This comprehensive arts festival has been held in Austria’s Steiermark state every year since 1968. Known especially for its programs of politically outspoken works, and this tradition was carried on again this year with performances of works like Rimini Protokoll’s Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf, Band 1 & 2
, exploring Hitler’s inflammatory pamphlet Mein Kampf
. Also on the program are dance, theater and performance works including the Rotozaza group’s Etiquette
, in which pairs of spectators seated at tables act out their own play according to instructions given to them through headphones; the New York off-Broadway performance company Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s stage video work Life and Times – Episodes 7 - 8 – 9
, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and her Rosas company performing Golden Hours (As you like it)
a piece inspired by the William Shakespeare comedy and the music of Brian Eno, and other works. In addition, there were numerous exhibitions and events in other genres such as literature, visual art, architecture, etc., aimed at focusing discourse on problems concerning the preservation and weight of things like cultural heritage and the environment under the theme of “Back to the Future.”
Steirischer herbst means the festival of autumn in Steiermark. It has been held every autumn since 1968 in Graz, the capital of the Austrian state of Steiermark. It has one of the longest traditions as a comprehensive arts festival covering theater, music, architecture, literature, the visual arts and all other genres. The founder is the ethnologist Hanns Koren. As a form of criticism of the first city in Austria to accept Nazi rule, the festival is known for its large numbers of aggressively political works. In 1998, artist Hans Haacke made a recreation of the monument created 50 years earlier in Graz that changed the Nazi “Victory Column” into a monument exposing Nazi atrocities (blown up by neo-Nazis in 1988). Along with the Brussels Kunsten Festival des Arts (KFDA)
, it is a festival devoted to the presentation of new works with special efforts in the areas of collaborative and commissioned works, an especially large number of them being world premieres and premieres in the German-speaking world. Veronica Kaup-Hasler has been the artistic director from 2006 until 2014.