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MAGICAL KRUMLOV 2019

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náměstí Svornosti 2
38101 Český Krumlov
Contact: Infocentrum Český Krumlov

Telephone: +420 380 704 622

E-mail: info@ckrumlov.info

Location: Český Krumlov
Type: Culture, events; Highlights


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The fairytale ambience of the medieval town combines with the magic of May Day Eve to set the stage for the celebration of the Month of Love. During the Magical Krumlov you can enjoy a whirl of witches, the building of a maypole, live music, and a lantern procession.



MAY FAIR

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23.04.2019 - 01.05.2019   (Mo-Su) 10:00 - 18:00

Mayfair

A varied gastronomy offering, spring-themed products and traditional handicrafts.




MUSEUM FOTOATELIER SEIDEL - PORTRAIT TAKING

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27.04.2019 - 28.04.2019   (Sa-Su) 09:00 - 15:00

May Portrait taking at the Museum Fotoatelier Seidel

Only portrait taking - 150 CZK
Portrait taking inclusive guided tour - entry fee + 150 CZK

Reservation at info@seidel.cz




MONASTERIES ČESKÝ KRUMLOV - SATURDAY 27. 4.

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27.04.2019   (Sa)

FAIR AND CRAFTS ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD workshop in the Český Krumlov Monasteries workshop in the Český Krumlov Monasteries Lakomá Barka Monastery cakes

► 10.00 – 18.00 ► FAIR AND CRAFTS ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
The Monastery courtyard and lane will once again come alive with Monastery Fair and Crafts. Learn new skills from our craftsmen and work with them to create a traditional artisanal product together with your children, partners or friends. You can also buy finished artisanal products from our craftsmen.
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies, 1 token = 10 CZK

► 10.00 – 18.00 ► MAGICAL WORKSHOP FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN
Walpurgis Night is nearly upon us and you can get ready in our Krumlov Monasteries! You can prepare enchanted dreamcatchers or produce different paper lanterns for the popular evening procession during Magical Krumlov
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies, 1 token = 10 CZK

► 10.00 – 18.00 ► MUG PAINTING ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Come and join the monastery potter Martin Valnoha and paint hand-made pottery mugs of various shapes and sizes. Take away your own monastery-made mug!
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies, 1 token = 10 CZK

► 10.00 – 18.00 ► MAGIC BROOM MAKING
Get ready for a night of magic (part of the Magical Krumlov event) and join is un making traditional brooms of various sizes – an indispensable item for any witch little or big.
You will be taught by Mr. Jan Smrt from the Vášův mlýn basketry.
Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies, 1 token = 10 CZK

► 14.00 – 16.00 ► LAKOMÁ BARKA ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Lakomá Barka, a popular ladies band from Český Krumlov, will entertain you during the magical crafts fair.

► 10.00 – 19.00 ► “U KLARISEK” RELAXATION CENTER
Come and taste sweet and savory treats prepared according to recipes by Lenka Maurerová in a quiet and enjoyable space located in the former barnyard of the Poor St. Clare´s monastery.




MONASTERIES ČESKÝ KRUMLOV - SUNDAY 28. 4.

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28.04.2019   (Su)

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► 10.00 – 17.00 ► JAN SMRT: MONASTERY BASKETWEAVING WORKSHOP
Do not miss another part of this year´s creative workshops. Jan Smrt from the Vášův mlýn basketry will guide you through the traditional craft of basket weaving!
Where: Great Hall, capacity up to 10 people (over 15 years old)
Admission: CZK 490 / person (price includes material and making of one basket), reservation in the Visitor Center until April 27.


► 10.00 – 19.00 ► “U KLARISEK” RELAXATION CENTER
Come and taste sweet and savory treats prepared according to recipes by Lenka Maurerová in a quiet and enjoyable space located in the former barnyard of the Poor St. Clare´s monastery.




STUDENT RAG DAY – this year’s theme is HISTORY

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30.04.2019   (Tu) 10:00 - 13:00

STUDENT RAG DAY

The students of the local grammar school will celebrate this occasion with a costumed procession through the town, this year’s inspiration being the History.

The Rag Day procession will commence at 10 a.m. at the grammar school and will continue on this route: Fialková street – Chvalšinská street – Budějovická gate – Latrán street – 1st castle courtyard – castle stairs – Lazebnický bridge – Dlouhá street – Široká street - Na Louži square – town (Svornosti) square - Brewery Garden, where presentation of individual forms and the proclamation of Queen and King of the Rag Day for 2019 will take place.

