The 17th edition of Colours of Ostrava came to an end a few days ago and it was such an amazing experience that I couldn’t help but writing a post about it! I can easily say it was the best festival I’ve ever been to! I was impressed by the line-up offered between 21 different stages, and I absolutely loved the laid-back and chilled-out atmosphere during the festival. I was astonished by the number of beautiful people of different ages and nationalities brought together by music!
The variety of music genres was extraordinary. Besides amazing performances of big names like Jessie J, Kygo and Paul Kalkbrenner, who performed on the main stage, I loved the performances of Gus Gus and Ziggy Marley on the ArcelorMittal stage, while Charlotte de Witte was my favourite one on the Electronic Stage. But I have to say that one of the greatest aspects of this festival is the location.
The festival is located at Ostrava’s Dolní Vítkovice, a unique industrial site in the heart of a European Heritage Protected Site where mines, iron and steel-works used to be located. The city of Ostrava expanded rapidly in size in the late 18th century when rich coal deposits were discovered nearby. Since then, the city has been historically associated with the production of pig-iron and coal, and it is known for being unattractively industrial. But today most mines and industrial plants are closed and have been converted and reutilised. Ostrava is trying to throw off its industrial shackles but doesn’t want to forget its origins, of which is proud of. This aspect of the city is very strong in the site of the festival, where at the top of the former blast furnace (now called “Bolt Tower” after Usain Bolt, who calls Ostrava a second home) you can find a cool wine bar, while the former gasometer hosts the Gong auditorium. Abandoned trains rust into the ground between stages, and at night, twin chimneys host neon figures dancing to the festival’s rhythm.
But, most of all, the Colours of Ostrava was for me a fantastic opportunity to meet people with whom I could share the passion for music and partying. It was a memorable festival, and I’m sure I’ll do my best to attend it again next year!
See you again in July 2019 Ostrava!