The Moravian Autumn festival ranks among the most important cultural events in the Czech Republic. It was established as the Brno International Music Festival in 1966 when, following years of strict isolation imposed by hard-line communism, the activities of Brno artistic institutions were once again acquiring an international dimension, and the responses to its first year were very positive.
The festival invites orchestras to Brno that were previously passing Europe by, alongside top chamber ensembles and the world’s most celebrated soloists. It is not only a festival of “interpretation” which seeks to bring to Brno the cream of the world’s performers and to compare them with first-class home musicians, but also a festival of “programming”, one that is not only about “stars” (and certainly not about “competition” between them), but also about “substance”.
Moravian Autumn takes pride in seeking new and interesting threads of programming, approaching living composers and giving them commissions. The festival also draws attention to young performers, giving them an opportunity to display their developing talents.
Composer Jan Novák and the 100th anniversary of his birth. Minimalism and its current trends in American, Czech and Russian environments of Armenia. These are the three principal dramaturgical focal points of this 51st festival year. A multitude of concerts, events, musical encounters at unconventional venues and theatrical performances in their world and Czech premieres have been arranged over seventeen days in October.
The festival has its own website.