Magdalena Kozenaphoto: ZUS Open
This year, for the sixth time, the youngest artists from basic art schools will offer the joy of art at the ZUŠ Open festival in May. After two years of pandemics, which have limited personal encounters, the festival will once again offer a rich and freely accessible program of varied concerts, theater or dance performances and exhibitions from May 22 to 29. Parks, squares, churches and a number of other public places will come alive with art, where ZUŠ students will present the best of their work. Professional artists, including several orchestras, often participate in the program. The motto of the festival is “ZUŠ Open help”, under which a number of charity events will also take place this year. Since the start of the war, many ZUŠ have also organized benefit concerts for Ukraine and given a place for Ukrainian children in their program at the ZUŠ Open. Other ZUŠ, for example, will perform in retirement homes or medical institutions.
“I am happy that we can bring students to social responsibility and empathy. Thank you basic art schools, that in their ranks they give an opportunity to those whose life is associated with health or social problems, and to all incoming Ukrainian children and artists who, thanks to the opening of the ZUŠ Czech Republic, also found support and hope in their new home in an extremely difficult life situation“Says the patroness of the festival, an opera singer Magdalena Kozena. He will personally come to support ZUŠ students in the Ústí nad Labem region on May 24, 2022.
The sixth year of ZUŠ Open will symbolically open at the Kampa in Prague on May 12, as part of the opening of the Prague Spring International Music Festival. The afternoon music program will belong to ZUŠ students from different regions of the Czech Republic, which will be complemented by presentations of artistic disciplines. Most ZUŠ Open events will take place from May 22-29. One of the highlights of this year’s Open ZUŠ will be a presentation of ZUŠ to the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic under the personal auspices of its President, Milos Vytrcil. On May 27, selected talented graduates of the MenART Academy will perform in Knight’s Hall. The concert will be preceded by a public debate on the meaning and challenges of the current ZUŠ system with its actors, selected school principals. On May 28, the public can expect a program in the Wallenstein Garden of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, which will offer an engaging dramaturgy of music and dance performances by selected art schools from various parts of the country. . The highlight of the whole day will be performed by ZUŠ’s combined choirs and orchestras, led by the conductor Jan Kucera missa brevis Jiří Pavlica and composing Prayer for the future Tomas Kač. The rare guests of the evening concert will be young Ukrainian artists.
Many basic art schools prepare joint programs in which professional artists will also participate. In Karlovy Vary, for example, students from ZUŠ will perform with Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestrawill support the youngest musicians of Ostrava Janáček Philharmonic of Ostrava. The ZUŠ of the Central Bohemian region will join the Liteň Castle program. This year, the tradition of sacred music concerts continues in collaboration with the charities of the archdiocese. The joint program of ZUŠek from the Hradec Králové region and the art of young artists from ZUŠ and specialized schools, for example, will support the further reconstruction of an outstanding pilgrimage site in Neratov. Pupils and teachers of elementary art schools Hl. from the city of Prague, the Jaroslav Ježek School, the Jan Deyl Conservatory and the Catholic School for Girls will join forces in a charity program at St. Peter’s Church. Francis in collaboration with the Knights of the Red Star. South Bohemian schools are preparing a varied artistic program for children and young people in the psychiatric hospital in Opařany, which will end with a concert of sacred music in St. Peter’s Church. Frances. This year’s ZUŠ Open Festival joins ARTýdno – a week of artistic education and amateur creation announced by UNESCO, which will take place in week 23-29. May.
In June, the public can look forward to the “Building a School” project in Pardubice, ZUŠ Open in the fairy-tale town Jičín and several other places. The ZUŠ Open festival will also include concerts by this year’s MenART Scholarship Academy graduates at the Prague Spring Festival and Smetana’s Litomyšl, among others, where selected ZUŠ ensembles will carry out the accompanying program. In the summer, ZUŠ Open will take part in the Brno Music Marathon or the ZUŠfest festival in Veselí na Moravě.