Prokeš Square in front of the Ostrava City Hall witnessed today the final event of the celebrations of the 750th anniversary of the first written mention of Ostrava. This event was called Happy Anniversary, Ostrava. Celebrations of this important Ostrava’s anniversary are indeed over. It was on 29 November 1267 that Bruno of Schauenburk, the 14th Bishop of Olomouc, published his testament, which includes the first written mention of a village called Ostrava.
This year’s celebrations brought many unique events to Ostrava. ‘Be it a Catalan fiesta in the streets of Ostrava, a jousting tournament, a holy mass in the open air or exhibitions that reminded us of the milestones in the history of Ostrava,’ said Mayor Tomáš Macura. ‘I am particularly pleased that all generations have participated in the celebrations and that everyone has enjoyed the fun and the festive atmosphere,’ he added.
The programme of the final event must have appealed to everyone. The programme for children included Baby Jesus’ Mail, announcement of the winners of the art contest of Ostrava’s primary and secondary schools ‘Šumná Ostrava’ (Pretty Ostrava) or the possibility to create Christmas decorations with workers from leisure centres. Adults appreciated the performance of children folk dance ensemble Hlubinka, festive arrangements of medieval songs performed by band Calata or the performance of brass ensemble Silesian Brass Quintet featuring singer Simona Mrázová, who played swing Christmas songs and carols.
Until 5 pm, people could leave a message for future generations in the Memory Chest located in the foyer of the City Hall. The Chest will be opened in 2067 during celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Ostrava. The highlight of the event was the festive locking and sealing of the Memory Chest by Mayor of Ostrava Tomáš Macura and singer-songwriter Jaromír Nohavica.
At 6 pm, a 16-minute-long fireworks display started, and then the Christmas tree and Christmas decorations of the square were lit.