Colours of Ostrava 2018

Save the date now! July 18 – 21, 2018

From Wednesday to Saturday

in the unique industrial area of Dolni Vitkovice.

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Ready for St.Wenceslas Music Festival 2017?

This year’s St. Wenceslas Music Festival will be record-breaking again. In addition to 35 sensational concerts, we will offer discussions, workshops, exhibitions and films.

The St. Wenceslas Music Festival (SWMF) is proud to announce the programme of our 14th festival season. Between 4–28 September 35 concerts will take place in twenty towns and municipalities of the Moravian-Silesian Region. In addition to the concerts, visitors can also look forward to discussions with artists, workshops, exhibitions and film screenings.

As has become traditional, performers include top ensembles and interpreters in the field of sacred and so-called early music, such as Collegium 1704 with the conductor Václav Luks, the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno, the sopranos Simona Šaturová and Hana Blažíková, the baritone Tomáš Král, the flautist Barthold Kuijken, the world-renowned harpsichord players Ewald Demeyere and Mahan Esfahani and many others. “I cordially invite all supporters of quality music to the St. Wenceslas Music Festival, which is one of the most important events of its kind in the Czech Republic and Central Europe. We have developed a new modern format and besides the traditional festival concerts we will also offer discussions with artists, photo exhibitions, workshops for children and film screenings accompanied by an expert’s lecture. Last year, we introduced a new concept of festival communication, which was met with great acceptance and managed to reach out to the general public, to attract young spectators and to make the festival highly visible. We will continue with this trend this year as well – the campaign will start on the 1st of June, and we are preparing many novelties as part of our festival communication. The new 2017 visual design of the festival is based on an elegant arrangement of red, black and white,” said the director of the St. Wenceslas Music Festival Igor Františák.

Concerts will take place in 29 churches throughout the entire Moravian-Silesian Region. The festival will be officially opened on the 4th of September with an opening concert at the Cathedral of the Divine Saviour in Ostrava (katedrála Božského Spasitele v Ostravě), where the Brno Philharmonic Orchestraand the Brno Philharmonic Choir conducted by Ondřej Vrabec will perform. Together with the soprano Kateřina Kněžíková and Swiss baritone Rudolf Rosen they will present one of the most important sacred works, Brahms’s German Requiem. “Both ensembles belong to the absolute leaders in the Czech Republic and have a great reputation abroad as well. The high professional standards of Kateřina Kněžíková have been proven by the fact that the famous tenor Plácido Domingo had selected her for two concert performances of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni,” says Igor Františák, adding: “I am delighted to have the great baritone Tomáš Král performing the contemporary premiere of the early Baroque compositions discovered in the Wroclaw archive. Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704 are also highly worthy of people’s attention; they will perform the famous Mozart’s Requiem under the baton of conductor Václav Luks.

I would also like to mention the chamber orchestra L’armonia terrena, directed by the conductor Zdeněk Klauda, who is devoted to introducing newly discovered Czech Classicist compositions. Together with the soprano Simona Šaturová and the mezzo-soprano Markéta Cukrová, they will present the modern premiere of the Stabat Mater by Jakub Jan Ryba. And of course, you can’t miss the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava led by its chief conductor Heiko Mathias Förster, which is going to play a concert to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the release of Luther’s 95 theses, within which compositions by Bach, Brahms and Mendelssohn will be performed. Lovers of medieval sacred music will enjoy the concert by the Schola Gregoriana Pragensis. The ensemble is one of the leading performers in the field, and will present itself at the festival together with the soprano and Gothic harp player Hana Blažíková. An extraordinary experience will surely be met by attendees of the performance of the legendary Belgian player on the Baroque transverse flute Barthold Kuijken and the harpsichordist Ewald Demeyere, who will present the flute compositions of J. S. Bach and his sons. I would like to draw the attention, especially of young audiences, to the crossover project by Dan Bárta, Robert Balzar‘s jazz trio and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra which cross the fixed boundaries of musical genres and feature well-known compositions by Led Zeppelin, Björk, Jamiroquai and other performers in distinctive orchestral arrangements. The festival will be concluded by a unique concert at the Church of Our Lady the Queen (kostel Panny Marie Královny) in Ostrava-Mariánské Hory, where the extensive oratory trilogy of The Childhood of Christ by the French composer Hector Berlioz will resound in an exceptional performance by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Choir, great French soloists and the conductor Philippe Bernold, who is going to direct and feature this monumental work on 28 September at the closing concert of the festival.”

