Festival of Amateur Theatre

Organized by The National Information and Consulting center for Culture (NIPOS-ARTAMA, Prague),

authorized by Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the town Hronov.


HRONOV – a small town in the North-east of Bohemia,

it lies on the banks of the River Metuje, surrounded

by beautiful nature, near the Polish border. It was founded by the Knight Hron. The famous Czech writer Jirasek,

who was born in Hronov, advanced with his theatre plays the theatre tradition of this town. The first Hronov Festival took place in 1931, and it has been running every year since.

The dates for the 79. season

2009, 1st – 8th of August

The “Jiraskuv Hronov Festival“ is a Czech nationwide festival for amateur (voluntary) theatres with foreign participation. This festival is the culmination of the bestperformances coming from regional festivals whichhave run throughout the country. This festival isthe ‘best of the best’ of amateur theatres from Czech Republic from the last season.

The festival is followed up with foreign groups which arenominated from different known amateur theatre festivals from the whole world.

The program of “Jiraskuv Hronov Festival“ is drawn up from different forms of theatre (verbal, non-verbal, pantomime, dance, music, experimental, poetry, puppets or for children theaters) played by different groups (adults, children, students, folk people, etc.).

The festival includes different education possibilities (workshops, discussion forum for played performances). There are usually 12 or more workshop groups working during the entire festival period. Each group follows different theatre forms. Each group is led by a Czech or foreign theatre expert.

Communication language in the groups is usually Czech but there is always one group in English for foreign participants every year.


Foreign teacher for Hronov 2008:

Henk Smits, Netherlands

about him


There are always big sides programs during the festival period (concerts, exhibitions, dance or other form of shows).


PhDr. Milan Strotzer, program director


Blanická 4, 120 21 Prague 2

Czech Republic

e-mail: mistr@nipos-mk.cz

tel: 00420 221 507 956, fax: 00420 221 507 955

Michal Hecht, administrator of Czech IATA center


Blanická 4, 120 21 Prague 2

Czech Republic

e-mail: hecht@nipos-mk.cz

tel: 00420 221 507 971