Festival centre at Palais Attems

Architecture / Installation / Participation / Anniversary

After years of roaming the city, in the festival’s fiftieth year steirischer herbst is declaring its headquarters as festival centre. With spectacular roofing over the courtyard, an installation in public space, a wide range of events, bar and restaurant, among other things.


Biodesign Lab

An Occasion


The Grain Show



Tender Provocations of Hope and Fear

Voicing Pieces


Social Muscle Club

One more thing / Gille learns to read / Song for Gigi

Where Are We Now?

herbst archive – analogue and digital

Stories of a “Festival that Explores the Times”

Invisible Flames

Kicking the Dead



Where Are We Now?

23/09 – 15/10

Festival centre at Palais Attems

Thu & Fri 14.00 – 01.00

Sat 11.00 – 03.00

Sun 11.00 – 22.00

Admission free


Opening Sa 23/09, 16.00


Temporary roofing Thomas Herzig (AT)
Outdoor installation Studio Magic (AT)


Herrn Manfreds Kalaschnikows

Sat 14/10, 22.30

Festival centre

Admission free


With Manfred Goger (AT), Veronica Kaup-Hasler (AT), Lahsen Laley (AT)


Very Last Brunch

Sun 15/10, 12.00

Festival centre

Admission free

Palais Attems is the home of the steirischer herbst offices, from where the festival has been conceived, planned and run since 1985. In 2017 we invite the public to “our place”, opening the doors of the baroque palais as the festival centre.

Between the palais and the Mursteg footbridge, the Graz-based architect group Studio Magic set up their “Transegrity” project. The separate elements of this space-embracing installation allude to the form of the “Czech hedgehog”, an anti-tank obstacle used the world over to mark temporary borders since the Second World War. The concept of avant-garde brings us full circle in terms of the fifty-year history of steirischer herbst: while avant-garde originally denoted the military advance guard, the term was later adopted by political and artistic movements to stress their radical stance towards prevailing norms. Studio Magic transform the obstacles into open gates on the ground, freeing them up and out of their anchors. The structure is broken up without losing its strength, inviting visitors to stay a while on the sunny side of Palais Attems. In this way, the installation spotlights the festival and its genuine conviction that borders are there to be questioned.

With temporary roofing, the courtyard becomes the central venue of the festival centre. Austrian architect Thomas Herzig has designed an inflatable structure of transparent plastic that rises majestically above the courtyard, at the same time affording an unobstructed view of the baroque façade. In good weather, the conical roof opens and closes like the calyx of a flower.

Join us to experience performances, concerts, discussions and informal afternoons in the courtyard, marvel at the exhibitions and installations on the ground floor and in the state rooms on the second floor – or just enjoy yourself in the bar and restaurant until late into the night. The doors of Palais Attems are open!

Studio Magic

Leading team Thomas Kalcher (AT), Patricia Wess (AT/BRA), Christian Meixner (AT), Thomas Kain (AT), Judith Urschler (AT), Max Kieninger (AT), Peter Kanzler (AT), Davide Barbieri (AT/ITA), Maria Barbieri (AT/ITA), Stefania Monici (AT/ITA), Vanessa Hanni (AT/ITA) und Daniela Brasil (BRA/AT)
Structural design Engelsmann Peters GmbH (Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Peters, Dipl.Ing. Michaela Summer)
Architectural consulting Dipl.-Ing. Gernot Kupfer
Illumination consulting Dipl.-Ing. Eugen Schöberl

Commissioned by steirischer herbst

Project sponsors GEODATA Group, Verband für Standort und Gesellschaft Steiermark, Industriellenvereinigung Steiermark