The fifth largest city in the Czech Republic situated on the banks of the river Morava is a traditional business and transit center, a gate to the Jeseníky Mountains. Due to its historical significance, ancient university, cultural, military and religious tradition, the city has rightly become the center of the Olomouc region.
City center surrounded by plentiful parks and medieval city walls is, after Prague, the second oldest and largest historical reservation in the Czech Republic. Contemporary character of the city is formed not only by its historical monuments but also by its offer of cultural and social events for people of all ages.
Among traditional events in Olomouc are Flora Olomouc Exhibition, the third largest theater festival in the Czech Republic Theater Flora, Festival of Film Animation and also Academia Film Olomouc.
The Art Centre of the Palacký University (Konvikt)
The Baroque building of the former Jesuit College is one of the oldest parts of the university in Olomouc. After an exacting renovation on a grand scale, the Palacký University now owns a spacious historical building with many original rooms and halls.
Five fine art departments of the Philosophical Faculty and Faculty of Education have thus gained new lecture halls, fine art studios, recording studios, representative conference halls for international venues, and rooms for its students and teachers.
The Art Centre of the Palacký University, besides being a teaching and research institution, is involved in the everyday cultural and artistic life of the city and the region, and has a specific program structure. The artists, ensembles and companies performing there are linked with the specialized orientation of the local institutions and their contacts with artists and experts from the Czech Republic and from abroad. Apart from the university cinema and theatre, Konvikt houses a concert hall in the Corpus Christi Chapel, atrium and several galleries as well.