A TOWN IN THE TIMES OF BAROQUE / MUSEUM OF DOMAŽLICE
5 August | Wednesday 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Guided tours of the museum, a lecture in musical instruments of the Baroque period, a dance performance by the En Garde! ensemble including a lesson in Baroque dance
The Museum of Chodsko is the oldest museum in the Domažlice region. The initiative to found it goes back to 1883. Since 1931, the museum has been housed in a section of the premises of Chodský Castle. Here, visitors can explore an exhibition focusing on the history, ethnography and crafts of the Chodsko region. Unique exhibits include a "Wedding in the Style of Chodsko" which was created 80 years ago and is still on display unchanged. The castle tower is also accessible to the public, offering an interesting view of Domažlice. The foundation of Chodský Castle as well as the town of Domažlice dates back to the 1260s. The castle served as the administrative seat of royal burgraves until the early 16th century when it was damaged in a fire and left to fall into disrepair over the coming decades. In the period of 1726–1828, a Baroque salt storage with a tower was built in its place, based on drawings by Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer. The salt storage served its purpose until the early 19th century, when it started to be used in various different ways – first as a municipal office, then as a school and after that also as a museum.
Visitors are invited to attend the Town in the Times of Baroque programme by the Museum of Chodsko. Guided tours will present guests with the Baroque image of the town, and tell them what life was like in a Baroque townhouse as well as how the town's citizens would dress. In a lecture on Baroque music including a demonstration of period musical instruments, they will find out how things worked in the Baroque era in the art of music. The lecture is followed by a dance performance by the En Garde! ensemble, offering visitors an opportunity to join in and learn Baroque dances.
1:00pm – 4:00pm Guided tours of the museum, every hour
5:00pm – 5:30pm Lecture on musical instruments of the Baroque period including demonstrations
5:45pm – 6:45pm Performance by the En Garde! ensemble – offering a lesson in Baroque dance
ARTISTS AND PARTICIPANTS
EN GARDE! ENSEMBLE