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(en) Czech, afed.cz: The colors of Ostrava are elsewhere! -- Do you mind that big corporations are pushing their claws into cultural events? The Dollars of Colors event organizers also. [machine translation]

Date Tue, 8 Aug 2017 07:03:41 +0300

The event was to point out that from the originally alternative Colors of Ostrava festival, over the years, it has become a mega-house with great sponsors who are washing their hands over the evil they are doing in the region. ---- On Thursday July 20, Ostrava was colored somewhat differently. At four o'clock people met in a meadow near the Silesian Ostrava Castle. There, the participants of the event could make pickeys or rest on the blankets before the procession. For all, vegan entertainment was prepared in the form of baguettes, desserts and lots of other things. Food and drink was for a voluntary contribution, and the selected money went according to the choice of paying members Waking up the houses that organized the event, and the movement that fights for animal rights. Concerts of several artists took place here. They played the folk musician Tape, 69 Popgeju, Beltza Gorria and Sakkikangas. After that, Samba Banda and the DJs made a fifteen-person procession to the center.

During the trip there were stops to read the texts about individual sponsors of Colors of Ostrava. It stopped for example at Žofinská Street, Where the city wants to demolish a house in which the last tenant is still living due to the expansion of the building around the shopping center Nová Karolina. It also stopped at New Karolina itself, where two texts were read. One for H & M and the other for Ceská sporitelna. The procession passed through Stodolni Street on a meadow at former slaughterhouses, where other people were waiting and where other concerts were held. For example, The Neunikneš, Leto, Laugh Hyen or Unlikely Japan.

However, the concerts at Jatek did not end. For those interested, the afterparty was prepared in a secret place. From the van, illuminated by the flashing Christmas chain, Roots'n'Future, Dynasteel, Jakub Adamec played and sang Marius Konvoj. On site there was also an improvised bar with a box for volunteer contributions. The atmosphere was very pleasant and friendly all the time, even if it started raining at one point. People danced until three in the morning, then gradually broke up. The event was peaceful and went around without the presence of the police.

The creative protest has a big response after more than a week. A large part, mostly from the Colors visitors, is negative, but it is also counting. The goal was not, as many people think, to make an immediate coup and destroy the Colors of Ostrava festival. The aim was to launch a debate on the issues that concern the festival. That's what Wake up the team did. And he also managed to organize a pleasant action from which people left satisfied.

One of the most common reasons for this is the fact that the Colors of Ostrava festival will attract many people from all over the country, who will hardly hear about this town, and show their friendly face. But what this statement does not contain is the fact that Ostrava is so "colorful" only for three days a year, when the festival takes place. Colors of Ostrava show tourist hiking in Vítkovice, long-barren bars at Stodolní, concerts of big bands and free parking in New Karolina, not showing unbearable smog situations every winter, not showing families evicted from homes due to development plans or fictitious misdeeds and do not show dozens of empty And dilapidated homes across the city. It is nice that people are coming here, but the situation in Ostrava does not change anything. Residomo, Agrofert, or Mittal do not want people to know that, What they destroyed in the city. They are more likely to hide behind the curtain of culture, and it takes people strangely.

What will bring Ostrava again to life should not be the money of large corporations that will never end up in the end where they really need it. Our cities have to revive activity from below. Events organized directly by urban residents are important as well as self-governing communities and alternative spaces. Do not let the culture spoil the capitalists. The colors of Ostrava are elsewhere!

Source: https://oafed.noblogs.org/post/2017/07/31/barvy-ostravy-jsou-jinde/

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