The festival Colours of Ostrava, held in an astounding industrial area of the former mines and steelworks in Ostrava, Czech Republic, announces a complete set of headliners: OneRepublic, Macklemore, Burna Boy, Ellie Goulding, Interpol, Jacob Collier, Niall Horan, Gilberto Gil & Family, Kavinsky, Sleaford Mods, Tom Grennan, ZHU and many more. In 2022, the festival was shortlisted for the European Festival Award in the Best Major Festival category.
The festival is held in the astonishing industrial area of the former mining site of Dolní Vítkovice in Ostrava. Spread over two dozen unique outdoor and indoor stages, Colours of Ostrava 2023 will offer a unique selection of contemporary and classic performers, from electro to world music, jazz, indie rock, and reggae.
Other names include eg. Al-Qasar (France/Algeria), CloZee (France), Garden City Movement (Israel), Gheist (Germany), Hania Rani (Poland), Haviah Mighty (Canada), Holy Moly & The Crackers (UK), Imed Alibi & Khalil EPI (Tunisia), LaBrassBanda (Germany), Lubomyr Melnyk (Canada/Ukraine), Lala Tamar (Israel), Luke Howard (Australia), Moonshine (Canada), Pierre Kwenders (Canada/Democratic Republic of the Congo), Portico Quartet Ensemble (UK), Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Nigeria), Son Rompe Pera (Mexico), Tarante Groove Machine (Israel), The Comet is Coming (UK), The Longest Johns (UK), The Teskey Brothers (Australia), Trad.Attack! (Estonia) and many more.
In total, festival-goers can look forward to over 300 events ranging from bands, DJs, films, open discussions, workshops, theatre, poetry, art installations and programmes for kids. The diversity of the programme is one among many festival’s assets: the event is held on the site of the city’s former mines and steelworks, a European Cultural Heritage Site - a place unlike any other. Despite its industrial feel, the festival site boasts plenty of green space plus a range of quieter and shaded spaces ideal for lounging and recharging. In terms of accommodation, easy options range from camping in the picturesque surroundings of the Ostrava Silesian Castle to higher-end accommodation options at Ostrava city centre hotels and flats. Transport is an easy matter too, Ostrava being easily accessible by train and car from airports in Prague and Krakow, the festival site then reachable by bike or tram within the city centre.
Four-day tickets for 2023 are available for 159 Euros here. Day tickets are on sale, too.
Children and the disabled are offered major reductions. Last but not least, a ticket to Colours of Ostrava entitles festival-goers to a wide range of reductions for tourist attractions in the region.
And if you have time to spare, why not take a few extra days to discover the charm of the city itself? Formerly known as the Steel Heart of the Czech Republic, Ostrava is the third largest Czech city and has a unique atmosphere. Nestled between the Slovak and Polish borders with breath-taking views of the Beskydy Mountain range, Ostrava has it all: a rich and diverse history, a bustling cultural and social life, plus beautiful landscapes.
Colours of Ostrava was founded in 2002 and ranked as one of the Top 10 music festivals in Europe in 2016 by The Guardian. In 2022, 2018 and 2017, the festival was shortlisted for the European Festival Award in the category Best Major Festival. Colours of Ostrava also organizes the Czech Music Crossroads, a music showcase conference. In 2015, Colours of Ostrava have launched the Meltingpot international discussion forum: a large-scale event spreading the ideas of outstanding international speakers, held as part of the festival.