Our activities also include support for communities in the region in which we operate, and refining public space. We renovate historical structures, revitalise natural spaces and build centres for social life.
Energy for beneficial projects
Building public space
Caring for nature and the young generation
We devote energy to projects that contribute towards social development and have positive impacts on the lives of the people living in the region. Responsibly and sustainably.
The restoration of the Mount of Olives on Holy Hill in Mikulov
In our country, Holy Hill in Mikulov is a unique example of a cultural landscape in which natural and historical gems come together and a work by man resonates with respect for nature. At its foot, in the southwestern part named Mount of Olives, there are the remnants of a limestone rocky steppe characterised by the presence of rare, protected plants.
This popular destination for tourists is an example of great cooperation between a series of entities. All the activity is coordinated by Biosférická rezervace Dolní Morava, o. p. s., while we participate in the development of the locality both organisationally and financially. The project author, botanist Mgr. Rigasová, has created a demonstration of a limestone steppe with a downy oak and rare plants, creating a beautiful view towards the town of Mikulov and the distant horizon on its southern side.
The environment required the removal of unsuitable trees and bushes and the planting of trees, bushes and grass/herb vegetation more appropriate to the locality. We also installed benches and information boards with important historical and natural history information, and support the annual care for this territory. The view easily competes with lookout towers, meaning you can enjoy a breath-taking spectacle without having to climb any steps.
Modernisation of the suburban forest and adjacent area of the part of Hodonín known as Bažantnice
Since 2016 we have supported the transformation of the part of the town of Hodonín called Bažantnice into a modern public space that will serve both local residents and the frequent visitors. In 2017, and in cooperation with the town of Hodonín, we involved students at the Faculty of Horticulture at Mendel University in Brno and the general public in the idea with the goal of building a space for leisure activities.
Residents of Hodonín can enjoy culture, sport and the discovery of natural beauty in an environment surrounded by nature and interesting historical elements. Bažantnice Lives is a long-term initiative supported by our company in cooperation with the town of Hodonín, the South Moravian Region, and the Karel Komárek Family Foundation.
Saving Butterfly Paradise in Ždánice
The steppe to forest-steppe character of the landscape in Ždánice is a genuine natural treasure. 84 types of diurnal butterflies live here – more than half the types found in the whole of the country – along with many types of birds and plants. Hence we have been providing long-term support for the Saving Butterfly Paradise project, which ensures the maintenance of suitable conditions for the occurrence of a large quantity of herbs and grasses that butterflies need in their lifecycles.
Revitalisation of the chateau pond at Lednice
In close cooperation with Biosférická rezervace Dolní Morava, o. p. s. we are participating in the revitalisation of the chateau pond. This revitalisation is comprised of the maintenance of dozens of inclined trees, and the removal of accumulated silt and leaves from the flooded banks. The sediment was removed with the help of a special “floating excavator” with a powerful sludge pump, and now bird colonies on Volavčí and Ovčí islands have the peace and calm they need for nesting and caring for their young.
The goals of the popular movement-oriented programme for children in the Hodonín Region are to build a positive and long-term relationship to physical exercise through play, and to enable children to try out a wide range of sports. They thus get the opportunity to join the Hodonín Football Club and the Hodonín Athletics Club or to enjoy another sport that interests them. The Kindergartens in Motion project is part of the systematic support for sport in the town of Hodonín.
Over 270 girls and boys from a total of ten schools and kindergartens from Hodonín and nearby are involved in the project. This promotion of sport and a healthy lifestyle in the region has resulted in increased interest in sport among the youngest generation, and also the creation of new girls’ football teams.
We are a long-term partner of many cultural and nature conservation projects in the Lednice-Valtice area.
One of these projects is the Lednice-Valtice Music Festival, which resonated to the spirit of Balkan rhythms this year.
The LVMF was established in 2016 with the aim of bringing classical music back to South Moravia and especially to this area.
Music played an irreplaceable role here in the past, and the Liechtenstein family was extremely interested in this form of art. Over the years, the festival has thus brought together the unique architecture of the region and musical gems. The dramaturgy is often based on a historical event connected with the venue.
The theme of the 7th year of the LVMF in 2022 was linked to the story of the Moravian Croats. Originally from today’s Croatia, frequent Turkish invasions in the past forced them to flee to more northern parts of the Habsburg monarchy in search of a more peaceful life.
This occasion also led us this year to become the main partner of the two-day Balkan brass band mini festival, Jugoprolog LVMF 2022, featuring Bojan Ristić Brass Band (Serbia) & Divanhana (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in cooperation with HarMálek Orchestra (Czechia).
More information at www.lvhf.cz
Open Studios Art Hub
The three-year cycle of six exhibitions entitled CONTACTS was created through our vision of connecting art and the architecture of the MND building in Hodonín with the everyday lives of our employees in cooperation with artists Václav Kočí and Ondřej Homola from the Open Studios association and architect Barbara Jung.
The project opened with an exhibition by Václav and Ondřej entitled KÓDY VRSTEVNICE. The second exhibition, by artists Jiří Staněk & Břetislav Malý, bore the name BARVOCIT and opened to a performance by singer Jana Šelle accompanied by harp and violin.
With the third exhibition, SCREENFLASH by artist Luděk Rathouský, we are now in the first half of the cycle of this joint inspirational project.
More information at www.openstudios.cz
Miroslav, Ludmila and Jan Kovářík
The Kovářík family of artists from Ratíškovice comprises the husband-and-wife team of Ludmila and Miroslav Kovařík and their son Jan Kovařík.
All three authors are active on the contemporary art scene, as evidenced by a series of solo and joint exhibitions, participation in symposiums, projects in the public space, and representation in public and private collections.
We can find works by them at the Hodonín Gallery of Fine Arts and subsequently also in Uherské Hradiště.
More information at www.gvuhodonin.cz and www.ratiskovice.com
A folklore tradition in our region
Slovácký krúžek Charvatčané is the youngest of the Moravian-Slovakian groups in the Podluží region.
Although it was only founded in 2002, it can already boast many successes, both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
The ‘Charvatčané’ are not only gifted dancers. They are also singers, and they produce music albums to display their talent.
Their first album, entitled ‘Sedlecká vína’ (Sedlec Wines), was produced for the Sedlec wine-growing cooperative with musical poems by Ctirad Králík put to music by Tibor Jánoš with dulcimer music by Podlužan. This was followed by an album of songs by Vladimír Hnátek entitled ‘Chodníčky’, with dulcimer music by Husaři. In 2007, together with other singers from Podluží, they initiated the recording ‘Procházka Podlužím’ (A Walk Through Podluží) with dulcimer music by Grande Moravia dedicated to the work of Vladimír Hnátek for his 80th birthday. The children’s dulcimer group Notečka with artistic director Vladimír Beneš also appeared in the same year.
In addition to traditional folk music, ‘Charvatčané’ also perform Christmas concerts every year.
Under the leadership of František Macinka and working with a chamber orchestra, they have interpreted the Czech Christmas Mass by Jakub Jan Ryba in Valtice and in churches in Poštorná and Břeclav.
MND became the proud partner of the 20th anniversary of Slovácký krúžek Charvatčané in 2022, in honour of which their new album entitled ‘Keď zpívajů Charvatčané’ (When Croats Sing) was produced. It has thus become part of the world of folklore.