Colours of Ostrava 2006 to have distinct international feel
The Colours of Ostrava, which gets underway on Thursday and reaches a climax on Sunday evening, is perhaps the biggest music festival in Moravia. Among the biggest stars this year are ex-Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and Salif Keita from Mali. As organiser Zlata Holusova explains, this year's festival has a distinct international feel.
But sticking with music for a while - other big foreign names include Gogol Bordello and The Frames, while the Czech Republic will be represented by the likes of Monkey Business and Chinaski.
While the majority of Czech music festivals take place in the country, Colours of Ostrava is unusual in that it is held in the middle of this old industrial city.
"Luckily the trade fair in Ostrava is right in the centre, on Cerna Louka and there is a nice open space there by Slezkoostravsky Castle. It is also near Stodolni Street, where there are a lot of nightclubs, so some parts of the programme will take place there. This year for the first time we will have a stage in a church and, on Sunday, we will have a gala concert in the city's Cathedral of the Divine Saviour."
For more information go to www.colours.cz