Colours of Ostrava is a multi-genre music festival held annually in the city of
Ostrava. As of last year, the event is being held in the impressive
surroundings of Dolní Vítkovice –
the site of former blast furnaces, mines and ironworks. The first festival took
place in 2002. In 2005 and 2006, Colours of Ostrava scooped up
the Czech Angel (Anděl) award for Music event of the year. For three consecutive years in 2004, 2005 and
2006, it was also awarded best music event of the year in the category of
concert/festival of the year at the ALMA Akropolis Live Music Awards.
The festival has brought a
number of impressive headliners to Ostrava over the years including Grinderman,
Robert Plant, ZAZ, Alanis Morissette, Cranberries, Sinéad O´Connor, Bobby
McFerrin, Mariza, Salif Keita, Jamie Cullum, Janelle Monáe, The Flaming Lips,
Antony and the Johnsons, Jan Garbarek, Gipsy Kings, Kronos Quartet, Michael Nyman
as well as Animal Collective, plus top names in jazz, world music, rock, pop as
well as the alternative scene. The festival also offers a diverse accompanying
programme including theatre, workshops, discussions, films etc.