Organized by: Český Krumlov Grammar School




PROGRAM AT THE BREWERY GARDENS

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30.04.2019   (Tu) 11:00 - 23:00

illustrative photo CHILDREN’S AFTERNOON OF WITCHCRAFT CHILDREN´S ENSEMBLES Maypole in the brewery garden Brewery Garden Robert Křesťan & Druhá Tráva MYSTERIOUS TRAIL THROUGH THE MONASTERY GARDENS

► 11.00 - 13.00 ► STUDENTS´ MAY DAY FESTIVITIES
May Day parade and presentation of individual classes with musical performances.
Election of the King and Queen of the May Day festivities for the year 2019.

► 14:00 – 19:00 ► CHILDREN’S AFTERNOON OF WITCHCRAFT
Games and attractions for children, art workshops and creation of small items with witchcraft theme, witch costume show, painting, witch make-up and other attractions.

► 14:00 – 19:00 ► KRUMLOV FAIR
Program and presentation of local non profit institutions, ensembles, groups, events, festivals, projects and schools.

► 14:00 – 17:00 ► ORIGINAL PHOTO TAKING BY THE FOTOATELIER SEIDEL
Price: 50 CZK / picture

► 15:00 – 16:30 ► PERFORMANCE OF CHILDREN´S ENSEMBLES
Krumlov children ensembles from the Centre for Children and Youth, flute ensemble Krumlovští pištci, dance ensemble Monkey Krumlis, folk group Jitřenka and dancing ensemble Somnakuni Čercheň working under the title of the Community Center Rovnost - KoCeRo

► 16:30 – 17:00 ► MAYPOLE DECORATION AND ERECTION
with the folk group Růže Český Krumlov

► 17:00 – 19:00 ► ELEMENTARY ARTISTIC SCHOOL (EAS) FESTIVAL
Various departments of the local Artistic Elementary School will perform during the afternoon (swing and dance orchestra, brass band).

► 19:00 ► LIGHTING THE BONFIRE

► 20.00 - 22.00 ► ROBERT KŘESŤAN & DRUHÁ TRÁVA (CZ), special guest CHARLIE McCOY (USA)
Top Czech folk & country band is joined by their guest – and American multi-instrument player and one of the most popular harmonica players in the USA.

Concert is organized in cooperation with Vlašský dvůr Český Krumlov s.r.o.

► 20:45 ► LANTERN PROCESSION ARRIVAL
EAS brass band Český Krumlov performing

► 20:30 – 23:00 ► MYSTERIOUS TRAIL FOR THE CHILDREN THROUGH THE MONASTERY GARDENS
Start at the side entrance of the monastery garden in the Nové Město street – in cooperation with the SUPŠ Sv. Anežky České (art school)




LANTERN PROCESSION

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30.04.2019   (Tu) 20:15

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The procession commences at 20:15 on the main square and will pass along the following route: town square – Široká street – Latrán street – Brewery gardens (varied programme will continue there).
The procession will be accompanied by the brass band of the local Artistic Elementary School conducted by Pavel Havlík.

Organized by the Czech Women’s Association and Czech Red Cross.




MAY MONASTERIES

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01.05.2019   (We)

Crafts in the Monasteries sweet and savory treats

► CRAFTS ON THE MONASTERY COURTYARD
Learn new skills from our craftsmen and work with them to create a traditional artisanal product together with your children, partners or friends. You can also buy finished artisanal products from our craftsmen.

Fee (in Monastery tokens) applies, 1 token = 10 CZK

► 10.00 – 19.00 ► “U KLARISEK” RELAXATION CENTER
Come and taste sweet and savory treats prepared according to recipes by Lenka Maurerová in a quiet and enjoyable space located in the former barnyard of the Poor St. Clare´s monastery.




MAY AFTERNOON OF OPEN MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

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01.05.2019   (We)

Monasteries Český Krumlov Magical garden Regional Museum Moldavite Museum Museum Fotoatelier Seidel

► ČESKÝ KRUMLOV MONASTERIES
10.00 - 18.00
May Day entrance fee: 20% discount to all expositions

► „MAGICAL HERBS“ GARDEN
12.00 – 17.00 HERBAL INSPIRATION
A narrated walk through the magical herbs garden will begin at 10.00 and will continue every hour there after (in Czech language).
A little shop with herbal products, teas, creams, tinctures and herb seedlings will be open.
May Day entrance fee: FREE ENTRY

► REGIONAL MUSEUM IN ČESKÝ KRUMLOV
12.30 - 17.00
PERMANENT EXHIBITION / EXHIBITION „THE CASTLE GARDEN IN CERVENY DVUR“ / KAREL HRUBEŠ
May Day entrance fee: FREE ENTRY

► MOLDAVITE MUSEUM
12.00 - 18.00
May Day entrance fee: parents 50% discount, children FREE.

