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St. Wenceslas Celebrations 2009 and The International Folk Music Festival of Český Krumlov

St. Wenceslas Celebrations 2009 and The International Folk Music Festival of Český Krumlov

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Type: Highlights 2009 - Archive

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The 8th annual St. Wenceslas Celebrations will pay a tribute to St. Wenceslas who is patron not only to Bohemia but also to the town of Český Krumlov. Old time favorites in the program will include traditional songs and dances inspired by the folklore, the popular open-door night of museums and galleries, old Bohemian cuisine and marketplace.
This year, the St. Wenceslas Celebrations fall in the year when the 700th anniversary of Český Krumlov is also celebrated. A special book will be issued to commemorate this anniversary. The book “The Story of the Town of Český Krumlov” will guide its readers in both pictures and writing through the rich history of our town from its very origins to present time. The festive christening of the book will take place on the St. Wenceslas Day.
The International Folk Festival Český Krumlov is now part of the Celebrations’ for the third time. It will make the historic streets and alleys of the town come alive with music. The French band Sergent Pépère, along with Chodská vlna band and Bran band performing music from the region of Brittany will perform during the Festival among many others.
This year’s new addition to the program will be balloon flights demonstrations during all three days of the Celebrations. A fleet of balloons will fly over the town as part of the Celebrations.


Program in Russian

Further Information: Leaflet in Russian [DOC 70 kB]


Mimibar, Kostelní Street

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26.09.2009 - 28.09.2009   (Sa-Mo) 10:00 - 18:00


10.00 - 18.00 Mimibar - Families welcome!
A new service designed for families with small children. In the “mimibar” you will find a quite corner to unwind and rest when your baby wants to be fed or have a nappy changed. And if you forget a nappy or a similar baby-related item, never mind. We have various baby supplies in sufficient stock and in addition, our friendly volunteers stand by to aid you with almost anything you require. We look forward to welcoming the youngest visitors of the St. Wenceslas celebrations as well as their parents and siblings. For more information, please view:

St. Wenceslas Menu 2009

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Traditional Czech food is served during the festival days in the following restaurants:
Hotel Arcadie, Horní Street
Hotel Bellevue, Latrán
Hotel Old Inn, Svornosti Square
Hotel Růže, Horní Street
Hotýlek a hospoda U malého Vítka, Radniční Street
Hospoda Na Louži, Kájovská Street
Krčma v Šatlavské ulici
Pivovar Eggenberg, Latrán
Restaurant Maštal, Svornosti Square
Restaurant Pod radnicí, Radniční Street
Restaurant Na Ostrově
Restaurant Švamberský dům, Soukenická Street

Further Information: Saint Wenceslas Menu [PDF 226 kB]

Friday 25. 9.

Svornosti Square

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25.09.2009   (Fr) 12:00 - 22:00

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Narrated by Petr Kronika
12.00 - 17.00 St. Wenceslas historic market
16.00 Festival opening - Luboš Jedlička - Mayor, Jitka Zikmundová – Vice - mayor
16.15 - 22.00 Folklór inspiration
16.15 Sergent Pépère (F) - Fascinating mixture of jazz, circus, Balkan, gypsy and oriental music with a trace of Latin and French chanson. Excellent instrumental concert and spontaneous joy of playing music like by the way and in a light manner.
18.30 - 20.00 Chodská vlna (CZ) - Music band which plays Chodsko folk songs in their own and successful way. Their songs are much loved cross region borders.
20.30 - 22.00 Bran (F/CZ) – Six musicians coming to Central Europe with the best of Bretagne music. Group of instrumentalists around Dewi Pajot, a singer and a clarinet player, a whistle and a bombard, who came to the Czech Republic from his home in Bretagne to work with five Czech musicians. Their music alternates from traditional to modern style. It searches for roots and music cosmopolitanism.,

Old Town

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25.09.2009   (Fr) 16:00 - 19:00


16.00 - 19.00 Dancing Old Town
Participants of the International Folk Festival bring life with their dances to the streets and nooks of the Český Krumlov Old Town (Café Veneti in Hradební Street, Široká Street, Na Ostrově, IInd Castle Courtyard and Hotel Bellevue)

Na Ostrově (The Island)

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25.09.2009   (Fr) 13:00 - 18:00


13.00 - 18.00 St. Wenceslas with Ekocentrum Šípek
Learn how to protect our environment through games

Meadow behind the Castle Garden

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25.09.2009   (Fr) 17:30


(direction to Kvítkův dvůr)
17.30 Ballooning at St. Wenceslas days
During three days of the celebrations, demonstrations of ballooning take place. The balloons take offs are planned for the mornings and evenings around 7:30 and 17:30. There will be 10 experienced aviators including the champions of the Czech Republic. Take off times and locations are as follows (May be subject to change due to weather conditions):
Fri 25.9. – 17:30. Evening flight starts next to the Castle Garden.
Sat 26.9. - 7:30 and 17:30. Morning and evening flights start next to the Castle Garden. Depending on weather, the kite flights scheduled for a whole day.
Sun 27.9. - 7:30 and 17:30. Morning and evening flights start next to the Castle Garden. Depending on weather, the kite flights scheduled for a whole day.

