The Praga Cantat festival, whose 34th edition will take place from 9 to 12 November 2023, has become one of the most important choral events in Prague. 929 choirs from 43 countries participated in its past 33 editions and the total number of singers who came to Prague amounts to over 40,000. Only a worldwide pandemic stopped the promising development of the festival and forced us to skip the 2020-2022 years. But we are looking forward to this year’s edition and hope that the festival will return in full force. We are pleased to continue the history of the festival in the same venue and look forward to cooperation with the National House in Vinohrady, where the festival has traditionally been held.
From 2023, the festival has been taken over by two students of Prof. Miroslav Košler (co-founder of the festival and choirmaster), Jakub Zicha and Jiří Petrdlík. Their work continues the legacy of their teacher and brings the festival back to its former popularity.
The Praga Cantat festival is not an exclusive competition. Alongside the excellent choirs, it is also attended by choirs that are at the beginning of their development, want to compare their strengths and experience the wonderful atmosphere of competition. The international expert jury not only evaluates the performances of the individual ensembles, but also gives valuable recommendations, which may help the choirmasters in their future work.