- the biggest international music festival in the Czech Republic
- one of the biggest music events in the Central Europe
- holder of „Best Musical Event in 2004“ and 2005 award in the ALMA poll.
The Colours of Ostrava Festival is the Best Music Event of the Year, according to the most prestigious Czech music award – the Andel / Angel (the Czech equivalent of the Grammy)
The 4th and 5th annual Colours of Ostrava Festival received an Andel / Angel award in the category of the Best Music Event of the Year for 2005 and now for 2006 too. The award was decided by members of the Czech Music Academy, which is made up of several hundred music publicists, promoters, producers and musicians. In the past year, the Festival has enjoyed huge interest from the media – more than 400 articles, interviews, references or reports have been published.
- the only music festival situated in the centre of the town – in the well-known entertainment district of the castle area and the Cerna Louka fairgrounds. Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic (the region of Ostrava has more than one million and two hundred thousand inhabitants)
Ostrava has international airport, Mosnov.
- an innovative and multi-genre festival, aimed not only at the younger generation. Fans of all music styles can experience world and dance music, ethnic music, and a host of well-known names from the Czech music scene, including alternative groups and artists. The diversity of styles is well-reflected and expressed through the festival’s name - Colours of Ostrava.
Upcoming festival dates for 2010: July 8th - 11th
2009 - Jamie Cullum, David Byrne, Maceo Parker, Michael Nyman Band, Stereo MCs, Asian Dub Foundation, Morcheeba, Mercury Rev, Johnny Clegg, Seun Kuti, Mamady Keita and Sewa Kan, LA-33, KTU
2008 - Sinéad O´Connor, Goldfrapp, Happy Monday, Gogol Bordello, Habib Koité & Bamada, Jan Garbarek Group & Trilok Gurtu, Dandy Warhols, Koop, Shantel & Bucovina Club Orkestar, Jan Garbarek Group & Trilok Gurtu, Noa, Hawkwind, Daby Touré
2007 - Marianne Faithfull, Mando Diao, Bajofondo Tango Club, Gipsy Kings, Coldcut
Yungchen Lhamo, Vinicio Capossela, , Orange Blossom, The Idan Raichel project, Ba Cissoko, Goran Bregovic, Richard Bona, Balkan Beat box, Watcha clan, J. Gasparyan, Salsa Celtica, Alfonso X, OSB Crew,.Cocorosie, David Hykes, Martyna Jakubowicz, Saucy Monky
Audience attendance was approx. 20.000 people
2006 – Over 750 musicians from more than 123 bands, of which 33 were international, including:
Salif Keita, Robert Plant, Gogol Bordello, Resin Dogs, The Frames, Delirious?, Woven Hand, Cheikh Lo, Senses, Rabasa, Oojami, Mariem Hasan, Titi Robin, Mojmir Novakovic, Dubioza, Zakopower, Bingui Jaa Jammy, Zagar, Sergnet Peper, Funset, Canaman, Stephan Micus and others
performing alongside top names in the Czech music scene on 6 outdoor stages and 6 indoor locations. Audience attendance was approx. 16.000 people
2005 – Over 700 musicians from more than 100 band and 25 Djs, of which 30 were international, including: George Clinton Parliament/Funkadelic (USA), Asian Dub Foundation (GB), Fun-Da-Mental (GB), Transglobal Underground (GB), Alabama3 (GB), Mariza (PT), The Klezmatics (USA), Farlanders (RU), Septeto Nacional (CU), Enzo Avitabile (IT),
Daara J,Alif (SEN), – performing alongside top names in the Czech music scene on 6 outdoor stages and 2 indoor locations. Audience attendance was approx. 12.000 people
2004 - Over 384 musicians from more than 64 bands and 22 DJs, of which 26 were international, including: Natacha Atlas (GB), Bob Geldof (GB), Rachid Taha (Algeria/FR), Zion Train (GB), So Kalmery (DR Congo), Duoud (Algeria/FR), Kanjar'Oc (FR), Urban Trad (B), Oyster band (GB),B. Traore ( Mali), Elliot Murphy (USA/FR), UR'IA (BY), Haydamaky (UA) performing alongside top names in the Czech music scene on 4 outdoor stages and 3 indoor club locations. Audience attendance was approx. 10.000 people
2003 - over 500 musicians from more than 60 bands and 27 DJs, of which 16 were international, including: Goran Bregović & Wedding and Funeral Band (East Europe), Geoffrey Oryema (Uganda), Kosheen (GB), Oi-Va-Voi (GB), Sheva (Israel), Te Vaka (Polynesia), ZikFa (FR), Drum Machina (PL), Hey (PL), Korai Öröm (HU) – performing alongside top names in the Czech music scene on ten stages – 6 outdoor and 4 indoor club or tent locations. Audience attendance was approx. 9.000 people
2002 - over 300 musicians from more than 50 bands and 24 DJs, of which 14 were international, including: Senses (FR), Transsylvanians (HU + DE), Uado Taraban (PL), Africa Mma, Carantuohill (Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria) – performing alongside top names in the Czech music scene on six stages – 3 outdoor and 3 indoor club locations.
Audience attendance was approx. 8.000 people