Colours of Ostrava 2012: No Björk, But Still Hot Lineup
For several years now, Colours of Ostrava has been a leader amongst Czech music festivals. Volume 2012 (taking place 15-17 July) in brand new ambitious area of old industrial character near Ostrava is just another proof of vintage choice of it’s dramaturgists. Although the biggest star Björk won’t appear due to health issues, the program is loaded with great names. What is there to offer, then?
Zlata Holušová, the cheaf editor of the festival’s program, is surely keen on her job- which is what a lot of people would call a dream job-touring the world and bringing the most interesting stuff right to Colours. The festival occupys 10 stages of various theme topics- so there is always more categories of bands.
There are indisputable stars, known globally, with no need for introducing. As for this year, they are following: Alanis Morissette, Bobby McFerrin, Janelle Monáe, Anthony and the Johnsons, Mogwai or Parov Stellar Band. If you don’t know some of these names, the more reasons you have to go there.
There are hot trendy names echoing across the western culture, and mostly for their very first time acting in Czech republic. Critical acclaim surrounds french singer ZAZ (aka “new Edith Piaf”), estonian indie-rock Ewert and the Two Dragons or electronic-experimental rock EUZEN.
There are bands well known amongst musical geeks, but perhaps normal ear might have missed them-tallest rastaman of South America Quique Neira, composer Rufus Wainwright and his band or jazz-dance madness named Portico Quartet.
Organizers do successfully try to keep up the line in ethno, too. African ethno prevails this time-Colours will present Bassekou Kouyate -singing and playing native African lute ngoni-and his band Ngoni Ba. Another great experience might be the performance of Lindigo- band from caribbean Reunion, presenting original musical form maloya- the very authentic expression of black slave caribbean history in music.
Finally, yet another category that we shouldn’t forget to mention is jazz. Charismatic Grammy holder and awesome jazz trumpet player and singer Hugh Masekela from SAR or ethno-jazz-arabian music eclectic Ibrahim Maalouf.
In the end, everyone finds their own artists to hear, and lot more coincidental intoxications with unknown sorts of music. There could be more and more to introduce, discuss and suggest to see- altogether 150 artists, bands, theatre plays and other performances in 4 days. Friendly organizational team and clear simple rules of the festival make this a great place to be.
No dogs allowed
Children under 145 cm-entry free of charge.
No cameras with detachable lens, no video cameras allowed (unless you’re not acredited journalist)
No own drinks allowed inside the area. You can bring in food, though.
Cash machine is on site.
Free internet at Seznam.cz tents.
Physically disabled-1/4 quarter of the ticket prize, assistant’s entry free of charge, free parking at the entry to the festival area.
Camping site available nearby.