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The Open-air PHOTO festival is a flagship

Press Release, 5. 1. 2015

The Open-air PHOTO festival is a flagship on the sea of world photographic events

The Open-air PHOTO festival, a part of which was almost 3000 visitors, organises in the second year a range of partial projects, such as international meeting of photo clubs, competition of photogenic ideas ART ROOM, world competition Photo Award. The festival also presents contemporary Slovak talents of the New wave or welcomes an exclusive festival guest Robert Vano.

The festival offers both classic, which means exhibitions, lectures, workshops and expositions of photo equipment, and mainly active photography. This is missing in other photographic events and this is how the Open-air PHOTO festival differs from other project in both in Europe and in the world. The festival takes place in one of the most photogenic towns, Český Krumlov, listed in UNESCO. As the town is a co-organizer of the festival, visitors can get to especially attractive interiors and exteriors. Many photo stages in the festival theme 2015 – Man and addiction – as well as professional background and a wide range of photographic genres from street photo to nude will be prepared. There is a chance to participate and create for professional and amateurs, but also for people, who use a camera or mobile phone only for records of family celebrations or holidays and would like to achieve more.

Where lies the uniqueness of the festival?

A concept of the festival, which is unparalleled in the world, meets requirements of both trends of experience hobby tourism and demands of professional photographers, as confirmed in words of Martina Ptáčková, the director of the festival: Most of the festivals are photogenic. People take pictures of music bands, actors, light installations, but it is always a kind of snapshot, souvenir from an event. Our festival, as one and the only, is focused on people, who like taking photos. Thus the programme complies with demands of photographers, which means to have good light, professional background, peace and time to take photos, and quality content of photography. No matter if a photographer professional or amateur, we offer a story in form of experience, which can be captured in professional conditions, thus learning new things, to pick some tricks from more experienced colleagues, or only just enrich their portfolio with beautiful pictures or genres, which are not common to be met.

The second year will introduce new projects, photo locations, and personalities

The festival tries to present the most attractive and most photogenic locations of Český Krumlov to visitors. It can be architectonic masterpieces; bur also secludes places, releasing photographic imagination. Besides well proved photo locations from last year, there will be new places such as Graphite quarry, Synagogue, or a rock at the Ploučnice River.

SUPŠ sv.Anežky - Jan Mahr

SUPŠ sv.Anežky – Jan Mahr

In addition to broadening visitors´ horizons in field of Český Krumlov architecture, the organizers also try to present new personalities to them. As an exclusive guest, Robert Vano is coming. More artists, who will be somehow involved in festival events, will be e.g, Tereza z DavleGarick AvanesianDorota Kycia (PL), Aleksandr Kharvat (UK), Ondřej NeffKatarína SmikováAsen ŠopovMilan BýčekJaroslav Svoboda or artist Vladimír Merta.
The projects, which are a part of the festival programme, are in process now. In January, there is closing date for competitions of secondary schools of art for photogenic ideas ART ROOM¸ Another competition PHOTO Award is under patronage of world organizations FIAP, IAAP, PSA, and ČFFU. The organizers of the festival closely cooperate with photo clubs, and therefore even this year the international Meeting of photo clubs is will take place. Currently, several Czech and Slovak photo clubs has been registered and the organizers gladly welcome more those interested from both Czech Republic and abroad. Symbolically, by occasion of Velvet Revolution 25th Anniversary, a project new wave was opened, with aim to introduce young Slovak talents in cooperation with the independent media SAM. The artistic quality and European contribution of the festival and partial projects were appreciated by the International Visegrad Fund, from which the festival received international grant.

The only festival, where you really enjoy taking photos

The Open-air PHOTO festival is a specific festival focused of photography, which combines experience format with interactive education. Meetings of photo clubs, lectures, workshops, expositions of technological news, discussions with the experts, or photo advisory office will take place for the whole Friday; tens of locations and photo stages on historic background of the town for the weekend. During three days, professionals, fans, and people moving in front of and behind camera will meet in Český Krumlov. At one place people meet, exchange experience, and expand their knowledge. Český Krumlov will liven up with photography again on 5 – 7.6.2015.

