Date: 23 March - 26 March 2023
Share your love of music with Choirs and Orchestras from all over the world in Prague
The city of Prague is magical and the friendly ambience of Prague as a festival venue is unique. Sometimes called the “City of a Hundred Spires”, Prague has opulent palaces, romantic castles and quaint churches. Spanning the River Vltava between the old and new quarters is the 14th century Charles Bridge – bustling with a busy throng of pedestrians, artists, puppeteers and musicians while the Old Town is a maze of cobbled streets running from Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square.
About Young Bohemia
Set in the city of a thousand spires, YoungBohemia was inaugurated in 2003 and is a firm favourite in the CCI schedule. 2023 looks set to maintain the proud tradition of its predecessors and is your chance to sing in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. This festival is one of the most culturally diverse and enjoyable European events for young musicians ages 8-26. The festival gives participants a chance to showcase their talent and skill, while also allowing choirs and orchestras to enjoy the beauty of Prague, one of the most attractive cities in Central Europe.
The festival includes a range of events hosted by Prague city officials, including opening and closing ceremonies, get-together concerts and social gatherings. Highlights include competing in spectacular venues such as the National House, performing in the historic St. Nicholas Church, sightseeing in Prague, an evening cruise on the Vltava River, and marching in a festive parade through the heart of the city.
Performance groups can participate in adjudicated or non-adjudicated sections. The friendly, cultural ambience of Prague as a venue is unique. Participants will have a chance to show their talent and skill, meet new friends and at the same time to enjoy the beauty of probably the most attractive cities in Central Europe
Festival highlights include:
Performing in the spectacular Majakovsky Hall in the National House
Participating in the festive parade through Prague’s city centre
Hearing the famous children’s choir, the Bambini di Praga
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Choirs and Orchestras arrive in Prague. Those arriving by plane are met by their local assistant who will assist with transfer to your hotel in Prague. Your local assistant will accompany your group to all events throughout the festival. Groups have a welcome dinner in their hotel restaurant.
In the evening, there is a reception for group leaders in the Old Town Hall hosted by the city representatives. Tonight, all groups attend the get-together party in the National House where groups can meet with other choirs and orchestras participating in the youngprague festival.
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel before meeting your local guide to transfer (usually by public transport) to the Majakovsky Hall in the National House for the festival opening ceremony and matinee concert by the famous Bambini di Praga, children’s choir.
After the opening concert, groups can enjoy a city tour of Prague with their with their local guide.
Competitive performances begin on this afternoon and groups have the opportunity to hear others perform. This is especially useful for those participating in the non-competitive category who might be considering a future competitive performance. After the days’ activities, groups can relax and mingle at an evening dinner in their hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, meet your local guide to transfer (usually by public transport) to the National House for the group rehearsal of all orchestras and choirs at the Majakovsky Hall. This is followed by performances of both choirs and orchestras in the competitive and non-competitive categories. In the afternoon, all groups participate in the festival parade in the city centre. The Parade route goes from Ovocny trh to Staromestské namesti at the Old Town Square. Groups really enjoy the festival parade and groups are encouraged to bring flags from their country for use in the parade. At the end of the parade all groups gather on the Old Town Square to rehearse the common composition.
Groups ahve their evening dinner in the hotel before attending the closing ceremony and awards in the National House. Choirs can then show off their dancing skills at the festival disco-party.
Transfer to Prague Airport
This sample itinerary is for information purposes only. All final itineraries are tailored to individual choirs requirements.
Choirs and Orchestras can choose to participate in the non-competitive Festival Category or to compete in the relevant Competition Categories.
Your festival ground arrangements include the following:
Three-nights in a 3* or 4* Hotel with breakfast
Dinner each evening
Festival participation fee
Participation in the festival concert together with other participating choirs (1-2 songs) Concert performance of 30-45 minute duration
Return airport transfers from airport with guide assistance on arrival
One free place for choir conductor on the ground
Meals throughout your stay
Daily buffet breakfast at the hotel
Dinner each night in your hotel
A CCI Tour Manager will be assigned to you for the duration of your booking, to assist in the pre-departure preparations and to assist with any issues during your stay.
Performance while in Prague
Concert performance in local church
Young Prague Competition at the National House
Post-parade performance: bands and orchestras perform a concert at an open-air stage on the Old Town Square. Choirs perform a concert at St. Nicholas Church on the Old Town Square
Awards ceremony group sing
Events during your stay
Guided sightseeing of Prague
Get-Together event to meet and mingle with all participating groups •Reception for Directors in Old Town Hall
Opening Ceremony with matinee concert
Parade through Prague City Center
Closing dance party
River cruise on the Vltava River (optional extra)
Transportation while in Prague
Choirs usually make their way around the city with the local guide via public transport. However, we can arrange coach transportation for your group as
Once you enquire with CCI you will be given your own dedicated festival planner, and this planner will also assist you with the booking of flights for your group. Choir Contact experienced travel consultants are able to advise you on the most appropriate flight options and will advise best fares at time of booking. We use the most up-to-date modern technology for searching best fares including low cost carriers, allowing us to book you the best flights at the best fares for a fully co-ordinated service. We use both low-cost internet fares and our long-standing relationships with other carries to ensure that we can secure the best travel option for your choir. We will advise you on luggage allowance and all details relating to your flight booking.
Travel Insurance CCI recommend that all travellers take out travel insurance at the time of booking.