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HORTUS MAGICUS

3rd–4th September 2016
Flower Garden in Kroměříž

Festival of Baroque Culture

  • About the festival


    Festival of baroque culture in Flower Garden of Kroměříž will again enchant visitors with a programme full of historical entertainment. Baroque music and dance, theatre based on original plays from early modern period, beauty of wooden marionettes, fireworks inspired by historic iconography and lots of games and play for adults and children – all that has become an inseparable part of the Hortus Magicus festival. Its third year will be taking place in the first weekend of September at the reconstructed Flower Garden, one of the UNESCO-listed heritage sites in Kroměříž.

    The reconstruction of the Flower Garden took almost three years. Thanks to the model restoration supported by the EU funds new parts of the Flower Garden were opened for public in 2014 – the Rabbit Hill, the Aviary, Trout Ponds or the Dutch and Orange Gardens have become a must-see sight of the region. The National Heritage Institute in Kroměříž and the partnering Olomouc Museum of Art wished to fill the newly restored garden with a new attractive programme. The festival of baroque culture Hortus Magicus became the peak of the season.

    You can enjoy events from the Flower Garden’s permanent programme during both days of the festival. Walk through the garden’s charming avenue, take part in one of the guided tours, have fun with your family playing games that will be available throughout the garden. Use an unique opportunity – try out historic costumes and wear them in the garden just like our ancestors did in baroque times. Flower arranging show will be taking place in the Palm Conservatory.


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



  • Visitor information



    Admission to HORTUS MAGICUS 2016

      In advance During the event (3rd – 4th September)
      one-day two-days one-day two-days
    Full CZK 240 CZK 290 CZK 270 CZK 330
    Reduced CZK 220 CZK 250 CZK 250 CZK 300
    Family CZK 490 CZK 590 CZK 590 CZK 690


    Reduced admission: Seniors over 65, disabled badge holders, students, children aged 6–18.

    Family admission: Valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children up to 15 years of age.

    Free of charge: Children up to 6 accompanied by an adult, full disability badge holders.

    Year-round ticket holders get a 50 % discount on festival tickets purchased on the site.

    Ticket office:

    You can buy tickets:

    - at the chateau ticket office (daily 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM, tel.: +420 608 199 470)
    - at the Flower Garden ticket office (daily 8.00 AM – 6.00 PM, tel.: +420 723 962 891)
    - at ticket office in Art Muzeum Olomouc (daily except Monday 8.00–18.00; tel. +420 585 514 241)

    - at the Tourist information centre in Kroměříž, Velké náměstí 115
    - or buy online at colosseum portal
      (In filter section please select "Hortus Magicus" and starting date of the festival.)

    Refreshments:

    Hot snacks and refreshments are available from stalls in the Flower Garden.

    Parking:

    Car park is available directly in front of the entrance to the Flower Garden. Free coach and car park is available on Hanácké náměstí, within short walking distance to the garden.

    Disabled access:

    The access to the Flower Garden is barrier-free. The Rotunda, the Colonnade and the Palm Conservatory are accessible with assistance (ramps are available).

    Please respect our rule: NO ENTRY with dogs, bicycles or scooters.





  • Saturday 3rd September 2016

    • 11.00 am - 11.20 am
      Parade on stilts | Geisslers Hofcomoedianten
      (Small stories of a great count or Špork on the stilts)

      Small stories of a great count or Špork on the stilts

      Theatre under a skirt and on a high leg

      Trilogy on the stilts from the diaries of Count Špork. Short stories about a life on Kuks, about virtues, vicesand secrets of one of the biggest patrons of baroque art in Bohemia.

      Street theatre based on the book written by Berta Laufer: “Life on Kuks from the perspective of HofmeisterSeeman.”

