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Glass Town Festival – Železný Brod - September 16 – 17, 2017

Published on September 15th, 2017 in Entertainment

  • Glass engraving demonstration at the Glass Town Festival in Železný Brod. Photo: J.M. Studio.

  • Traditional folk architecture in Železný Brod. Photo: Town of Železný Brod website, .

  • Glass jewelry produced by A.A.C Bižuterie, s.r.o. Photo: A.A.C Bižuterie website, .

  • Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, Zoomporphic Stone, 1958. Photo: Corning Museum of Glass website.

  • Ladislav Oliva, Sr., Plate with Abstract Decoration, 1958. Photo: Corning Museum of Glass website.

Are you looking for one last summer road trip through the beautiful Czech countryside, where you will also be able to hunt for unique and interesting glass vessels, beads, jewelry and tableware… look no further than the picturesque north Bohemian town of Železný Brod, which will host its annual Glass Town (Skleněné městečko) Festival, September 16-17, 2017.


Festival Advertisement - 2017 Photo: Skleněné Městečko website.


View of Železný Brod. Photo: Town of  Železný Brod website.


The festival, now in its 11th year, was created to promote awareness of glass production in this region. The festival offers visitors the opportunity to see and buy not only traditional glassware, jewelry and beads, produced locally, but also one-of-a-kind design objects and jewelry from local artists and designers that are otherwise hard to come by. Needless to say, there will be lots of fabulous finds to be found!


Adéla Oborníková, graduate of the High School of Applied Arts for Glassmaking (Strědní uměleckoprůmyslová škola), Glass Trees, 2013. Photo: Sanssouci Junior Glass Match


Located about 2 ½ to 3 hours from Prague by train, and 1 ½ hours by car, the festival several glassmaking demonstrations and workshops where you can blow, engrave, paint and fuse glass (and yes, even children can try!).


Glass Town Festival in Železný Brod, where visitors are welcome to try making glass. Photo: J.M Studio.


The full program of activities and participants can be found here.


Železný Brod became an important glassmaking center in the late 19th and early 20th century and is home to the famous glass school, the High School of Applied Arts for Glassmaking (Střední uměleckoprůmyslová škola sklářská), which opened during the First Republic of Czechoslovakia in 1920.


High School of Applied Arts for Glassmaking (Strědní uměleckoprůmyslová škola). Photo:  Ubytování website


Many famous 20th-century Czech glass artists were connected to this school, including Jaroslav Brychta, Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová and Ladislav Oliva. The school will be open to visitors during the festival and will have past and present student work on display.


Jaroslav Brychta, Vesmír (Universe) glass figurines, ca. 1958. Photo: Museum of Glass and Jewelry in Jablonec nad Nisou


Amy Hughes

Ph.D. Candidate

Dedalus Foundation Dissertation Fellow

Ústav dějin umění, Akademie věd České republiky, v. v. i

Art and Design History and Visual Culture Studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison



Glass Town (Skleněné Městečko) Festival in Železný Brod  

Dates: 16-17 Sept. 2017



City of Železný Brod (organizer of event)

City website:


Train Info:

See DB website for train schedules,



See Town of Železný Brod website for hotel suggestions,