No matter whether you want to attend one performance in a group of six or visit six performances on your own – our block of six tickets lets you do both! And: the herbst block is the right choice for all variations in between.

No matter whether you want to attend one performance in a group of ten or visit ten performances on your own – our block of ten tickets lets you do both! And: the herbst block is the right choice for all variations in between.

to come (extended)

Fri 22/09

Helmut List Halle

to come (extended) (Foto: Jens Sethzman)

Opening steirischer herbst, the acclaimed choreographer Mette Ingvartsen experiments with sensual, erotic and social body languages. She extends pleasurable and joyful situations until they culminate in a celebration with all participants. A choreography that both captivates and stimulates.

Oh Magic

Sat 23/09 & Sun 24/09

Dom im Berg

Oh Magic (Foto: Caroline Lessire)

How can art and spirituality be brought together? Simon Mayer mounts a choreographic concert with a man-machine lineup culminating in a celebration of liberated joie de vivre.

Apollon Musagète

Thu 28/09 & Fri 29/09

Dom im Berg

Apollon Musagète (Foto: Josefin Arnell)

Six women armed with pointe shoes and dumb-bells set out to lambaste the omnipresent neoliberal body cult. The young choreographer Florentina Holzinger rallies her muses to topple poster boy Apollo from Balanchine’s ballet of the same name from his carefully guarded throne.

The Wonderful and the Ordinary

Fri 29/09, Sat 30/09 & Sun 01/10


The Wonderful and the Ordinary (Foto: Studio Reko)

Gunilla Heilborn and Theater im Bahnhof practise remembering – not so much what, but rather how. The joint premiere sets out to find ways not to forget the seemingly banal things in life.

Bacchae – Prelude to a Purge

Fri 06/10 & Sat 07/10

Schauspielhaus Graz

Bacchae – Prelude to a Purge (Foto: Filipe Ferreira)

Marlene Monteiro Freitas overloads our senses with her performance. Fascinating, humorous, highly musical, and off-beat, she stages the image of a world that is out of joint in many different ways.


Tue 10/10 & Wed 11/10


Zvizdal (Foto: Berlin)

What if we decide after the apocalypse that it’s not all over? For their theatrical video documentary, over five years the Berlin group followed the couple who never left their village near Chernobyl.

An Atypical Brain Damage

Thu 12/10 & Sat 14/10

Dom im Berg

An Atypical Brain Damage (Foto: KaXiaoXi & Tianzhuo Chen)

Chinese artist Tianzhuo Chen combines quotations from pop, folklore and commerce to create a global snapshot between kitsch and apocalypse. A live stream of consciousness in the rhythm of music.

Pursuit of Happiness

Fri 13/10 & Sat 14/10

Helmut List Halle

Pursuit of Happiness (Foto: Andrej Lamut)

A death-defying quest for happiness takes the EnKnapGroup and the Nature Theater of Oklahoma to an American dream somewhere between Baghdad and the Wild West.

Tender Provocations of Hope and Fear

Thu 28/09 & Sat 30/09

Festival centre

Tender Provocations of Hope and Fear (Foto: J&J)

Fear rules the world. J&J oppose this trend with an evening about hope. Three performers and a priest face their own fears and talk about searching, finding, losing, and reviving hope.


Thu 05/10 & Fri 06/10


Cuckoo (Foto: Eunkyung Jeong)

On the finite wisdom of a Korean rice cooker. Jaha Koo gives a touching insight into the tragedy of a lonely life in a thoroughly technologised society.

Social Muscle Club

Sun 08/10

Festival centre

Social Muscle Club (Foto: Andres Castoldi)

The “Social Muscle Club” is all about give and take. Catering for the needs and skills of the audience, the performative swap-shop ensures some unexpected new encounters.

Benjamin Verdonck (Foto: Dries Segers)

Benjamin Verdonck is a great poet of little things. With his three table-theatres he opens up worlds of images that tackle the big questions with touching simplicity.

Where Are We Now?

Thu 12/10 & Fri 13/10


Where Are We Now? (Foto: Ella Barraclough)

steirischer herbst is opening a philosophical canteen: in this casual setting we will be serving performances and talks that open up the leitmotif for discussion – from Oceanic thinking and alternative logics of being-in-the-world to a decolonial view of a Eurocentric “we”.

Kicking the Dead

23/09 – 14/10

Festival centre

In an exhibition and a number of walk-throughs, the internationally renowned artist Walid Raad proposes artworks and stories about Islamic art, World War I and the building of new infrastructures for the arts in the Arab world.

Invisible Flames

Sun 24/09, Sat 07/10,
Sun 08/10 & Sat 14/10

Festival centre

Invisible Flames (Foto: Martin Argyroglo)

The sounds of the theremin seem to be created as if by magic: it is played without contact using the electric capacity of the human body. At the concert in the festival centre, Dorit Chrysler joins young people from Graz to perform her composition “Invisible Flames”.

Carnival of Souls

Sat 30/09 & Sat 14/10

kunsthaus muerz

Carnival of Souls (Foto: F. Schönwiese)

The dance of the undead: composer Wolfgang Mitterer accompanies one of Elfriede Jelinek’s favourite films with musical improvisations.

Will I Survive?

Fri 06/10 & Sat 07/10

VAZ Mürzer Oberland

Will I Survive? (Foto: F. Schönwiese)

Undead everywhere! Three rare pearls of horror film will lure visitors with their undead protagonists. Top-notch shockers selected by absolute genre mavens.

