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A Festival of Flights of Fancy: the donaufestival Krems, held each April, is regarded as t h e festival for current artistic positions at the interface of performance and acoustic art, experimentation, pop, and subculture.

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Easter is barely past when the donaufestival unpacks its surprises each year. The festival organizers give special emphasis to (yet) unknown artists and works as well as to a large number of productions created especially for the festival. But the event programme also features internationally known stars: Rufus Wainwright presented one of his new albums in Krems, the Melvins gave a legendary performance here, and in 2010 the Peaches introduced their techno punk to Austrian audiences. The Peaches also acted as a kind of curator for that festival, participating in the programming and bringing several of their artist friends to the event.
Mind-bending psychedelic music and ear-blasting sounds from the noise-rockers Sonic Youth are as much a part of the donaufestival as “discourse operettas”, music-film projects and experimental theatre. In all, the donaufestival guarantees a modern and unconventional programme of events that represents a refreshing departure from the mainstream.