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Karlovy Vary International Film Festivaly

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

It is the most significant international film festival of A category in Central and Eastern Europe and the only festival of A category in the Czech Republic. The A category ranks the Karlovy Vary International Festival among prestigious festivals with the statute "general festival with a competition of feature-length films", such as International Film Festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice or Tokyo. The Festival introduces annually more than 200 new films from all over the world for the first time in the Czech Republic. Thanks to their introduction at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival many films get into Czech or international distribution, onto television screens or into the programmes of other festivals.


Festival Mitte Europa

The idea of organizing the Czech-German Festival Mitte Europa, Bavaria Bohemia Saxony dates back to the year 1990 as a response to the fall of the iron curtain and is based entirely on the Czech-German and German-German citizen initiative. It has its roots in personal biographies of the festival’s initiators – a Czech-German married couple of Czech art historian Ivana Thomaschke and German opera singer Prof. Thomas Thomaschke, and their friends. The initial intention was not to bring to life a new cultural festival, but to enable, by means of cultural events, meetings and cooperation especially of young people from the still divided Germany and Czechoslovakia at that time. Since 2004 the Czech- German Cultural Festival in the middle of Europe- Mitte Europa has been connecting 65 Bavarian, Czech and Saxon towns and villages, along ca. 400 kilometres of the Czech-German border, from Upper Palatinate, Upper Franconia, Western Bohemia, to the Vogtland, Krušné hory (Ore Mountains), to the Dresden area and Northern Bohemia. In geographical terms it joins together three Euro-regions- Euregio Egrensis, Euroregion Krušnohoří/Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains Region) and the Labe/Elbe Euroregion.



Tourfilm is the oldest film festival of tourism films in the world. The festival does not include only a film and video competition introducing films of national boards, regions, towns, commercial tourism and television traveller films, but also multimedia films (www + CD-ROMs) which show annually the world top in this sphere. The international festival also includes the national festival TOUR REGION FILM where the best national films, CD-ROMs and websites compete.


Fresh Film Fest

Fresh Film Fest is an international competitive film festival which focuses on student and first feature films. The festival offers selection of the best works of the world student cinematography. This year it is introducing, for the first time, also an international competitive show of the first feature-length films. The festival will pay a special attention to production made in Eastern Europe, and the section Theatre Optique will call attention to new animated and experimental production.

Chopin's Festival Mariánské Lázně

Dům Chopin
Hlavní 47
353 01 Mariánské Lázně

Chopin's Festival

Traditional Fryderyk Chopin Festival in the town of Mariánské Lázně is organized by the Fryderyk Chopin Society. The eminent Czech and world’s interpreters appear during this festival and introduce compositions not only by Fryderyk Chopin, but also by other famous composers. During the festival it is also possible to attend some additional events, such as exhibitions, sport events etc., or you can visit the Chopin House with a permanent exhibition devoted to Fryderyk Chopin – to his life and stay in the picturesque Western Bohemian spa town of Mariánské Lázně.

Loket Cultural Summer

Loket Cultural Summer

Invitation to the opera festival held in the Western Bohemian town of Loket is not only an offer of unmatched cultural experience, but is also an opportunity to visit one of the most remarkable and charming historical towns in the Czech Republic at all. The open-air amphitheatre in Loket was built in the late 1940’s and with its position along the Ohře River opposite to the dominance of the Loket Castle it became immediately one of the most attractive open-air theatrical scenes not only in Bohemia, but also on a European scale. 



Since 1970 the town of Cheb has been an organizer of the INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF YOUTH WIND ORCHESTRAS – FIJO, (le Festival Internacional des Jeunes Orchestres Instruments á vent). Mr. Václav Kučera, music lover, conductor and founder of the youth wind orchestra in Cheb, teacher at the Cheb´s music school, was at the birth of this festival. The idea of founding the wind music festival was supported by famous personalities of the Czech music world, wind orchestra’s conductors and music composers - Jindřich Praveček, Karel Vacek, Jaromír Vejvoda, Václav Poncar. Since the first year of the festival 378 orchestras and majorettes´ groups from 32 countries of Europe and Asia have taken part in the festival. The town of Cheb regaled 21 426 festival participants. The festival is run biannually. The program includes two music pieces performed by all orchestras together. The music composition “Flags Flaunt” by Jindřich Praveček became the symbolic anthem of the festival.

Karlovy Vary International Folklore Festival

Folklore Festival

The festival enriches the course of events in Karlovy Vary by inviting notable representatives of traditional folk culture from both inland and abroad to take part in it. During the past years folklore ensembles from 23 countries of 5 continents performed in the spa town. More than 40 ensembles came from Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, many of them even on repeated occasions. During the festival the audience can choose from many performances on various scenes in the town and its surroundings. However, an absolutely unique programme, in which the majority of the participating ensembles take part, is the Gala-Programme taking place in the Large Hall of the Spa Hotel Thermal every year.

Ota Hofman’s Festival

Ota Hofman's Festival

Ota Hofman´s Film and Television Festival, originally called National Show of Films for Children, arose in 1969 on the initiative of enthusiasts – the Ostrov Teachers and members of the Children´s Film Club Martin. A regular visitor and the show lover was Ota Hofman, scriptwriter and writer. Following many years of his patronage not only over the show, but even over the entire children production, the newly formed festival was called, by courtesy of Mrs. Irena Hofmanová, Ota Hofman´s Festival.

Jazzfest Karlovy Vary

Jazzfest Karlovy Vary

In 1998 Milan Krajíc, Karlovy Vary jazzman and the present director of Jazzfest Karlovy Vary, and Jan Pelc, artist and jazz expert, organized several interesting concerts in the Karlovy Vary Drahomíra Cinema. In the following two years, under modest conditions, they then organized very successful two-day jazz festivals attended by foreign participants. Since 2001 they have organized the Karlovy Vary international jazz festival called Jazzfest Karlovy Vary that is supported by the city of Karlovy Vary, the Karlovy Vary Region and the European Union. Nowadays, with respect to its art level the Karlovy Vary festival ranks among the most important cultural events in the Karlovy Vary Region and, at the same time, it belongs to the popular jazz festivals in the Czech Republic.

Dvořák’s Karlovy Vary Autumn

Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra

Dvořák´s Karlovy Vary Autumn became one of the most popular music festivals in Karlovy Vary. It was founded in 1959 with the intention to create tradition of a regular event that would remind of Antonín Dvořák´s stays in this town and his cooperation with the local symphonic orchestra. The Karlovy Vary Symphonic Orchestra can boast about its famous tradition and cooperation with world-renowned composers and interpreters. In 1894 the orchestra introduced the continental premiere of Dvořák´s famous New World Symphony. It regularly appears on tours in the Czech Republic as well as abroad. Fundamental works of classical repertoire and selected works of authors of the 20th century are represented in it dramaturgy. It does not avoid popular genres either.