- June 13, 2016
FSC #121: Brno, Czech Republic
Good evening and Welcome! To this very special edition of the Forum Song Contest. Tonight we gather in beautiful Brno to celebrate 10 years of FSC. Beginning in March of 2009, the Forum Song Test has been help monthly with 59 different juries submitting their entries at one time or another. Throughout it all, we've celebrated music from around the world. Together we've travelled from megacities like London and Paris to tiny hamlets like the Pitcarin Islands. Thank you to everyone, past and present, for making the FSC community so great!
We gather here tonight, in the stunning city of Brno in the Czech Republic, as Katie Kei brought home the victory with her song Burn it down Click on the photo above to listen to it!
Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic and the largest city in the historical Moravian region. Founded around the year 1000, the city acted as one of historical capitals of the region, and today is home to many institutions related to Moravian history and culture. At the same time, Brno represents the administrative center of the contemporary South Moravian Region, and is the headquarters of the republic's judicial system. With a population around 380,000, Brno is located in a beautiful natural environment between South Moravian vineyards and the Moravian Karst, and is an easy drive to the nearby Austrian border. The city center is full of historical buildings, old churches, theaters, fountains, sculptures, clubs, and restaurants. It is very compact, so one can just walk around most of the places of interest.
There are several legends connected with the City of Brno; one of the best known is the Legend of the Brno Dragon. It is said that there was a terrible creature terrorizing the citizens of Brno. The people had never seen such a beast before, so they called it a dragon. They trembled in fear of the dragon until a brave man decided to kill the monster by tricking it into eating a carcass filled with lime. In reality the dragon was a crocodile, the preserved body of which is now displayed at the entrance of the Old Town Hall. Crocodile and dragon motifs are common in Brno.
Brno is home to many famous festivals, including the famous Ignis Brunensis one of the world's largest fireworks festivals. The biggest festival of its kind in Central Europe, the Ignis Brunensis attracts thousands of visitors every day. Brno is also home to the Cinema Mundi which shows Czech films that compete for the Czech nomination to the Best Foreign Language film at the Academy Awards. Brno is also home to the UNESCO heritage site Villa Tugendhat. This stunning architectural wonder has today become an icon of modernism. Originally built by a Jewish family in 1929, the villa has a long history. It was possessed by the Gestapo during World War Two and served as stables for the Soviet Union following the conclusion of the War. In August of 1992, Václav Klaus and Vladimír Mečiar, the political leaders of Czechoslovakia, met there to sign the document that divided the country into the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic. It was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 2001.
The biggest multi-purpose hall in Brno, opened in 1982. The first event held at the Náplavka Hall, as it was originally called, was a bowling world cup. Nowadays, it hosts various concerts, sports and cultural events, workshops, and more. Mainly, however, it is where the local ice hockey team Kometa regularly plays. The stadium seats around 7,700 fans and is almost always sold out. The hall is very conveniently located only a 10-minute walk from the main train and bus stations.
The HC Kometa Brno remains one of the most successful Czech hockey clubs. They've won three European cup titles, and 13 Czech League championship titles. They have also won the prestigious Spengler Cup in 1955, one of the largest international ice hockey tournaments.
Please welcome our hosts: Libor Bouček and Angeé Svobodová
Libor Bouček (born 2 December 1980) is a renowned host and producer of Czech TV and Radio. His present preoccupation is with the leading radio station EVROPA 2 and the television market leader in the Czech Republic, TV NOVA, as host, moderator, producer, scriptwriter and content supervisor. He graduated in 2003 from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and his list of activities before and after graduation is impressive.
Recently he has worked as part of the hosting team at the European Athletics Championships, Champions Hockey League, and the Davis Cup final. Away from sports, Libor has hosted television shows such as The Voice of CzechoSlovakia, Miss Czech Republic, and the gameshow Wipeout. He has also worked as a dubbing actor for parts in many films, such as Ice Age 2, Kung Fu Panda, and Avengers.
A true cosmopolite who is fluent in Czech, English, German, Libor Bouček has brought licensed world’s leading TV formats (e.g. WIPEOUT, The Voice) to the Czech Republic, has interviewed international stars like Robbie Williams, Seal, Cher, Harrison Ford, Reinhold Messner, Tokio Hotel or Scorpions
Angeé Klára Svobodová
Angeé Klára Svobodová is a choreographer and dancer. She has worked on a number of television formats as the lead choreographer including Tvoje tvář má známý hlas. Including work on television and stage, Angeé has choreographed performances as part of major singers tours, including Kanye West and the Pussycat Dolls.
The Opening Act:
Jelen, Míša Tučná - Spím v obilí
The Closing Act
Please click on the photo of iconic Czech athletes Jaromir Jagr and Ester Ledka to listen to our closing act: Za100let - Za 100 let. This song was recorded by some of the most profilific Czech artists in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Republic
The seven deal evaluation period now begins, following that, a vote collector and voting deadline will be named.