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Welcome to “What’s Up Brno?” – Where every Sunday, we offer you an overview of events in the city over the next week! We only list English-friendly events, unless otherwise mentioned in the event description. Image: Casadei Graphics. 

Brno, Dec 1 (BD) – Join the Film Music Tour or the Snow Film Fest as they take us on a stunning red carpet ride of iconic movie soundtracks and winter-themed films. Keep the chill out by trying the delicious hot food at the Gourmet Christmas market, or check out the meeting for foreigners about Czech Christmas traditions. Alongside these exciting events, there are many other events to keep you entertained, despite the drizzling rain and foggy days. Discover more below!

Celebrate the festive season by doing your bit for homeless and handicapped animals, at Útulek Tibet’s Christmas Bazaar for Rescue Animals (Vánoční charitativní bazárek pro Útulek Tibet). There are over 100 rescued dogs, cats and other animals cared for by the private non-profit shelter Útulek Tibet. Contributing a little financial support with small gifts such as caps, bracelets, and mugs is one way to help build a better home for these animals, or volunteering at the event is also a great thing to do over the Christmas holiday. The event runs for two days, on December 2nd from 11am – 9pm and on December 3rd from 10am – 8pm, at Kavárna Trojka. You can find more information on the Facebook event (in Czech) page. 

Photo by Útulek Tibet.

If you feel like you’ve been stuck in a musical rut, the Film Music Tour 2019 offers an instant remedy. The exceptional concert program will include dazzling excerpts from the Lord of the Rings, along with popular fairy tale masterpieces from Disney, featuring the most famous Czech movies and the blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody! The concert is guaranteed fun for the whole family, and will take place on December 2nd at Sono Music Club. Check the Facebook event (in Czech) for more information.

For cultural history buffs, or foreigners living in Brno who want to find out how Czechs celebrate Christmas, spend an evening at the Scout Institute for meeting about Czech Christmas traditions. The gathering will be a great experience connecting international students, expats, visitors and locals through the vibrant Czech traditions of Christmas, from tasting traditional dishes, decorating gingerbread cookies, predicting the future, singing carols around a decorative Christmas tree and listening to fairy tales. The event will be held in English on December 3rd. Participants are required to register in advance. You can find more information about the event at the Facebook event (in English). 

Andi Schmied’s incredible artwork, combining the architectural framing of social space with physical and audio-visual production, is another hot cultural tip for this week. The “Andi Schmied Show” showcases installations, printed work and performances related to unpredictable human behaviour and urban anomalies. The exhibition will be held at Praha / Forum for Architecture and Media on December 3rd. Find more information at the Facebook event (in Czech and English).

The Snow Film Fest is an unmissable part of the Brno winter calendar, screening a selection of the greatest films about outdoor activities including cycling, climbing, and surfing, under the extreme weather of winter. The international film festival brings to Brno an exceptional showcase of outdoor films from the USA (Queen Maud Land), Austria (Onekotan), Germany (Ice and Palms), the Czech Republic (Můj Svět) and more. The festival will take place at the Brno Travellers’ Club on December 4th. To see all the films screened at the festival, check out the Facebook event (in Czech). 

Expect a mouth-watering variety of food and drink options at the Gourmet Christmas market (Gurmánské Vánoce) on Dominikánské náměstí. Gourmet delicacies on offer will include Fried Pirôžky, Brno sandwiches, French pancakes; craft beers and hot wine, as well as gifts for home decoration. Everything from jewellery to Justpunč rum-base wine to cheese and artwork will be on sale. The market is open from now until January 5th. You can find more information about the food, drink and other stalls on the Facebook event page (in Czech).  

Gourmet Christmas market (Gurmánské Vánoce) on Dominikánské náměstí last year. Photo credit: CG/ Brno Daily.

Keeping African pygmy hedgehogs and hamsters as pets has recently come back into vogue. Are you a part of that trend? Or do you wish you could foster one of these tiny pets? Come to the exhibition of rats and African hedgehogs to get a better understanding of these fascinating species, especially in the field of breeding and hedgehog health. The exhibition will take place in Lužánky park on December 7th. You can also use the Facebook group to discuss your pets or learn more about hedgehogs. Check the Facebook event (in Czech) for more information about the exhibition. 

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