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Colours of Ostrava holds top positions in collections of the best European music festivals. In Czechia it's number one in terms of audience numbers, reaching tens of thousands. In 2016, for example, around 40,000 individuals came to enjoy the Colours. Those who have been to that place at least once, say it's hard not to want to come back. Its safe, positive and friendly atmosphere and excellent music selection charm visitors.
Twenty open and covered stages meet all music needs and tastes offering anything from classic to contemporary and world music, jazz, indie rock, pop, reggae, electro, blues and what not. The last editions featured such prominent figures as Björk, Kasabian, Mika, Imagine Dragons, Norah Jones, Midnight Oil, Birdy, Jamiroquai, Justice, alt-J, Moderat, LP, Laura Mvula, Michael Kiwanuka, Benjamin Clementine, Booka Shade, UNKLE, Nouvelle Vague, and Afro Celt Sound System.
Another attractive thing about the festival is its openness to everyone regardless age and other factors, and the reasonable ticket price. Wheelchair access is provided that goes along with tickets available at discounts. Children may have fun at children's stages with supervision so parents can enjoy themselves. You most likely won't meet any drunk rowdies at that festival. It already sounds like a sheer bundle of advantages, and yet that's not the whole list.
Besides music performances, the festival offers films, theatre, poetry, and art installations, open discussions and workshops. All in all, the 4-day festive program numbers 350 events.
The versatile festival began in 2002 and takes place annually in Ostrava around the second or third weekends in July.