Rural paradises?

    Festival about rural art, culture and ecology

    Discussions, concerts, honey cakes, walk…


    6 – 8 July 2012

    in Kravín / Hranice u Malče and around St. Kunhuta church / Polom u Trhové Kamenice

    FRIDAY JULY 6: Rural paradises? (conference)

    The aim of the meeting of art organizations working in the rural context is to offer a new perspective of the countryside as a recourse and a place of work of artists and provide a platform for presentations of the projects, developed in rural spaces. A half ironical title suggests the direction of the debate, challenging the ideas about the village life.

    It takes place in the old cowhouse in Vysočina region (being in the process of re-building into a cultural centre), and freely follows the conference and exhibition On a different soil (Nov. 2011, Nová scéna in Prague), which circulated around the themes of city gardening, new approach to soil and natural processes in art. The initiatives from the area of Železné hory (Iron Mountains) and its surrounding, as well as the international visitors will participate.

    The discussion will touch the relations between city and rural art contexts. Let’s have a look, what has happened with the old agricultural estates, former industrial zones, cinemas, cultural centres, barracks, farads/parishes, secularized churches. What sense and meaning did the rural art groups have in the past, and how they define their role nowadays? What are the new themes developed outside of the established centers of art? And why should the rural space be a good place for art anyway?

    Screening of a short movie Dinner with Cows (2005) from Kultivator.


    After dark, the concert with film projection na beton by Georgy Bagdasarov, announcing the opening of a casual and occasional summer cinema Na beton (its title signifying the location – on the concrete -, but also Czech expression meaning “natch” or “apple sure”). The projection will be a tribute to a once planned railway line, which was supposed to go through the nearby Maleč, but the building of which was never started.

    SATURDAY JULY 7: Honey morning and trip to Polom

    A competition in making the best honey cake will take place on the courtyard. The baked results will be evaluated by a jury, prize awaiting the winners. A small refreshment from the local sources, exhibitions and presentations of rural art will be prepared. 

    In the afternoon we set forth for a walk, stopping at several places in the neighborhood – during the 9 km walk we cross the second biggest hill of Železné hory – Spálava. On the road, the lectures by historian Zdeněk Pehal about landscape and its history and about the extinct village Hudeč. As well as artists’ interventions (play on the fences by Pavel Havrda and others).We will come to St. Kunhuta church in Polom, where an additional program in cooperation with Polom NGO will take place – concert by The Pololáníks, improvization by Petr Vrba and screening of the documentary movie Malupien, Olšový spas (2008) by Martin Ryšavý. Also refreshments and discussion. There is a possibility to sleep in the church tower or outside.


    In the cowhouse stables, the installation Vítr – documentation of the marching band festival (October 2011), exhibition of the photographs of the rural art centres, and presentation of the project Bibliobox by will take place during the 3 days (Fri – Sun).

    The recyclation workshop with Juraj Gábor will be happening concurrently with the other program on Friday and Saturday.

    Also, the presentation of a new RurArtMap in-progress – of (not only) rural art initiatives (in cooperation with

    Some practical info:

    You can sleep in the garden of Kravín in your own sleeping bag or without (no hot shower provided!) on Friday, and in Polom surrounding or in the bell tower on Saturday. You can find the information about how to get to the place HERE (check the bus / train connection twice – Friday is the national holiday).

    The festival is the final event of the RUB (Rural vs. Urban at the Border) project, organized by Yo-yo in cooperation with several partners in 2011-2012.

    With the support from: European Cultural Foundation (ECF)