Colours of Ostrava is an award winning music and arts festival set in a listed heritage site consisting of abandoned mines and metalworks factories that were once the backbone of the city in the Czech Republic. The Guardian named it one of the 10 Best Festivals in Europe.
They proudly boast a ‘free and independent’ philosophy, showcasing free and independent acts, however this doesn’t mean that you won’t recognise some familiar faces on stage. 2018 saw Pharrell William’s N.E.R.D., George Ezra, London Grammar, and Jessie J headlining the stages with music until 3am. More obscure artists including the three-string blues guitar melodies of Sea Sick Steve and a whole host of up and coming Czech and European artists fill in the gaps.
This festival doesn’t just have music on it’s twenty stages; lectures, theatre, films, workshops, and debates adorn the programme as part of the festival’s Melting Pot series – covering science, technology, spiritualism and politics there’s something that will get you thinking. If you’re left wanting to grow your mind even more the festival has two science and technology centres with interactive exhibits showcasing mankind’s developments over recent history.
Many of the venues are situated in the renovated remains of the metalworks. The Bolt Cafe sits 80 metres up atop the old Blast Furnace offering views over the festival grounds and city of Ostrava from its cafe, club and terrace. The Gong Auditorium plays host to the top theatre performances inside the old Gasometer and down in the Hlubina Mine you can battle vertigo on the climbing wall.
Vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores alike are catered for with hundreds of dining options within the festival and the Bunker Wine bar and Radagast Pub are great options for those looking for chilled drinks during the day and somewhere to party at night.
‘The festival’s 20 stages are located in a listed heritage site consisting of abandoned mines and metalworks factories that were once the backbone of the city.’
Tickets start at €81($95USD/$125AUD) for day tickets and only €122($144USD/$190AUD) for four day weekend tickets including camping. But make sure you also check out the Festival V Ulicich, Colours’ free sister festival in the streets of Ostrava City Centre. This mini festival showcases more cultural and local artists and is a great introduction to Czech music and arts.
Getting to Ostrava is easy by plane with many flights a day connecting from Prague. Once you’re in Ostrava there’s a tram system that makes navigating the city’s many sites and hotels easy. Two of the tram lines even stop only a short walk away from the festival grounds making accommodation easy.
Camping is available at the festival grounds and comes in a great value package with tickets. Alternatively there are a number of budget hostels, dorms and guest houses as well as 3-5* hotels in Ostrava centre with the trams providing easy access to and from the festival.
Ostrava is the Czech Republic’s second biggest city with a rich history in Mining and Metal works. There are a host of museums dedicated to the industry in addition to art galleries and shopping complexes that you’d expect to find in any big city. Prague is only a short flight away (or around 4 hours in a bus/car) and Ostrava is only 15 miles away from the Polish border, making Krakow easily accessible by train or car.
The festival goes from Wednesday 17th – Saturday 20th July 2019.
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