      Directed by: Petr Hašek Dramaturgy: Helena Kebrtová Scenography: Jitka Nejedlá Costumes: Jitka Nejedlá a Kristýna Šrolová Starring: Bohadlo, Claudia Eftimiadis, Petr Šmíd, Bartoloměj Veselý Premiere: 24. 8. 2016 in Kuks

      Geisslers Hofcomoedianten

      It all has begun 300 years ago from the initiative of a Czech baroque patron and an art enthusiast Count F. A. Špork (1662–1738). His Prague palace which stood on the Hybernská street was in the year 1701 enriched with a wooden Comoedien-Haus. It was the first separate theatre building for public performances of the professional traveling theatre companies from Germany, Italy and France (none of them performing in Czech language). In the year 1725 the building was replaced by a new, modern one with a brick front facade. Anton Joseph Geissler (second half of 17th century – 1723) was one of the first individual principals (Prinzipal HofComoediant) in the Špork theatre in Prague and also in Kuks (until 16th September 1708). After 300 years, the name of a famous actor and principal is resurrected through the theatre company Geisslers Hofcomoedianten, which was founded in the year 2002 with a goal to continue the tradition of baroque theatre in Kuks. This theatre company which is full of young artists wants to be faithful to the baroque (not exclusively) theatre legacyand they still want to prove that baroque period is not dead and non-inspirational dark age. And that their effort is not completely in vain is proven by many of their achievements and awards from festivals inside and outside of Czech Republic.

      www.geisslers.cz

    • 11.30 am - 12.30 pm
      Music | Ensemble Inégal (Loutna česká)

      Visit a unique concert presenting an authentic version of Michna’s most famous composition with a newly discovered violin part.

      Adam Václav Michna z Otradovic: Czech Lute (1653)

      Probably the most famous collection of Czech baroque, Czech Lute of 1653 is a collection of songs composed by Adam Václav Michna z Otradovic (about 30. 6. 1600 – 16. 10. 1676), a composer, poet, and a practical musician. The collection includes 13 songs composed in continuation, with the individual songs reflecting a wedding of the human soul in three phases of this ritual: courtship, engagement and wedding.

      Ensemble Inégal

      The band plays a wide range of musical styles from Baroque through romanticism to contemporary. Inégal means unequal – unequal approach to seeking interpretation values, unequal dramaturgy, and unequal number of musicians. Ensemble Inégal deliberately avoids the mainstream music style and brings a new and unknown quality baroque music every year, including many works of Jan Dismas Zelenka in their modern premieres.

      www.inegal.cz

    • 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm
      Theater | Vojta Vrtek

      A story for children aged 5 to 99 let

      The Magic Marble – Vojta’s Journey

      A brand new performance issues from the tradition of market jugglers and actors, fully using their expressive techniques: juggling and circus performance, live music and puppetry combined with acting. The story builds on one version of a classical tale of the “magic marble” the power of which is in the belief in man’s own capabilities. Vojta is a simple clumsy boy and has to face situations that he has to deal with in various extraordinary ways. Through endurance, patience and relying on his own judgment he eventually overcomes intrigues, treacherous chamberlain, stupid robbers and his own mother’s disbelief in his capabilities. Vojta is growing into a smart and self-conscious groom for the princess – and (surprisingly) a comedian…

      Juggling Theatre Doudleby

      The Juggling Theatre from Doudleby combines the fun and skill of juggler Vojta Vrtek and comedian Jan Brůček. In their performances they use juggling and circus techniques while preserving the dramatic structure of their stories. Vojta Vrtek is one of the best Czech jugglers and comedians. He usually performs on his own, presenting original juggling shows that unite his circus art with a kind humour, communication with the audience, and improvisation. He has performed in the story of The Brandenburgers in Bohemia at the National Theatre in Prague and performed a show for Prince Charles during his visit to the Czech Republic. Together with puppet-master and musician Jan Brůček, who is known mainly from Theatre Continuo, they created a number of performances that entertain all children and adults.

      Try out your skills and become a juggler during a workshop lead by Vojta Vrtek:

      SATURDAY 3rd September, 3.30 – 6.00 pm and SUNDAY 4th September, 1.00 – 4.00 pm

    • 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
      Opera | Ensemble Damian (Yta innocens)

      Opera is a combination of word, music, and visual art. Set in the garden scenery it makes for an unique experience.

      Yta innocens

      A less known story of court intrigues from the Swabian history, Yta innocens was first performed on the birthday of Cardinal Schrattenbach at palace theatre in Kroměříž on 12. 9. 1728. The author of the opera was a piarist David Kopecký, who interpreted the literary artwork of Jesuite Petrus Ribadeinera. The opera was received with a great applause, but it was deadly for Kopecký’s further work. Italian court artists, who felt threatened by the Piarist competitors, provoked several conflicts with the Episcopal court. Despite seeming reconciliation, Kopecký, along with the rector of the Kroměříž Piarist college were sent to another position in 1730, probably never going back to composing music.

