Dolní Vítkovice, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Czech Music Crossroads festival will take place at Hllubina in the historical post-industrial area of Ostrava, Dolní Vítkovice. Once called the Iron Heart of Europe, Ostrava offers an excellent setting for this event. Over the past century, Ostrava underwent a metamorphosis unlike that of any other European city: from an industrial heartland of the Habsburg Empire, Communism of the twentieth century, and
wild capitalism that marked the era following the Fall of the Berlin Wall, through its recent urban renaissance. Ostrava could tell stories of ideas that worked and ideas that did not. Deeply rooted in the tristate region of Moravia-Silesia, Ostrava offers a diverse and tolerant place for the exploration of the past and the present, and ultimately a peek into the future.
Ostrava has three large universities and a series of well-renowned cultural institutions – four major theatre scenes, regional headquarters of the Czech National Broadcasting Company, Czech philharmonic – and many more. Traditional architecture meets modern designs through the buildings of Camillo Sitte, Erich Mendelsohn, and the Slapeta brothers.