SUPŠ sv.Anežky - Jan Mahr

SUPŠ sv.Anežky – Jan Mahr

Contact for the media:
Soňa Holotová, sona@foto-festival.cz, +420 725 373 155

Co-organizer of the festival is Český Krumlov
The festival and partial projects are supported by:
International Visegrad FundCzech Federation of Photographic ArtUnion of Slovak PhotographersFédération Internationale de l’Art PhotographiquePhotographic Society of AmericaInternational Association of Art Photographers

Programme and product partners:
Ośrodek Kultury i Sztuki we Wrocławiu (PL), Ciróka Bábszínház (HU), IRIS (SK), AKF (SK), SUPŠ Sv. Anežky ČeskéMuseum Fotoateliér SeidelEIZOAdes4studio, Carl ZeissNONAC CVAPROOneFiveFUJIFILMFotoKrumlovAFOPPICTOARTFOTOSFÉRACirkus trochu jinakCzech BeautyKonfrontace

Media partners:
FotoVideoDigiNeffePhoto.skmagazín D., Slovak Art MagazinePhotoArtFotoAparat.cz


1.year of the Open –air PHOTO festival in numbers
17 locations / 54 photo stages / 18 photo genres / 98 photo models / 3000 visitors
120 lectures / 50 practical workshops / 36 partners / 30 personalities / 21 exhibitions
Watch the spot Open –air PHOTO festival 2013.
Here you can see presentation
More information at www.foto-festival.cz

Foreign countries are interested in the Open-air PHOTO festival

Press Release, 21. 7. 2014

Foreign countries are interested in the Open-air PHOTO festival

More artistic spirit, participation of Visegrád countries, the main theme Man and Addiction, a contest of schools with artistic branches of study.

Our forthcoming year confirms a clear conception, resulting from the first year. Interest from abroad confirms our vision. I can confirm that we hear from photography fans, who have learned about the festival and the experts from neighbouring countries, as well as Belgium, Spain, and Great Britain, who would like to exhibit in the festival. Of course we are delighted that foreign photo clubs have found interest“ says Martina Ptáčková, producer of the festival, and continues: “Currently we are negotiating with Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, who are all in keen negotiation. Even for this reason we strive to get the Visegrád grant.

The main theme of the second year

The first year was focused on Mankind. Next year will not differ, yet the main, associating theme, offering discussion from various social-scientific and artistic points of view, will be Man and Addiction, subtitled „What forms and shapes may addiction have and how photography can express it. Although photography comes into focus, also other artistic genres from theatre, clothes design, to stage design will be included. And all these branches in this theme will be seen in the public space in Český Krumlov. Last year the festival occupied the castle, cluster, monastery gardens, City theatre, Museum Fotoateliér Seidel, narrow streets and nooks of the historic centre, and school of arts.

Martin Grobař

ART ROOM 2015 Competition

Premises of the St.Agnes of Bohemia Secondary School of Art and Design became a strong location in terms of the theme and programme. Combination of photography with processes and results of artistic production is the main idea for opening the contest ART ROOMS 2015.
The competition is open for students of secondary schools and colleges with artistic branches of study from the Czech Republic and Visegrad countries. The ART ROOM 2015 enables them to express themselves to the festival theme, and, at the same time, provides space for presenting their work in the streets of the town. The festival experts and general public will have the opportunity to see and photograph the best installations of young artists and present it in other countries. “We want to inspire people to create, innovate , introduce young talent, cultivate and educate visitors” says Martina Ptáčková.

The jury

As previously mentioned , the main theme of the competition of schools and of the festival is the same, Man and Addiction. Character of the competition assumes team work interconnecting more branches in a given school (e.g. stage, graphic, and industrial design, architecture, etc.) The task is to create photographical scene, which will creatively express the theme of the competition and will be transportable to different environments, Original photo scenes will be assessed and selected by the jury, with Ondřej Neff in head¸ Other members of the jury are: photographer Tereza z Davle, film architect Milan Býček, artist Vladimír Merta, cameraman Asen Šopov, stage designer Jaroslav Svoboda and a representative of professional supervisors from the given country. Winning installations will become a part of the programme, thus compared with different environments. A travelling exhibition will take place over the Czech Republic and partner countries. Guarantor of the competition is St.Agnes of Bohemia Secondary School in the Czech Republic and Academy of Creative Photography in Slovakia.

Open air

What is the Open-air PHOTO festival?

The Open-air PHOTO festival is a special experience form of a professional festival. It is unique mainly by its interactivity. The weekend full of active photography within a carefully prepared programme with Český Krumlov providing the historic background. In our educational programme we provide lectures, workshops, expositions of technological news, discussions with experts or photo advisory centre take place for the whole Friday.
The event, which is unparalleled in the world of photography, gained favourable acceptance among participating experts, performers, partners, the media, and visitors, as well as the town itself. In two days, the town listed in UNESCO World Heritage becomes a place for encounter of professionals, fans, and people moving in front of and behind the camera. It is a great place to gather experience, new contacts, and to improve knowledge. The general public with no interest in the art form itself will find the things of their own taste. Accompanying programmes will take place in the centre of the town for the whole day. Interesting music bands, dance, and photogenic performances will be seen in the evening on the main stage. The whole rich programme will be topped with the night after party. Český Krumlov will liven up with photography again next year, in June 2015.


Contact for the media:

Martina Ptáčková, martina.ptackova@innovate.cz,

+ 420 777 931 506