Award-Winning Festival in Brno this Autumn (4 nights from £1695 pp)
By: Travel for the Arts
Today, it is better known as the home to the annual Janáček Brno Festival, which last year won the award for 'Best Festival'.
This new tour from cultural holiday specialist Travel for the Arts, includes two of Janáček's powerful compositions – a concert performance of his song cycle The Diary of One who Disappeared, and a new production of Jenůfa with the renowned Finnish soprano Karita Mattila as the Kostelnicka.
Other highlights will include a welcome dinner on the day of arrival, a guided walking tour of Brno, a concert performance at the Reduta Theatre – the oldest theatre in Central Europe, and where Mozart conducted as a young boy in 1767 – and a trip to the village of Hukvaldy where Janáček was born and spent his final years.
This rural location provided the inspiration for many of the composer's works and the group will visit his birthplace – the local schoolhouse – which contains numerous photographs, letters and notes from the composer's life, and the romantic ruins of the large 15th-century castle where Janáček would allegedly come to contemplate his compositions.
There will also be an excursion to Villa Jurkovič, one of the many architectural gems in Brno; built in 1906, the Slovak architect Dušan Jurkovič was much influenced by folk art which he incorporated into the design of his house and garden.
There is also a fascinating exhibition of furniture that Jurkovič designed, plus photographs of other commissions that he undertook after he left Brno in 1919.
Departing 30 September, the holiday costs from £1695 pp (two sharing a room) which includes flights, transfers, four nights' B&B (plus two lunches and one dinner), performances, sightseeing and guides.
Land only prices are also available for those wishing to make their own way to the start of the holiday.
For further information call 020 8799 8350 or visit www.travelforthearts.com.
*The medieval and early modern Margraviate of Moravia was a crown land of the Lands of the Bohemian Crown from 1348 to 1918, an imperial state of the Holy Roman Empire from 1004 to 1806, a crown land of the Austrian Empire from 1804 to 1867, and a part of Austria-Hungary from 1867 to 1918.
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR