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What will the 21st edition of Colors of Ostrava bring? Artificial intelligence, theater and dating

One hundred concerts with the participation of thirty domestic and seventy foreign bands and artists who have won 19 Grammy awards and 68 nominations for it. This will be the 21st year of the multi-genre festival Colors of Ostrava, which will take place from July 17 to 20 in Dolní Vítkovice. Plus 250 speakers on the Meltingpot discussion board. But the scope of the organizers does not end there, this year it is expanded to include, for example, a theater or a dating site.

What will the 21st edition of Colors of Ostrava bring in 2024?

| Video: Diary/Petr Jiříček

Why walk around hot mess. The main stars have been known for some time. Headliners of the 21st year of the Colors of Ostrava festival will be California band Queens Of The Stone Age (Wednesday), Sam Smith (Thursday), Lenny Kravitz (Friday) and James Blake (Saturday).

On the first day they will be accompanied by, for example, Gary Clark Jr., Genesis Owusu, Gogol Bordello and Miss Monique, on the second day Khruangbin, Bat For Lashes, Ummet Ozcan, NTO, Clockclock and José James, on Friday Sevdaliza, Tangerine Dream, Son Mieux, Kwiat Jabloni and Klangphonics and finally Sean Paul, Zara Larsson, Sofi Tukker, Dennis Lloyd, Infected Mushroom, Emilíana Torrini or Deva Premal &Miten.


President of the Karlovy Vary IFF Jiří Bartoška.

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On social networks, fans speculated who else could join them as an imaginary bomb at the end or icing on the cake. During the European tour of the surrounding countries, several star names, including one of the most famous bands of today, Coldplay, had a time slot on the given date.

However, the “Colours” program is now complete. And if all the announced stars arrive, Ostrava still has a lot to look forward to.

“This year we will once again present a selection of the best from world musicwhich also goes outside the mainstream and perfectly complements the lineup of our headliners,” invites the artistic director of the festival, Zlata Holušová, to the traditional discovery of unknown artists and musical styles.

Colors of Ostrava 2016. Source: Diary/Lukáš Kaboň

Arranging performers was not always easy. “Our team saw the absolute majority of festival participants live in the world. A minor problem arose when Sam Smith announced that he would bring a 60-member team and would like a five-star hotel,” Holušová mentioned at the press conference and read out to Ostrava Mayor Jan Dohnal, who was sitting next to her, what was missing in the city. “However, we have not seen anything like this in Ostrava,” she enticed the fans.

For example Lenny Kravitz the organizers have been inviting to Ostrava for three years, they didn’t want to miss Sean Paul, whom they didn’t see live, because of the three generations. “It’s pure Jamaica with everything,” noted Holušová.

Indian storytelling and New York stage

For a long time, the organizers have placed great emphasis on the Meltingpot discussion forum, which will feature a storytelling tent, as there will be quite a few representatives of Native American culture and ancient storytelling methods among the 250 speakers.

It will also see the well-known NYC stage come to life for those who witnessed Černá louka, but it will have a new characteristic. It will connect music with discussion, but also theater and stand-ups. The basis will be lectures, especially with New York speakers, accompanied by concerts, which should evoke the atmosphere of real New York clubs.


The Kecy and politics show at the Colors of Ostrava music festival with President Petr Pavlo, July 21, 2023, Ostrava

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This year, the content of the forum should be accessible to even more people than before. All the speeches will be artificial intelligence (AI) translate into Czech through subtitles. “We will probably be the first to be able to translate a live forum using AI. We’ve been working on it for half a year,” festival dramaturg Filip Košťálek mentioned interestingly, adding that the instrument still needs to be fine-tuned. Originally, the written translation had a delay of 15 seconds, now the organizers are down to five and they want to reduce the deficit to three seconds by the festival. Thanks to the same tool, they also plan to bring voice back to the living the legendary “Meky” Žbirka.

Colors of Ostrava 2016. Source: Diary/Lukáš Kaboň

However, Colors of Ostrava 2024 will not only be about music and speakers, the organizers are continuing to expand the scope, and this year Dolní Vítkovice will be the backdrop for, for example, the aforementioned theater. “We will start the advance sale for the theatrical performance on three stages on Wednesday, May 15 at 8 a.m.,” said the festival’s executive director, Petra Řezníčková. For example, Legends of Lunetic will provide one of the shows. “We would never invite the Lunetics to the festival, but I’m really looking forward to their parody in the theater,” emphasized Holušová.

More news? A loving dating site

And since, according to the data of the organizers, roughly 37 percent of the participants are “single”, another novelty will be the Loving dating site.

“It always takes place once a day for pre-registered interested parties, followed by an after-party for everyone to get to know each other in the evening. We want to use the huge potential of the festival in new directions,” said Vladimíra Rychlíková from the organizing team Colors of Ostrava with the fact that the dating site perfectly complements the themes of Meltingpot – solitude and intimacy.


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For the first time ever, at Colors of Ostrava, it will also be possible to donate bone marrow to those in need as part of the Colors without Barriers project, which is characterized, for example, by translating lectures at the Meltingpot into sign language or making the festival accessible to people with autism.

Practical information

  • From July 15, it will again be possible to exchange a ticket for a festival tape in advance at the Main Station in Ostrava and in the Luxor bookstore network in Prague, Brno and Ostrava. People traveling to the festival on the special Colors Express of Czech Railways will get it on the train.
  • As for transport, a traditional festival ticket for Ostrava public transport will be available for 250 crowns, a bus pick-up after the last concerts to Orlová, Karviná, Havířov and Frýdek-Místek thanks to the partnership with Heimstaden, or shared nextbike bikes with a free thirty-minute ride. These are the ideal means of transport, for example, from the campsites, which will again be opposite the festival grounds and at the Silesian Ostrava Castle.
  • Colors of Ostrava, like last year, will be completely cashless. You can pay with all types of payment cards – physical and those loaded on a mobile phone or watch.
  • Thanks to the cooperation with the regional company Optys, a novelty in the area of ​​sustainability and reducing the ecological footprint will be special collapsible food boxes, thanks to which it will catch up with the sorting of all gastro-waste in the nearby Horní Suchá.

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