„Urlaubsfreude lodert aus dem Wald”

Fri 29/09, Fri 06/10,
Sun 01/10 & Sun 08/10

Meeting point: VAZ Mürzer Oberland

Urlaubsfreude lodert aus dem Wald (Foto: F. Schönwiese)

Fancy a Jelinek tour? Specially organised coach tours and walks and a brochure take you on a journey to the mysterious locations of “Die Kinder der Toten“.

Dope Saint Jude / Mobilegirl

Sat 23/09

Festival centre

Dope Saint Jude / Mobilegirl (Fotos: Juannes Montes Ilretalack / Mobilegirl)

Breaking with all categories, two musicians kick off the first weekend of the herbst festival. DJ Mobilegirl translates the secret language of cult rapper Dope Saint Jude into everything that gets the muscles twitching.


Fri 29/09

Festival centre

Hauschka (Foto: Hauschka)

When Hauschka fills his piano with table-tennis balls or ads clothes pegs, he creates a unique rhythmic hybrid of techno and minimal music, musique concrète and pop.

Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band (Foto: The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band)

Starting out as a series of parties and live-club in the Thai capital, the six-strong band nowadays wows an international audience.

Anna Meredith

Sat 07/10

Festival centre

Anna Meredith (Foto: Kate Bones)

Anna Meredith is seen as one of the most innovative minds in modern British music. As part of the ”Soundtracks”, she presents her mixture of avant-garde, pop and contemporary classical music.

Cologne Tape

So 08/10


Cologne Tape (Foto: Cologne Tape)

Between grand piano and synthesiser, vibraphone and organ, drums and guitar, Cologne Tape create abstract musical force fields.

Karma She / Mechatok

Sat 14/10

Festival centre

Karma She / Mechatok (Fotos: Ohad Ezrati / Mechatok)

Orient and Occident, transcendence and trance are the perfect ingredients for a flamboyant finale of steirischer herbst 2017, when the energy level once again spirals to undreamed-of heights thanks to the bewitching Karma She from Israel and Munich-based DJ Mechatok.


Wed 04/10

Helmut List Halle

Primen (Foto: Werner Kmetitsch)

A host of voices from Graz probe the voice as a manipulative instrument. The premiere of Peter Jakober’s composition features three choirs and a total of twelve conductors, among others.

“dieses Echo”

Wed 04/10

Helmut List Halle

For fifty years now, musikprotokoll has not shied away from performing the unheard-of, giving sound to the music of composers far beyond the mainstream.

The opening of musikprotokoll 2017 takes a look back at 50 years of the unheard-of and music far beyond the mainstream.


Wed 04/10

Helmut List Halle

composedconfusion (Foto: Andreas Trobollowitsch)

In the dynamic field between concrete and abstract, Andreas Trobollowitsch’s “composedconfusion” takes five performers to their limits.

Dienz / Filidei / Jodlowski / Kerschbaumer (Foto: Oliver Topf)

Appearing for the first time at musikprotokoll, the acclaimed Ensemble PHACE journeys into a precious world of poetry with an exquisite selection of New Music.

deranged orchestra und Ornamentrauschen (Foto: Stefan Fraunberger)

The state of suspension between modernism and culture and its (uncanny) states in the sense of advanced perception are the focal theme of Stefan Fraunberger’s acoustic research.

Lewis / Omelchuk

Thu 05/10

Helmut List Halle

Lewis / Omelchuk (Foto: Ditz Fejer)

No matter whether it’s big band or small ensemble: Studio Dan grooves flexibly with all experimental waves – this time with iridescent premieres of avant-garde jazz trombonist George Lewis and composer Oxana Omelchuk.

Quatuor Diotima (Foto: Quatuor Diotima)

The string quartet as a seismograph of the contemporary: the renowned Quatuor Diotima celebrate their musikprotokoll début with no fewer than three concerts this year.

Tanzmusik für Fortgeschrittene (Foto: Markus Sepperer)

A ball at musikprotokoll? Yes, seriously! Contemporary composers write, the Vienna RSO performs, and the audience dances along.

Peter Herbert & Barry Guy (Fotos: Gerhard Klocker / Francesca Pfeffer)

Barry Guy comes to musikprotokoll for the first time, improvising with his highly regarded fellow double bassist Peter Herbert.

Aleph Quartett / Barry Guy & Maya Homburger (Fotos: Aleph Quartett / Mark McCall)

A sensitive guitar quartet, a virtuos baroque violinist, and a legendary double bassist whisk you away on a rich and varied journey through the centuries.

The Sound of the Internet of Things (Foto: Josef Klammer)

Together with Stefan Doepner, Josef Klammer and Seppo Gründler explore how the Internet ot Things sounds like. They share the stage with sound robots, readymades and hacked gadgets.

A journey through time in all directions: the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz dreams itself into a special version of the eighties with the opera “Electric Dreams”.


Sun 08/10

ORF Landesstudio Steiermark

SiS_mic (Foto: Bruno Vacherand-Denand)

SiS_Mic brings her self-made sound table, her big feedback speakers, and various materials to Graz. She will only decide which direction the concert takes on the spot.

Centred on an unconventional ball, musikprotokoll spans a bridge from yesterday into tomorrow with numerous composition premieres.