Festivals and special days in the Czech Republic
One of the oldest film festivals in the world, this event in July attracts major international Hollywood stars. Rita Hayworth was the guest of honour at the first festival in 1946. There are awards for the best feature film and documentary. On the fringes are various talks and parties. The public can get tickets to most of the film viewings and there is a popular midnight screening of horror films.
From late May to early June, the Fringe Festival is a mix of experimental theatre presented on the streets of Prague. The Fringe currently presents 45 different shows in eight different venues, ranging from comedy to alternative theatre and dance.
Well, why not! A celebration of the world’s best beer. A 17-day festival in May featuring people in traditional costume, music, events and plenty of Czech food and drink. With the profusion of breweries there are hundreds of beers to sample.
An August festival in Brno in the east of the Czech Republic celebrates the telling of traditional stories, dance and local crafts. Many performers travel here to entertain the crowds.
Events take place all over this magical city, with interior and exterior stages in parks and major historical sites around the town. This three-week festival is all about classical music, opera, and jazz with a bit of folklore. Major orchestras and performers from across Europe come to Český Krumlov in July and August.
For two days in June the grounds of Prague castle are filled with stands promoting the many microbreweries. For the entrance fee you receive a tasting glass and unlimited beer for the day.
Throughout the Republic on the 17th November people celebrate the day thousands of university students gathered in the Czechoslovak capital, Prague, for a peaceful demonstration to commemorate International Students' Day. The repression of the demonstration led to the peaceful Velvet revolution.
The famous Lords of Rožmberk are back! The spirit of the Renaissance age is brought back to life for three days in June with the hubbub of jousts, craft fairs, medieval music, street plays, and fencing duels to culminate with the highlight of the festival - a spectacular procession in historical costumes.
For three days in October as the daylight fades towards winter, the facades of buildings in the historical centre of Prague are illuminated with videos and light art.