Dietrichstein Palace > Temporary exhibitions > The Wide Way to Brno: Broadside Ballads with Secular Themes

The Wide Way to Brno: Broadside Ballads with Secular Themes

4. 9. 2020 - 7. 3. 2021

Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Admission: regular 70 CZK, reduced 35 CZK, family 160 CZK


Profane broadside ballads fulfilled in the past a similar role as today journalism, i. e. they got over information, brought lessons but in the same time they tried to wake attention and entertain. The sung form of reporting has very old roots reaching back to legendary wandering singers. Since the 16th century, in connection with the boom of book printing, the song texts started to spread in form of simple booklets of several pages.



The exhibition presents broadside ballads from various points of view: their history, function, musical aspect, way of transmission  in broad population layers. The visitor can perceive all these aspects in usual written as well as visual form. The exhibited items and texts refer to Brno and Moravia.