Closing the Festival / Meeting in the garden of the Arnold Villa

Meeting in the garden of the Arnold Villa

In the near future, major changes are awaiting the Arnold Villa, a hidden art deco jewel next to the Villa Tugendhat. The rescue plan to restore this monument involves the creation of a Centre of Dialogue, which will serve both the general public and scholars interested in the architecture of the 19th to 21st centuries. Part of the Centre will be developed as a garden café. At the close of the festival, we invite you for an informal meeting with our foreign and domestic guests and the festival organisers. We will provide some light refreshments but you are welcome to bring your own.

The Muroň-Vrtek-Kobiela Jazz Trio will play and, in collaboration with the Josef Arnold Cultural Centre, guided tours of the villa will be available throughout the event.

Come to the Villa Löw-Beer (Drobného 22) at 17:00 for a meeting with Ivo Hammer, who will show a newly discovered album of photographs of the Ernst Löw-Beer villa.

In collaboration with the Brno City Museum and with the Josef Arnold Cultural Centre.

18:0020:00 Garden of the Arnold Villa, entry from Černopolní street next to house no. 47

Opening a trail to trace the footsteps of the Löw-Beer family; with a concert at Tugendhat House

Opening a trail to trace the footsteps of the Löw-Beer family; with a concert at Tugendhat House

Get to know those who built Tugendhat House, as well as the factory that became “Schindler’s Ark”, made famous by Steven Spielberg’s celebrated film Schindler’s List. Daniel Low-Beer, one of those who designed the new trail, will present its first two stations, two buildings indelibly linked with the fates of his family. From Villa Löw-Beer we will walk into the  Tugendhat House, where a chamber music concert will be held.
We’d like to invite you for a beer with Löw-Beers and performers after the concert.

Concert programme:
Leoš Janáček: Sonata for violin and piano
Erwin Schulhoff: Suite for violin and piano – selections

Jana Vonášková-Nováková – violin
Libuše Pančochová – piano

In English, interpreted into Czech.

The capacity of the event is already full! Thank you for your understanding.

19:00 Meet in front of Villa Löw-Beer, Drobného 22

PechaKucha Night “Brno builds old town” with a solo concert by Lenka Dusilová

PechaKucha Night “Brno builds old town” with a solo concert by Lenka Dusilová

It is five years since the proclamation of the Year of Reconciliation – how much have we achieved in terms of preserving the memory of our city? At present several large-scale projects are being developed in and around Brno, informed by the vision of creating documentation centres, museums, meeting places and galleries linked with the major historical events that have affected our region. Our festival team, which launched the Year of Reconciliation in 2015, seeks to act as the driving force in such memory projects, reflecting our multinational past. Over one evening, we’ll present to our audiences the proposed projects including their historical contexts.

The purpose of the PechaKucha concept, originating in Japan, is to make the presentations concise so that they keep the audience’s attention. In this format, each of the presenters shows 20 slides, commenting on each of them for 20 seconds. 

The following projects will be presented:
– The former jailhouse in Cejl and its transformation into a Creative Centre and Place of Memory
– the Arnold Villa – Centre of Dialogue
– the Documentary Centre of the Holocaust in Moravia
– the Mendel Greenhouse
– the church of Blessed Restituta Kafka
– the Löw-Beer & Schindler Foundation memorial in Brněnec

Lenka Dusilová’s concert is part of PechaKucha Night.

Come to Mendel Square at 4pm for a rare opportunity to see all the nooks and crannies of the Augustinian Abbey on a guided tour! The premises of the Abbey will also be open to individual free visits from 18:00 to 21:00.

Financially supported by the Czech-German Future Fund.

16:00 guided tour of the abbey
18:00 – 21:00 individual free visits od the abbey

20:00 concert by Lenka Dusilová and PechaKucha Night

Presentations and guided tour will be held in Czech only.

Free entry

Augustinian Abbey, Mendlovo náměstí 1


Festival Opening

„Stand Out!“ – Opening evening of the festival

We start the festival by presenting the major points in this year’s programme. We will follow up on past years and show how Meeting Brno inspires beyond the borders of Moravia. The evening will be hosted by the president of the festival, Martina Viktorie Kopecká, who will invite a number of our festival guests for a conversation. Father Pavel Hověz will share the powerful story of the new Church of Blessed Maria Restituta in Brno-Lesná. The Benedictine nun Francesca Šimuniová and the prior of the Discalced Carmelites Pavel Pola will unveil the plans for a “reconciliation pilgrimage” from Prague’s Staroměstské náměstí to the White Mountain to mark the 400th anniversary of the battle. The evening will include a performance by the cimbalom band Pajtáš.

Martina Viktorie Kopecká – a minister of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church, psychotherapist and crisis intervener. It was only thanks to a corporate job that she discovered what she did not want to do in her life, and started to seek her own path. Since 2013 she has been a member of the leadership of the World Council of Churches. Pope Francis awarded her a medal and invited her to attend the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican. She’s learning how to ride a bike. She writes her blog, A minister’s diary, and is one of the 33 Great Women from a Small Country; she drinks rum and likes Mickey Mouse.

Programme will be held in Czech only.

Free entry

18:00 Augustinian Abbey, Mendlovo náměstí 1