International Festival of Contemporary Circus and Theatre

For nineteen years, Letní Letná has been setting the trends of contemporary circus in the Czech Republic and has become an integral part of the annual Czech and European map of cultural events.


Since its very beginning, the festival has presented the crème de la crème of international contemporary circus. It also systematically supports the local circus scene and has helped numerous artists enter the world of circus tents.


Letní Letná 2021

18th
edition
20
days
200
shows
50 000
visitors

Festival in its 18th edition

This year, the Letní Letná festival with a full program returned to Letenské sady to the delight of spectators and organizers alike. The international festival of the contemporary circus and theater in its 18th edition attracted 50,000 visitors. From 12 to 31 August, they could see performances full of acrobatic numbers, a rich children's program and interesting workshops.

International program

The festival was opened by the funambulist Johanne Humblet from the ensemble Les Filles Du Renard Pâle. Cirque Le Roux, who came from France to Letní Letná for the second time, enchanted the audience again. Their performance Deer In The Headlights, inspired by movies, reported sold out every night. There was also great interest in other French ensembles. Whether it was Cirque La Compagnie with a production between the circus and the grotesque L’Avis Bidon, or Compagnie 100 Issues, which humorously dealt with the serious theme of death in the novel Don’t Feed The Alligators.

Czech scene

The festival has long supported the development of a new circus in the Czech Republic as an important genre. Every year, spectators at the festival can experience a cross-section of the best that the Czech new circus has to offer. This year there were 20 performances and many ensembles took turns on the Czech stage: Losers Cirque Company, Cirk La Putyka, AirGym Art Company, Cirkus trochu jinak, Bratři v tricku, Žongléros Ansámbl, Cirkus TeTy, Divadlo DRAK, Cabaret Nomade, Zoja Mikotová a Tonda Novotný, solo performers Filip Zahradnický, Roman Škadra, Zuzana Drábová and "young circus stars" from CIRQUEON, KD Mlejn, Studia Cirk La Putyka, Cirkusu LeGrando and Žongléros Ansámbl.

Video: Aftermovie 2021, Atmosphere Letní Letná 2021, Festival's spot, trailer - Les Filles Du Renar Pâle, trailer - Cirque La Compagnie, trailer - 100 Issues, trailer - Cirque Le Roux, Message from festival's director
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When we were starting out, I frankly believed that contemporary circus was beautiful, free-minded, romantic, creative and exciting. I believed that it had a future and that it made sense to let the public know. And I am confident this still applies!

Jiří Turek
Jiří Turek
director and founder of the festival

The Letní Letná festival has celebrated its 15th birthday. Since its creation it has taught Czechs to love circus artists.

Reflex

Prague's Letní Letná festival brings international and Czech acts which inspire the audience to create their own definitions of contemporary circus. And every year, these definitions are challenged.

Radmila Hrdinová
Právo

Contemporary circus is a widely accessible genre, which makes it an easy starting point. Yet, disregarding the criterion of quality may be equally harmful in this field as in any other. Looking back at the thirteen editions of Letní Letná, there is no single item that wouldn’t reach the quality bar. A unique phenomenon, indeed.

Jana Machalická
Lidové noviny
EFFE

Since 2015 Letní Letná has held the EFFE label – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe. The label was created by European Festivals Association. In total 23 Czech festivals received it for period 2019 - 2021.