      Ensemble Damian

      Ensemble Damian focuses almost entirely on authentic interpretation of baroque and contemporary music. In baroque music, it draws from a rich source of Czech and Moravian archives, contemporary creations stem from the collaboration with composers Vít Zouhar and Tomáš Hanzlík, the art leader of the ensemble. Their aim is not a historical reconstruction, but a live and contemporary style that is well-comprehended by a broad audience. In many projects the ensemble combines historical, modern and non-traditional instruments. Since 2013 the ensemble has been organising Olomouc Baroque Festival and Opera Schratenbach festival.

      www.ensembledamian.com

    • 3.30 pm – 6.00 pm
      Jugglers workshop | Vojta Vrtek

      Vojta Vrtek's Jugglers workshop

      Do not hesitate and become a juggler in a Vojta Vrtek's workshop! And if someone by any chance doesn't know him, imagine a combination of a juggler, acrobat with a slight touch of a musician and a big piece of man and of this combination you should get an interesting artist. In this case a comedian, clown and juggler who likes to share his art with children and adults alike. Workshops of Vojta Vrtek are suited for both beginner and expert acrobats.

      Vojta Vrtek first and foremost uses audience during his shows, but also unicycles, stilts, skittles, diabolos, balloons, devilsticks, knives, torches, sickles, pans, eggs, puppets on stilts, brooms, hens, fiery rods, trumpet, drum, rope, horse or a chamber pot… What of this will he brings this year to Hortus Magicus? Come and see for yourselves!

      Vojta Vrtek

      This juggler, acrobat, musician and clown has many performances for children and adults in his repertoire. His goal is in the first place to entertain the viewer, to entertain himself and with it show a piece of the juggler trade.

      www.kejklir.com

    • 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm
      Theater | Geisslers Hofcomoedianten (Ambrosia)

      Ambrosia

      “INTERACTIVE THEATRICAL EXHIBITION”

      Geisslers Hofcomoedianten are inviting to an unusual staged exhibition that allows viewers to get individually involved in discovering one of the oldest preserved Jesuit play in our country. It tells the story of life and work of St. Ambrosius and interprets an authentic baroque experience of expiation.

      Interactive theatrical exhibition about St. Ambrosius and the expiation of emperor Theodosius for 9 actors-exhibits, Jesuit songs and a curator was composed upon an eponymous Jesuit play by St. Edmund Campian (1540–1581), first performed on the occasion of emperor Rudolph II. coronation in Prague in 1578.

      Actors-exhibits include the story-telling Ivana Machalová, step-dancing Bartolomě Veselý, dancing Michaela Váňová, puppet-leading Kristýna Matěj Dámová, melodramatic Václav Chalupa, dell´arte Marie Štípková, singing Tereza Sedláčková, artistic Martina Bohadlo and Aleš Pospíšil as curator Ambrosius.
      Songs by Zdeněk Pelcl and Simona Jindráčková
      With the use of translation by Petr Polehla
      Written by Geisslers Hofcomoedianten
      Text adjustment Petr Hašek
      Dramaturgy Michal Novák and Otakar Faifr
      Stage and graphic design Michal Novák
      Assistant director Štěpán Macura
      Music collaboration Stanislav Bohadlo and Michael Pospíšil
      Director Petr Hašek
      Premiere 26 August 2010 at the Church of v St. Anne in Žireč

      www.geisslers.cz

    • 8.00 pm - 9.00 pm
      Music and dance | Musica Florea a Hartig Ensemble (La Guirlande enchantée)

      An evening programme full of ballet, lavish costumes, music, magic and enchantment by two leading Czech ensembles specialising in reconstruction and interpretation of live art from historic resources – dance group Hartig Ensemble and excellent orchestra Musica Florea.

      La guirlande enchantée

      Rococo magical ballet Enchanted Garland was, in its reconstructed version, premiered in 2007 in Český Krumlov; it was the first such an extensive collaboration between the Hartig Ensemble and Musica Florea. The Enchanted Garland is a unique resource, as it includes preserved musical, iconographic and written records, found in Český Krumlov and elsewhere, and so it offers plenty of material for comparison. The authorship of the ballet is ascribed to Viennese composer Joseph Starzer (1726–1787), at the time of the premiere the choreography was created by a leading persona of early classical ballet: Franz Anton Hilverding (1710–1768). The ballet full of magic and unexpected transformations of the environment was first performed in Vienna in 1757.