The programme of this season will be enriched by discussions at the Knihcentrum Ostrava (the bookstore) where festival visitors will be able to personally meet the sopranos Kateřina Kněžíková and Veronika Holbová, the baritone Tomáš Král, the Italian conductor Paolo Gatto and the clarinettist and director of SWMF Igor Františák. Film fans should not miss a screening at the cafe Minikino Kavárna in the Ostrava city centre. “We have selected two award-winning films related to the world of classical music. In the first film, the audience shall be introduced to the fate of Farinelli, one of the most admired 18th-century castrato opera singers. The second film features the last days of the composer Gustav Mahler. Each film will be introduced by Martin Čurda, the musicologist, who will talk about the relevant musical-historical and biographical context, issues of creative license in the genre of biographical film, and the role of music as a tool for a film narrative,” Igor Františák said.

Tickets can be purchased from 1 June 2017 at the Colosseum Ticket sales offices, at the branches of the Ostrava Information Service, at the SWMF office and also in individual festival towns.

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The best time of the year is getting closer and you should slowly plan some activities with your family and friends. The weather will be better, sun will be shining and that is the reason for sharing some summer tips, places and events.

Of course number one are SWIMMING POOLS
Visit our page with the list of the top swimming pools in Ostrava and choose the best one for you in these hot days.

Summer tip n.2 is special event BEATS FOR LOVE
Music open air festival with great music and Czech beer. One of the biggest events in Ostrava.

Last tip and the biggest one is amazing event COLOURS OF OSTRAVA
The best and biggest event of Ostrava. Top musicians (Imagine Dragons…) , great Czech beer and amazing atmosphere! What else?

So don’t be scared, that you won’t have summer plans.
We try to share with you the best of Ostrava!

OLDIES FESTIVAL 2017

This weekend is going to be amazing and full of top events. This is the first one. OLDIES FESTIVAL 2017. One of the biggest open-air festivals in Ostrava. It takes place in Down area Vítkovice on Saturday 10.6.2017. This event is well-known music festival for the fans of the gold nineties. Big stars of old music, good atmosphere and great beer!! What is more?! Don’t waste your time and go there and enjoy one of the biggest festivals here.

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GARDEN FOOD FESTIVAL 2017

The second promised event is called GARDEN FOOD FESTIVAL 2017. It is a regional festival of food and drink. There are mainly live cooking shows commented by the best cooks of Moravian-Silesian region. They present their restaurants and their best dishes. The biggest star of this festival is Zdeněk Pohlreich. He is one of the most famous cooks and medial person in the Czech gastronomy. Festival takes place in Down area Vítkovice 10.-11.6.2017. This occasion is really recommended for the families and people, who are into food and want to enjoy great weekend on the special place.


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SORFEST 2017

At the weekend, especially on Saturday, should be nice weather. We decided to present you Saturdays event called Silesian Ostrava Rock-Fest/SORFEST (Slezskoostravský Rock-Fest). This event is mainly for the people, who are into rock music. There will be a lot of beer, great rock music and lot of fun. This event is going to take place on Silesian Ostrava castle and start at 12 o’clock. For the more information visit the official website of the event. So if you don’t know what to do on Saturday, visit this event.
We add here the official program of the Rock fest.

JANÁČEK MAY 2017

Cultural life is also important for many people! There is one of the nicest events in Ostrava called Janáček May. This event is especially for the people, who love classical music and one of the most famous composers Leoš Janáček. This event takes place from 22.5. – 9.6. 2017 in the House of the culture OstravaIf you are the fan of the classical music, don’t stay at home and visit this event!

PROSPERITA OPEN 2017

Today was started one of the well-known tennis tournaments. An annual tennis event, called Prosperita Open 2017. It’s ATP Challenger, international tennis tournament of men, where you can see tennis personalities playing tennis on high level. This tournament takes place in area of tennis club SC Ostrava in Comenius Gardens (Komenského sady)  29. of April – 7. of May!!! You can find here players like Simone Bolelli, Constant Lestienne, Norbert Gomboš and some auspicious Czech tennis players such as Adam Pavlásek, Lukáš Rosol, Petr Michnev, David Poljak and many others. Don’t waste your time at home and support our national tennis players in their fights!

MAJÁLES 2017

Few days and an amazing event, which is worthy of note, is here. Majáles Ostrava 2017 !!! This event is special for students and people, who love top music and dance (and of course great Czech beer!). There will be stars like No Name, Mandrage, Wohnout, Paulie Garand, Joe Ford and many others! It will take place 12. of May 2017 in Lower Vítkovice (Dolní oblast Vítkovic) and it will be divided into 4 stages: main stage, second stage, hip-hop and electric music stage, EDM stage. This event is really must!

So don’t forget: Majáles Ostrava 2017, 12. of May in Lower Vítkovice !!!

We are looking forward to you!

Carnival of Appetites Ostrava 2017

Another possibility, how can you spend great time this weekend! This event is especially for people, who love food. Carnival of appetites Ostrava (Karneval chutí Ostrava) takes place 21.-23. April on Showground Black Meadow (Výstaviště Černá louka) . This event offers you tasting of food, culinary shows, a lot of drink and plenty of other interesting things.
Let’s visit this event!