Culture in Motion

The need for a clear cultural identity seems to be comprehensible in a world where everything is globally dependent upon each other. But is this so clearly demonstrable? The French philosopher François Jullien states that the nature of culture is change. Customs, traditions or a shared language are seen as resources that are generally available to all and which can be used in a wide variety of ways.

Culture in Motion

The need for a clear cultural identity seems to be comprehensible in a world where everything is globally dependent upon each other. But is this so clearly demonstrable? The French philosopher François Jullien states that the nature of culture is change. Customs, traditions or a shared language are seen as resources that are generally available to all and which can be used in a wide variety of ways.
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As part of this exhibition, Nick Oberthaler has invited three of his former students from Lyon to develop new works on site that refer to the geographical and thematic focal points as well as the contextual framework of the Capital of Culture in the region.

A portrait of the writer Hansjörg Zauner by Judith Zillich

The show is dedicated to the Obertraun writer and visual artist Hansjörg Zauner (*1959; † 2017), who was the model for Judith Zillich’s painting for ten years.

(Original title: Ein Dichter aus Obertraun/Zauner/Zillich)

a reading with Bodo Hell

On March 22, the Capital of Culture organized a reading with Bodo Hell. The FriesacherFrauenZimmer are also taking part. A home evening of a special kind.

(Original title: Ein Leben für den Dachstein – Ein Abend mit dem Dichter und Almhirten Bodo Hell)

Operetta in two acts (1932) by Oscar Straus

In a breathless tour de force, the consummate performers Dagmar Manzel and Max Hopp act and sing their way through 20 characters using power and slapstick. The glamour queen and operetta diva Manon Cavallini can turn the head of any man.

(Original title: Eine Frau, die weiß, was sie will!)

Innovative ceramics - Regional - International

Gmundner Keramik and OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH have created a new format with the Academy of Ceramics. The center of the focus is placed on the shared firing and the exchange between one of the oldest locations for the production of ceramics in Europe and internationally renowned contemporary artists.

Photo Art Project: Portraits of Extraordinary Senior Citizens in the Salzkammergut Region

Portraits will be made of “mature supermodels” in extraordinary outfits – from the modern, hip and wild all the way to the traditional, old-timey, classical, from “grand dames et messieurs” all the way to simple Sunday fashion. The aged Salzkammergut region in all of its facets. The portraits will be displayed in exhibitions in the elderly care facilities in order to open them up as well as to experience them as places of art and encounters.

(Original title: Åhnlroas – Alt:Neu:modisch)

The craftsmanship in art

Traditional crafts are especially preserved in Bad Goisern. The ANALOG! Festival is dedicated to the traditional crafts with contemporary artistic reference and looks for cooperations with the locality.

View the exhibition and then discuss art over a meal in the restaurant. In this way, the Tanglberg/Schloss Hochhaus gallery meets the taste of art lovers.


One touch - Distant and yet very close

Xenia Hausner, an internationally renowned artist, painter and stage designer who is well connected with the Salzkammergut region faces the societal and existential problems of our time in her first sculptural work.

Concert at lofty heights

The cult band Attwenger has its origins as much in folk music as in the alternative band scenes of the 1990s. For the 2024 Capital of Culture, the duo is climbing the Dachstein and playing at the summit for the first time.

A garden becomes public

AVANTGARD/EN is an extended artist-in-residence programme at the Carmelite Convent in Gmunden and contributes to making the garden a place of public dialogue, encounter, reflection and cultural exchange that brings together people from different backgrounds and perspectives to negotiate the present.




The Salzkammergut was a melting pot of the avant-garde in the 19th and 20th centuries. The performance and exhibition of the “Ballet Mécanique” tie in with this tradition and at the same time offer a Salzkammergut version of the visionary masterpiece of classical modernism.

A museum reinvents itself

The Bartlhaus Writing Museum  celebrates the Capital of Culture Year with a series of exciting presentations and, as a project partner, opens the house to new perspectives and current positions from May to October 2024.

(Original title: Schriftmuseum Bartlhaus)

A film by Bashir Qonqar

A film about the personal story of the Palestinian director and artist Bashir Qonqar, who had to leave Bethlehem and started a new life in Bad Goisern.

The Wittgensteins around the Villa Toscana

In the Villa Toscana of Margarete Stonborough-Wittgenstein, the sister of philosopher Ludwig Wittgensteinsich, people met every summer for creative meetings, exchange or musical and dance performances. In 2024, Villa Toscana will once again become a place of exhibition and salons.

An evening in the Salzkammergut's most spectacular sound space

A saltworks is a place for extracting salt, isn’t it? It is also a very special place to get a taste for the crystalline basic structures of Bruckner’s music.

The grand Finale - Capital of Culture and Bruckner Year

We, the European Capital of Culture and the Bruckner Year, celebrate our closing event in the enchanting Papierfabrik and jointly present what was especially important to us this year.

