47th Kmochův Kolín international festival of brass band music underway
The 47th Kmochův Kolín international festival of “dechovka” or brass band music has got underway in the central Bohemian town of Kolín. The Czech president, Václav Klaus, officially opened the three-day festival. Organisers said their aim this year was to attract more young people by placing a greater emphasis on contemporary music than in previous years. The festival is named after 19th century brass band composer and conductor František Kmoch, who was from the town.