Archaion Kallos International Festival of Orthodox Music invites you to a beautiful spiritual and musical experience. In its literal sense, the Greek expression “archaion kallos” means “ancient beauty,” but in the vocabulary of the Holy Fathers of the Eastern Christian Church, “archaion kallos” speaks of a certain archetype, an “original beauty;” that is to say, the beauty which man beheld in Paradise and which he experienced after Creation.
The association Philokallia (a word of Greek origin meaning “love of the beautiful”) gave this name to the first and only festival of Orthodox music in Prague because they perceive every act in sacred music, whether of composition or interpretation, as a kind of conscious or unconscious search for this pristine beauty, the Archaion Kallos.
As in previous years, the festival will present a wide and varied spectrum of Orthodox music, ranging from the sounds of Byzantine music through romanticism (P. I. Tchaikovsky), to works by leading contemporary composers such as Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt and Ivan Moody, as well as world premieres of both established and emerging Czech composers – this year there will be sound installations by Slavomír Hořínka and Mikuláš Mrva and a piano piece by Jan Dřízal.
The festival is held under the auspices of:
the Minister of Culture, Lubomír Zaorálek
the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus, Antonios Theocharous
the Mayor of Prague 2, Jana Černochová
and with the blessings of
His Eminence Michal, Archbishop of Prague and the Czech Lands.
We look forward to seeing you and trust that this year’s festival will take us all a step closer to Archaion Kallos.