HORTUS MAGICUS

9–12 August 2018
The Flower Garden in Kroměříž

The fifth year of baroque culture festival in the Kroměříž Flower Garden

About the festival

The festival of baroque culture in the Flower Garden in Kroměříž will again enchant by a programme that will allow you to experience the pastimes and entertainment of 18th century aristocracy. Baroque music and dance, theatre performances of early modern plays, beauty of wooden marionettes, fireworks composed according to original iconography, and historical games for all children and adults – all this has become an integral part of the Hortus Magicus festival. Its fourth year will take place on the first weekend in September at the recently reconstructed Flower Garden, one of the UNESCO heritage gems in Kroměříž.

You can enjoy the standard programme of the Flower Garden during every festival day. Walk through the splendid avenues of the Pleasure Garden, join one of the guided tours, and have fun with your entire family – engage in various games that will be prepared all over the Flower Garden. The festival offers a unique opportunity of trying on historical costumes – put one on and walk through the garden as a baroque lady or gentleman. You can also see our skilled florists in action and learn some flower arranging skills.

The festival is organised with the support of “UNESCO heritage funding” programme of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.

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What are the highlights of the festival?

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Unique combination of the Hortus Magicus festival and Horses in Tutus exhibition

Battles are not only won on battlefields, and celebrations don’t have to be just simple pastimes! The exhibition titled Horses in Tutus and subtitled Festivities at the Court of Emperor Leopold I tells the story of the celebrations and artists who prepared sophisticated festivities as an entertainment for the court, as well as means of representing the emperor and his country.

Archbishop’s Palace Kroměříž | 22 June – 1 October 2017
Olomouc Museum of Art | 25 January – 15 April 2018
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A premiere prepared exclusively for the festival

Hortus Magicus will present a number of musical compositions from the period of Leopold I. They were brought to Kroměříž from the Viennese court by Bishop Karl von Liecthenstein-Castelcorno and kept at the archiepiscopal archives. Thanks to that, visitors can look forward to a special show combining theatre and music Festa di Sua Maesta Caesarea Leopoldo (Celebration of His Imperial Majesty Leopold I) created exclusively for the festival. The show will peak with Theatrum Pyrotechnicum – a grand baroque firework display.
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Equine ballet

On Sunday the visitors can look forward to a special show with horses performing high dressage as a reminiscence of the grace and beauty of baroque equine ballet that was much admired by the Emperor Leopold I. The equestrian performance is also an open invitation to a unique exhibition titled Horses in Tutus displayed at the Archbishop’s Palace in Kroměříž that presents the iconography and documentation of 17th century spectacular baroque festivities at the imperial court of Leopold I.