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Enjoy a Wellington-Free Music Festival!

This summer will witness the start of the third multi-genre festival Vivid Street – Pilsen Encounters. The altogether 15 days of programme will be packed with street theatre, seven open-air music stages in the historical centre of the West-Bohemian metropolis, and the first Czech Soup Festival.

Enjoy a Wellington-Free Music Festival!

This summer will witness the start of the third multi-genre festival Vivid Street – Pilsen Encounters. The altogether 15 days of programme will be packed with street theatre, seven open-air music stages in the historical centre of the West-Bohemian metropolis, and the first Czech Soup Festival.

“Father-friendly” Pilsen music festival Vivid Street – Pilsen Encounters with 15 days of programme for families and young people

The multi-genre festival Vivid Street – Pilsen Encounters was founded in Pilsen in 2012, where it continued the almost 20-year-old tradition of one of the oldest Czech festivals – Na ulici (On the street). Vivid Street – Pilsen Encounters is a “father-friendly” festival that offers high quality music, theatre performances, and exhibitions, complemented by other interesting activities and a kids’ programme. “This way, it is no problem to enjoy for example Xavier Baumaxa’s concert and have the kids play on the supervised playground nearby,” explains the festival’s organizer Jakub Vedral.

Vivid Street – Pilsen Encounters is divided into three blocks – the first is dedicated to street theatre from all over Europe and will take place from July 17 to 20, 2014. Every day offers amazing performances, in the afternoon also for children. We will then continue with the main programme of Vivid Street – Pilsen Encounters, with seven days on seven open-air stages in the beautiful historical centre of Pilsen (August 11–17). The programme is dominated by Czech names – the festivals dramaturge, Honza Vedral, decided to accept the Czech Ministry of Culture’s challenge of the “Year of Czech Music” and set up a programme consisting solely of renowned Czech musicians: “The Majáles festival in České Budějovice has proven that it is possible to put together a high quality programme that is attractive for the audience and is made up out of bands that don’t play on every single festival in the country.“ Thus, visitors of Vivid Street – Pilsen Encounters can see three outstanding female Czech singers – Lenka Dusilová, Lenny and Debbi, as well as old-school “bards” like Xavier Baumaxa, Plastic People of the Universe or Jiří Schmitzer. And they are not alone – they are accompanied by award-winning bands like Vložte Kočku (Czech music awards Anděl and Vinyla), Houpací Koně (Vinyla) or Doctor Victor who won the second place in this year’s Global Battle of Bands.

The additional programme is also outstanding – with several kid’s performances and the “Babylon on the Stove” project (Babylon na plotně) which will introduce Pilsen’s and the Czech Republic’s minorities from a gastronomical point of view. Workshops, animation seminars, the trade fair Plzeň Fashion Days and further activities will complete the programme.

Later – on September 7 –, Pilsen’s Náměstí Republiky square will host the Soup Festival. In the Czech Republic, Pilsen was the first to come up with this idea, and it immediately became a success. More than 20 restaurants, organisations and individuals will cook soups of all kinds and smells in 40 litre cauldrons that have been especially imported from Hungary for this event, because only there cauldrons that big are produced (for the world-famous Hungarian Goulash).