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Colours of Ostrava festival is coming

Publikováno: 17.5.2024

"This year we will once again present a wide selection of musicians, not only the mainstream music but also the underground which perfectly complements the line-up of our headliners. As always, we area tackling the task to satisfy both the pop-rock fan and the alternative music fan. Our goal is to awaken emotions in visitors and inspire them to discover new music and new ideas," says Zlata Holušová, director and founder of the Colours of Ostrava festival. The 21st year of the festival is approaching fast, it will take place between 17 and 20 July in the industrial area of  Dolní Vítkovice Ostrava.

This year`s festival brings many big names to Ostrava - pop rebel Sam Smith, american rockers Queen of the Stone Age, or the timeless rock legend Lenny Kravitz. Other stars include electronic music singer and producer James Blake, Jamaican matador Sean Paul, Nordic pop diva Zara Larsson, stylish multi-genre trio Khruangbin from Texas, ethereal musician Bat for Lashes or blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. and many more.

More than 30 domestic and 70 foreign names, who total 19 Grammy awards and 68 nominations, will gather in the Dolní Oblast Vítkovic.


News: Meet & Love and New York City stage


One of this year's hottest headliners, Lenny Kravitz, will bring a brand new show to Ostrava, following his new record Blue Electric Light, which is releasing in May. Queens of the Stone Age will also introduce their latest album.

"One of the most anticipated performances of the 21st year will be a concert by the provocatively romantic Sam Smith, whose spectacular show will please not only listeners of softer pop music, but also those who like booming beats and an extravagant scene. Their performance at the last Grammy awards even caused a huge stir around the composition Unholy, a song which we will also be able to enjoy live in Ostrava in July," reveals festival dramaturg Filip Košťálek.

This year's novelty, which will host some of the music events, will be the NYC stage, which is designed as a comfortable chamber marquee and follows on from the popular scene from 2010 and 2011 from the times when the festival took place at the Černá louka complex. "This stage connects the music festival with the Meltingpot discussion forum, its production will also offer theater and stand-ups. Some names that will be performing here are, for example, the jazz hip-hop icon José James or the magic duo Siegfried & Joy," adds Filip Košťálek.

Last year, the organizers recorded a great response to the information about the festival Meet & Love dating stage. An idea, which started as an April Fool's day joke turns into this year's novelty - A love stage. Date meetings takes place once a day, and every evening visitors can look forward to the "Love after party", i.e. an after party not only for those who meet at the festival, but also for all those in love.

How did the idea come about? "On the occasion of the 20th edition of Colors of Ostrava, we decided to do a survey, the format of which was created and provided for us by SocioFactor. Based on the data from it, we found out, among other things, that 37% of our fans visited the festival as singles, some with the idea of finding a soul mate directly at Colors of Ostrava. Our Meet & Love is just for these individuals," explains Filip Košťálek.


Biologist, respiratory expert, writer


The Meltingpot discussion forum has been a part of the festival for many years. This year it will introduce over 250 speakers and performers. The main stars of this year's program of the Meltingpot forum are, for example, popular biologist Merlin Sheldrake, breathing expert Patrick McKeown, writer Irvine Welsh, biologist and writer Rupert Sheldrake, psychiatrist and psychotherapist Jiří Horáček or a renowned professor of psychology and behavioral economics, Dan Ariely.


Campsites in Vítkovice and at the Silesian castle


Three festival campsites will be available to visitors this year. Chill Village will be near the festival site and will offer furnished glamping tents for up to five people.

Silesian Ostrava Castle will offer its grounds for a campsite to build your tents on. RV parking spaces will also be available.

The third camp, called Tent Inn Village, also in the area of the Silesian Castle, will offer the rental of already erected tents and basic camping equipment.

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