dvořák dedicated to the events of 1968.
21/7 Governor’s Palace
FREEDOM FOR ART_Art for Freedom:
7 p.m. Piano performance from the workshop of the musician and composer ZDENĚK KRÁL
8 p.m. Dance performance from workshops of EVA KLIMÁČKOVÁ, KATARÍNA VLNIEŠKOVÁ and HANA ZANIN
8:30 p.m. JAN - ProART Company Revival of the premiere of choreography by the Israeli Nira Ben Gala 2013 dedicated to the legacy of Jan Palach.
22/7 8 p.m. Governor’s Palace
LENKA DUSILOVÁ & ProART_Amid Fragility