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The second year of the Open Air PHOTO Festival introduces non-traditional approach to addiction

Open Air Foto Festival Český Krumlov is becoming Mekka for photographic art again. The second year of the unique Open Air PHOTO Festival is taking place on 5. - 7. June, this time in the theme Man and Addiction. The programme full of photo stages, genres, workshops, and meetings with both Czech and International top experts will delight not only beginners and hobby photographers, but also professionals and artists. 

Active festival programme is attracting photographers from the whole Europe

Open-air FOTO Festival

The original concept of the festival, where expositions are placed straight into a scenery of the historic centre of the UNESCO town, mingling professionals with amateur photographers, makes the fantastical a real phenomenon. „I dare say that the festival like this does not take place anywhere in the Europe. The programme has been designed so that visitors are not only passive viewers, but they are involved in the action. They can take photo of many attractive photo scenes until their battery is flat or a memory card is full" says Martina Ptáčková,  Director of the Open Air PHOTO Festival.

The first day of the festival will be dedicated mainly to education.   The St. Agnes Secondary School will turn into the centre of the events.  A part of the programme will be many meetings, lectures, or workshops, lead by the top experts in their fields from our country and from abroad. The festival will be opened by a world-famous photographer Robert Vano with his premiere workshop Two (genres) in one (days). Tereza z Davle will introduce taking photo of nude and glamour.  She made an exception for the festival and will run the only public workshop this year in Český Krumlov.  Fashion genre will be under the baton of  Lukáš Dvořák, glamour will be lead by Filip Matušínký.  You can shoot the human body in motion with renowned Tamara SofiG Černá. Magic of cyanotype will be revealed by Gabriela Kolčavová, period portrait will be presented by Štěpánka Stein. Jan Pohribný will show you how to work with light; air photography with Libor Sváček, meeting with a traveller Lenka Klicperová, or school of styling with Stan Steiner will not be missing.

The festival can boast the star-studded foreign attendance. For the first time visiting the Czech Republic, a photographer known as Aurum Light presents his two-day „milky" workshop. Visitors can also see a world-famous British street photographer Alex Lambrechts, Daria Ilow from Poland, or Nadia Norskott from Norway.  To mention projections, worth seeing will be  X-photographers, Czech Press Photo, introduction of young Czech-Slovak talents or projections of  Czech and Slovak universities with photography as a branch do study.

The historic centre turns into photogenic background

Open-air FOTO Festival The programme will move from lecture halls to the streets of Český Krumlov, mainly on Saturday and Sunday. A very important part of the programme will be photogenic works of students from secondary art schools and colleges from CR and SR.  Within the ART ROOM competition, the students were tasked to create such works in the year theme that any photographer can't resist taking photo of it. So a lot of costume designs, photo stages, installations, or happenings came into existence, and the best ones will be presented in Český Krumlov.  

In addition to attractive localities of the historic centre, which already served last year, art productions and photo stages this year will be in further places.  Newly it will be the Synagogue n as exhibiting and relaxing space. Visitors can look forward to photogenic programme in the town streets, for example acrobats of a new circus Circus in a different way, exciting glamour with the finalists of Czech Beauty in the City Lounge club, portrait in the Museum Fotoateliér Seidel, industrial premises in Hradební street including the Stolen Gallery, art nude in the Prokyš Hall,  fashion in the City Theatre, modern sports in the  City park,  or a wedding workshop in the Mouse Hole.

Open-air FOTO Festival

Saturday evening in the City Theatre will be dedicated to the announcement of winners of competitions ART ROOM, the world competition Photo Award, and Photographer of the year 2014 of FotoVideo magazine.

Focused on addiction

Social and philosophical overlap of this year's festival theme will be present across the whole programme.  Volunteers - clients of a psychiatric hospital Červený dvůr, specialized in drug addiction treatment, will be involved in preparations of the programme.  A team for young people Brno plans a meeting with experts on prevention.

The way how is addiction perceived by modern secondary school students the visitors can judge through students´  art works designed for the festival. But also professional artists and some of the visitors - members of Czech and foreign photo clubs expressed themselves on the theme with their production.

In form of experience, the festival will introduce a range of other addictions - for example the modern one - addiction to Selfie, uncommon addiction to pain by the Hell studio, or Japanese bondage with an excellent exhibition of  Petr Jedinák.