Festivals, stages & customs in Upper Austria
...to brass music in the Innviertel region, to guitar riffs at Clam Castle or to the electro beats of Parov Stelar. Today she’s heading to the Brucknerhaus in Linz, tomorrow to a jazz festival, and on Sunday she’s wearing her traditional Goldhaube headdress.
*Carmen, the tragic main character of Georges Bizet’s opera of the same name. Perhaps her musical talent would have found a better home on the stages of Upper Austria.
Upper Austrian cultural summer
During the festival season, all of Upper Austria becomes a stage. From the lakes of the Salzkammergut region to serene castle courtyards and historical arcades — Upper Austria’s most beautiful places become part of the productions of the Upper Austrian cultural summer.
There are no limits to the cultural delights of summer: operettas on a warm summer evening under the open sky, local dialect renditions of the classic “Jedermann”, concerts in churches and castles and captivating jazz or brass music.
And because a warm summer evening doesn’t have to end after the final curtain, it’s best finished off with some excellent local cuisine and fine wine.
Every summer the international brass music scene meets in Ort im Innkreis. The brass sounds and the wood whistles so that every dancing leg simply has to join in the rhythm.
The Steyr Schlossgraben is the venue of the Steyr Music Festival. Here, illuminated only by the stars in the sky, great musical theatre is offered every summer.
The International Bruckner Festival in Linz sets the final chord in the festival summer in September. And what a concert it is! Orchestras and musicians of worldwide renown pay their respects to the Upper Austrian grand master of the symphony.
One word that isn’t in Hubert von Goisern’s vocabulary is downtime. Even at over 60, the star of Alpine rock is constantly reinventing himself – most recently as an author. Hubert von Goisern published his first novel, “flüchtig”, under his real name, Hubert Achleitner.
He conducts the Vienna Philharmonic, is a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival and has made an international name for himself in the music world – star conductor Franz Welser-Möst, one of the most notable conductors of our time, lives in private seclusion on Lake Attersee.
The out-and-out artist from the Mühlviertel – Parov Stelar is considered to be the originator of electro swing and, with his deal with Falco, was the first Austrian to sign with a US label. He has won the Amadeus Award seven times already and his single “Booty Swing” alone has millions of views on YouTube.
They’re well known as an Upper Austrian institution. The St. Florian Boys’ Choir can be seen laughing in their traditional sailor suits on the covers of CDs and DVDs. Their vocal performances are of the highest calibre, captivating audiences worldwide.
Stage free for the holiday
That’s our custom
Preserving customs is deeply ingrained in the cultural life of Upper Austrians. Throughout the year, there are many occasions to breathe life into old traditions.
The annual cycle of customs begins on 5 January with a highlight — the Glöckler Runs in the Salzkammergut region. The carnival season has its stronghold in Ebensee on Lake Traun, where ‘Fetzen’ (masked revellers) take over the town. Lake Traun has also given rise to one of the most beautiful customs of the fasting season — the “Liebstattsonntag”.
The Corpus Christi procession on Lake Hallstatt, midsummer fires or “Liachtbratlmontag” in Bad Ischl in autumn — every season offers an opportunity for communal celebrations. But it’s the Advent season, with its Christkindl markets, Advent singing and contemplative moments that stand out.
5 January is Glöcklertag in the Salzkammergut.
The Fetzenfasching, the "national holidays of Ebensee".
On Liebstattsonntag, people in Gmunden give each other a heart...
In Hallstatt, the Corpus Christi procession leads out onto the lake.
Stroll, enjoy, Christmas scent. Advent markets in Upper Austria.