The 18th edition year of the Letní Letná or Summer Letná festival of new circus and avant garde theatre will kick off on Thursday, August 12 at Prague’s Letná Park.
Until the end of August, colourful tents raised among the greenery not far from Prague Castle will host troupes and ensembles from the Czech Republic and abroad.
Since its founding in 2004, the festival Letní Letná presented 1,162 shows that were attended by the overall number of 251,300 spectators.
Thanks to the festival, the Czech Republic has hosted prominent names of the international contemporary circus scene, among them NoFit State Circus, Cirque Ici, Cirque Trottola, Les Colporteurs, 7 Fingers, Cirkus Cirkör, Compagnie XY, Compagnie Rasposo, Cirque Baroque, Cahin Caha, Malabar, Atelier Lefeuvre & André, Cie Galapiat, Le Poivre Rose, Cirque Inextremiste, Le Boustrophedon and many more.
The festival’s attractiveness is incessantly growing: the first edition offered 60 shows to 6,300 spectators. In 2018, there were over 190 shows and over 53,000 visitors. 90% of the tickets for the evening shows were sold out.
Letní Letná has grown into a stable pillar of the cultural calendar, not only in Prague but also on the national level, building up a unique profile of an event that systematically hosts the best of international contemporary circus and, at the same time, provides cultural and leisure activities to children and their families.
The festival also helps mediate contact between Czech artists and the international scene and therefore encourages the growth and development of the genre of contemporary circus in the Czech Republic.