► MUSEUM FOTOATELIER SEIDEL
13.00 - 18.00
May Day entrance fee: 50% discount




Organizers


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Town of Český Krumlov
Municipal Theatre Český Krumlov o. p. s.
Českokrumlovský rozvojový fond, spol. s r. o.
Hanička Pelzová - May Fair




Partners


General partner Budějovický Budvar, n.p. Partners 2019 Partners 2019 Partners 2019

General partner:
• Budějovický Budvar, národní podnik

Partners:
• ČEVAK a.s.
• CB Auto a.s.
• Historický pivovar Český Krumlov
• Vlašský dvůr Český Krumlov s.r.o.
• IRO stavební s.r.o.
• Kláštery Český Krumlov

Český svaz žen a Český červený kříž
Dům dětí a mládeže Český Krumlov
Gymnázium Český Krumlov
Kouzelné bylinky
Lesy města Český Krumlov
Museum Fotoateliér Seidel
Muzeum vltavínů
Národní památkový ústav v Českých Budějovicích
Regionální muzeum v Českém Krumlově
Služby města Český Krumlov
SUPŠ sv. Anežky České
Základní umělecká škola v Českém Krumlově

Gastronomy: Historický pivovar Český Krumlov




Media Partners


Media Partners

Českokrumlovský deník
CKTV - ČESKOKRUMLOVSKÁ TELEVIZE A JIHOČESKÁ FILMOVÁ KANCELÁŘ




Tradition


Magical Krumlov

The month of May has been bound with the folk celebrations of spring since the 13th century.

The oldest written reference to the erection of a Maypole comes from 1422 when a boy was rewarded for a successful erection of a Maypole with the betrothal to his beloved girl. The marriage was deemed legal by an ecclesiastical court held on the Prague castle on the basis of the Maypole erection and the mutual consent to marriage and wedding was celebrated on 23 June 1422. The Maypole has been erected across Czech towns and villages on the traditional date of 30 April. The top of Maypole is decorated by strips of coloured paper or fabric and a decorative wreath is hung on top. It is important to protect the Maypole from mischievous attacks by the boys from neighbour villages. They always strive to either topple the Maypole or at least cut the top off and bring it back to their village. A toppled or stolen Maypole is a great shame for the villages.

Some regions had a habit of marking the pavements of love on the morning of 1st May. These pavements made from sand, lime, wood shavings, grits or corn stalks linked the houses or loved-up couples. On this day the boys walked around the village with the Maypole and the girls gave them presents. Later that day, everyone got together on the central square or in the pub and the May celebrations could begin. Girls could also take part in organizing the dancing feasts. They walked around the village with a little Maypole - a small tree on a wooden plate on which neighbours placed coins. Coins were later used to pay the musicians, pay for dancing hall rental and for refreshments. This dancing feast was called Little Wreath because of a green wreath given by the girls to the boys on arrival. Boys were supposed to place the wreath above the door. According to folk tales, all girls must be kissed on the First of May or else they wither away. It is recommended to kiss bellow a tree in bloom and an apple tree is the best choice.

Burning of the witches (also known as the Midsummer Night or the Night of Walpurga) takes place on the night from 30 April to 1 May. This is a very ancient folk feast celebrating fertility and maintained till the present day. On this night people meet by lit fires and celebrate the arrival of spring. People have traditionally believed that this is the night when witches congregate for a witch gathering. Witches used to cover their bodies with magical potions which rendered their bodies flyable on brooms. Brooms were made from ash wood and from willow and birch branches. Fires were lit on elevated spots across the countryside as a protection against witches and "burning of the witches" evolved from this: young men were setting brooms alight and throwing them in the air in order to see witches flying in the air. Some believed this was a way to strike a witch to the ground. Ashes from these fires were supposed to have special powers and help improve the harvest. Animals were walked over the cooled-down ashes and people jumped over the fire in order to maintain youth and fertility.

1st May is also known as Labour Day. This international holiday has been celebrated since 1890 when it was established by the IInd International to commemorate the strike of American workers in Chicago on 1 May 1886. It has been celebrated in Bohemia in 1890 for the first time.




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Infocentrum Český Krumlov
náměstí Svornosti 2
381 01 Český Krumlov
tel.: +420 380 704 622
e-mail: info@ckrumlov.info
www.ckrumlov.info/infocentrum

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