The town of Písek is synonymous with culture, and its genius loci has made it a favourite place for many an artist – poets, writers, composers, painters, photographers, and filmmakers, all who continue to find inspiration here for their works.
Cultural services and programs are offered by the Písek Cultural Center. Part of this contributory organization is the Fráňa Šrámek Theater in Palackého Garden, the House of Culture at the New Bridge, whose extensive reconstruction was completed in 2005, the Portyč Cinema located on the opposite bank of the river behind the complex of buildings in Čechova Street, and the church of St. Trinity, which serves as a concert hall. Every year, the Cultural Center organizes the town festival Touch Písek and other interesting events such as the Jazz In Pisek, Film Písek, Písek Cultural Summer and International Summer Violinist Summer Courses. Photos from the events are here.
Events are also held in Theatre Pod Čarou. The reconstructed Malthouse (Sladovna) and newly also the Municipal Library are used as the town's cultural centers. In addition, various events are organized in the open air – e.g. on the squares of the town centre, in the Gothic fosse and Bakaláře area, in Palackého Gardens or at the Stone Bridge.
The Spring Festival that opens a season is organized at the most significant Písek monument – Stone Bridge. At the beginning of May, giant sand statues are built on the quay of the Otava River, an undoubted sign that the “Pískoviště” event that brings many activities not only for families with children is coming near. Šrámkův Písek, the national show of the amateur theatre organized at the end of May, has more than 50-year tradition. The weekend following 8 June, is under the sign of the renewed Písek Town Festival. In summer, various music and entertaining events take place here, such as the Summer Festival and the International Folklore Festival in late August. September in Písek is connected with the musical festival “Cool v plotě”, puppet theatre festival or the Beer festival. In October, you can usually meet Film festival and one of the oldest running races in our country – Forest Running around America. The St. Martin Festival and a ball season that starts in this period then pass into the Advent in Písek.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS IN PÍSEK (in Czech)