With Spring in Hand
The benefit concerts titled With Spring in Hand (S Jarem za ruku) have been organized by the Mathilda foundation together with the non-profit organization Tyfloservis and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic for 7 years. As every year, the proceedings are used to help the visually impaired through social rehabilitation programs offered by our partner Tyfloservis.
These “spring” concerts have a different tone than those organized in the Estates Theatre. One of its purposes is also to serve as a thank-you for friends and partners of the Mathilda foundation and Tyfloservis. Additionally, Tyfloservis donates a bell of gratitude to an individual for their lifelong contribution to the visually impaired. The concert does not focus only on classical music, but also includes performances in other genres (jazz, swing).
Joint performances by a main performer with visually impaired artists have also become a matter of fact on these concerts.
Artists that have performed at the With Spring in Hand concerts in the previous years: Emil Viklicky, Jaroslav Sveceny, Roman Schenk, Jana Koubkova, Tomas Pavlan, Ondrej Havelka and Melody Makers, trio Makabara, Jiri Suchy, Jitka Molavcova, Jiří Stivin, Marketa Stivinova, Musica pro Sancta Cecilia
An event that certainly deserves to be mentioned is the presentation of the 1st breeding female for guide dogs of the Mathilda foundation, Liffi. Liffi comes from a specialized breeding station in Bratislava and her purchase was made possible thanks to a contribution of CZK 700 thousand from the CEZ Foundation. Liffi will help lay the foundations for the breeding of excellent guide dogs for the visually impaired. In particular, she should ensure a continuous supply of pedigree puppies in excellent condition for as long as possible; after proper training, these puppies will then become highly useful guide dogs.