What do you think is the thing that
makes Colours of Ostrava unique?
Colours of Ostrava is one of the first
festivals to focus not only on rock and pop
but also on genres and musical styles that
were uncommon until a certain time.
Today, artists from seventy countries
come to Colours, and that’s what sets the
festival apart from the rest.
Since 2016, the Meltingpot International
Discussion Forum has been held alongside
the festival. Its theme, ‘Conferences with
people who are changing the world’, offers
exceptional stories of strong personalities
from all over the world—innovators,
visionaries, scientists, artists, etc. This
whirlwind of discussion workshops and
their big topics reaches tens of thousands
of visitors. Quite a unique informal
space for reflection, inspiration and new
interpersonal connections. Who came
up with this idea and what is the goal of
I came up with the idea six years ago. We’d
had a few discussion scenes in the past
and it was nice to find that the audience at
Colours of Ostrava is incredibly perceptive
and willing to listen. Based on that, we
decided to create this complex international
programme of discussion scenes.
We’ve been working on this year’s
Meltingpot for three years—maybe that’ll
be noticeable—I dare to say it’s really
polished. It’s actually the spice of the
festival, as I like to call it.
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Could you highlight some of the most
important speakers we can look forward
to at Meltingpot?
There will be ‘The Ice Man’ Wim Hof; former
Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay;
the ‘Tarantino of documentary’ Vincent
Moon, who is also a photographer and
sound artist who explores the connections
between ancient and contemporary forms
of ceremony. He travels around the world
with a camera in his backpack, documenting
local folklore, sacred music and religious
From afar comes Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche,
an amazing man who spreads a message
of unconditional love and kindness,
compassion, tolerance and forgiveness.
I recommend his book From Rebel to Monk.
The name of Jamie Andrew, a mountaineer
who lost his arms and legs in the
mountains but did not give up and climbed
Kilimanjaro, must also be mentioned here.
Nor shall I forget Frederik Imb, an actor,
motivational speaker and communication
expert with more than fifteen years of
experience. His TEDx talk on how not to
take things personally has become the
most watched Belgian TED talk ever with
more than ten million views. And now we
will have the unique opportunity to talk
to him live. I’m only at the beginning, but
there are 200 speakers and we don’t have
that much space (laughs).
Colours of Ostrava is the main reason
for staying in Ostrava and our region
for many foreign and domestic visitors.
They come, visit Ostrava, see the region
with their own eyes, spend money and
help the business sector. Do you see it
that way too?
Yes, it is crucial indeed. Especially in
the days of the COVID, when the hotels
were empty, there was no one here. But
now they’re having a very good time; their
prices are skyrocketing.
It’s a pity we don’t have more hotels;
there are no five-star hotels. I think that
this business plan is waiting for those who
understand that this is really a sore spot
for Ostrava, that we lack accommodation
capacity. Of course, it also somewhat
conditions congress tourism and
experience tourism, because there are not
What have these twenty years given to
Wonderful years of creating experiences for
people who want to be inspired, whether
by music or thoughts, to share their joy with
other people. It’s an incredibly beautiful
path that I walk joyfully and enthusiastically.
All the obstacles and hardships we have had
to go through are worth it.
Mrs Holušová, thank you for the interview.
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