      Musica Florea

      The Musica Florea ensemble was founded in 1992 as one of the first attempts in true-to-style interpretation in the Czech Republic. It was established by violoncellist and conductor Marek Štryncl with a focus on playing original instruments or their copies based on studying historical sources and aesthetics, and creative enlivening of forgotten interpretation styles and techniques, forming the core of the ensembles’ creative activity, and a guaranteed of its reputation.

      The ensemble performs at leading international festivals and collaborates with famous soloist and groups (e.g. Magdalena Kožená, Phillipe Jaroussky, Nancy Argenta, Veronique Gens, Paul Badura – Skoda, Susanne Rydén, Orlando Consort, Les Pages et les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Le Poeme Harmonique, Boni Pueri). Numerous prestigious accolades were awarded to the group, including e.g. the top award of the French journal Diapason for a recording of J. D. Zelenka’s “Missa Sanctissimae Trinitatis”, Studio Matouš 1994; “Zlatá Harmonie 1997“ for the best domestic recording of the year – Bach’s arias with M. Kožená, Polygram 1997; Cannes Classical Award – MIDEM 2003 for the recording of coronation opera Sub olea pacis et palma virtutis by J. D. Zelenka, Supraphon 2001).

      www.musicaflorea.cz

    • 9.30 pm - 11.30 pm
      Baroque fireworks | Theatrum Pyrotechnicum

      THEATRUM PYROTECHNICUM – BAROQUE FIREWORKS

      Hortus Magicus would not be complete without the popular baroque firework show and baroque illumination.

      A contemporary project based on true historical resources describing baroque fireworks, drawing from the “Halonitro-pyroboliae” text written in 1627 by gunmaker Josef Furtenbach. Firework masters from Český Krumlov will present the fruits of their several-years-long research and pioneering work in developing their own construction solutions, which will allow the viewers to enjoy an authentic experience with the magic of past times.

      The fireworks are produced by Jiří Honc and Zdeněk Štěpánek.

  • Sunday 4th September 2016

    • 10.00 am –10.30 am
      Processionon the stilts | Geisslers Hofcomoedianten (Astronomical clock)

      Geisslers´s “rebuilding of the Astronomical clock” will impress you with its attractive form of its street performance accompanied with dedicated Czech-German presentation.

      Astronomical clock (Geisslerson the stilts)

      Geisslerson the stilts is a street presentation of baroque clock – astronomical clock, which was originally placed in Prague and after that it was moved to the center of Czech baroque art – into the Kuks spa in the eastern Bohemia. Ten comedy scenes will be presented on a classical wooden stilts. The scenes will be based on a biblical stories which were (based on historical sources) part of the astronomical clock – the Christian clock mentioned above.

      After their performance Geisslers Hofcomoedianten will take you to see another performance by Vojtěch Vrtek which follows the program.

      Starring Vendula Štíchová-Holičková / Kateřina Bohadlová / Michaela Váňová, Martin Bohadlo, Michaela Váňová / Petr Hašek, Kristýna Matějová / Blanka Vávrová Scenography and costumes Geisslers Hofcomoedianten Translation Marie Skalická, Stanislav Bohadlo Directed by Petr Hašek

      Geisslers Hofcomoedianten

      It all has begun 300 years ago from the initiative of a Czech baroque patron and an art enthusiast Count F. A. Špork (1662–1738). His Prague palace which stood on the Hybernská street was in the year 1701 enriched with a wooden Comoedien-Haus. It was the first separate theatre building for public performances of the professional traveling theatre companies from Germany, Italy and France (none of them performing in Czech language). In the year 1725 the building was replaced by a new, modern one with a brick front facade. Anton Joseph Geissler (second half of 17th century – 1723) was one of the first individual principals (Prinzipal HofComoediant) in the Špork theatre in Prague and also in Kuks (until 16th September 1708). After 300 years, the name of a famous actor and principal is resurrected through the theatre company Geisslers Hofcomoedianten, which was founded in the year 2002 with a goal to continue the tradition of baroque theatre in Kuks. This theatre company which is full of young artists wants to be faithful to the baroque (not exclusively) theatre legacyand they still want to prove that baroque period is not dead and non-inspirational dark age. And that their effort is not completely in vain is proven by many of their achievements and awards from festivals inside and outside of Czech Republic.

