The main aim of the cultural and scientific ARCTIC FESTIVAL 2019 was to make a follow-up to the Days of Czech Culture and Science called AT HOME IN SVALBARD 2018 on the occasion of Czechoslovakia’s Centenary, 25th anniversary of the Czech Republic and 10th anniversary of the regular scientific research stays of the Czech scientists in Svalbard, to deepen the acquired contacts between the Centre for Polar Ecology (CPE), University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, and the University Centre in Svalbard in Longyearbyen (UNIS) and to start cooperation between new partners. The Czech public got
Summary of the results
Events organized within the bilateral cooperation between the Centre for Polar Ecology, U. of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, and the U. Centre in Svalbard in Longyearbyen, provided the Czech public with achievements of Nordic and Czech scientists in Arctic research, with culture and history of the Arctic nations, and with common Czech-Arctic cultural and scientific activities in the Czech Republic and in the Arctic. The knowledge on the Arctic issues was spread by a joint Czech-Arctic popular-scientific conference, by a joint travelling exhibition on Czech-Norwegian research and educational activities organized in Prague, České Budějovice, Třeboň and other places in the Czech Republic and by a joint Czech-Norwegian theatre performance for children Five Hits to a Hat and a joint Czech-Arctic music festival at the Archa Theatre. Moreover, the organizers of the Festival published a new re-written book about Julius Payer, Czech polar explorer and painter and provided a literary discussion with Norwegian author Monica Kristensen on her books “Kullunge” and “Hollenderens grav” from Svalbard. The shared results, deepened cooperation and acquired new contacts between the Czech participants of Artic Festival 2019, the Donor States participants and other foreign participants will be used in future joint scientific and cultural projects. The preparations for the Arctic Festival 2020 have already started. The future idea is to open an Arctic Festival every year.