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Brno International Music Festival
Since 1966, the Brno International Music Festival, has regularly been held in late September and early October as a thematic festival. The Festival's themes reflect significant current trends in music, historical issues and important anniversaries of figures in the world of composition. Each year, around thirty performances are organised, including symphonic concerts, chamber concerts and recitals, both instrumental and vocal - as well as various kinds of music and drama (opera, ballet, new types of stage performance and others).
This festival has been an EFA member since 1993.
Each EFA member manages its own Calendar. In case there is no programme availabable for this year, please visit the festival's own website.
- programme 2013
- programme 2012
- programme 2011Programme card 2011 (pdf)
- programme 2010Programme card 2010 (pdf)
- programme 2009Programme card 2009 (pdf)
The Brno International Music Festival has been held at the end of September and the beginning of October each year since 1966. The festival is a member of the European Festivals Association (since 1993) and the European Conference of New Music Promoters, as well as a founding member of the Czech Association of Music Festivals. The festival's themes commemorate important composer anniversaries, and it also highlights significant contemporary musical trends. Each year it features around thirty symphonic and chamber music concerts, as well as vocal and instrumental recitals, opera and ballet productions, even various new forms of stage performance.
The Brno festival made it possible for the Czech music community to maintain an open dialogue with contemporary foreign trends, even during the era of communist rule. Beginning in the mid-Eighties, contemporary music was presented here independently in the thematically-unified form of the Biennial of New Music, which was the only festival of its kind in this country before 1990.
The festival was divided into five independent parts:
The Easter Festival of Sacred Music answers to listeners' continuing interest in concerts of sacred music thematically linked to the liturgically significant Easter season and presented in an authentic church setting. Since 1997 the festival has been held in the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul in Brno, under the patronage of the Bishop of Brno.
The Exposition of New Music carries on the tradition of the Biennial of New Music, taking the presentation of diverse compositional trends by quality international performers as its goal. Its concerts have taken place in conventional concert halls as well as in untraditional spaces (Vankovka factory building, brewery, planetarium, shopping mall lobby, etc.).
The Moravian Autumn Festival continues the nearly thirty-year tradition of autumn music festivals in Brno, appealing to a broad spectrum of listeners and maintaining its thematic character. Symphony orchestra concerts and opera performances are given in the Janácek Theater, while smaller-scale events are mainly held in the recently-renovated Beseda House.
Since 1966 a musicological colloquium has been an inseparable part of the festival, its discussions reflecting the festival's overall theme.
The first International Performers' Competition was held in 1996, and has since become a regular event at the festival.