Litomyšl 13/6/2013 - 30/6/2013
The BOHEMIAN HERITAGE FUND, in its role as co-organiser of the festival, traditionally launched the 55th year of the Smetana´s Litomyšl Festival, which put on 6 operas, including a singular production of Henry´s Purcell The Fairy Queen, with a record turnout at the beautiful garden theatre at the Castle of Nové Hrady. It prepared the participation of its patrons' club at the ceremonial opening of the festival, initiated by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, which played Ma Vlast (My Homeland) for the first time under the direction of new chief conductor Jiří Bělohlávek. The festival enjoys great popularity and represents the most important cultural and social event in the region. The endowment fund fulfils the role of a partner in creative dialogue in Litomyšl and participates financially and organizationally in the preparation of the ceremonial opening.