Czech Music Crossroads is an international conference and a showcase festival. An international platform attended by the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and a guest country. Carefully selected bands focusing on local roots, acoustic music, folk, fusion and jazz perform for international audience of invited professionals, promoters and journalists. Two best groups will be awarded The Czech Music Crossroads Award.

The event includes panel discussions, workshops and speed dating. The event is organized by the team of multi-genre festival Colours of Ostrava running since 2002 and takes place in the same area in the same week. Crossroads is supported by the Ministry of Culture, City of Ostrava, and organized in cooperation with the Moravian-Silesian Region.

The showcase selection is not restricted to new talent, but aimed in general at artists who can easily cross the language barrier, regardless of the length of professional experience. The bands are selected by experts of each corresponding country.

Czech bands are selected by the jury of The Magnificent Seven and foreign bands by experts from the participating countries.

Exporting music is the focal point of the conference, which also includes discussions about present-day musical or social topics. Experts from around the world will train musicians and showcase performers from the participating countries at interactive workshops on how to win recognition in the international competition; they will also provide practical advice for their musical careers. International producers, music reviewers and experts in music distribution will act as lecturers – those with long-term experience in distributing Czech recordings on the international market. Speed dating is another activity typical for international events. International experts and/or festival organisers can be consulted by registered local artists or managers at one-to-one meetings to receive advice on strategy and artistic growth.

Czech Music Crossroads is open to musicians, promoters, festival organisers, music reviewers and the general public. All you need do is register in advance HERE.