Respect, an international multi-genre music festival founded in 1998, is the only one in the Czech Republic to focus exclusively on the phenomenon of world music. It systematically introduces the public to non-European musical cultures, marginal styles of music from the European continent, and contemporary fusions. It pays no heed to seasonal trends, maintains a distinctive profile and introduces many visitors to music they have never heard before. The vast majority of the program is made up of international artists.
The festival is a year-round event held in Prague. The main program consists of a two-day open-air show, an accompanying program, additional club concerts, workshops, film screenings and more. Children’s concerts are an integral part of the festival. The venues constantly change. Past venues include Prague Castle, the Rudolfinum, the Archa Theatre, Acropolis Palace, the Spanish Synagogue, Štvanice Island, the Prague Exhibition Grounds, Štvanice Villa and others.
Among the 500 or so ensembles that have enriched the Czech cultural scene with their participation in Respect are Kamasi Washington, Manu Chao, Taraf De Haidouks, Oumou Sangaré, Mory Kante, Kronos Quartet and many others.
The festival is loosely connected to the year-round concert series Respect Plus.
5 000 — visitors per year
4 500 000 — Czech crown festival budget
> 30 — original programs