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29th Linzer Pflasterspektakel: 23. - 25. July 2015

Pflasterspektakel 2010

 

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Pflasterspektakel July 23rd - 25th 2009

The unpredictable weather – from temperatures of over 35° C to thunderstorms and downpours – could do nothing to prevent 120 selected street artists from all over the world and over 200,000 enthusiastic visitors to the European Capital of Culture from enjoying a unique celebration of the diversity of artistic expression, vitality and the love of improvisation.

Das Unbeschriebene Blatt (The Blank Page) by the French Compagnie Luc Amoro is a joint project developed by Linz09 and Pflasterspektakel and its premiere on the Wednesday was, so to speak, the overture to the festival proper.

This year, street art took over the newly laid-out Promenade in the form of an additional Pflasterspektakel zone that premiered as a “theatre stage” and meeting point for walking acts and stilt performers.

To mark Linz’s year as European Capital of Culture, this year’s Pflasterspektakel performers and festival organisers from Europe were invited to Linz in the days leading up to the festival. The central aim of the laboratory was to discuss developments, perspectives and innovations in street art, to exchange information about new networks and subsidising structures and to inspire the participants to new artistic ideas by means of a process similar to a workshop. All the participants found this laboratory a highly rewarding experience with long-term benefits.

Pflasterspektakel 2009

Pflasterspektakel July 17th - 19th 2008

The diversity and craziness, the charm and absolute commitment, the unpredictability and spontaneity of  international art in the street took over the city now for the 22nd time already, arousing enthusiasm from over 22,000 visitors.

Forest creatures, butterflies, penguins, angels, dragons and other fantasy figures wandered across the main square, surprising passers-by with spontaneous interactions. Circus acrobatics and juggling combined with an enjoyable portion of comedy achieved thrilling heights thanks to a jump-rope, unicycle or ladder. Poetic high wire acts, interactive light performances, theater in caravans, wooden marionettes and shadow puppets transformed selected locations in the open air arenas of street theater filled to the bursting point.

The proximity to other performances and the direct contact with the audience is an incredible challenge and demands full attention and concentration. Without protective theater stages or closed concert halls, street music and street theater offer artistic presentations at the highest level of quality and not “just entertainment”.

The innovations of this year’s festival were received by the public as well as the artists with enthusiasm: the sound courts, the Pflaster Nightline in the cafes of Linz, and above all the Kaleidoscope Nights in the Spektakel Tent on Pfarrplatz. Selected Pflasterspektakel artist groups presented excerpts and highlights of their performances in a circus tent atmosphere. 

Pflasterspektakel 2008

Pflasterspektakel July 17th - 19th 2007

The diversity and madness, the charm and absolute commitment, the unpredictability and spontaneity of international art in the street paraded into Linz for the 22nd time, thus delighting over 220,000 visitors.

Forest creatures, butterflies, penguins, angels, dragons and other fantasy figures wandered across the main square, surprising passers-by with spontaneous interactions. Circus acrobatics and juggling combined with an enjoyable portion of comedy achieved thrilling heights thanks to a jump-rope, unicycle or ladder. The street theater artist companies fascinated onlookers with poetic high wire acts, interactive light performances, theater in caravans, wooden marionettes and shadow puppets.

The innovations of this year’s festival were received with enthusiasm: the sound courts, the Pflaster Nightline in the cafes of Linz, and above all the Kaleidoscope Nights in the Spektakel Tent on Pfarrplatz. Selected Pflasterspektakel artist groups presented excerpts and highlights of their performances in a circus tent atmosphere.

Pflasterspektakel July 20th - 22nd 2006

20 years of Pflasterspektakel! How could a birthday celebration be more wonderful? Full of enjoyment, a carefree joy of life, delighted astonishment and smiling faces everywhere you looked. Artistic special features, many new faces among the participating artists and countless highlights were to be discovered. The Anniversary Welcome Parade on Thursday offered a glimpse into the many years of the tradition of the Pflasterspektakel. Along with the participating artists, hundreds of visitors furnished with red signs also paraded through the Landstrasse of Linz. They represented all the artist groups that have taken part in the long history of the Pflasterspektakel! Once the 20th anniversary Pflasterspektakel group photo had been taken in the main square of Linz, a gigantic Pflasterspektakel birthday cake was cut and distributed among the visitors.

The introduction of new performance locations was certainly an enhancement, such as the Lentos Art Museum, where a French company presented breathtaking shows on hydraulic stilts and trampolines., There was also a festive atmosphere in Schiller Park for the first time this year with a colorful children’s festival and the Pflasterspektakel Nightline in the LINZ AG Spektakel Tent.

Despite the oppressive heat, the enthusiastic audience thanked the artists for their masterly skill with great appreciation, hat money and applause.


Pflasterspektakel July 21st - 23rd 2005

This year, the Linz Pflasterspektakel was opened for the first time with a bang: a welcome parade featuring all the performers was a fitting curtain-raiser for this, the world’s leading festival of street art. Starting from Arenaplatz, fantastically costumed artistes strode by on stilts, jugglers’ clubs spun through the air, entire music groups marched along accompanied by clowns, conjurors and acrobats. Everyone met up on the Hauptplatz, where numerous professional photographers from Upper Austria took photos of what was probably the world’s biggest gathering of street entertainers. Immediately after this, the festival’s traditional activities got under way. This year, the tremendously successful and popular program of street theater in inner courtyards was given an extra musical dimension: in the Mozart courtyard, the north side of the Taubenmarkt courtyard and the courtyard inside the Ursulinenhof music lovers were able to enjoy music of the highest quality played without any means of electronic amplification and ranging from a cappella singing to melodies played on glasses. A further innovation was the possibility offered to generous visitors to change their larger banknotes into smaller ones or coins on the Hauptplatz.

