Since 2005, Linz09’s editorial staff has documented Capital of Culture events and activities in more than 700 articles. From rundowns on preliminary projects and reports about the many productions staged throughout 2009 to interesting updates from other Capitals of Culture, they’re all available here in chronological order.
Neue Innenstadt/Froschberg takes over as Capital of Culture Neighborhood of the Month in May. A highly diversified lineup of events is on tap. First item on the agenda: renaming Volksgarten (Garden of the People) “Völkergarten” (Garden of the Peoples) as a token of ethnic brotherhood.
“Parade” will make the outskirts of Linz resound with music May 1-3. Eight musical groups from all points of the compass will present their “peripatetic music” during three city tours that promise to deliver completely new auditory experiences.
“Do you know Linz?” Linz09’s Culture Pilots ask—and in an impressive selection of languages, as a matter of fact! On April 29, these 12 female immigrants to Linz will take you along on a guided tour through the multicultural Linz Mitte neighborhood and show you “their city.”
Noise diminishes our quality of life. “Acoustic City,” a major Linz09 project, has declared war on noise and is actively campaigning for greater sensitivity to our acoustic environment. In conjunction with International Noise Awareness Day on April 29, particular attention will be paid to hearing.
Four works of art from the Lentos’ permanent collection have been out and about in Linz over the past few weeks. The paintings’ temporary accommodations have been in City Hall, the Zoo, and even a hair dresser’s salon. Now they’re heading back to the museum.
The little town of Ulrichsberg up near the Czech border will be hosting Kaleidophon, an international festival of jazz, improvisation and new music. Now, as part of the Linz09 lineup, the 24th festival is able to stage three large-scale special projects.
In the six years since its launch, the Linz Film Festival has made a real name for itself among European cinéastes. At the gala awards ceremony held last Saturday night, a total of €21,000 in prize money was handed out in several categories. This has been Linz09’s third year as chief benefactor of the Crossing Europe Award European Competition.
The „Extra Europa festival“’s cultural highlights keep on coming! Three EU non-member states—Norway, Turkey and Switzerland—are the festival’s substantive constants. Music from Switzerland and performance art from Turkey will occupy the spotlight in the coming days.
Odd figures will soon be making their way around town. Some, garbed in camouflage suits, will be attempting to evade public surveillance and avoid detection by the many cameras installed throughout the inner city. Others will be more concerned with greening public spaces; they’ll be taking matters into their own hands and doing some “vigilante planting.”
You still have three days to experience the enchantment—of fascinating objects, documents and stories from the world of magic, and of superb examples of contemporary art that have wowed critics and public alike at recent international biennial shows.
Really? Every inch of it? Well, of course, nobody can really claim that! So join this expedition. Get out into Linz and experience some of the city’s nooks and crannies that may have escaped your attention until now. On Pöstlingberg, in industrial areas or around Weikerlsee—all over town, there are new things to discover!
2009 is the perfect year to invite people to discover Linz! Everyone can get involved in the “Come to Linz!” campaign. Plus, discounts and prizes make it even more attractive.
The Crossing Europe Film Festival presents fresh, young European auteur filmmaking. This year's program staged in cooperation with Linz09 includes 177 selected feature films, documentaries and shorts from all over this continent.
An evening at the theater is something most people picture as a formal occasion spent in dignified surroundings. But Linz09’s sicht:wechsel project is revising this view by enabling theatergoers to experience drama in extraordinary ways and uncommon settings—for instance, in a shopping center.
Linz09’s “The Ill Rabbit” project is responsible for all sorts of madcap stuff going on in the Capital of Culture. And that definitely applies to Finnish artist Tea Makipäa’s “Money Fountain” that will be spewing forth thousands of coins in Linz’s Passage City Center beginning Friday, April 17.
Two productions of uncommonly forceful expressiveness are in store for Linz09 Extra Europa festivalgoers in Hafenhalle09. Turkish musician Ahmet Özhan will get audiences moving to Sufi music. Then, Switzerland’s Théâtre en Flammes presents its take on “the first time.”
His works have garnered high praise and been singled out for recognition with prizes at numerous international biennials and cultural festivals. A major one-man show featuring Turkish filmmaker and artist Kutlug Ataman will be running until April 19 at the Lentos Art Museum Linz. This definitely belongs in the don’t-miss category!
Short organ concerts will be given at six of Linz’s inner city churches on weekdays between Easter and Austria's national holiday. They’re an invitation to bide a spell, to find centeredness and serenity, to cast off the stress of everyday life and escape the din that pervades downtown streets.
Linz09’s Zündstoff school theater festival April 15-18 will be staging productions that inflame, provoke and cause excitement. The sparks leap and spread; school drama groups in the region and international youth theater companies catch them on the wind and fan them into flames.
A Linz09 Insider is the perfect addition to your family’s Easter basket. And now, this great gift idea is available for only €30 (€20 for those entitled to a discount) at the Linz09 Infocenter. The full-year pass is your carte blanche to the Capital of Culture year program!
To celebrate International Day of the Roma, the Ketani Association invites you to Hafenhalle09 on April 8, 2009 for an informative afternoon featuring a film screening, readings and theater, and followed by an entertaining evening of spirited Romany music.
The spotlight of attention has also been focused on the darkest chapter of this city’s past during the 2009 Capital of Culture year. But the question remains: How to deal with these architectural remnants of National Socialism? Please take part in this discussion!
PIXEL HOTEL offers a fascinating array of accommodations dispersed throughout the city. The sixth PIXEL will open on Thursday, April 9 in a former public soup kitchen. This is the perfect choice for travelers who are fed up with cookie-cutter hotel rooms. The grand opening celebration gets underway at 5 PM.
The “What you really need” project runs until April 24. Approximately 60 artists and scholars—and their audiences too—are inquiring into life’s essentials.
The premiere issue of schau contains two features that deal with the Capital of Culture. This recently launched monthly art magazine is a wide-ranging look at the arts that’s especially geared for young audiences. It’s available at the Linz09 Infocenter on Hauptplatz.
In April’s Capital of Culture Neighborhood of the Month, parishes of different confessions are opening their religious sanctuaries to the general public. The residents of Dornach are called upon to contribute their own personal items of clothing, which will be showcased together with works by international artists.
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