Žihobce is a relatively small, picturesque village at the edge of the Šumava mountain range. The village, which has a history dating back to the 11th century, is located in Plzeň region’s Klatovy district. The community of the village has made it a cultural hotspot. Among other things for enthusiasts of history and culture, the village is also a home for Finnish Cultural Center Stella Polaris. The cultural center is being run by two volunteers and its founders, Mr. Ari Seppälä and Mr. Jaroslav Froulík.
Last Saturday, 8th of July, Ambassador Helena Tuuri had a pleasure to visit Žihobce. The day was also attended by Senator Jan Látka. Mayor of Žihobce Mr. Pavel Chalupka and village representatives had arranged a warm welcome. Town’s sights were presented by the directress of the museum of Žihobce, Mrs. Veronika Kočí. The village has lots to see – the church, an old theatre, castle and the surrounding park, in addition to other sights. At the end of the guided tour, the mayor and the ambassador planted a Finland 100 tree of the future in the castle park. The tree was planted in celebration of hundred years of Finland’s independence, and an oak was chosen to fit it with the surrounding landscape.
After the planting of the tree, Finnish Cultural Center hosted an opening for this year’s exhibition. The exhibition consists of two parts – an Exhoes poster exhibition presenting Finnish architecture and design, and a gallery of Finland-themed drawings made by Czech children. Interest in the drawing competition was huge, as the culture center received over 700 drawings from children all around the country. Two hundred of them can be seen in the cultural center, and another hundred are displayed at the museum of Žihobce. Prizes to the authors of the best drawings were awarded in an award ceremony.
Žihobce is a beautiful cultural gem that is worth a small detour from the main roads in the Plzeň region. More information about the village can be found from their website.