The concept of the festival EVERLASTING HOPE: Gustav Mahler & Terezín Composers
The intention is to establish a prestigious festival with an emphasis on exceptional artistic quality.
The basis of the festival is the synthesis of the well-known works of Gustav Mahler and the neglected works of the Terezín artists.
Still today there is no European festival dedicated to Gustav Mahler and the works of the Terezín composers such as Viktor Ullmann, Gideon Klein, Hans Krása and Pavel Haas remain undervalued. The idea is to link these oversights and cherish the creative milieu of multicultural environment of Central Europe prior to the Second World War The festival will be an annual event showcasing Czech and other world-famous musicians, and will pertain to other contemporary anniversaries and events. One of the main objectives of the festival is to highlight the newly-founded Terezín Composers Institute. The aim of the Institute is to support research, organise lectures and live concerts where the works of the Terezín composers will be performed. The festival will offer performances in both Prague and Terezín, thus accentuating the connections that exist between these two places.
The essence of the festival is to emphasise the extraordinary humanity and hope stemming from Central European cultural heritage.
The festival embraces the shared coexistence of Czechs, Germans and Jews in the last two centuries and reflects on their mutual
influence and on collaboration among these communities. The festival will inspire audience with its artistic values, often created
under immensely demanding conditions. As an integral part of the festival there will be conferences, exhibitions and readings.
These will reflect on our shared humanity, and collaboration and emphasize historical legacy that remains highly relevant to our
The mission of the festival is to present remarkable musical performances to the public.
The festival will be a prestigious cultural event and aims to stage creatively significant interpretations of the musical pieces written
by ‘our’ festival composers.
The wealth of the festival is the idea of everlasting hope.
The music legacy of Gustav Mahler, Viktor Ullmann, Gideon Klein, Hans Krása and Pavel Haas (and others) brings us infinite hope
and accentuate our wish that history shall not repeat itselt.