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Colors Of Ostrava: Mightily Eclectic Indie Film And Arts Festival

Travelers Today       By    Yuz Mitra

Updated: Nov 01, 2016 07:09 PM EDT

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The Colors of Ostrava is an award winning festival that features luminaries and rising artists from the realms of indie, jazz, R&B and even experimental music. This event also incorporates other creative disciplines such as film and poetry, providing both the thrill of massive crowds and more intimate experiences alike.

Upon arrival, attendees and travelers relish the festival grounds. Lower Vítkovice was once the site of old blast furnaces, mines, and ironworks. Its history has earned the area an unofficial title as the "Steel Heart of the Republic". It has been said comparable to a Hollywood sci-fi setting, with labyrinthine iron towers and pipes. But still, it's also plain gorgeous, with vast meadows affording wanderers a chance to commune with nature in the summer. It's even been formally recognized, and even deemed a European Heritage Protected Site.

The region also hosts festivals devoted to classical music and Shakespeare, while nearby metropolitan Ostrava feels old-world but updated, charming and waiting to divulge its secrets. The Colors of Ostrava festival, however, is the city's gem. Since launching in 2002, the festival's reputation and offerings have swelled along with its cache of awards, which includes the Czech Angel Award for best music event of the year.

There are over a dozen stages erected during and for the festival. The largest accommodates about 15,000 people. The event also makes use of dance tents and renovated industrial sites. Each location reflects the nature of the programming, which ranges from vast outdoor settings for barnburner pop balladeers, dark interiors for film, and cozy spaces for poetry readings.

Arguably, the most distinguishing feature of the Colors of Ostrava is the high level of diversity acceptance in which the fact that artists from various disciplines can gather together in wondrous spaces, afford attendees the opportunity to hear their favorite film-maker in a panel discussion, for instance, before decamping towards the alien sounds of an indie chanteuse.

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