Every year the Steirischer Herbst festival for contemporary art in the Styrian capital of Graz guarantees the opportunity for unexpected perspectives in unusual performance venues, such as abandoned factory buildings, swimming pools and underground mine tunnels.
The festival presents a diverse program of drama, film, architecture, music, literature and visual art. Paradoxically (and with some self-irony), steirischer herbst can be referred to as an avant-garde festival with tradition: For forty years now, steirischer herbst has been one of the world’s few festivals of contemporary art that is by nature truly multidisciplinary.
One of its hallmarks of the festival is the incorporation and networking of both international and regional artists. Over the years, the festival took advantage of its close proximity of Graz to Slovenia, Croatia and the Central and Eastern European regions, even before borders were opened.