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The University of Ostrava Stirred up the Colours of Ostrava

Ostrava is no longer a “black star in the sky”! Each year, our university works together with other local organisations to entertain and educate the public in Ostrava. And we did it again this year at the legendary Colours of Ostrava festival!

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For the fifth consecutive year, we presented our programme at the famous Colours of Ostrava festival that not only awaken the area of Lower Vítkovice, but literally the entire city. During the first two days, a total of eight experts representing all our faculties took turns on our stage, Meltingpot UNIVERcity. The festival edition of the university programme called “A Cup of Coffee with...” sparked much interest and brought an enthusiastic response not only from the members of the academic community, but also from the general public. The programme was linked with the theme of freedom that our guests examined from various points of view in relation to their field of expertise.



Professor Pavel Ševčík, a renowned physician, took the floor on the very first day and presented the ethical, legal and medical opinions on euthanasia. He was followed by Tomáš Knoflíček who pondered over the role and mission of an artist in the contemporary world and also emphasised the indispensable role of art in the development of public space, not only in Ostrava.


Professor Pavel Ševčík
Professor Pavel Ševčík / Photo: Martin Kopáček


Tomáš Knoflíček
Tomáš Knoflíček / Photo: Martin Kopáček


The second festival day was much busier, both considering the programme and the participation. Kateřina Glumbíková and Marek Mikulec, experts from the Faculty of Social Studies, presented the sensitive issue of social housing in the Czech Republic and abroad and argued against widespread prejudices held towards vulnerable groups of inhabitants and the causes of the loss of housing. Tomáš Koudela and Pavel Forman described and explained the development of the Ostrava art scene in great detail and they also defined the perception of creative freedom and the freedom of speech.


Presenter Andrea Svobodová and guests, Kateřina Glumbíková and Marek Mikulec
Presenter Andrea Svobodová and guests, Kateřina Glumbíková and Marek Mikulec / Photo: Martin Kopáček


Presenter Stanislav Janalík and guests, Pavel Forman and Tomáš Koudela
Presenter Stanislav Janalík and guests, Pavel Forman and Tomáš Koudela / Photo: Martin Kopáček


Robert Antonín, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, stirred a heated debate about the historical and modern development and meaning of freedom in society. Jan Hradecký, the Dean of the Faculty of Science, followed with an impressive lecture on the traces of thirty years of freedom in the Czech, and above all Ostrava landscape.


Robert Antonín
Robert Antonín / Photo: Martin Kopáček


Jan Hradecký
Jan Hradecký / Photo: Martin Kopáček


The UNIVERcity STAGE offered interactive workshops with our talented students from the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine, who perfectly managed the high number of children and adults that came.


Workshop of the IFMSA Student Organisation
Workshop of the IFMSA Student Organisation / Photo: Martin Kopáček


But that was not all! In the following days, our noted experts from the University actively participated in various discussions, whether as guests or presenters. Nadia Senhadji, an expert assistance from the Department of Romance Studies, talked to Moonlight Benjamin, the respected Haitian singer and voodoo priestess, whose fascinating life story and mysterious voice impressed many visitors. Robert Antonín discusses the freedom of speech, social networks and public media with Jakub Železný, Marek Wollner and presenter Tomáš Etzler.

Professor Jan Lata, the Rector, joined the debate on “Learning is the new fitness” together with Tatiana le Moigne (the Director of the Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Romanian Google branch), Jana Moudrá (a developer), Filip Goszler (the Director of the Impact Hub Ostrava), Eva Hanáková (the Director of the SingularityU Czech Summit) and presenter Vojtěch Koval, who all talked about the importance of media and digital literacy, progressive learning and supporting young people and their visions.

Our gratitude for your participation, support, enthusiasm and positive responses is beyond words – we look forward to the following festival that will definitely bring a lot of interesting things to the colourful history of Ostrava! Thank you!


All the debates of the festival edition “A Cup of Coffee with...” have been recorded and are available here:


The event is financed by the HR Excellence in Research Project at the University of Ostrava, Project Reg. No.: CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16_028/0006225.


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Updated: 14. 08. 2019

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