Leading Scientists, Legends of CNN
and a Tribal Chief from the Amazon
Meet in Ostrava
When most of the population is beginning to make its holiday preparations, promoters of summer
festivals are finalizing their jobs. It is turning into a tradition for Ostrava to become a musical
metropolis for a few days in July.
It is no wonder, then, that increasing numbers of visitors to
the festival come to learn and explore at the Meltingpot
discussion forum, held as an extension to the Colours of
Ostrava festival : leaders in science and humanities, arts,
education, and human rights, journalists, travellers, and
inspirational speakers come here from all parts of the
world. Meltingpot is unique in its range.
What is the typical course of preparations for an event like
this? “No matter how well we are prepared, there is always
some necessary improvisation, though the scale of these
emergency moments is on the wane. Our rewards for
the pressure come when we sit down with the audience
and enjoy a lecture by someone whom we sincerely
wanted on our programme,” says the programme
manager Petra Hniková Charmite. “This year is interesting
because we celebrate a few significant anniversaries, all
of them around the question: where shall we go next?
It’s been thirty years since the Velvet Revolution. The last
day of the festival falls on the day fifty years after the first
human stood on The Moon. 500 years ago, Leonardo da
Vinci died. Following his vision, we do our best to connect
science and arts, all kinds of knowledge. That is why we
invite various Renaissance persons.”
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