Flora Theatre Festival


one of the most prestigious and most progressively developing theatre events in the Czech Republic

a festival, whose programme is enormously popular with the audiences

the only Czech festival which, on an international level, combines staging of drama productions of renowned repertoire theatres (even from Berlin, Munich, Vienna, and Bratislava) + productions of independent scenes with productions of the contemporary dance and performing arts scene (not only from Europe but also from the USA and Asia) which are accompanied by an exceptionally rich off programme and educational programme (audience discussions – music productions – workshops – seminars – lectures – projections – installations)

undoubtedly the largest presentation of live art in the Olomouc Region and for a long period of time the most important Moravian theatre festival, which has over the two decades of its existence presented projects by leading ensembles, directors and choreographers from more than 30 countries

a project which has broadened, in a unique way, the offerings of cultural activities for a very wide spectrum of residents in terms of age and social status as well as visitors to the larger region

an event which regularly enlivens interesting parts of the university city – attractive non-theatre spaces, which the festival temporarily turns into (fully equipped) festival venues

a festival that initiates world premieres; regularly, contextually maps the latest trends in contemporary theatre and purposefully cultivates and educates thousands of people in the audiences – including university students of Academies and Theatre Studies from Prague, Olomouc, Brno and Bratislava taking part in the FloraLab project

a platform original in its dramaturgical structure well respected by the theatre makers – a place for interdisciplinary encounters with a unique and spontaneous atmosphere

a festival with a strong and positive media response


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22 Flora Theatre Festival (Olomouc 10 – 20 May 2018) in numbers:


86 events       

32 productions in the main programme 

15 foreign productions  

10 venues        

9 000 spectators  

140 festival staff        



This pleasantly unpretentious event is more and more often considered
the best theatre festival in the country due to its openness and spontaneity.

Jan H. Vitvar, weekly magazine Respekt


I consider Flora the most progressive festival in the country. (…) It is a place
of theatre 
meetings and explorations (…) when you arrive there, you will not want to leave.
…what is also very important – almost all the productions at Flora are sold out.

Lenka Dombrovská, Theatre Newspaper


Flora maintains a sharp upward tendency and each year I am surprised
at how they can move even higher. Flora is a world-class festival.                              

director Kamila Polívková


Flora Theatre Festival is the most amazing festival I know!

Stefanie Reinsperger, German-speaking Actress of 2015


Ten days full of theatre – Czech as well as European (…) Moreover, there is this friendly atmosphere of the festival people mingling with the right European artists. (…) There is no need to look all that far when looking for well-running examples of „good practice“.

Ján Balaj, curator of the international festival Divadelná Nitra, Slovakia 


Flora is unique due to its atmosphere of a student town with a perceptive audience and for the vigorous talent scouting dramaturgy which does not merely invite awarded productions, but also attempts to express clear views as to what contemporary progressive theatre is all about.

Ivan Buraj, Artistic Director of HaDivadlo, Brno


The city of Olomouc can be really proud of Flora.
It is of course my honour to be the face of such a festival!

Stanislav Majer, Czech Actor of 2016


It’s amazing here! People don’t disperse after the productions, but go together to the next one
– it’s like a rock’n’roll festival. Amazing, I love it here!

Franz Pätzold, Actor of the Year 2016,  laureate


Flora proves that the productions it offers are often hidden gems and provide the audience
with new perspectives and various points of view on the human body, movement and stage art.

Tereza Cigánková, Taneční aktuality


I am of the opinion that this is a truly unique opportunity, in this geographical area, to see the best from the past season, not only from the Czech and Slovak Republics, but also from Germany or Austria.

Martin Gazdík, dramaturg, Žilina Town Theatre


It is like passing never-ending shop windows, which hide ever changing and shocking aesthetic sets of products behind the unbreakable glass.

Barbora Kašparová,


Flora strives to maintain a casual and natural dialogue with the creators. The act of connecting up the audience and the festival actors provides it with a truly specific atmosphere.

David Drozd, head of Theatre Studies at the Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University, Brno 


I consider Flora Theatre Festival the most prestigious theatre festival in the Czech Republic.

Jan Horák, Artistic Director of Studio Hrdinů, Prague