      www.geisslers.cz

    • 10.30 am - 11.30 am
      Theater | Vojta Vrtek

      A story for children aged 5 to 99 let

      The Magic Marble – Vojta’s Journey

      A brand new performance issues from the tradition of market jugglers and actors, fully using their expressive techniques: juggling and circus performance, live music and puppetry combined with acting. The story builds on one version of a classical tale of the “magic marble” the power of which is in the belief in man’s own capabilities. Vojta is a simple clumsy boy and has to face situations that he has to deal with in various extraordinary ways. Through endurance, patience and relying on his own judgment he eventually overcomes intrigues, treacherous chamberlain, stupid robbers and his own mother’s disbelief in his capabilities. Vojta is growing into a smart and self-conscious groom for the princess – and (surprisingly) a comedian…

      Juggling Theatre Doudleby

      The Juggling Theatre from Doudleby combines the fun and skill of juggler Vojta Vrtek and comedian Jan Brůček. In their performances they use juggling and circus techniques while preserving the dramatic structure of their stories. Vojta Vrtek is one of the best Czech jugglers and comedians. He usually performs on his own, presenting original juggling shows that unite his circus art with a kind humour, communication with the audience, and improvisation. He has performed in the story of The Brandenburgers in Bohemia at the National Theatre in Prague and performed a show for Prince Charles during his visit to the Czech Republic. Together with puppet-master and musician Jan Brůček, who is known mainly from Theatre Continuo, they created a number of performances that entertain all children and adults.

      Try out your skills and become a juggler during a workshop lead by Vojta Vrtek:

      SATURDAY 3rd September, 3.30 pm – 6.00 pm and SUNDAY 4th September, 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm

    • 11.00 pm - 12.00 pm
      Music | Capella Ornamentata a Richard Šeda

      The Kroměříž musical archive is a unique collection that has been a source of inspiration for musicians from all over the world. Uncover the secrets of the archival resources and experience a magical moment when a mere score transforms into music.

      Concert for Karl von Lichtenstein-Castelcorn

      An entirely descriptive name for a musical programme based on the oldest part of the Kroměříž archive. It holds musical chords from the period of bishop Karl von Liechtenstein-Castelcorn (1664–1695), whose episcopate and dwelling at the Kroměříž palace is linked to the origin of Episcopal, later archiepiscopal band. An exceptional musical experience will present several compositions for the zink (cornett), whose sound combines the beauty of wooden and brass wind instruments.

      Capella Ornamentata

      The main mission of the ensemble is an authentic interpretation, mainly of 16th and 17th century spiritual music. The ensemble is specific in presenting less known wind instruments, such as the zink, baroque trombone or dulcian. The founder of the ensemble is Richard Šeda, who systematically explores the zink and had studied on courses in Prague as well as with zink master Judith Pacquier in France. The members of the group play in leading Czech and international old music ensembles. Capella Ornamentata has performed on many prestigious occasions in the Czech Republic and abroad.

      www.capella-ornamentata.cz

    • 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm
      Opera | Ensemble Damian (Endymio)

      Opera is a combination of word, music, and visual art. Set in the garden scenery it makes for an unique experience.

      Endymio

      In 1727 the Kroměříž chateau has seen a premiere of opera Endymio with Latin text written by Piarist P. David and s. Joanne Baptista – Jan Kopecký (1696–1758), who was, most likely, also the author of the music that is now lost. Kopecký poeticized, in Latin, a 30-year-old Italian libretto issuing from an ancient myth about a handsome young man who fell into perpetual sleep, which also meant that he remained young forever. Endymion – the young man – was therefore perceived as a symbol of timeless bodily beauty.

