JANÁČEK’S YEAR IN OSTRAVA
a joint project of the Ostrava music scene

90th anniversary of the death of Leoš Janáček
100th anniversary of the first release of Janáček’s opera abroad
100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia

The JANÁČEK OSTRAVA 2018 project brings together and interconnects all concert events and accompanying programs related to the life and work of Leoš Janáček, a renowned music composer. It is a major cultural project run all year round across Ostrava’s musical institutions. Throughout the year, Janáček’s music will be heard on the stages and in the concert halls of the city of Ostrava and the Moravian-Silesian Region much more often than usual.

The 2018 project commemorates the 90th anniversary of the composer’s decease in Ostrava as well as his close ties to the whole region and the city itself. The project is co-organised by important cultural institutions of Ostrava – Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, Ostrava University, Janáček Conservatory, Leoš Janáček International Music Festival, and St. Wenceslas Music Festival.

Although individual concert events are held all year round, the main focus of the project is on the spring and autumn seasons; the spring season will be opened by Leoš Janáček International Music Festival, during which the traditional music conference Janáčkiana will take place, other milestones of the project will be the concerts of St. Wenceslas Music Festival during the autumn season. Janáček’s jubilee will then climax at the end of October with a multi-genre four-day festival called Leoš Janáček’s Music Marathon, where Ostrava will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Czechoslovak Republic.

The JANÁČEK MUSIC MARATHON is a four-day series of over fifteen concerts and performances presented in the form of a festival platform and featuring four dozen individual musical pieces which stand for a representative sample of Leoš Janáček’s work. The events will be hosted by Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in cooperation with Moravian-Silesian National Theatre, St. Wenceslas Music Festival and other cultural institutions. The compact program will be richly accompanied by lecturer openings, lectures, exhibitions, workshops, guided tours, thematic film screenings, and a concert after party with performances given by popular bands and singers.

The primary purpose and main goal of the project is not only to point out and emphasise the significance of Janáček as a native of the region in connection with regional and world culture but to present his work in as broad a range as possible and in most diverse context.

The principal tasks of the project are the coordination of individual events, their interconnection, and, above all, a joint marketing campaign under the brand Janáček Ostrava 2018, which is unprecedented and promotes Ostrava within the entire Moravian-Silesian Region as well as beyond its borders.