To commemorate 750 years since the first written mention of the city, Ostrava also invited friends from Catalonia to showcase their art at the Festival in the Streets. The ‘Fiesta’ began on Friday, 30 June, at 4 pm in Prokeš Square, and the main attractions were giant puppets and, above all, pyramids of human bodies.
It is a unique Catalan folk tradition, which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. A group of 270 Catalan guests performed in Ostrava until Sunday, 2 July. To celebrate the anniversary of the city, they showed Ostravans the best of Catalan folk festivals. In addition to the human towers, visitors could feast their eyes on fire devils or six-meter-high giant puppets and enjoy original Catalan dances and music, burning rum and other specialities. It was the largest show of Catalan culture in the Czech Republic, and it was organized by the city of Ostrava in cooperation with the Region, Festival in the Streets, Catalan cultural association Adifolk and the management of the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona. Barcelona and Adifolk also contributed financially.
The performances of the Catalan artists took place mainly on the stage 750 let Ostrava near the Silesian Ostrava Castle, but also on other stages of the Festival in the Streets.