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History of the festival

Colours of Ostrava is a multi-genre international music festival held each year in Ostrava. Since 2012 it has been held in the breathtaking surroundings of Dolní Vítkovice – the site of former blast furnaces, mines and ironworks. The first festival took place in 2002. Colours of Ostrava scooped up the Czech Angel (Anděl) award in 2005 and 2006. For three consecutive years in 2004, 2005 and 2006, it also picked up best music event of the year at the Akropolis Live Awards (ALMA) in the concert/festival of the year category.


A whole host of stars have flocked to perform in Ostrava over the festival’s history. Check out our Colourspedia page which lists all of the artists who have ever performed at Colours of Ostrava.

What an amazing lineup and festival! Thanks everyone for coming and helping us smash yet another new visitor record.

Björk, Kasabian, St. Vincent, Rudimental, Mika, Clean Bandit, Swans, Caribou, The Cinematic Orchestra, Sly & Robbie meet Nils Petter Molvær, Fernando Saunders & Czech...

Once again we managed to make a new visitor record and once again it was great to see not a drop of rainfall during the whole festival!

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, The National, ZAZ, MGMT, Bastille, John Newman, John Butler Trio, Angélique Kidjo, Chet Faker, Emilíana Torrini...

For the first time ever in the festival's history, we managed to get through the whole festival without a drop of rainfall! With 31 500 festivalgoers we also broke a new visitor record.

Sigur Rós (Iceland), Jamie Cullum (UK), The xx (UK), The Knife (Sweden), Tomahawk (USA), Damien Rice (Irsko), Bonobo (UK), Asaf Avidan (Israel), Woodkid (France), Dub...

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