Mar 14, 2024

600th Anniversary of Jan Žižka’s Death Celebrated in Tábor with Film, Exhibition, and Battles!

This year marks the 600th anniversary of the death of Jan Žižka – a key figure in the 15th-century Hussite movement – and the town of Tábor and the Hussite Museum have prepared a grand celebration in his honor.

The program extends throughout 2024, offering a variety of events for all ages and interests.

The Year of Žižka commenced with a museum exhibition in February, followed by a documentary film project.

A competition for school teams invites students to create short videos about Žižka, while the “Tábor Encounters” festival returns in September, showcasing the town’s rich history.

A highlight for history buffs is sure to be the dramatic reenactment of a historical battle planned for July 20th near the Klokoty Monastery. The Plzeňský Landfrýd association will stage the conquest of Příběnice Castle, complete with cavalry, swordsmen, and a historic marketplace.

Those seeking a battle experience even sooner can head to the 11th Battle of Sudoměra on March 23rd.

Official commemorative events will take place on October 10th, featuring a ceremony at the Jan Žižka monument and a lecture by historian Petr Čornej.

The celebrations culminate on October 12th with a public display of the Hussite army encampment in Tismenické údolí, showcasing military training demonstrations, period cuisine, and traditional music.

The entire program is funded by the town of Tábor, showcasing their commitment to honoring the legacy of Jan Žižka.

Žižka, born circa 1360, led Hussites until he died in 1424, shaping Czech history with his religious and military leadership.


Here is the whole program: 

  • From 1 April to 30 November: Jan Žižka exhibition featuring works by pupils of the O. Nedbal Art School in Tábor
  • From 25 April to 11 May: Jan Žižka 1424-2024 exhibition at the Hussite Museum in Tábor – Gothic Hall and adjacent galleries
  • Friday 21 June: concert of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra – Žižkovo Square
  • Saturday 20 July: reconstruction of the historical battle of the Conquest of Příběnice Castle
  • Friday 13 to Sunday 14 September: International historical festival Táborská setkání – Old Town
  • From 10 to 12 October: Žižka Weekend
  • Friday, 10 October: festive commemorative event on Žižka Square from 5 p.m.
  • Friday, 10 October: lecture by historian Petr Čornej About Jan Žižka – Gothic Hall of the Old Town Hall from 6 pm
  • Saturday 11 October preview of the film “The Truth about Jan Žižka” – Svět cinema
  • Sunday 12 October: Žižka’s military camp – Tismenické údolí from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., demonstrations of Hussite army training, period cuisine, roving music, Hussite chant.



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