And not only that:
The perfect weather attracted a record number of visitors to the 19th Linz Pflasterspektakel: 250,000 people came to join in this unique event!

 

Pflasterspektakel July 22nd - 24th 2004

The open air stage in the Landhaus arcade with its blues, melancholy sounds or rock beats and the Radio Oberösterreich stage on Taubenmarkt with its MC proved a huge hit with the audience in Linz as they played their music from on high.

But the main part of the festival was more in keeping with traditional street entertainment, with the performers and spectators on the same level. Masters of comedy and clowning brought forth gales of laughter, jugglers’ balls and burning clubs flew through the air: in other words, it was just another day of typical Pflasterspektakel mayhem. The whole lot was once again rounded off with the street theater performances in the inner courtyards, which again featured top-class international performers and were taking place for the third time, and the Children’s Spectacle in Landhauspark organized by the Linz Kinderfreunde. This included a “make-believe area”, a stage presenting shows for children and the already legendary haystack where the kids can romp about, jump, make things or just have a rest.

The highlight of each day was, besides the displays of fire artistry on the Hauptplatz and Tummelplatz, the samba parades through the city center from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., which had already become a tradition and provided the perfect transition from the day’s entertainment to the “Nightline” events in the circus tent on Arenaplatz.


Pflasterspektakel July 17th - 19th 2003

It was in this year that the international street entertainers reached Pfarrplatz, east of the Hauptplatz, for the first time. The festival’s new manager Gerda Forstner said of this addition: “This new Pflasterspektakel zone should provide a further opportunity for taking an enjoyable stroll around the street performances in the center of Linz.” The stage on Pfarrplatz was particularly attractive, with its wide variety of musical styles ranging from Cuban rhythms to Hungarian melodies. The street theater performances staged by international companies in the picturesque inner courtyards of Linz, which had been introduced the previous year, were again received with great enthusiasm. Companies from Germany, Belgium, Italy and France all won over their audiences with their outstanding and original shows. These poetic worlds of theater formed a marked contrast to the pulsating life on Landstraße, which, however, was not without a certain magic of its own, as one performer aptly put it: “During the Pflasterspektakel there’s a special magic in the air of this city that you don’t find anywhere else.” What more can we add?

And not only that:
The weather records tell us that while the Thursday was rainy and cold, the Saturday was far too hot to be out on the streets. But the perfect weather on the Friday resulted in a record number of visitors for one day – 100,000!

 

Pflasterspektakel July 18th - 20th 2002

One of the secrets of the Pflasterspektakel’s success is undoubtedly the fact that while on the one hand the traditional items that have proved so popular over the past 16 years are retained, the festival is constantly on the lookout for exciting new attractions. In this year, for instance, the inner courtyards of Linz were opened up for the first time for top-class, professional street theater performances from around the globe. Against the romantic backdrops provided by the courtyards of the tax office, the Landhaus arcade, the Ursulinenhof and the Alter Markt street theater companies from France, Belgium, Poland and Italy presented their shows free of charge every day at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. And to enable the audiences to follow the performances in comfort and with the necessary concentration, a hitherto sacred rule of street entertainment was broken and seating was set up. Together with the newly expanded Children’s Spectacle, these theater performances proved to be a real crowd puller. The skill and joie de vivre exhibited by these artistes are a source of fascination year after year for ever more spectators of every age group. This year’s festival, taking place as it did in glorious weather, attracted more than 200,000 people into Linz city center where they marveled at and enthusiastically applauded over 550 performers from 35 countries.

And not only that:
A huge haystack in the “make-believe area” in Landhauspark proved a smash hit with the kids.

 

Pflasterspektakel July 19th - 21st 2001

In 15 years of the Pflasterspektakel, only four of the days were wet, as against 38 days of good weather. The 2001 festival added one more rainy day to the records, but was otherwise a tremendous success: it was in this year that the innovations introduced over the past few years really came good: the Spektakel Nightline became a stage for brilliant improvised performances, which had all the night owls bursting into rapturous applause.

The mime acts, street theater performances and other inventive shows, that ran under the title of “Dreamworlds”, formed a poetically entrancing alternative to the spectacular shows on Landstraße. For the first time, well-known entertainers from eastern Europe were specifically invited, and this gave the festival a considerable artistic boost. Another first was an impressive performance with fire, starting late in the evening at 9.30 p.m. The success of these new items made it clear that in future tireless efforts would be necessary to ensure the constant development and improvement of the festival.


Pflasterspektakel July 20th - 22nd 2000

In glorious sunshine, the first Pflasterspektakel of the new millennium went down in the record books as a truly historic landmark among urban cultural events: 550 entertainers from 30 countries on all five continents, including the world’s best from the international street art scene, turned Linz into the most colorful open air arena in Europe. Conservative estimates put the number of visitors thronging the streets from 2 p.m. till late at night at over 250,000. For the first time, a so-called “Pflaster Nightline” was staged in the Spektakel Tent on Arenaplatz from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and featured music, mime and more for all those who had not had enough during the day. Innovations like this were often the result of the annual feedback sessions with the artistes. The model for the Nightline idea was the open stage in the Alte Welt bar where entertainers would meet for jam sessions from Friday night to Saturday morning. For the first time, the trams on Landstraße were replaced by buses from 6 p.m., and from as early as 4 p.m. on Saturday, to allow the performers the run of the street.

And not only that:
Any spectators who fancied themselves as street entertainers could try their hand at juggling, acrobatics, mime and drumming at specially organized workshops.