A place where the fun never stops
Opera, ballet, musicals, drama, operetta… or theatrical events such as the international puppet theatre festival Spectaculo Interesse, which brings the world’s top puppeteers to Ostrava. Whatever kind of theatre you enjoy, you’re sure to find it in Ostrava.
FESTIVALS AND SPORTS EVENTS
Ostrava hosts a huge range of festivals all year round. These include international classical music festivals such as the Leoš Janáček International Music Festival or festivals organised by Ostrava Center for New Music. Since 2002 Ostrava has been home to the Colours of Ostrava multi-genre music festival, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year to enjoy some of the world’s top performers. NATO Days is the largest military show in Central Europe, featuring amazing displays of aviation skill. Other major events include film and theatre festivals: the “Ostrava Camera Eye” festival of cinematography, Folklore Without Boundaries, and the Gorolski swieto folklore festival in Jablunkov.
Ostrava is also a hotbed of sport – indeed Ostrava held the title “European City of Sport” in 2014. The nearby Jeseníky and Beskydy mountain ranges are a paradise for both winter and summer sports, and Ostrava itself is a renowned venue for major international sporting events. The Golden Spike athletics meeting attracts some of the world’s top athletes to the city every year. Ostrava’s large modern indoor arena was a venue for the 2015 Ice Hockey World Championship. Also, Ostrava hosted the European Figure-Skating Championships (2017) and IAAF Continental Cup (2018).
For more details on festivals and sports events see the section REGULAR EVENTS.
With over 60 bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs, Ostrava’s legendary entertainment quarter truly is the street that never sleeps. Here you can find jazz clubs, alternative and indie music, dance, rock, 1960s retro, karaoke, casinos, bowling, pool halls… not forgetting quiet places to just relax and unwind. The area offers a huge range of different types of establishments – so whatever kind of food or drink you enjoy, or whatever your musical tastes – you’re sure to find it here. Stodolní Street’s fame has travelled far beyond the borders of the Czech Republic, and people come here from all over Europe to party and soak up its unique atmosphere.
With a wide range of shopping malls offering everything under one roof, the Region is an excellent place to shop. A recent trend is the rise of shops run by local fashion designers, particularly in Ostrava city centre.