On Saturday 28 October from 1 pm to 6 pm, the Ostrava City Hall organized an Open Day. Those interested could participate in guided tours and visit interior of the Ostrava City Hall, including areas that are usually not open to the public. As part of the tour, visitors also met Mayor Tomáš Macura in his office. Furthermore, they could observe the city from the City Hall Viewing Tower and its viewing platform located 73 metres above ground or take part in the accompanying programme in Prokeš Square.
As part of the Memory Chest Ostrava 2067 project, organized as part of the celebrations of the 750th anniversary of the first written mention of Ostrava, visitors could write or draw their message for future generations and throw it into the Memory Chest. They could also record a video clip in a makeshift studio for the Ostrava people who will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the first written mention of Ostrava, because the Memory Chest is to be opened in 50 years. The number of messages in the Chest grew by more than a hundred, and almost thirty people and families were courageous enough to stand in front of the camera.
This year’s theme of the rich accompanying programme in Prokeš Square was Technology, Industry and Science Belong to Ostrava. Visitors could observe live exhibitions of iron production in a historic furnace, expositions of steam engines, robotics and cybernetics, demonstrational experiments in the fields of physics, chemistry and logic and other interesting attractions. The programme was livened up by a fashion show of historical and contemporary uniforms and workwear of professions that are or were closely linked to Ostrava and that you may have already forgotten about. Children’s entertainment was provided by four leisure centres. In spite of a truly autumn weather, the Open Day was again attended by many people, who enjoyed themselves and maybe also learned something new.