Music festivals are as synonymous with summertime as barbecues and cold beer — and with dozens happening between now and end of holiday, there are plenty of choices to match your personal music tastes. Get to know the biggest and best music festivals in the Czech Republic for 2015 all in one handy place.
Summer Shakespeare Festival
various locations, 25th June – 5th September 2015
Enjoy the plays of Shakespeare performed in Prague, Brno and Ostrava by leading Czech actors and actresses. The Summer Shakespeare Festival (Letní shakespearovské slavnosti) traditionally prepares works by the English bard translated into Czech with British noblesse and performed at beautiful locations.
Rock For People
Pilsen, 3rd 5th July 2015
This first year of the Rock for People Europe Festival will be held in Pilsen and follows on from the traditional RfP in Hradec Kralove in June. Pilsen is the European City of Culture for 2015, so this guarantees that the festival will have a distinctly European feel and the urban feel as well. The festival area will be tailored to make use of the magical industrial spaces, including diverse crevices and corners. The line-up is really busy, check it out!
Čápův dvůr airport, Tábor, 3rd – 5th July 2015
One of the most unique music summer festivals in the heart of Europe, Mighty Sounds promises three nights crammed with the very elite of punk, punk rock, rock'n'roll, ska, reggae, rockabilly, indie rock and related genres. Come and celebrate the upcoming 11th edition of the festival!
IFF Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary, 3rd – 11th July 2015
The KVIFF is ranked by FIAPF among the most prestigious world film festivals. This year celebrates the 50th anniversary and aims to be an extraordinary celebration of cinema, filmmakers and, most of all, the audiences who give the festival its atmosphere.
Boskovice – festival for Jewish quarter
Boskovice, 9th – 12th July 2015
Cultural festival in Moravian city Boskovice is focused on saving and restoring of local Jewish quarter. You can enjoy movie shows and concerts in an open air amphitheatre, jazz in parish garden, afternoon theatre performances in the ruins of a local castle, chamber music in synagogue and other surprises. More information on festival website.
Bohemia Jazz Fest
various cities in the Czech republic, 9th – 13th July 2015
Bohemia Jazz Fest has quickly become one of the largest summer music festivals in Europe. All the concerts are open-air, featuring headline performers playing in spectacular medieval settings. Find complete line up here. Yeah, and they're all free!
various locations, 10th July – 29th August 2015
The traveling music festival Castles CZ, which will stop at eight castles throughout the Czech Republic during the summer as part of the festivals of Czech Castles and Moravian Castles, is being held for the tenth time. Every year the program, which traditionally begins at Točník Castle not far from Prague and closes at the castle Bouzov, offers the best of the current Czech pop-rock music scene.
Summer Festivities Of Early Music
Prague, 13th July – 6th August 2015
The Summer Festivities of Early Music form the only festival showcase of music of historic artistic styles in Prague and Central Bohemia. The Festival is unique in its reach into the field of baroque theatre and dance. A characteristic part of these productions are the period costumes, original choreography, and baroque gesture, rhetoric and makeup.
Colours Of Ostrava
Dolní Vítkovice, 16th – 19th July 2015
Colours of Ostrava is a multi-genre music festival held in the impressive surroundings of Dolní Vítkovice – the site of former blast furnaces, mines and ironworks. Big names from jazz, world music, rock, pop and alternative music will also appear. The festival also offers a diverse accompanying program including theatre, workshops, discussions, films etc.
Summer Movie School
Uherské Hradiště, 24th July – 1st August 2015
Summer Movie School Uherske Hradiste is a specific kind of festival with unique atmosphere and a more than thirty-year tradition. Many invited international as well as Czech filmmakers have praised this festival. Summer Film School is not only a film festival but an amazing event accompanying program including lessons, discussions and workshops with prominent moviemakers. You can watch various movies in one of 7 screening rooms or 2 summer cinemas placed in the city.
This guide includes only July open-airs in the Czech Republic. Do you want more? Wait for the future blog post next week with events for August!
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