Folk Holidays is an eight-day multi-genre music festival held in a Renaissance chateau in the town of Náměšť nad Oslavou with specific thematic programming, exceptional singers and projects, and a rich accompanying program.
Folk Holidays is several festivals in one: the main music program, night concerts in extraordinary settings, a large festival of music, dance, art and textual works called Nest of the Muses, a mini-festival of folk musicians entitled Open Scene, professional colloquia on folk music and world music, debates with music publicists, music-themed exhibitions, and art-musical happenings.
The festival aims to introduce visitors to unique musicians from all over the world, who are often performing in the Czech Republic for the first time or have come here with a specific project. The festival has featured Glen Hansard, Majorstuen, Gjermund Larsen, Tim Eriksen, Hazmat Modine, Lucia Pulido, Eliza Carthy, Waterson:Carthy, Salsa Celtica, Lau, Muzsikasz, Tenores di Bitti “Mialinu Pira” and Harald Haugaard. Part of the festival includes short-term residency projects on specific topics or connections (Tři hlasy, Tři niněry, Struny nad Oslavou).
5 000 — visitors per year
5 500 000 — Czech crown festival budget
> 200 — workshop program items
20 — lectures at music colloquia