About us

The Arts and Theatre Institute

The Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI) is a state-funded organization founded by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1959 as the Theatre Institute. Since the middle of the 1970s it has been based in the Baroque Manhart House on Celetná Street in Prague. In 2007 the institute changed its name to the Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI).

The mission of the Arts and Theatre Institute is to provide the Czech and international public with a comprehensive range of services in the field of theatre and individual services connected to other branches of the arts (music, literature, dance and visual arts). The ATI collects objects and work relating to the theatre, processes and provides access to them, pursues research, initiates and participates in international projects, and publishes scholarly work. The ATI is also the headquarters of the Czech Office of the EU Culture Programme (Czech Cultural Contact Point)

The ATI has 65 employees, one-third of them work part time. Although the ATI is funded with the help of a contribution from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, almost 31% of its funding is self-generated revenue.

The Theatre Institute

The Theatre Institute (TI) is a centre of information, advice, education, production, and publishing for the field of theatre. It openly provides a broad range of services (a library, bibliography, documentation, video library, web portals, and databases), initiates and takes part in international projects, promotes and presents Czech theatre abroad, collects work and objects relating to the theatre, engages in research and documentation, and publishes scholarly work on the theatre.

More about The Theatre Institute here.

The Arts Institute

The Arts Institute (AI) was founded in 2005 as a separate department of the Theatre Institute with the mission of advancing and elevating the social prestige of art. The AI supports the exchange of information and experience between artistic fields, provides information and advisory services, pursues educational activities, and presents and promotes Czech art abroad.

More about The Arts Institute here.

Our portals


Czech Literature Portal

Pražské Quadriennale - mezinárodní soutěžní přehlídka scénografie a divadelní architektury

Norway Grants

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