Colours of Ostrava is an international, multi-genre music festival organised annually in Ostrava since 2002. In 2012, the festival was moved to the entrancing surroundings of Dolní Vítkovice – an area that used to belong to metallurgical works, mines and ironworks. The last, 18th year, offered over 450 programme items on 24 open and covered stages – concerts, discussions, theatre performances, films, workshops as well as art activities.
Colours of Ostrava received the Anděl Award for Music Event of 2005 and 2006. At the same time, it was awarded as the best music event of 2004, 2005 and 2006 by the ALMA Survey in the Concert/Festival of the Year category. In 2015 and 2018, the festival made it to the Best Major Festivals shortlist within the European Festival Awards and received the award of Czech Superbrands 2015. In 2016, the Guardian rated the festival as one of the 10 best festivals in Europe.
Colours of Ostrava also organises the free Festival v ulicích (Street Festival) in the centre of Ostrava, the Czech Music Crossroads, a music showcase conference, and the international Meltingpot discussion forum took place at the festival for the first time in 2015.
We are a free and independent festival for free and independent artists and festivalgoers. We don’t subscribe to any genre and are only open to showcasing sensitive, dynamic as well as uplifting projects with a similar philosophy to our own.
We truly admire the work of others and don’t feel the need to compete with them. Since we only act on our own senses, emotions and love of music, we have no desire to compare ourselves or be compared with anyone. We are driven by a desire to evoke a sense of belonging in everyone who comes here but also allow you to delve into the very heart of the music.
Providing you share this vision with us, we will be delighted for you to become an integral part of our festival.
On Wednesday, September 25, we launch the ticket sale for 2020. On the same date, the system opens for you to buy your accommodation at the...
As the after movie of our project Colours without Barriers shows, even the physically challenged can do enjoy our festival.
Check a special after movie created by Yemi A.D. and his team.
Foto: Zdenko Hanout 45
Foto: Michal Augustini 115
Foto: Čestmír Jíra 21
Foto: Petr Piechowicz 34
Foto: Ivan Prokop 72
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.
130 bands, 31 countries, 24 stages, more than 450 programmes
The Cure, Florence + The Machine, Rag'n'Bone Man, Years & Years, Rosalía, MØ, ZAZ, Mogwai, Tom Walker, Mariza, John Butler Trio, Richie Hawtin Closer, Shaka Ponk...
Tough year and yet another great edition of the festival. Thank you everyone for bringing such an emazing energy to Ostrava!
N.E.R.D., Kygo, Jessie J, Grace Jones, Joss Stone, George Ezra, Paul Kalkbrenner, Cigarettes After Sex, Kaleo, Future Islands, Ziggy Marley, Aurora, Calexico, GusGus...
Breaking news, the festival is sold out for the first time!
Imagine Dragons, Norah Jones, Jamiroquai, Justice, Birdy, alt-J, LP, Midnight Oil, Moderat, Benjamin Clementine, Laura Mvula, Michael Kiwanuka ...
20 stages and the first international Meltingpot forum was held as part of Colours of Ostrava.
Underworld, Tame Impala, Of Monsters and Men, ANOHNI, Passenger, M83, Thievery Corporation, Kodaline, The Vaccines, Caro Emerald, 2CELLOS, Slowdive ...