Hope - That was what strengthened us

Ceija Stojka is currently one of the most sought-after Austrian artists. Her paintings relate to her history as a child before, during and after the National Socialist era. The multidisciplinary exhibition at museum.ebensee 2024 also provides insights into her diaries, which offer a personal perspective on contemporary Austrian history.


In her installations, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota deals with themes and contexts of human existence. In the tunnels of the former concentration camp, the artist has created an installation consisting of red ropes and 25 larger-than-life clothes.


A hymn for the Salzkammergut

Singer, musician and composer Bernadette La Hengst develops a program of songs with choirs from the region, dealing with current issues of the region.

Music with history and the present

Under the direction of Martin Haselböck, the KIRCH’KLANG Festival (Church Sounds Festival) fills the venerable spaces of the Salzkammergut region with innovative content, familiar and brand-new sounds as well as unusual formats.

(Original title: Kirch.Klang.Raum)

The ground floor of the Art Nouveau villa at Bahnhofstrasse 13 in Vorchdorf was made available to the people of Vorchdorf for the year 2024 with a unanimous decision by the municipal council regarding the activities in the Capital of Culture year.

An advertising pillar magazine for the Ausseerland region.

The Narcissus Post, a magazine on advertising columns, deals with nature and traditions and examines the changes to which they are subject.

Musical Frühling in Gmunden

It is one of the most successful international musicals in recent years.

By Alix Eynaudi with Han-Gyeol Lie and Paul Kotal

Death By Landscape, EXCERPT: a pre-premiere, a second night, Janet, a cadence out of time, une balade dans le bois, a melody sung in darkness, a sting removed by fiction,a waste of time, an act of archeography, a thank-you-dance, a dance to under-grow.

arts, culture and policies in Europe and Africa

Co-creation instead of colonial reservations: The Creative Europe project Deconfining arts, culture and policies in Europe and Africa builds bridges for a sustainable, fair, intercontinental cultural exchange and thus makes a contribution for the realization of the EU strategy for international cultural relationships.

Interactive exhibition

Digitalisation is everywhere and is influencing all areas of life and work. It is up to all of us to familiarise ourselves with new technologies and take advantage of the resulting benefits.

Where the Sun Rises

Interdisciplinary Impulses for a Cultural Center in Rural Alpine Space.
The Woferlstall Bad Mitterndorf has been programmed by the assocition E.I.K.E Forum since 2013. The impulse program East End Salzkammergut – Where the Sun Rises uses interdisciplinary formats to incorporate regional and European partners and participants and approaches local as well as regional challenges in their European dimensions.

(Original title: East End Salzkammergut – Wo die Sonne aufgeht)

Mahler and Gulda in Steinbach

Opening of the Salon Gulda, a Gustav Mahler journey on the “Floating Artist Salon” and concert with Mahler’s impressive Second Symphony.

A fantastic round dance by Heiner Goebbels

Proceeding from the First World War, “Everything That Happened and Would Happen” takes place in a location filled with props from the past. 16 musicians and performers deal with the challenges of the present and various ideas for the future.

The Declaration of Human Rights in light/visuals and sound

Flood is a dynamic projection mapping on the Johann Nestroy School building in Bad Ischl that the media artists Ruth Schnell and Martin Kusch have adapted for the 2024 European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut. The facade of the building will become part of the spectacular animation whose visual basis is the text of International Bill of Rights, first adopted in 1948, which now comprises 30 articles and 17 additional articles.

A project by Galerie 422

With the frames project, Galerie 422 invites you to leave familiar territory and visit us in our branch in the centre of Gmunden from the end of March to the end of October 2024.

During the Cultural Capital Year, the Landungsplatz Train Station in Ebensee will derail, transforming into a realm of tangible, self-determined imagination.

(Original title: vogelfrei)

Young people shape the future: Street art in public space

Future is Now! is a participatory art project that aims to make young people’s visions of the future visible in public spaces with the help of graffiti and street art.

The Interplay Between Human Being and Nature 

A sculpture becomes a small-scale ecosystem that functions according to the plans and laws of nature.

(Original title: Global Home – Kulturpfad St. Konrad)

local landscape

“Terrible Beauty” is above all one thing: a call to action. The debate about ecology and climate change is omnipresent, not just in photography, but in all contemporary art production. This is not a trend, not a wave to be surfed. It is much more: a movement, a concern that must interest us all and shake us up.

A personal experience in five days.

From your bathroom through a church, alpine meadows and stony deserts back into your daily life.
Numerous conversations with hikers, experts in futurology, church visitors and alpine pasture operators have resulted in a precisely composed audio piece whose tracks are assigned to specific stations along the way.

(Original title: Großer Welt-Raum-Weg)

Living in extremis

As part of the multi-part format, young people in dialogue with the region face the housing and living issues of the future and develop new impulses, perspectives and approaches with the residents.

(Original title: Hallstatt Denkwerkstatt 2024)

The story of Robert & Julia

The music theater project “Hammer” focuses on an upheaval in the history of the scythe industry.

