Stories of a “Festival that Explores the Times”

Series of discussions on 50 years of steirischer herbst

Discourse / Anniversary

Join us to recall sensational projects, silent provocations and pioneering decisions. Listen in on discussions with directors, programme-makers and associates from fifty years of festival history.

Geschichten eines Zeiterkundungsfestivals (Foto: Thomas Raggam, 2012)



50 Years, 5 Nodes

Diese Wildnis hat Kultur

herbst archive – analogue and digital

herbst fragments

Festival centre at Palais Attems

Wed 27/09, 19.30

Forum Stadtpark

Admission free

Including the presentation of “herbstbuch


With Martin Behr (AT), Christine Frisinghelli (AT), Veronica Kaup-Hasler (AT), Heidrun Primas (AT)


Sun 01/10, 11.00

Festival centre

Admission free


With Kurt Jungwirth (AT)
Moderated by Colette M. Schmidt (AT)


Wed 04/10, 19.30

Forum Stadtpark

Admission free


With Thomas Trenkler (AT)
Moderated by Johanna Hierzegger (AT)


Sun 08/10, 11.00

Festival centre

Admission free


With Wolfgang Reiter (AT)
Moderated by Martin Gasser (AT)

To mark this year’s anniversary, we invite you to four discussions in the festival centre and at Forum Stadtpark. Together we will remember key artistic and political moments and above all the social coordinates in which they were realised, subjected to animosity and celebrated. After all, steirischer herbst has always been a seismograph of shifts in the sociopolitical climate – both in Graz and internationally.

To kick off the series of discussions, we invite you to Forum Stadtpark to examine its role in the context of the foundation of the herbst festival and the years in which Christine Frisinghelli was director, 1996 – 1999: a discussion about the festival’s position in the city. In addition to Christine Frisinghelli, guests include the director of Forum Stadtpark Heidrun Primas, Veronica Kaup-Hasler and Martin Behr, who will present the “herbstbuch”.

The following Sunday we welcome you to a matinée at the festival centre. Together with former herbst president Kurt Jungwirth, we delve into the eventful history of steirischer herbst, in which he played a key role in shaping and which he defended through numerous crises as of 1970.

With Thomas Trenkler we take a look at the period beginning in 1985, one which – as press spokesman of the festival and as a cultural journalist – he experienced and wrote critically about like almost no other. The focus is on the question of how the public image of steirischer herbst has changed over the years.

On the third weekend, steirischer herbst's role a “festival that explores the times” will be taken a look at while the special importance of music within it gets analysed.

steirischer herbst
Project management Roland Gfrerer
Technical management Karl Masten

Forum Stadtpark
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