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A step toward overcoming barriers: every summer at the beginning of August, Graz becomes one huge stage for a festival of street and puppet theater.

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Passengers waiting at the rail station for the train could scarcely believe their eyes when a professional “station farewell agency” arrived to put on a splendid platform ceremony for them tailored to their wishes: romantic or stoic, complete with tears and handkerchiefs. This is only one of the art “happenings” of a festival that consciously turns unusual locations in the city of Graz and other Styrian communities into performance venues.
Every year for one and a half weeks, street theatre, acrobatics, pantomime, puppet theatre, children’s theatre, dance, and clown acts create space for encounters between audiences and artists from all across Europe, but also among the inhabitants of the various sections of the city. La Strada helps visitors find out more about the Styrian capital and its residents and seeks encounters across all borders. This has made the festival a long-time fixture in Graz’s cultural life.