Souznění – Consonance 2017
International Festival of Advent and Christmas Traditions, Carols and Handicrafts – is held during the festive pre-Christmas time at several places of the Moravian-Silesian Region of the Czech Republic. Its rich programme across various genres offers not only concerts and performances at attractive venues such as churches, concert halls and open-air stages, but also accompanying exhibitions, handicrafts and degustation of both local and foreign gastronomic specialties. The festival will be inaugurated on Thursday 14th December with a solemn concert in St John and Paul’s church in Frýdek-Místek. On Friday the activities will be transferred to the hall of the Huťařství restaurant at Kunčice pod Ondřejníkem. Saturday is reserved to the favourite Christmas fair at Kozlovice, accompanied by a programme of Christmas folk customs and traditions and followed by an offer of regional culinary specialties. The Consonance festival, which is a unique international show of its kind in the Czech Republic, will be crowned on Sunday with a solemn Holy Mass in Ostrava-Mariánské hory, followed by a concert. The final gala concert including several musical genres will take place that same day in the House of Culture of Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, accompanied by encounters with artistic handicrafts, a musical programme and degustations of gastronomic specialties. The international cooperation with the countries of the Visegrad Group will be reflected by the participation of folk groups from those countries. Festival participants will enrich the programme with performances at the city squares of Ostrava and Frýdek-Místek and other places. Modifications of the programme are reserved.
Ostrava, 10 October 2017
President and Art Director of the festival
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International Festival of Advent and Christmas Traditions, Carols and Handicrafts
The cornerstone of the international festival Consonance was laid in December 1999. Those who were fortunate enough to be with us on St Peter’s Square in Vatican when the Christmas tree was lit, will for ever remember that unrepeatable atmosphere. The renowned Czech soprano Eva Dřízová-Jirušová, accompanied by the folklore ensemble Valašský vojvoda (Wallachian Voivoda), sang for the Pope John Paul II, to whom the stately spruce from a Moravian village had arrived after a long journey as a gift from the Czech Republic. After an initial folklore encounter at the Ostrava Puppet Theatre (1999), the festival was established as a four-day event with a varied program across genres.
Visitors may delight in festive Advent music at many indoor and open-air venues, including some selected churches of our region. The vanishing world of national and foreign folk traditions is shown, highlighting the Christmas customs of neighboring as well as more distant regions. You may admire the work of the best folk craftsmen, listen to spiritual music and songs or well known but also little known Christmas carols, performed by both amateur and professional child and adult musicians. Those who love the specialties of national and international cuisine will enjoy degustations of delicacies such as the so-called royal chocolate, and lovers of fine beverages will appreciate the golden fluid from the Wallachian brewery in Kozlovice as well as a selection of South Moravian wines. We think of you and will hand over gifts to the needy.
We believe that the newly extended festival programme this year will meet or even exceed your expectations. Our anticipated thanks go to our important partners, artists, national and foreign folk craftsmen, and of course to all of you – our guests, spectators and listeners.
All those involved in the preparation of the festival look forward to the forthcoming get-togethers. We wish you peace and plenty of love and success in the year to come.
Zdeněk Tofel, President of the Festival
Ostrava, 11 October 2017