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Welcome to your individually compiled brochure on holidays in Austria.

22. 4. 2008 www.austria.info

Editorial Season of Festivals Music Festvials Music Music The curtain rises Worth a look Exhibition calendar Exhibitions, Museums Museum, Exhibitions Museum, Exhibitions

Culture 2008
An extensive overview Austria's cultural events in 2008.


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olidays in Austria – in the very country whose name has the reputation all over the world

and good food and drink, which is something uniquely Austrian. And in order to give young and very young guests the chance to “get their feet wet” in culture and arts, many museums and other cultural institutions have special programmes for kids. So holidays in Austria becomemore than romping around in deep grass or wading barefoot in a stream – they are the first encounter with a world that lends wings to the spirit. Welcome! I wish you splendid holidays in Austria! Sincerely, Petra Stolba

as being synonymous with culture. And indeed, culture blooms and blossoms spectacularly here every summer. Nearly every small village has its own theatre, and the programmes fromtowns and cities could fill entire books. But it’s not only theatre that gives the country a festive air during the summer, but also the many music recitals and exhibitions, the dance performances and poetry readings. The atmosphere here is by no means Petra Stolba Austrian National Tourist Office stuffily “high-brow”; the emphasis is on cheerful pleasure, like the interplay between artisticquality

03 season of festivals.
There’s good reason to be excited about Austria’s coming cultural highlights.

06 a land resonates with sound.
There is a lot happening on Austria’s music scene.

08 calendar.
An overview of the country’s major music festivals.

09 music.
What’s on in the Austrian provinces.

22 the curtain rises!
What’s new on Austria’s stages.

26 worth a look.
Thecountry’s museums alone are worth a visit to Austria.

30 calendar.
An overview of the most important exhibitions.

31 museums and exhibitions.
What’s on in the Austrian provinces.

48 important addresses.

The Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Europe’s Cultural Capital 2009

cultural highlights 2008.



1 “Tosca”, at the Bregenz Festival 2007/08, Vorarlberg 2 A master on thepodium: Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the styriarte, Styria

Season of festivals
No summer break here: again in 2008 cultural events will come fast and furious. Here is a brief overview to whet your appetite


ustria and culture: these two words are virtually inseparable. A visitor on

of-the-art light and sound engineering against the picturesque backdropof Lake Constance. And the Wörthersee Festival features opera greats as well as stars of pop music and musicals. Vienna is also an ideal place to spend warm summer nights enjoying cultural treats – and admission is often free. The impressive “Concert for Europe”, given by >

summer holidays here will encounter one of the country’s many festivals wherever he turns. In 2008, for the second season,Bregenz’s famous floating stage will be the stupendous setting for Puccini’s riveting opera “Tosca” – an extraordinary experience combining classical music with state-



cultural highlights 2008.




the Vienna Philharmonic in the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace Park, will for the 5th time draw music fans from all over the globe. Only a few kilometres away, the world’slargest open-air festival takes place each June: the three-day Donauinselfest attracts over two million visitors to the city’s island in the Danube annually for a star-studded extravaganza. During the summer the whole of Austria is transformed into one big festival landscape. The concerts of the Vienna Festival, Linz’s Cultural Summer, the Innsbruck Festival, and colourful street festivals like...
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