Saturday 26. 9.

Svornosti Square

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26.09.2009   (Sa) 10:00 - 22:00

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Narrated by Petr Kronika
10.00 - 18.00 St. Wenceslas market
10.00 - 17.30 International Folklor Festival
Performances by the following folk music groups: Růže Český Krumlov, Jitřenka Český Krumlov, Úsviťáček České Budějovice, Sluníčko Rokycany, Mikeš Praha, Bítešánek Velká Bíteš, Grojcowianie (Poland) and other.
17.30 Date of Wenceslas and Wendies (Václavs and Václavkas)
Václavs and Václavkas meet at the square to make group picture. Let’s hope this year it is the best ever number of Václavs and Václavkas gathered at Svornosti Square in Český Krumlov.
19.00 - 22.00 Folklor Inspiration - this time inspired by Romany Folklor Krumlov´s Romany celebrate the town´s 700th anniversary
19.00 Cindži Renta (Wet cloth) – Český Krumlov Gypsy band which plays czardas and it is based at Cikánská jizba.
20.30 Orient - Karolína and other favorite songs by Český Krumlov Gypsy music band.
20.00 Artistic Happening by Karel Dvořák
Artistic Happening by Karel Dvořák – Local Český Krumlov artist, musician and a Jack-of-all-trades personality will create another part of the St. Wenceslas statue. In the last years, he has already created the St. Wenceslas´s spear, flag, helmet and a horse harness. This year, he will add the horse saddle to the statue.

Infocentrum, Svornosti Square

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26.09.2009   (Sa) 10:00 - 17:00


10.00 - 17.00 Date of Wenceslas and Wendies (Václavs and Václavkas)
Václavs and Václavkas check-in and write their names down to the St.Wenceslas Celebrations Memory Book together with other social and culture life important people joining this year’s festival.

Jesuits Monastery Garden at The Hotel Růže

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26.09.2009   (Sa) 11:00 - 16:00


11.00 - 16.00 International Folk Music Festival
The International Folk Music Festival participants give short performances of folk music dances.

Na Ostrově (The Island)

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26.09.2009   (Sa) 10:00 - 18:00


10.00 - 18.00 St. Wenceslas "Šípkování"
Learn how to protect our environment through games. Info-point of Ekocentrum Šípek.
13.00 - 18.00 Carmentis Dance Club
Square dance style performances by Český Krumlov dance club. Performances start every hour.

St. Wenceslas Night of Museums and Galleries - Visit for free

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26.09.2009   (Sa) 20:00 - 24:00

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20.00 - 24.00 Come and see all major Český Krumlov museums and galleries and enjoy some of the programs held only this special night.
- Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Široká Street – Temporary Russian Art, Political Posters of the USSR, Socialist Realism, FRANTA- František Mertl
- Czech Culture Gallery (Máselnice), IInd castle courtyard – Exhibition of artworks by Miroslav Páral and Ivan Jelínek
- International Art Studio (Na Fortně) – Exhibition of Subject Environment Art
- Courtyard at Na Fortně Art Studio – Krumlov’s Summer Inspiration - open air exhibition. Music by Bryce Belcher
- Doxa Gallery, Ist Castle Courtyard – Exhibition of glass artworks by Evans. Chamber music by Krumlov Classic Guitare Duo.
- “R” Gallery, Dlouhá Street – Concert of folk music band Lakomá Barka
- Museum of Architecture and Craft, Dlouhá Street – Performance by Přemysl Vacek (historic lute)
- Český Krumlov Town Theatre – Exhibition of photographs by Libor Gýna – Around the World and Northern Hemisphere on the Motorbike
- Theatre Club Ántré – Pop &folk music concert by LEV MYŠKIN A IDIOTI. Poetry and music with wine Czech and Moravian tasting (starts at 19:00. The concert ends at 22:00.
- Museum Fotoateliér Seidel, Linecká Street 272 – Concert of Black Bottom (jazz, swing and ragtime). Guided tours every half an hour, maximum capacity per group is 20 people. Last tour at 23:00. Full house, all tours are already reserved.

Castle Tower

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26.09.2009   (Sa) 18:00 - 23:00


castle tower keeper room at the tower gallery (162 stairs)
18.00 - 23.00 Message to Offsprings
The overview gallery of the castle tower opens to visitors for free. This year, Český Krumlov town celebrates 700 years of its existence and that is why visitors have a unique chance to write their message to future generations down to special deeds placed in the tower keeper’s room. The deeds will be than put into the truss of the Monastery of the Red Star Crusades Order.

