Music and Concert Halls
Ostrava is very strongly connected to music (=hudba) of various genres ranging from classical music, modern music shows and festivals. It has a philharmonic orchestra of its own called the Janáčkova filharmonie. The name derives from the world-renowned music composer Leoš Janáček who was born in a nearby place called Hukvaldy and then lived in Ostrava. His music reflects the local folk music and even the Moravian dialects. This unique approach has been very much appreciated over the last 100 years. Every spring a very popular Janaček’s May International Music Festival is held in Ostrava for several weeks. The festival already has a long tradition of many decades.
Music is one of the major fields of study at the University of Ostrava and there is also the Janáček Conservatory where many students of music and the arts start their career. The theatre and musical education can already start from childhood in Ostrava. There are state and private music and art school, and an expat owned theatre and music school, La_stageschool, concentrating on staging famous musicals and providing artistic education for young people aged 3 – 16, has opened a branch in Ostrava. Although there are already a number of places where to go and listen to concerts, and some of them are very unique from the point of architecture, Ostrava is building a brand new modern concert hall to accommodate all the interest in music from concert-goers.
Music Festival Colours of Ostrava, source: colours.cz
Contemporary Music Festivals
Ostrava is internationally renowned for a number of really huge summer Music Festivals, such as Colours of Ostrava and Beats for Love attracting thousands of people for several days. There are also many other music festivals to choose from, e.g.MichalFest Oldies Festival or Ostrava v plamenech to name just a few.