The 70th Dvořák Festival at Nelahozeves

Celebrating the 180th birth anniversary of Antonín Dvořák in his hometown of Nelahozeves

The annual Dvořák Nelahozeves Classical Music Festival celebrates the birth of world-renowned Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák (September 8, 1841–May 1, 1904). This year marks the 180th anniversary of the composer’s birth, for which we are preparing a rich festival program. The event will also commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the death of the princess and martyr St. Ludmila, especially through one of Dvořák's works—the Saint Ludmila Oratorio.

This year's event will take place on Sunday, September 5, 2021 and will connect the various historical buildings in the center of Nelahozeves—the composer's birth house, St. Andrew's church, and Nelahozeves Castle. The program includes classical music concerts featuring Dvořák's repertoire, workshops for children, guided tours of the birth house, outdoor exhibition panels chronicling the history of past Dvořák festivals, and a spotlight talk on Nelahozeves in the early 1800s during Dvořák's childhood.

The daytime concert will take place in the birth house, where the Dvořák Trio will perform a repertoire from Dvořák's tour of Czech and Moravian towns before his departure for America in 1892. In St. Andrew's Church, Kristýna Kůstková (soprano) and Ondřej Valenta (organ) will perform arias from Dvořák's Saint Ludmila Oratorio. The festival will close with an evening, open-air concert in the Renaissance courtyard of Nelahozeves Castle by the Martinů Quartet, who will perform a selection from Dvořák's Cypress Cycle, and the Slavonic and American Quartets. 

Join us for a day of musical festivities to commemorate this historic occasion! 

Visit the festival website for program details:

Event Organizers: Obec Nelahozeves, Lobkowicz Collections, o.p.s., Národní Museum a Antonín Dvořák Society