An old world plays yet feeling pretty updated. Colours of Ostrava is an award winning festival featuring indie, R&B, jazz and experimental music.
The place hosting the festival is a famous historical site for blast furnaces, mines and ironworks and therefore has a pretty sci-fi or steampunk setting with all that iron pipes and towers. The place is recognised as a European Heritage Site and known as a Steel Heart of the Republic. But don’t let the middle century town atmosphere fool you — the festival hosts thousands of visitors. There are over a dozen stages, both open air and covered. The largest one can accommodate up to 15000 people. Since it’s launch date in 2002 the Colours of Ostrava grew up with a stock of awards, including Czech Angel for the best music event of the year.
The names already announced for 2016 are pretty much impressive including titans like Slowdive and Anthony Hegarty. The tickets are rather affordable as well with a four day pass available for less then $100. You can also put a tent for $20. Announced food options look pretty friendly as well. The tickets are said to be on sale a month before the event.
How to get there:
Ostrava is easy to reach by train, bus as well as by plane. The festival site in Dolní Vítkovice is a short work or tram ride to the city centre.
The nearest stop is Ostrava – střed, located just 300 metres from the festival site and tent city. Ostrava - hlavní nádraží (main station) is the main destination for long-distance trains arriving in Ostrava. From there it’s just a short tram ride to the festival site, or if you prefer, you can hop on another train to Ostrava – střed instead. Extra public transport will be put on during festival time.
This is also a good choice – the best option is to book your ticket to the Central Bus Station which is just 500 metres from the festival site.
You can of course also come by car. Follow the signs to Ostrava and then use the festival map. The street which runs alongside the festival site is called Místecká.
The festival has its own festival car park, located right beside the festival site, however strongly recommend that you book parking in advance.
The river Ostravice runs right beside the festival site. Unfortunately there is no direct access to the site – it’s separated by train tracks and a fence. For this reason we recommend disembarking further downstream and then walking.
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