Something is always happening in Ostrava!
This is where you'll find a selection of actions and events that have already taken place this year or are just awaiting their big start through the support of Ostrava 2015.
Ostrava's lifeblood is culture, and culture feels right at home here.
International Sculptors’ Symposium
An association formed in 2002 for the purpose of organizing international stone sculpture symposia is organizing the fifth International Sculptors' Symposium to be held at the Mining Museum complex in Ostrander-Petřkovice.
15.7.-17.7. Colours of Ostrava
The Colours of Ostrava multi-genre music festival, which is a member of the European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals, is the biggest music event taking place in Ostrava. This year, the ninth annual festival offered more than 100 foreign and Czech bands, DJs and theatre performances on twelve outdoor and indoor stages:
Iggy and the Stooges (USA), The Cranberries (Ireland), Regina Spektor (Russia/USA), Afro Celt Sound System (international), the Gypsy Queens and Kings, and Erik Truffaz Paris Project (France).
80 Busy Days with the City Programme
This summer holiday, during the festival the city is organising to support Ostrava's candidacy for the title of European Capital of Culture, you can expect a range of events of all types. A concert at Stodolní, a party on Masaryk Square, a concert at the ZOO, summer screenings, and more.
SUMMER!!! Festival Programme
Náměstíčko Club Programme
24.05.-13.6. Janáček’s May
The 35th annual Janáček's May international music festival was dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of the composer Gustav Mahler. The programme offered a total of twenty-five concerts.
15.5. 17:00-24:00 Museum Night
Already for the second time, Ostrava Museum Night has become a part of the Festival of Museum Nights, which attempts to showcase museums throughout the Czech Republic in an unusual and attractive way in untraditional evening hours. This year a record 21 institutions have taken part, including the Old Arena - a club for culture and information 2015. With the attendance of over 18 000, Ostrava Museum Night has enjoyed great interest among its participants. For more information, see here.
29.4. 2pm-5pm Dancing day
Ostrava celebrated international Dancing day. Masaryk Square was transformed into a dance floor.
Od dobna - Migrating Books
Books are enigmatically appearing in the most curious places in Ostrava. In pubs, in cafés, in trees, in any obscure corner, you may come upon mysterious books in transparent sacks. They are Migrating Books, living their own lives, travelling from reader to reader. Each of us can become a link in the life of a book monitored by an extensive internet database, and what's more each of us can send new books into circulation, whether written with our own hand or previously purchased.
9.4. - 18.7. Labyrinth of Light – exhibition (House of Art)
This new exhibition that is part of the "Orbis Pictus" project, an international project of travelling exhibitions and accompanying events, is based on interactive displays. Visitors find themselves in a setting of light interactions in a quiet space with changing light streams of colour and form. Viewers themselves get involved, and in that way they create a unique space for mutual communication and creativity. The connecting threads are interactivity, tangibility and openness to active participation by the visitors. In 2009, the very successful Prague première of the "Labyrinth of Light" exhibition was held at the Ecotechnical Museum, where more than 40 000 people visited the show during its two-month run. Family admission to the exhibition is 50 Kč.
22.3. - 31.3. One World festival
A regional part of the One World international film festival took place in Ostrava. The biggest human rights film festival in Europe, One World supports high-quality documentary films with social, politically engaged and human rights themes. Each year the festival screens around 120 from around the world in the Czech Republic. In 2007, One World won an honourable mention from UNESCO for education in human rights.
1.3. - 29.3. Harp Days Ostrava
The international festival tightly focused on the most beautiful and oldest musical instrument in the world - the harp - has already taken place. The only festival of its kind in the Czech Republic, it featured top soloists, harpists in solo recitals and in interesting combinations with other instruments, with chamber ensembles and also with excellent orchestras.