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.

Dolní Vítkovice

A unique, globally renowned area in the centre of Ostrava where coal used to be mined and pig iron produced between 1828 and 1998. Now the industrial complex has transformed into a unique educational, social and cultural centre of a significance reaching beyond the region. On a daily basis the area is there to serve the Ostrava inhabitants and tourists from all over the world. A skip hoist takes you to the top of Blast Furnace № 1, professional conferences and international congresses take place in a former gasholder, which is now the Gong auditorium, and children play with their parents in U6 Science and Technology Centre.

Mine Hlubina

Hundreds and thousands of miners used to Mine Hlubina coal known for its outstanding quality for almost 150 years. Today Hlubina has become a cultural and educational quarter and its newly reconstructed buildings are ready to welcome cultural and educational events, as well as conferences, workshops or discussionns. A cultural area Hlubina attracting not only musicians and bands but also sculptors, graphic designers, visual artists and music concert lovers to a variety of cultural events.

Why Ostrava?

Tradition of tolerance, and coexistence of ethnic minorities

Geographic proximity to large population centers within a 250 – mile radius (Prague, Vienna, Krakow, Katowice, Wroclaw, Brno and Bratislava)

Direct link to the largest international festival in the Czech Republic