Bedřich Smetana, the creator of Czech modern classical music, was born in Litomyšl in 1824. In 1949 the first festival was held in his honour, an event that has evolved into Smetana’s Litomyšl International Opera Festival. A full range of concerts makes up the programme, and while opera is at its heart, other musical forms are featured. Most performances take place in the magnificent UNESCO listed Litomyšl Castle, especially in the courtyard with its excellent acoustics and retractable roofing.
Festival Interceltique de Lorient gathers 4,500 artists from all parts of the Celtic world in events of every kind: traditional, classical, folk, jazz, rock and electronic music, dance, art, literature, film and lectures. During 10 days in August around 250 shows are seen by large audiences (750,000 visitors in 2014). The festival contributes to the development of Breton culture and spreads links to the Celtic nations of Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Ireland, Galicia and Asturias.
180 degrees is one of the most innovative events for contemporary art happening in Bulgaria. 180 degrees is not merely a festival, but a platform/laboratory for contemporary classical music, dance, theatre and design. 180 degrees is THE EXPERIMENT provoking the art, audiences, artists and locations. The Mission of the 180°’s team is to create a stage for contemporary art, attract new audiences, and create a favourable learning and experimental environment for young artist in the field of contemporary music and art in Bulgaria.