Arnold Villa

Arnold Villa

The Josef Arnold Cultural Centre will once again present the jewel of 19th century architecture, the Arnold Villa, during the Meeting Brno festival. In the first half of the 20th century, it was owned by Cecilie Hože, aunt of Greta Tugendhat. She gave the villa an interior design in art deco that has been retained there.

The guided tours begin every 30 minutes.  Last entrance at 17:30.

 Book your tour at rsvp@meetingbrno.cz due to limited capacity!

The Löw-Beer family trail

The Löw-Beer family trail

Together with Daniel Löw-Beer, we present a new trail tracing the footsteps of the Löw-Beer family in Brno. You will get acquainted with the stories of the builders of the Tugendhat and Löw-Beer villas as well as the culture of Moravian Jewish modernism in the 1920’s and 30’s. Did you know that Schindler’s Factory, famous from Steven Spielberg’s film, is located near Brno? It is indeed part of the Löw-Beer family story.

A map of the trail will be available on-line at stezkybrno.cz, where you can also find other trails that have been created by the Meeting Brno festival.

Meeting Point: Main entrance of Exhibition Centre in Brno

The micro-world of the Jewish community during the normalization period

The micro-world of the Jewish community during the normalization period

The period after the Warsaw Pact armies invaded Czechoslovakia in August 1968 was called “normalization” by the communist ideology coiners. With the return of Stalinist communist methods, the obsession of state authorities with all things Jewish returned. Fighting an imaginary, ubiquitous Zionist conspiracy could not leave the Jewish communities untouched. Their existence in the period of normalization represented a certain microworld in which similar processes as in the general society took place in a smaller space but no less intensively.
We invite you to a short tour of the Brno synagogue, accompanied by a guided walk down Ponávka Street to the hall of the Brno branch of the Jewish Museum in Prague, followed by a lecture by documentary filmmaker Martin Šmok, the author of the exhibition „Labyrinth of Normalization: The Jewish Community as the Mirror of the General Society“.
The programme takes place in cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Prague.

16:00 Meeting point in front of the synagogue at Skořepka 13.

Following the Traces of the Third Resistance in Brno

Following the Traces of the Third Resistance in Brno

Where did Agent Oliva hide, where was the poet Rotrekl imprisoned, where was the resistance leader Leo Žídek arrested? Where were the rebels from the “Sodan” or “Majerová and co.” resistance groups tried, imprisoned and cruelly tortured? In what prison did the poet Zahradníček write his poems? Where did the brave boxer Jan Simandl attempt to escape and got wedged in the bars of his prison cell?
The stories of the Third Resistance will be presented by Luděk Navara and Miroslav Kasáček. The walk will begin at Šilingrovo náměstí and end at Bratislavská street.

The programme takes place in cooperation with the Paměť civic association.

Meeting at Šilingrovo náměstí in front of Hotel Barceló.