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The “Janáček May” International Music Festival is a significant cultural gem. In the Czech Republic and throughout Europe, it is the largest and best known music festival named after Janáček. Leoš Janáček was born in Hukvaldy near Ostrava and died in Ostrava on 12 August 1921. He is buried at the Brno Central Cemetery. The tradition of this music festival held in Ostrava dates back to the second half of the last century. The festival is held every year in late May and early June and since 1976, it has been called Janáček May. This three-week long music festival with guest appearances by leading Czech, European and international interpreters, including excellent chamber and symphonic orchestras, traditionally opens with the notes of Janáček’s Sinfonietta. Festival concerts are held in different cultural venues around Ostrava, as well as in less conventional places such as the compressor room of the Mining Museum, in the courtyard of the Silesia-Ostrava Castle, etc.