The Salzkammergut celebrates into the night

We are celebrating the opening!

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OPENING Kulturhauptstadt 2024
© Sophie Köchert


We are celebrating the opening!

Open Air

19:00 – 20:15
Mamadou Diabaté (BFA) plus Congarilla (AT)
A passion for percussion is at the centre of the young Upper Austrian ensemble Congarilla. Guest is the balafon virtuoso Mamadou Diabaté from Burkina Faso.
→ Square of the Johann Nestroy School (Bertha von Suttner Square)

20:45 – 22:15
Clara Luzia (AT)
“Even if everything has already been said in pop, it has rarely sounded this good,” wrote DER STANDARD. Clara Luzia has remained true to her indie ethos since 2006, but doesn’t shy away from rock clichés complete with guitar and drum solos.
→ Square of the Johann Nestroy School (Bertha von Suttner Square)

21:15 – 22:45
Camo & Krooked (AT) “The cultural capital dances”
Every now and then, an artist emerges in a particular genre and turns it on its head. One particular duo that does this time and time again is the multi-award-winning, Vienna-based duo Camo & Krooked, one of the most important and vital acts in drum & bass of this generation.
→ Main Stage Kurpark Bad Ischl

Ö1 stage at the Trinkhalle

with moderator Mirjam Jessa

19:00 – 20:15
This is what the pub sounds like
With: Christian Kapun (AT) (bass clarinet) | Theresa Aigner (AT) (violin) | Manfred Madlberger (AT) (vocals, guitar) | Daniele Scurati (IT) (accordion) | Stefano Valla (IT) (piffero)
→ Trinkhalle

20:30 – 21:30
Ensemble Merve: Young music that enchants
With: Barbara Neu | Andrea Edlbauer | Stefanie Kropfreiter | Judith Ferstl (AT)
→ Trinkhalle

22:00 – 23:30
Yasmo & the Klangkantine with city writer Mieze Medusa (AT)
Yasmin Hafedh aka Yasmo and Doris Mitterbacher aka Mieze Medusa are among the big stars of Austria’s slam poetry scene. Mieze Medusa, who will be Bad Ischl’s town writer in 2024, performs here together with Yasmo & the band “Klangkantine”.
→ Trinkhalle

from 23:30
Aftershow DJ Closing „Urlaub in Jazzolo“ (world/disco/funk)
→ Trinkhalle

Parish hall

19:00 – 20:00
Sons of Sissy & Volxfest
Simon Mayer/Art in Motion (AT)
The participatory performance shows excerpts from the projects “Sons of Sissy” and “Volxfest”: A musical-dance trip of homeland feelings meets the art and power of celebration – to watch and join in.
→ Parish hall

20:15 – 21:15
Wüdara Musi
Alpine folk music in perfection, between Woodstock of brass music and Oktoberfest. Guest of honour: Leonhard Paul, trombonist of the cult band Mnozil Brass.
→ Parish hall

21:30 – 22:45
Hosted by Brucknerjahr 2024
Bruckner Discovery feat. Atalante Quartet
The exciting contribution of the Bruckner Year 2024 to the opening of the Capital of Culture: the Linz-based Atalante Quartet “intervenes” with original Bruckner interludes in guitarist Severin Trogbacher’s art rock concept.
In co-operation with: Upper Austrian KulturEXPO Anton Bruckner 2024
→ Parish hall

23:00 – 02:00 Uhr
NEW SALT Festival Club Night
A foretaste of the festival in September 2024: NEW SALT festival for sonic exploration and digital art presents a music programme that oscillates between deconstructed hyperpop, leftfield sounds and sophisticated rhythmic worlds: concrete beats by Cid Rim, fragile sounds by Kenji Araki & YBsole, and danceable sounds by Misonica.
23:00 – 23:45 Kenji Araki & YBsole (live AV)
00:00 – 00:45 Cid Rim (Live)
01:00 – 02:00 Misonica (DJ)
→ Parish hall

Parish church of St Nicholas

23:00 – 00:00
Duo Ruut
Ann-Lisett Rebane (EST) (zither, vocals), Katariina Kivi (EST) (zither, vocals)
Two enchanting voices tell of cows, pastures and forests. Duo Ruut is currently one of the most sought-after ensembles at international world music festivals and also an ambassador for our twin city Tartu.
→ St Nicholas parish church

Protestant church

19:30 – 20:30
Magical sounds and strong tones.
Christine Lechner (AT) (flute), Fritz Altrichter (AT) (accompaniment and organ improvisation)
In the acoustically special Evangelical Church of Bad Ischl, French modernism can be heard, which left its mark far into the 20th century.
→ Protestant Church

21:00 – 22:00
From a Persian garden. Trio Gabbeh
Golnar Shahyar (IRN/AT) (voice), Mona Matbou Riahi (IRN/AT) (clarinet), Manu Mayer (AT) (double bass)
Like the Gabbeh, a type of Persian carpet, the music of the trio of the same name weaves itself surprisingly and with a refined sound like a meandering narrative.
A music of two worlds, between Iran and Vienna.
→ Protestant Church

Interventions in pubs – from the stages into the city

19:00 – 21:00
Punch & Bass hosted by Drumfabrik
Drum & Bass at its finest – the regional and bustling Drumfabrik crew from Vorchdorf host the warm-up party for the Camo & Krooked show in the Kurpark before Johann after the opening ceremony. With punch and drinks, Zappla, Critical Contents, Voltare and Rawtid provide the sound for the start of the evening programme.
→ Café Bar Johann

from 22:00
Now the musical troupe around the singing chronicler Manfred Madlberger is taking to the town’s pubs. Included: village music from Piedmont with Stefano Valla and Daniele Scurati, hearty polkas and country dances with the Wüdara Musi and the clarinet quartet of the Gmunden Music School.
→ Weinhaus Attwenger, Goldener Ochs und k.u.k. Hofbeisl

ab 23:00 Uhr
Hosted by Salzkammerqueer. DJ xBRAYNE (D)
The Leipzig gay DJ has been an integral part of the queer clubbing scene for many years. What makes him unique as an international DJ? His cross-genre and extravagant live sets. Escalation not excluded! HE IS MADE TO SLAY!
→ Café Bar Johann

And let us surprise you!

More about the opening →


Leave your car at home! On the main day of the opening weekend, there will therefore be a comprehensive range of special services and more frequent services on the Salzkammergut Railway as well as late services until well after midnight.




Elisabeth Schweeger (Artistic Director)
Wolfgang Schlag and Christian Haselmayr (Curators Music)
and Programme team


Maria Neumayr-Wimmer (Production management)
Marian Holzmüller (Production)
Hannah Kickert, Barbara Eigner (Protocol)
Barbara Eigner, Tile von Damm (International relations)
Jana Lüthje (Dramaturgy)
DIALOG Event Contentment / Roman Widmann (Technical direction)
EVCOM / Ralph Scherzer (Projectholder)
Globalokal – Building the New, Macht und Tradition, Kultur im Fluss, Sharing Salzkammergut – Die Kunst des Reisens

Event info

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