      Ensemble Damian

      Ensemble Damian focuses almost entirely on authentic interpretation of baroque and contemporary music. In baroque music, it draws from a rich source of Czech and Moravian archives, contemporary creations stem from the collaboration with composers Vít Zouhar and Tomáš Hanzlík, the art leader of the ensemble. Their aim is not a historical reconstruction, but a live and contemporary style that is well-comprehended by a broad audience. In many projects the ensemble combines historical, modern and non-traditional instruments. Since 2013 the ensemble has been organising Olomouc Baroque Festival and Opera Schratenbach festival.

      http://www.ensembledamian.com

    • 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
      Divadlo | Geisslers Hofcomoedianten (LoutnaCZ)

      LoutnaCZ

      Non-intentionally produced concert

      No, no, I can't be silent, I have to sing about it. My belly was rumbling, now we will be cheering, hectoliters of beer... Husband seeking a bride. Which one shall it be? Concert about a big wedding and story of a band, which almost had a star career in front of it. Very loosely taken adaptation of one of the most famous Czech baroque pieces.

      Starring: Martin Bohadlo, Simona Jindráková, Dominik Linka, Tereza Sedláčková, Petr Šmíd, Bartoloměj Veselý
      Music: David Hlaváč
      Dramaturgy and text correction: Helena Kebrtová
      Setting: Kristýna Šrolová
      Production: Markéta Bodorívková, David Gerneš a David Nushart
      Equipment: Lukáš Brinda, Ladislav Štěrba a Vítězslav Koblischka
      Director: Petr Hašek
      Premieres:
      1. premiere 29. 7. 2016 in Mikulov
      2. premiere 25. 8. 2016 in Kuks
      Prague premiere 1. 10. in VILLA Štvanice

      Geisslers Hofcomoedianten

      It all has begun 300 years ago from the initiative of a Czech baroque patron and an art enthusiast Count F. A. Špork (1662–1738). His Prague palace which stood on the Hybernská street was in the year 1701 enriched with a wooden Comoedien-Haus. It was the first separate theatre building for public performances of the professional traveling theatre companies from Germany, Italy and France (none of them performing in Czech language). In the year 1725 the building was replaced by a new, modern one with a brick front facade. Anton Joseph Geissler (second half of 17th century – 1723) was one of the first individual principals (Prinzipal HofComoediant) in the Špork theatre in Prague and also in Kuks (until 16th September 1708). After 300 years, the name of a famous actor and principal is resurrected through the theatre company Geisslers Hofcomoedianten, which was founded in the year 2002 with a goal to continue the tradition of baroque theatre in Kuks. This theatre company which is full of young artists wants to be faithful to the baroque (not exclusively) theatre legacyand they still want to prove that baroque period is not dead and non-inspirational dark age. And that their effort is not completely in vain is proven by many of their achievements and awards from festivals inside and outside of Czech Republic.

      www.geisslers.cz

    • 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
      Jugglers workshop | Vojta Vrtek

      Vojta Vrtek's Jugglers workshop

      Do not hesitate and become a juggler in a Vojta Vrtek's workshop! And if someone by any chance doesn't know him, imagine a combination of a juggler, acrobat with a slight touch of a musician and a big piece of man and of this combination you should get an interesting artist. In this case a comedian, clown and juggler who likes to share his art with children and adults alike. Workshops of Vojta Vrtek are suited for both beginner and expert acrobats.

      Vojta Vrtek first and foremost uses audience during his shows, but also unicycles, stilts, skittles, diabolos, balloons, devilsticks, knives, torches, sickles, pans, eggs, puppets on stilts, brooms, hens, fiery rods, trumpet, drum, rope, horse or a chamber pot… What of this will he brings this year to Hortus Magicus? Come and see for yourselves!

      Vojta Vrtek

      This juggler, acrobat, musician and clown has many performances for children and adults in his repertoire. His goal is in the first place to entertain the viewer, to entertain himself and with it show a piece of the juggler trade.

      www.kejklir.com

    • 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm
      Music Drama | Plaisirs de musique (Le Jardin Des Plaisirs)

      The Pleasure Garden tells the story of forbidden love between an English lady and a French knight.

      Le Jardin des Plaisirs

      A moving story of two distant lovers is set in 1697, which is illustrated by the selected musical compositions and texts by 17th and 18th century English and French authors such as Henry Purcell, Henry Lawes or Michel de la Barre.

      Plaisirs de Musique

      Plaisirs de Musique is an ensemble that specialises in authentic interpretation of old music played on historical instruments. Under the guidance of its art director the ensemble plays music of the 15th to 19th century. Its members are leading European professional musicians specialising in old music. The ensemble pursues purely musical performances and collaborates also on operas, recitals with singers, actors and dancers.

