Festival Meeting Brno
Offering a platform for encounters between different opinions, cultures and religions, Meeting Brno is a festival encompassing a multitude of genres. Each year, our programme presents a number of stimulating discussions with inspiring guests, augmented by a variety of artistic performances that develop the festival’s main theme. Our now-traditional Reconciliation March forms an important part of the proceedings.
First held in 2016 under the heading Homes Lost and Found, our inaugural Meeting Brno focused on the topic of the German and Jewish minorities living in the city before World War II. In 2017, our theme was Unity in Diversity, and we were delighted to invite some 120 descendants of the major Brno Jewish families to join our commemorations. In 2018, under the heading Time for Re/vision, our festival took as its task to review one hundred years of history of a common Czech/Slovak state. Now, with those previous themes as context, our topic for 2019 was Now that we have what we wanted. Last year, Meeting Brno once again was enriched by the work of artists from abroad who spent several weeks in the city, who tooke part in the work of its various institutions. As we mark thirty years since the fall of the communist regimes in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc, we are particularly pleased to be joined by artists from Poland and Hungary. We prepared a series of discussions, movie screenings, theatrical and dance performances, an audio-visual exhibition, the Pilgrimage of Reconciliation and many other compelling events. In 2020, the motto was Stand Out.
The sixth year of the festival will take place from 26 July to 1 August 2021, with the theme “Truth Prevails?”. The festival will combine the topics of narrative variability, the different points of view that different generations and social groups have of historic events and personalities, and the distortions of reality that derive from various ideologies. Biased or one-sided descriptions of events can lead to harmful phenomena in society. European history was repeatedly and tragically marked by the intentional concealment of historical context and distortion of facts, which led to divisions in communities and increased the influence of populist and extremist opinions. Our aim is to help break down stereotypical thinking by opening new perspectives.
The Meeting Brno Festival is held under the auspices of the Governor of the South Moravian Region, Mr. Jan Grolich, and the Mayor of Brno, Ms. Markéta Vaňková.
The project is financially supported by the City of Brno, the South Moravian Region, the Ministry of Culture, the Czech-German Future Fund and SAKO, a. s.