Eggenberg Brewery Garden

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26.09.2009   (Sa) 14:00 - 22:00

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narrated by Miroslav Valha
14.00 - 18.00 Afternoon for children with "Jednota"
Entertainment for children: games, pony riding and small presents.
Celebrations devoted to the 90th anniversary of Jednota Kaplice.
“Klasa” – children corner and presentation of “Klasa” products
14.00 - 22.00 Český Krumlov Bands Concert in "Český Krumlov leisure park"
14.00 - 15.00 Comedians on the Carriage – Program for children
15.30 - 16.00 By the way “Mimofchodem” – Sam Korčák and David Rajdl.,
16.30 - 17.30 El Tenéré – Ethnic music concert (African drums, a didgeridoo, Aborigines music),
18.00 - 18.30 Sandwich – Student music band of Bouda Children and Youth Center
19.00 - 20.00 Ara Band – Český Krumlov big beat band (Pepa Papoušek, Olin Přecechtěl, Luděk Štěpánek and local musicians
20.30 - 22.00 Boule – South Bohemian rock music band. Petr Jesenský – singer and acoustic guitar player.
Doktor Vladimír Kaplan – guitar, Zdeněk Beránek Couf – electric guitar, Zbyšek Raška – drums, Martin Brůžek – keyboard.,

Meadow behind the Castle Garden

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26.09.2009   (Sa) 07:30
26.09.2009   (Sa) 17:30


(direction to Kvítkův dvůr)
7.30 and 17.30 St. Wenceslas Ballooning

Sunday 27. 9.

Svornosti Square

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27.09.2009   (Su) 10:00 - 16:00


10.00 - 16.00 St. Wenceslas historic market

St. Vitus Church

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27.09.2009   (Su) 14:00
27.09.2009   (Su) 16:00


14.00 - 16.00 Guided tours to St. Vitus Church and Chapel
Guided by Mgr. Petr Pavelec, Director of National Heritage Institute (Národní památkový ústav) in České Budějovice.

Český Krumlov State Castle and Chatteau

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27.09.2009   (Su) 10:00 - 12:00
27.09.2009   (Su) 13:00 - 16:00


10.00 - 12.00
13.00 - 16.00 Renaissance House, Vth Courtyard
Depository of the Baroque theatre presents the exhibition of props and original costumes. Guided tours at 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00. Admission is free. Tickets for free are available at the castle box office (IInd castle courtyard). Maximum 25 people per group. Tours are available in Czech only. Tour duration: 25 - 30 minutes.

Graphite Mine, Chvalšinská Street

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27.09.2009   (Su) 10:00 - 14:00


10.00 - 14.00 Visit the Underground of Graphite Mine
Take a guided tour of the graphite mine in a small train. Rental of miners gear is included (shoes and protective head covers). Refreshments are available at site. Free entry for children and one accompanying adult. More information at

Hotýlek U Malého Vítka Yard, Panská Street

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27.09.2009   (Su) 11:00


In co-operation with Českokrumlovský nadační fond Malého Vítka
11.00 Český Krumlov Theatre scene - Three Golden Hair of All-knows Grandfather

Town Theatre Český Krumlov, Horní Street

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27.09.2009   (Su) 15:00


15.00 Theatre "Krapet" - Bumble Bee Bears Stories
Brumda and Čmelda are little bumble bees every kid knows as the good night story figures. Their adventures take place in the middle of a summer meadow where they learn not only how to fly and collect sweet honey powder, but as well how to overcome difficulties of the meadow life. Admission CZK 50

Eggenberg Brewery Gardens

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27.09.2009   (Su) 16:15 - 23:00


16.15 Papouškovo sirotci
17.00 "Czech Stars 2009" South Bohemian Sparrow
The third year of all-Czech singing competition is patronized by the South Bohemia Commissioner Jiří Zimola. Roman Dragoun, Martin Korčák and others will take part in the competition jury. Production in co-operation with LIVE Agency, Petr A. Jirotka.
21.00 Good Company /Dobrá společnost/ and the Guests Show

Meadow behind the Castle Garden

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27.09.2009   (Su) 07:30
27.09.2009   (Su) 17:30


(direction to Kvítkův dvůr)
7.30 and 17.30 St. Wenceslas Ballonying

Monday 28. 9.