      Laila Cathleen Neuman (NL) – soprano; Jean-Sébastien Beauvais (FR) – contra-tenor; Marta Kratochvílová (CZ) – traverso; Robert Smith (UK) – viola da gamba; Jan Čižmář (CZ) – lute

      www.plaisirsdemusique.org
      www.hudebnilahudky.cz

  • During whole event

    • Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
      Game for whole family in every corner of Flower garden

      Hortus magicus 2016 – games for children and adults

      Eight play stations are prepared in the garden, all inspired by the myths of Apollo, the god of light, order, harmony and beauty. You can visit the stations anytime and in any order, just the most distant one on the Strawberry Hill – here as Mount Parnassius – should be left last. The journey ends there and you will receive ceremonial decoration.

      Feed Apollo: Colonnade – at the statue of Apollo

      Apollo was a child for just a few days. Drinking the heavenly nectar Ambrosia made him grow up very quickly. Help us feed him.

      Apollo’s muses: The Dutch Garden

      Apollo was brought up by water fairies dwelling in springs. They loved music, song and dance and were therefore known as the muses. Each of them had a patronage over one art discipline. Come and learn about the muses and their arts – dance, music, verse or anything else.

      Dragon fight: Skittle Alley

      When Apollo grew into a strong man, he fought and killed the Python dragon. Come and join his quest!

      The oracle of Delphi: The Maze

      The Delos island where Apollo was born became famous for its oracle. “Know Your Self”, said an inscription above the door leading to the oracle. Come into the centre of the maze and ask about your destiny.

      Musical encounter with Marsyas: space in front of the Colonnade under the tulip tree

      In a musical encounter Apollo has challenged Marsyas, who thought he could play better than the gods. Be the Superstar of the Flower Garden! Who will win and who would lose all including skin?

      Daphne’s parlour: Educational garden

      Apollo was hit by a love arrow and fell in love with Daphne. However, she would not return his love and became laurel instead. Create a gift that would soften her hart, or decorate your head with a laurel wreath.

      In Diana’s kingdom: Rabbit Hill

      Not just Apollo had a bow and arrows that never missed their target. His sister Diana had one too. Try out your own shooting skill. You will also find many other playful opportunities around the Rabbit Hill, on top of which Diana proudly stands.

      Climbing up mount Parnassius: Strawberry Hill (the more distant one from entrance)

      Apollo is the god of Sun, co climb up to meet him as close to the sun as possible. Apollo will reward you and you will learn a secret about the founder of the garden.

    • Satudray and Sunday 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
      Tours around the Flower Garden with commentary

      Tours around the Flower Garden with commentary: Public tours are starting every hour on the hour in "Čestný dvůr" inside the Flower Garden.

      During the two days of the festival you have an opportunity to go on a tour around Flower Garden in-between 10 am and 5 pm. The tours were prepared by guides and experts of the National centre of garden culture in Kroměříž. Let the Flower Garden be introduced to you as a whole and get to know its corners, buildings and many times not obvious functions. During the tour, many of the known and less known facts about the garden and research results concerning garden art, archaeology, history, dendrology etc. will be introduced to you.

      Visitors interested in the tour will be meeting in "Čestný dvůr" inside the Flower Garden.

    • Satudray and Sunday 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
      Opportunity to rent a historical costume

      Opportunity to rent a historical costume: Palm greenhouse

      Your experience of the baroque culture festival could be even more intense, thanks to the opportunity to rent a historical costume! In this costume you can walk through the Flower Garden and feel like a member of nobility or as a movie star. We will offer you unique collection of dozens costumes and accessories not only for men and women, but also for children, which will make the weekend more pleasant for many princesses. Everything will be well arranged and ready in the Palm greenhouse during the two days of the festival. When you take a picture of yourself in a baroque or a rococo dress, you are going to have a beautiful memory on the end of the summer in Kroměříž.

    • Satudray and Sunday 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
      Presentation of flower decoration

      Presentation of flower decoration: Palm greenhouse

      Make use of the visit of the Flower Garden and get an inspiration on how to decorate your houses. You will not only get to know about the basics of the flower decoration, but you will also have a chance to talk with an experienced florist, thanks to whom you might get an idea how to care about flowers so they will stay fresh and beautiful for the longest time possible.