Young people at work

The project invites young people to try their hand at arts and crafts. In this way, they develop their own interest and an understanding of traditional crafts.

Kicking off the year with New Year's concerts

The New Year’s concerts will ring in the 2024 year of culture and the music will inspire those who hear it to stand up and shake a leg.

Comics tell history

Stories in pictures pictures have offered a unique and touching access to our history since the beginning of time. The German comic artist Simon Schwartz is a master of the form and shows how up close and personal the experience of contemporary history can be.

(Original title: Verborgen im Fels. Der Berg, das Salz & die Kunst)

The festival laboratory for the region's club event

As an interdisciplinary event in a sacred space, Holy Hydra puts the discourse between club culture, religions and society on a broader level.

In search of lost times and new hopes

An author’s project for the Salzkammergut and the world

(Original title: Heimat-Welt)

Letter culture between private and public

The project invites people to reread letters from their own environment and make them available to us: Because these personal documents reflect the life of the region, contemporary events and their impact on the lives of the authors.

(Original title: Briefgeheimnisse interaktiv)

Tribute to Stefan Zweig

In cooperation with the Stefan Zweig Center in Salzburg and the Austrian Society for Literature, the European Capital of Culture Region is offering high-quality readings of his critical writings and speeches on the topic.

(Original title: Reise aus der Welt von Gestern in die Welt von Morgen)

Traunseetram stops become public art spaces

The Traunseetram, both an inner-city means of transport and a regional train, connects people with cultural capital locations, history, tradition and modernity. Passengers experience sustainable art (installations) at stops and thus also visions of energy and mobility.

Communities and Culture On Screen

The Kulturverein Kino Ebensee and Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz present a joint, two-part project that uses the medium of film to enable a low-threshold exploration of the topic of community and different forms of social and cultural coexistence.

Musical by Aksel-Otto Bull and Gisele Kverndokk

World premiere at Musical Frühling Gmunden 2023. Since 2015, theater makers Elisabeth Sikora and Markus Olzinger have been establishing Gmunden as a venue for Austrian and German-language premiere performances in what is probably the most modern genre in theater history, the musical.

(Original title: Briefe an Ruth)

A regional interpretation of the Libertalia story as a performance. This was the result of the SALT LAB.

At the “Marketplace of Ideas”, artists, creatives, entrepreneurs & politicians exchanged ideas about the submissions and the projects to be realized in the Capital of Culture year.

(Original title: Marktplatz der Ideen)

Luv Birds in toten Winkeln

For the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl – Salzkammergut 2024, artist Maruša Sagadin is redesigning the foyer of the Alte Post with her playful, subversive sculptures.

Salzkammergut Special

Since they first met at Starmania in 2006, Martin Zerza and Tom Neuwirth have travelled from the countryside to the city.

(Original title: Frau Thomas und Herr Martin)

A living installation in the Lederermayerhaus

A house becomes a place of exchange of living history of its surroundings. The history of the Lederermayerhaus dates back to the beginning of the 18th century. Among other things, it was the location of a fishmonger and the house of a Lederer trade. It was farm and a loving cat house, cared for by its last owner.

(Original title: Museum der Erinnerung)

Regional Traditional Instruments Meet Contemporary Electronic Music

This project combines traditional instruments such as the zither, dulcimer and fife with contemporary electronic music. The sound characteristics of traditional and nearly vanished instruments from the region will be paired with new and unusual styles of playing.

(Original title: Musikmaschine)

Female Joie de Vivre Up Until Old Age

The special exhibition is dedicated to the biographies of 25 women between the ages of 63 and 103 along various living environments.

(Original title: Mein Kleiderkasten – weibliche Lebensfreude bis ins hohe Alter)

Festival for Sonic Exploration and digital art

NEW SALT is a series of events for experimental music positions and digital art that will be presented in different formats and different places within the Salzkammergut region. NEW SALT will culminate in a four-day festival in 2024.

Self-Managed Youth Program

How do young people want to live? How do they see the present and the future? What are their concerns and needs? The European Capital of Culture offers young people a platform where they can independently implement their own ideas.

a (living) audio theater in the Traunsee Tram

The train as a place of everyday anonymity and fleeting encounters becomes the setting for the complex travel and life routes of some of the passengers.

(Original title: Unterwegs – ein (lebendiges) Hörtheater in der Traunseetram)

culture salts 2024

A yodel out into the world!
The opening of the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024.

A nomadic project on a quest

Prosperity (Afterparty) is a project with many controversies. By illuminating the themes from a wide range of disciplines, a continuous discourse results. Among other things, opposites such as the standstill of tradition and the further development of technology are negotiated. Gaps are filled between history and the future. Urban-elitist understanding of art meets rural romanticisation of art.

(Original title: Wohlstand Afterparty)

Communities in dialogue

A networking project of Austria’s independent media. This project is an exchange and networking event with workshops, small conference and discourse events between international partners and representatives of the independent media in Austria within the scope of the 2024 Capital of Culture.