With its long-held reputation as a centre of culture and the arts, Olomouc is a natural home for festivals. April brings Academia Film (wwww.afo.cz), screening international science documentaries, the Religious Music Festival and flower festival Flora Olomouc (wwww.flora-ol.cz). In May is the Dvořák Festival; actually a celebration of all the major Czech composers. In May/June comes Beerfest (wwww.beerfest.cz), the biggest beer festival in the country, an enjoyable combination of beer, rock music and gastronomy. The Olomouc City Festival (wwww.olomouc.eu) also in June, offers plays, concerts, art exhibitions and a Great Whipped Cream Battle. In the first week of July there‘s Zahrada, the country‘s biggest folk and world musíc festival, and in September the Organ Music Festival. There are also eight one-day jazz festivals throughout the year (wwww.jazzclub.olomouc.com).

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