Leoš Janáček International is the top event of the classical music life in the city of Ostrava. Orchestra performances, chamber projects, recitals and concerts of jazz and music make up the festival.


The Festival builds on the long tradition of the Janáček-themed festivals in Ostrava and the Moravian-Silesian Region.

In 1948, the 1st annual edition of the Janáček Musical Lachia Festival took place and this became the second oldest music festival after Prague Spring in the then Czechoslovakia. In 1950, the tradition of a music festival in Ostrava was started. The name of this festival changed several times and Ostrava Music Spring and Ostrava May became Janáček’s May in 1976, to which the epithet International Music Festival was added in 1990. In Hukvaldy, the Janáček Musical Lachia Festival was replaced by a new festival called Janáček’s Hukvaldy in 1993. In spite of differences between the aforementioned festivals, their objective was the same: to promote primarily the work and ideas of Leoš Janáček and the values of classical music in general, with an emphasis on Czech music.

Based on the results and success achieved and experience gained in the aforementioned festivals, among which particularly the Janáček’s Hukvaldy International Music Festival and the Janáček’s May International Music Festival were the most significant ones in the context of the festivals organised in the Czech Republic, the single following festival has now been founded by merging the festivals on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of Leoš Janáček’s death:

Leoš Janáček International Music Festival

Therefore, it is a new quality and not a new festival. The aim is to capitalise on all the accomplishments and not to create something completely new.

The festival designed in this way will become one of the most distinctive European festivals, bearing Janáček’s name and spreading the musical and intellectual legacy of this brilliant native of Hukvaldy.

The joint intention of the Moravian-Silesian Region, the Statutory City of Ostrava and the municipality of Hukvaldy was confirmed by the signing of a memorandum in support of the Leoš Janáček International Music Festival.


General & Artistic Director

Jaromir Javurek


E: javurek@janackuvmaj.cz
T: +42 05 9748 94 21
28. října 124/2556,
702 00 Ostrava
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