ALL THESE ARE THE DAYS MY FRIENDS: OSTRAVA DAYS 2015

publikováno: 28.9.2015

Ostrava appears on a map in my guide book to the Czech Republic, but there ss nothing else there on the city: no story, no sights to see, not even a mention of its population or its reputation. Ostrava sits near the far east end of the eastern province of Moravia, and the closest notable destination from the city (for an American traveler, at least) is Kraków, Poland. It is untrue, however, that there are no sights to see: the city itself encourages visitors to check out a smoking slag heap, the still-warm legacy of its past as a mining and industrial town. There is the morbidly fascinating monumentalism of the Poruba apartment complex, built by the Soviets for the miners and steelworkers who were already segregated on the outskirts of town. But now the place is becoming something of a provincial business center, although it is also the home of the Janáček Conservatory of Music and the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra. Those are not just local charms, but integral to a biennial, late summer culture efflorescence, when the city plays host to the Ostrava Days Festival, likely the finest festival of new, avant-garde, and classic modernist music there is, anywhere. >>>

Music & Literature
George Grella

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