International Music Festival "Janáček May" celebrated its 40th jubilee in 2015 and remains the top event of classical music life for local citizens and visitors from abroad. Taking place in spring, the festival brings high-level performances and concerts of distinguished artist from the Czech Republic and all over the world not just to the city of Ostrava, but also to various venues in other towns in Moravian-Silesian region.
Festival Pablo Casals de Prades was founded in 1950 by the Catalan cellist in the glorious setting of the Pyrenees. Faithful to the spirit of its founder, it presents, alongside the most famous masterpieces, lesser known classical and contemporary works, performed by about 40 international soloists during 3 weeks in summer. Concerts mostly take place in the Romanesque abbey of St-Michel de Cuxà, and the festival includes an academy for international students and a composing competition.
The past has always inspired creative artists. Festival O/MODERNT celebrates this process of renewal by exploring connections between the works of classical and contemporary composers. Highly inclusive, it also discovers new relationships between music and other forms of artistic and intellectual expression: dance, visual and plastic arts, film, creative writing, academic research and even cuisine. The venue, Ulriksdals Castle Theatre Confidencen in Solna, is the oldest Rococo theatre in Sweden.