Prokyš Hall, Prelature, Horní Street

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28.09.2009   (Mo) 15:00 - 16:30


15.00 - 16.30 Český Krumlov story
Book launch event. Český Krumlov Story was published to celebrate the town’s 700th anniversary. The book maps the town’s history from its very beginnings to nowadays. The texts written by local archivists are supported by numerous period pictures. Photographs introduce the town’s history from the 19th century till present days. Narrated by Petr Kronika. Performing: Krumlovský komorní orchestr (Krumlov Chamber Orchestra) and Brass quintet.
15.00 - 16.30 Message to Offsprings
Visitors to Český Krumlov Story book launch will have an opportunity to write their messages to future generations down to deeds which will be then placed into the truss of the Monastery of the Red Star Crusades Order.

Monastery Church of the Corpus Christi

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28.09.2009   (Mo) 17:00


17.00 Festive Concert to honor St. Wenceslas
Performing: Czech Baroque Trio, Martin Jakubíček – organ, cembalo, Marta Vávrová – vocal. Program: Czech Baroque Trio: G. F. Händel - Sonata D major, C. F. Bariere - Sonata aTre, J. Haydn – Seven Words by Messiah; Martin Jakubíček: L. Milan – Fantasia, Vietoris Codex – Suite, J. N. Hummel - Preludium a fuga C minor, Czech Baroque Trio and Marta Vávrová: G. F. Händel – arias.

Town Library, gallery, Horní Street 155

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28.09.2009   (Mo) 18:00


18.00 St. Wenceslas Evening Time
In co-operation with Český Krumlov Town Library.
Performing: Swingtrio - Libor Petřvalský – violin, Libor Heřman – bass, Jan Vaněček – guitar; vocals: Kateřina Chromčáková and Romana Strnadová, soloists of the South Bohemian Theatre. Guests: Jana Štorová – accordion and Jarda Šakal Jílek, Český Krumlov Theatre Company actor. Launch of a book Běžecké závody (Running Competition) written by Jan Vaněček. Patronized by MUDr. Jindřich Florián, Head of internal medicine department of Český Krumlov hospital. Town library welcomes all visitors.

Program may be subject to a change!

Admission is free for all visitors during all three days (Exceptions are showed)

St. Wenceslas Celebrations Organizers

Český Krumlov Town
Městské divadlo Český Krumlov, o.p.s.
Českokrumlovský rozvojový fond, spol. s r.o.
Hana Pelzová – Saint Wenceslas historic market

The International Folk Music Festival Organizers

Folklórní soubor Růže
Folk Music Association of the Czech Republic
Children Centre of Český Krumlov

General partner

Budějovický Budvar, n. p.

Main Partners

Pivovar Eggenberg
Jednota Kaplice
Schwan Cosmetics CR, s.r.o.
Czech National Quality Trademark KlasA


Vera, spol. s. r. o.

Agentura českého keramického designu (Czech Ceramic Design Agency), Centrum pro pomoc dětem a mládeži Český Krumlov (Children and Youth Assistance Center), Českokrumlovský nadační fond Malého Vítka (Český Krumlov Malý Vítek Foundation), Divadelní klub Ántré (Ántré Theatre Club), Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Ekocentrum Šípek, Galerie Art, Galerie Doxa, Grafitový důl Český Krumlov (Graphite Mine), Hotel Arcadie, Hotýlek a hospoda U malého Vítka, Hospoda Na Louži, Krčma v Šatlavské ulici, Museum Fotoateliér Seidel, Muzeum loutek - Pohádkový dům (Marionette Museum - Fairytale House), Muzeum stavebních dějin a řemesel (Museum of Architecture and Craft), Oblastní spolek Českého červeného kříže (Red Cross ), Petr A. Jirotka - Jihočeský vrabčák, Mimibar organizers, Regionální muzeum v Českém Krumlově (Regional Museum in Český Krumlov), Restaurace Maštal, Restaurace Na Ostrově, Restaurace Pod radnicí, Restaurace Švamberský dům, Roman Catholic Parish - Český Krumlov Prelature, Czech Hussite Church Parish Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov State Castle and Chateau, Střední umělecko-průmyslová škola Sv. Anežky České (Sv. Anežka School of Art and Design ), St. Wenceslas Evening Time - Jan Vaněček, Dance Club Carmentis, Flatboat Association Český Krumlov.

The International Folk Music Festival supported by:

South Bohemia Regional Authority, Folk Music Association of the Czech Republic, Český Krumlov Town

The International Folk Music Festival Patrons:

Senator Tomáš Jirsa, South Bohemia Commissioner Jiří Zimola, Michael Vít, Health Officer of the Czech Republic, Petr Nečas, M.P, Miroslav Štěpán , General Director of the Czech Republic Fire Brigade

Media Partners

Hitrádio Faktor, Ozvěny Českokrumlovska, Oficiální informační systém Český Krumlov, Jihočeský kurýr, Deník

Media Partners of the International Folk Music Festival

Český rozhlas (Czech Radio), Mediatel, Radio Proglas

Tourist Services

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