Janáček’s year in Ostrava!

On the 12th August 2018, the world of music will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest Czech composers — Leoš Janáček.

The Czech Republic will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its foundation and 100 years since the first premiere of Janáček’s opera abroad. The region where Janáček was born, the land he loved so much and often returned to throughout his life and where he passed away will also observe these anniversaries.

The city of OSTRAVA and the MORAVIAN AND SILESIAN REGION will join the nationwide celebration of the major anniversary of the great Czech composer with their project JANÁČEK OSTRAVA 2018. All the major music and educational institutions in Ostrava as well as the city’s music festivals (Moravian and Silesian National Theatre, Ostrava University, Janáček Conservatoire, Leoš Janáček International Music Festival, St. Wenceslas Music Festival, and Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava) have joined in the project administered by the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava. “I’m delighted that the Janáček Ostrava 2018 project has been jointly created by Ostrava’s major music institutions. Their cooperation and the inspiring effort invested into this project have strengthened existing collaboration, which is already unique in the local environment,” said Director of the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava Jan Žemla.

Commemoration of this country’s famous son will seem most natural in the city of Ostrava and the Moravian and Silesian Region. The project will highlight more intensely the importance of Janáček’s legacy and draw attention to his exceptional music, which is respected in our country and Europe, as well as other countries abroad.

“I am pleased that the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra will be introducing Janáček Ostrava 2018, a project highlighting the connection between Janáček and our city and promoting the musical institutions in Ostrava that continue Janáček’s legacy,” said Mayor of Ostrava Tomáš Macura. “I am proud we have the opportunity to support this project. It helps build Ostrava’s reputation as a cultural metropolis and modern city that provides cultural occasions for both local residents and classical music fans in neighbouring countries, the rest of Europe, and the world,” he added.

As one of the project’s sponsors, the Moravian and Silesian Region is also very proud of Janáček, which is clear from the words of the region’s Governor Ivo Vondrák: “Thousands of visitors attracted by the legacy and compositions of this extraordinary musician come to the Moravian and Silesian Region every year. We must be grateful to this musical genius not only for his work, but in the way he spoke of our region as a place with a cultural and social life of very high standard. Janáček is ours, and we offer him to the world with pride.”

Music and educational institutions are also contributing to the project, holding their own performances and educational programs throughout the year. We expect the project to keep developing over the year with other cultural institutions such as museums, galleries, and art schools gradually becoming involved with a range of inspiring and imaginative activities as part of the programme “Challenge of the 90th Anniversary of the Death of the Czech Composer Leoš Janáček” supporting culture and maintaining cultural heritage in Ostrava.

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