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23 May Meeting to children and parents

During the festival, we organize a special day for children and parents on 6 June. Interesting discussion for adults, workshops for children.  Music and oecumenical gathering promise a good day of interesting meeting. 

◖The stories of the books “Great Women From a Small Country” and “White Crows” + workshop for children
 The stories of the books “Great Women From a Small Country” and “White Crows” + workshop for children
◖ Oecumenical gathering  – Year of reconciliation 2020 – 2021: „The time for common steps is coming“

20 May Invitation for Reconciliation March

Join the Reconciliation March! You can use the bus from Mendlovo náměstí or Pohořelice to short cut the path. Please consult the timetable.

14 May Exhibition: Brno liberated?!

In the year of the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the communist regime, we prepared an audiovisual interactive exhibition in cooperation with Post Bellum, titled Brno Liberated!? The exhibition does not judge, does not claim. It lets witnesses and direct actors not only of these key events of the 20th century speak out without comment. All stories of witnesses were recorded by the “Memory of the Nation” branch in Brno. The exhibition is available on 29/5 – 28/6/2019 at Moravské náměstí near the Red Army Soldier. Free entry. More information and reservations at brno-osvobozene.cz.

12 May Spot for Meeting Brno 2019

Did you already see our official spot? 

Spot online

6 May Program Booklet 2019

We have a program booklet for the Festival Meeting Brno 2019.

You can consult it online or find it in café and cultural institutions.

2 May We are seeking volunteers

30 April: Reconciliation March 2019

For the thirteenth time, we will follow the footsteps of more than twenty thousand German-speaking inhabitants of Brno who were driven towards the Austrian border in 1945. At least 1 700 of them perished along the way and in the following days and weeks. Since 2015 we have been symbolically walking in the opposite direction of the historical march.

This year’s march will be a unique experience and opportunity for unique meetings. The event will be attended by many dozens of witnesses and public figures from all three countries, including important guests from Stuttgart, with whom we will also celebrate the thirty-year anniversary of the partnership between the two cities that began just before the Velvet Revolution.

Simultaneously a discussion with contemporary witnesses will take place in the Refectarium of the Augustinian Abbey starting at 4 pm, with the participants being seated in circles.
Course of the event:
8:30 am / Brno, Mendelovo náměstí
Departure of the first busses from the stop next to the Starobrno brewery
9 am
Departure of futher buses to Pohořelice
9:30 am / Pohořelice
Opening speech and prayer for the victims, setting off
noon / Ledce (10 km)

2-2:30 pm / Rajhrad (17 km)
Information and lunch at the crossroad Masarykova-Štefánikova in the town center
4:30 pm / Modřice (24 km)
Information and food at Náměstí Svobody
5 pm / Brno, Gymnasium Vídeňská (30 km)
Information and food, music performance (the procession arrives at about 17:45)
6:30 pm / Garden of the Augustinian Abbey at Mendelovo náměstí (32 km)
Speeches of Mayors Vaňková and Kuhn, greetings from the ambassadors of both
neighboring countries
7 pm
Commemoration, lighting of candles at the memorial stone to those expelled from Brno
8-10 pm
Concert of Shadow Quartet
During the event, special buses commute along the route, allowing to join or leave the March at several stations.

3 April: We’ve shot a new spot for Meeting Brno 2019

The featured guest of honour of this year’s festival is Milan Uhde, an important Czech writer, playwright, screenwriter and politician. We have also invited other celebrity figures to take part, including Adéla Elbel, Táňa Malíková and Michal Isteník.

28 March: Preparing a new trail: In the steps of the Löw-Beer family

We are preparing with Daniel Löw-Beer a new trail for this year’s festival that will allow you to acquaint yourself with the authentic stories of the Löw-Beer family and learn about the planned memorial to Schindler’s Ark, the holocaust and the Löw-Beer textile factory in Brněnec.

5 March: New visual style for Meeting Brno 2019

We are pleased to present the visual style for Meeting Brno 2019, created by Martin Hrdina. This year the festival will run from 29 May to 9 June. Its fourth year takes as its topic the value of liberty, which we won thirty years ago. We will commemorate the struggles for freedom before 1989 and consider our responsibilities in a free state. A number of guests from Czechia and from abroad will attend Meeting Brno, and as in every year we have arranged compelling discussions, exhibitions, theatrical, film and music performances, a Pilgrimage of Reconciliation and many other events.

21 February: Schindler’s Ark project

Daniel Löw-Beer presented the Ark project, run by the Löw-Beer & Schindler foundation, at the Löw-Beer villa. The story of the factory in Brněnec, owned until 1938 by the Löw-Beer family when it was stolen by the Nazis, is widely known thanks to Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List. During the war, a concentration camp was constructed on the site, as an annex of the Gross-Rosen camp, and it was here that Oskar Schindler brought more than a thousand Jewish prisoners, saving them from certain death. Thanks to a gathering of the Löw-Beer, Stiassni and Tugendhat families, realised as part of the 2017 Meeting Brno, the descendants of these families returned to Czechia after more than 80 years. It was there that the idea was born of saving the decaying buildings at Brněnec and establishing a museum on the site. The Ark project, run by the Löw-Beer & Schindler Foundation, aims to open the first part of the site in 2021 and to present the story of Oskar Schindler and his Ark in the main building.

20 February: Decoration for Mr Petr Vokřál

On Wednesday 20 February 2019, Mr Alexander Grubmayr, the Austrian ambassador to Czechia, handed Mr Petr Vokřál, the mayor of Brno (2014 – 2018), an award for encouraging the development of Czech-Austrian relations and for supporting historical reconciliation with German-speaking people who were expelled from Brno after World War II. The honour was awarded by President Alexander Van der Bellen of Austria. We participated in the ceremony, together with Petr Kalousek and Jaroslav Ostrčilík. We are especially pleased that our team was there in 2015 when Mr Vokřál began the work for which he was decorated. It was due to his efforts that the festival Meeting Brno was later established. We would like to offer Mr Vokřál our congratulations and thank him for all his support.