It's been two weeks again. I've been mapping infrequently in the Janov Region, doing minimalist stuff as always, and this post is completely unplanned.
Two days ago, I showered. (Hygiene goals.) I like to think about stuff in the shower, particularly my love for Jesus, but that Saturday evening I got an interesting idea. I was feeling very artistic, as I sometimes do, and I figured it would be fun to have a music festival take place in my country. At first, since I'm a man of culture, I thought of classical music, but then I remembered this meme and I thought, "wow,," "you could make a religion out of this,"
and since I was drawing some boring forests around the town of Hustomyšl back then, I decided, sure, let's have Hustomyšl, the town of jazz.
(And then I figured since I have Hustomyšl, město džezu, it'd be fun to have Letěnín as město džemu (the town of jam) and Přemyslice as město dřezu (the town of the kitchen sink) - stay tuned.)
Anyways, I created the following poster.
Because creating a music festival without actually adding anything to the map would be blatant overwikification, I also drew a moderately precise sketch of the town and placed down some major features.
The town itself has about 18 thousand people, four supermarkets and a hospital of mediocre size and quality; but it has a historical town core, so even when the jazz festival ends, the tourist season doesn't. It can be reached by road 11 (about 1.25 hours from Odrava) or by train with a change in Janov or Beranov (that takes about 2.5 hours.) And why is it Hustomyšl that hosts the jazz festival, and not any other town in the country?
When jazz was imported to Drabantia in the late 1920s, most areas of the country were still largely rural and undeveloped. It was Karel Hlaváček, a Hustomyšl-born literature author and teacher who had traveled the world, and then introduced the local traditional folk groups to saxophones and clarinets. The combination of cymbals, violins, accordions and brass was so unusual it quickly became well-known all throughout the country and beyond. Hlaváček died in 1952, but his legacy lives on - countless folk jazz ensembles have been performing at the festival each year since 1965.
The park you see on the map on the right is named after him, and it's one of the main venues where the festival takes place. A flowerbed shaped like a saxophone, restaurants, kiosks, an amphitheater, a wooden carousel for the kids and even a miniature railway - the park has everything.
That saxophone trio, the dark-haired girl with a clarinet over there, them fellas with shiny trumpets and trombones, the blind pianist from Vodeo, even that dude over there who's carrying... a horn, okay, everyone is welcome at the Jazz Fest, so make sure to stop by! Starting June 29th, most concerts free of charge, sexy sax guys, what could you wish for more.
Comments are v welcome
Jazz is my life. This is my music