The Moravian Autumn festival ranks among the most important cultural events in the Czech Republic. It was established as the Brno International Music Festival in 1966 when, following years of strict isolation imposed by hard-line communism, the activities of Brno artistic institutions were once again acquiring an international dimension, and the responses to its very first year were very positive.
The festival invites orchestras to Brno that were previously passing Europe by, alongside top chamber ensembles and the world’s most celebrated soloists. It is not only a festival of “interpretation” which seeks to bring to Brno the cream of the world’s performers and to compare them with first-class home musicians, but also a festival of “programming”, one that is not only about “stars” (and certainly not about “competition” between them), but also about “substance”. Moravian Autumn is a member of the Czech Festivals Association (CZAF) and takes place biennially.