FIJO – International Festival of Youth Wind Orchestras
Since 1970 the town of Cheb has been an organizer of the INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF YOUTH WIND ORCHESTRAS – FIJO, (le Festival Internacional des Jeunes Orchestres Instruments á vent). Mr. Václav Kučera, music lover, conductor and founder of the youth wind orchestra in Cheb, teacher at the Cheb´s music school, was at the birth of this festival. The idea of founding the wind music festival was supported by famous personalities of the Czech music world, wind orchestra’s conductors and music composers - Jindřich Praveček, Karel Vacek, Jaromír Vejvoda, Václav Poncar. Since the first year of the festival 378 orchestras and majorettes´ groups from 32 countries of Europe and Asia have taken part in the festival. The town of Cheb regaled 21 426 festival participants. The festival is run biannually. The program includes two music pieces performed by all orchestras together. The music composition “Flags Flaunt” by Jindřich Praveček became the symbolic anthem of the festival.
The festival is held regularly every even year at the turn of June and July.
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