20. 11. 2021

On the occasion of the ninth edition of the event, a Czech-English publication Theatre Day and Night is published. The book offers a look back at the past years of the event in photographs and texts. The publication is available in the PROSPERO e-shop for CZK 219 and will be available for purchase at the ATI Information Centre (Celetná 17, Prague 1) and in various theatres during the Theatre Night.

We have prepared a look back at the past years of the Night of Theatres as a thank you for the immeasurable energy that hundreds of theatregoers and thousands of spectators have put into this project. It was a great challenge for us to put the biggest theatre festival in the Czech Republic and one of the biggest theatre events in Europe into one book. But I firmly believe that we have succeeded in capturing the whole event in its remarkable scope and diversity in the book Theatre by Day and by Night,” adds Martina Pecková Černá from the ATI, which has been coordinating the event since 2013.

This bilingual Czech-English publication offers Czech and international readers a look back at seven years of Theatre Night, coordinated in the Czech Republic by the Arts and Theatre Institute as part of European Theatre Night since 2013. Through word and image, its pages will transport you back to the exceptional programmes and experiences of the country’s biggest theatrical celebration, from its beginnings in 2013 to the final pre-pandemic edition in 2019. You’ll learn about the other countries where European Theatre Night regularly takes place and how it came into being and discover the themes that have united individual Theatre Nights in the Czech Republic, along with how the event is structured for its organisers and visitors. The main part of the publication offers information about the most active theatres associated with Theatre Night, a rich selection of photos that capture the atmosphere of the event and other useful information about the Cezch performing arts scene.

Subtitle: A Look Back at Seven Years of Theatre Night in the Czech Republic
Publisher: The Arts and Theatre Institute
Authors: Lucie Čepcová, Jan Jiřík, Klára Kadlecová, Martina Pecková Černá
Language: Czech, English
ISBN: 978-80-7008-445-8
EAN: 9788070084458
Year of publication: 2020
Binding: V2
Edition: out of the edition
Department: International Cooperation Department
Number of pages: 233
Categories: History, Theory, Foreign-language products

The 9th Annual Theatre Night will take place on the third Saturday in November, which this year falls on 20 November 2021. The theme for this year is “Fresh Air.” Participating theatres are set to present brand-new stage productions and theatrical innovations as well as their reflections on the pandemic and the significant impact it has had on the performing arts. The Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI) is also set to open its doors as the festival’s primary information centre following a year-long hiatus. The largest theatre festival in Europe will once again offer night tours, theatre workshops, discussion boards with creators, plus shows and performances all either free of charge or for a low entrance fee. The programme for the event will be made public on 1 November at www.nocdivadel.cz.

Every year on the third Saturday in November, more than 50,000 people in the Czech Republic flock to the theatres. Last year for the first time ever, Theatre Night took place entirely in a virtual format. This year, the event’s organisers are looking forward to the return of open theatres as the primary meeting space, just as the event was originally intended.

For this year’s Theatre Night, we’ve chosen ‘Fresh Air’ as our motto. We believe that after more than a year of having to improvise due to COVID restrictions and lockdowns, performance artists and arts organisations are ready to showcase new messages, ideas, and innovations for Theatre Night. We’ve got quite the busy programme in store for you all, which is why we recommend planning for your visit in advance. Most of the programme’s events require advance registration, which will open up on 1 November,” adds Martina Pecková Černá of the Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI), which has been coordinating Theatre Night since 2013.

The Theatre Night Information Centre will be open in the main ATI building (at 17 Celetná Street in Prague 1) from 2pm to 5pm. In addition to catching a glimpse of the Baroque Manhart Palace, visitors can also look forward to a rich popular-educational programme for those interested in culture, as well as a scavenger hunt for families with children. Theatre Night forms a part of the international European Theatre Night project, which saw its start in 2008 with Croatia’s Theatre Night “Noc Kazališta.” The idea of a pan-European theatre festival has gradually spread to more than a dozen European countries, with the Czech Republic’s Theatre Night being the largest within the European Theatre Night programme.