Czech Republic / Tsjechië

1. Cultural policy

Cultural policy profile

Cultural policy profile of Czech Republic in 7 thematic chapters, including additional information and resource.


Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic

2. Official representations

Representation of Czech Republic in Belgium

Representation of Flanders in Czech Republic

Diplomatic Representation of the Government of Flanders in Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia

Dhr. Koen Haverbeke

3. About funding, cooperation and information centers

– Funding and cooperation

The Ministry of Culture is the main financial supporter of international exchange and provides some grants to invite foreign professionals to Czech Republic. It is recommended to check the information provided by ATI on Czech cultural funding for further information.

– Information

  • Czech Centres, a contributory organisation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, are the core instrument of public diplomacy of the Czech Republic’s foreign policy. One of the objectives of the Czech Centres is to support the reputation of the Czech Republic across the world. Czech Centre is the EUNIC member.
  • Arts and Theatre Institute: ATI provides the Czech and international public with comprehensive services in the field of theatre and individual services relating to the arts (music, literature, dance, and the visual arts). ATI collects, processes, and provides access to collectible materials relating to the theatre, and conducts research and educational activities. ATI participates in international exchange projects. ATI is also an IFACCA Affiliate Member. ATI is also the ITI National Member through its Theatre department.
  • Country Page of Chech Replublic on On the Move: On the Move is the cultural mobility information network, providing information and knowledge for artists and cultural professionals active across borders. On this page, you can find all current calls related to the country as well as the latest version of the Cultural Mobility Funding Guide – and more.
  • Czech Mobility Info is the Czech Infopoint supporting mobility in the arts and culture sector. Supported by ATI.

4. Other information portals and platforms

– All disciplines

  • ArtsCzech: an online guide designed for international artists, organisations, art managers, general public, and also foreigners living in the Czech Republic. It provides key information about the Czech contemporary art scene. It covers Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music, Film and digital, Design and craft, Heritage, Literature, and Architecture (supported by ATI).
  • Culturenet: a portal that presents information about support, developments, employment, specialised literature on management and cultural policy, a directory of cultural organisations and exemplary international projects. The English version serves as a directory for all areas of cultural and provides international users with information about important events and successes (supported by ATI).
  • A2 kulturní čtrnáctideník: an independent critical fortnightly that reflects culture in the broadest possible sense, including social events and politics. It is published every other Wednesday and has 32 newspaper pages.
  • TransArtists: Overview of artist residencies in Czech Republic (all disciplines)

– Visual arts

  • ArtMap (in Czech only): a unique guide, thanks to which you can easily orient yourself in contemporary art. It cooperates with the entire spectrum of galleries and cultural institutions across the Czech Republic, from the largest exhibition halls to independent initiatives. It informs about events on the art scene and in related fields through the portal and printed maps in Prague and Brno.
  • Union of Visual Artists of Czech Republic: (Unie výtvarných umělců České republiky, UVU ČR) is a civic society covering professional bodies of visual artists (associations, unions, clubs, etc.), each of them being legally and economically independent. It pleads for and provides support to professional interests of visual artists, acts as an information centre, coordinates the activities of its members, and keeps the register of professional visual artists working in the Czech Republic. It is a member of IAA / AIAP.

– Performing arts

  • Perform Czech: Run by ATI, Perform Czech is the information platform to inform on subjects, artists, current events in theatre, dance, and contemporary circus in the Czech Republic. From profiles of individuals, theatres, festivals, schools, and other organizations to essays, workshops and more – Perform Czech is your entry to the performing arts.
  • Assitej Czech Republic: The Czech branch of ASSITEJ, the association representing professional theater for children and young people.
  • And.: is the Czech Association of Independent Theatre, an open organisation consisting of theatre subjects, production houses and individual artists based all over the Czech Republic that are not primarily state-funded institutions. Check the list of its members for an overview of independent theatres.
  • Nová síť: an open cultural organization supporting performing arts and open culture. The organization actively creates opportunities for collaboration between Czech regions, Prague, and with abroad; improves communication between stakeholders of cultural life and the public administration; and strives for decentralization, development, and cultivation of civic society in the Czech Republic.
  • Cirqueon – Centre for Contemporary Circus: the umbrella organisation for contemporary circus in the Czech Republic. Its primary activities aim at supporting and advancing contemporary circus in the Czech Republic and disseminating information about current events in this field.
  • Association of Professional Theatres: The Association of Professional Theatres in the Czech Republic (APD) brings together most of the professional ensemble theatres of the public sphere in the Czech Republic. It supports cooperation between theatres, advocates for better conditions for creating dramatical works, and represents theatres in communication with public authorities.

– Music

  • Czech Music Council CMC: a national section of the non-governmental organisation International Music Council. It was founded in 1972. It associates 45 important collective members (associations of festivals, orchestras and choirs, artists and musicologists..) and organisations of the professional and non-professional sector, organisations working in production, theory and education, media and copyright. It serves as an umbrella organisation especially for classical music, but not only.
  • Czech Music Information Centre maintains the archive of sheet music and records, publishes magazines and CDs, manages concerts and promotes current czech music in Czech Republic and abroad.
  • SoundCzech promotes the Czech music scene in Czech Republic and abroad by training, facilitating international networks, information platform, financial support and participation in conferences and showcases.
  • AHF Czech Association of Music Festivals: Founded in 1996, the Czech Association of Music Festivals is a member of the European Festival Association and embraces the most important Czech music festivals covering the entire territory of the Czech Republic as well as the calendar of almost the whole year.
  • Association of Symphony Orchestras: The function of the Association is to enforce the common interests of the orchestras and choirs of the Czech Republic, to facilitate mutual cooperation and support in solving working and artistic challenges, the maintenance of common principles amongst employers in order to fairly and effectively negotiate with trade unions, and to promote a vision for the public in terms of musical life in the Czech Republic.

5. Regional organisations

  • The International Visegrad Fund was established by the Visegrad Group to implement priorities and support projects in all areas of interest of the V4 countries (Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia)
  • The Central European Initiative (CEI): a regional intergovernmental forum which gathers 17 Member States in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. It supports a united Europe with shared values embracing all countries, regions, peoples and citizens; and fosters good governance, rule of law and sustainable economic development for stability, social cohesion, environmental sustainability, security and prosperity. CEI also supports cultural cooperation.
  • Organisation internationale of la Francophonie (OIF): The Francophonie is also an institution, dedicated since 1970 to promoting the French language and political, educational, economic and cultural cooperation among the 88 member countries of the OIF, among which support for Cultural Diversity. Czech Republic has an observer member status.
  • Easttopics: a non-profit initiative dedicated to the promotion of the Eastern European contemporary art field. This cross-border project takes form as an expanding on-line website and database focusing on the following countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
  • CEC ArtsLink: advocates and supports transnational cultural mobility and collaboration, empowering artists and arts leaders to engage communities in dialogue and creative projects for a more equitable, compassionate, and sustainable world. In many of its funding programmes, it connects the USA with European and Asian countries.
  • tranzit: Co-founded by ERSTE Stiftung in 2002, tranzit is a unique network of independent associations working in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia as well as across borders / peripheral zones of Europe. Each of the five tranzit initiatives works autonomously in the context of the local art scenes and the social and political framework conditions. They provide artists with a versatile space in which art can be produced. Check also other programmes of the ERSTE Stiftung for regional activities in (contemporary) arts.

6. Other venues

– Visual arts

– Festivals

– Circus

La Putyka: contemporary circus company

– Residencies