Useful disruption and productive conflict have always been part of steirischer herbst—an institution that has sparked dialogue time again throughout its history. Every autumn since its founding half a century ago, the festival has provided a platform for new productions, provoking and shaping public debates in a variety of forms across disciplines and media. Reinventing itself many times over, steirischer herbst has always redefined the terms of the conversation about what culture might mean in a changing contemporaneity, as seen in Graz, Austria’s second most populous city.
steirischer herbst was founded in the pivotal year of 1968, in opposition to the resurgence of nationalist cultural initiatives gaining traction at the time. This founding moment drew upon a tradition of international modernism in music, theater, and visual art—which the Nazis had labeled “degenerate” three decades before—and the belief that it could (still) provide a bulwark against the deep-seated remnants of the totalitarian mentality in the world. steirischer herbst would appear on the scene with the unexpected force of an earthquake, cutting across the wholesome idea of a cultural “autumn harvest” in a region very proud of its wine and fruit. It would enchant, confound, and shock audiences out of their complacency, in the seemingly placid former retirement-capital of the Hapsburg monarchy.
Indeed, part of what has made steirischer herbst unique over the course of its history is its engagement with the city of Graz itself. The festival emerged through the initiative of the local scenes and continues to play an important role establishing networks to this day. It has also regularly featured work that delves into Graz’s uneven present and its complex, sometimes troubling past. Activating many if not most of the city’s cultural spaces, the festival rendered the city legible as a text, with new chapters appearing every year.
From its very beginnings, steirischer herbst stood out as one of the world’s few multidisciplinary art festivals, long before the fashionable overuse of the term. Fostering dialogue between the arts by combining aesthetic positions with theoretical reflection, the festival’s various iterations have integrated visual art, music, art in public space, theater, performance, new media, literature, and everything in between, with an emphasis on one field or the other varying over the years. This point remains central to the festival’s approach today, as it emphasizes work that refuses to be bound by the rules and traditional scope of separate cultural fields.
In 2018, the festival continues in the collaborative spirit of its founding and stays true to its focus on international breadth and local depth. It seeks to foster long-term engagement and the production of new work based on in-depth research and emphasizes urban and regional narratives in their sometimes bizarre relation to global processes. Its central projects can be read as one big exhibition—a single parcours—its elements time- and site-specific, presenting a new way to inhabit the city’s social spaces and be engrossed in the stories they might tell.
A strong focus on the social and political urgencies in Graz and Austria goes hand in hand with an international orientation. An integral part of the festival in its early years was the so-called Trigon Biennial, named after the polygon shaped tri-national border of Austria, Italy, and former Yugoslavia. Now, once again, as inequality and nationalism spread both in Eastern and Western Europe, it seems crucial to rekindle this interest in the search for points of connection and solidarity. It is precisely the feeling of marginality, sometimes poignant, sometimes cozy, as experienced in Graz that fosters a sensitivity to other frontier regions, where the purported normalcy of the global order appears in all its surreality and weirdness on the fringes.
steirischer herbst pursues a critical agenda and supports practices that are engaged and engaging. That does not mean that the festival is simply a platform for alternative politics. Instead, it aims each year anew to turn the city into a stage upon which art’s unique imaginative potential—its capacity to tell wild stories and shift shapes, to make impossible conjectures and poetic jokes, to take over spaces and occupy the imagination—is on full view.
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Terms and Conditions
These Terms and Conditions apply to sales of admission tickets, festival passes, and free attendance of events of steirischer herbst festival gmbh. Any deviating conditions only apply if steirischer herbst festival gmbH has given its written consent. By making an order or attending an event, the buyer accepts and abides by these Terms and Conditions.
2. Formation of the contract
The customer’s order is a binding offer. steirischer herbst festival gmbh is free within 7 (seven) days as of receipt of the offer to either accept offers to buy tickets or to refuse such offers by sending a statement to this effect to the customer, particularly in the event of any price increases in the interim or any mistakes in our guide (program), price lists or other documentations, including those in electronic media. No liability whatsoever is accepted for such price increases or mistakes.
All prices are inclusive of VAT. Prices are subject to printing errors and individual price changes. Any import duties will be borne by the orderer. If tickets are being sold to companies within the EC, no Austrian VAT is due if the international VAT number is indicated, and these companies must pay the VAT in their home country.
The admission ticket is not a bill pursuant to §11 UStG (VAT Act) and therefore does not entitle you to deduct input tax.
The reseller sells the admission ticket(s)/festival pass to the buyer on behalf of and for the account of the organizer.
4. Festival pass
Purchasing a festival pass gives you admission to all events. Owing to capacity constraints, we cannot guarantee actual admission to all events on your preferred date. Particularly for events that are also indicated as such in the guide (program), we therefore recommend making a reservation for a charge in good time.
The festival pass is non-transferable and only valid in combination with valid photo identification. The buyer is only entitled to services rendered by steirischer herbst festival gmbh that are under the direct influence of the company. steirischer herbst festival gmbh makes no guarantee for the provision of additional third-party services that may change at the discretion of the particular cooperation partner. We also reserve the right to make program changes. By means of access control upon entering the venue, we may ascertain how often you visit events at steirischer herbst and which events.
5. Right of return
Festival passes cannot be returned (exchange or buy-back). Admission tickets cannot be returned—with the exception of cancellation. If an event is canceled, you are advised to return the ticket within one month of the date of the event. Tickets can only be returned to the steirischer herbst ticket offices. The organizer (venue) reserves the right to make changes to cast, program and date which the buyer can be reasonably expected to accept. In the event of a cancellation, postponement or program change that is not the fault of the organizer (venue), no expenses (such as hotel costs, travel costs, etc.) will be reimbursed, no handling, system or processing charges will be refunded.
6. House rules/latecomers
By purchasing an admission ticket/festival pass or attending an event, visitors agree to accept the house rules. Proof of eligibility for discount will be checked on admission. For all venues, the respective house rules apply with respect to admission of latecomers. Depending on the production, late admission may not always be possible. An admission ticket without a stub is invalid. The ticket ceases to be valid when you leave the venue. Any abuse will be prosecuted.
7. Consumer protection information
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9. Place of fulfillment, choice of law, and jurisdiction
The place of fulfillment for all articles of the Agreement is Graz. Austrian law applies to this Agreement. The Provincial and Commercial Court of Graz (Landes- und Handelsgericht Graz) is agreed as having exclusive competence with regard to disputes arising from orders placed with steirischer herbst festival gmbh, where legally permissible. If any provision or provisions of these Terms and Conditions contradict any legal provisions (for instance the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act/KSchG), this shall be without prejudice to the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions.
steirischer herbst festival gmbh excludes all liability for minor negligence, payment of damages for consequential damage, financial losses, loss of profit, and losses arising from third-party claims against the buyer. The exclusion of liability for minor negligence does not apply to personal injury.
Owing to volume, concerts may pose a risk of damage to hearing and health; the organizer (venue) accepts liability for such damage and other damage to property and personal harm only on condition that he is to blame.
11. Photography and film
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Visitors are not permitted to make audio, film and video recordings or to take photographs. In the event that visitors fail to comply (above all if they take photographs with a flash!), the organizer is entitled to confiscate the recording device until the end of the performance. Open-air events can take place in any weather. No umbrellas, bottles or other dangerous items, etc., may be taken into the venue. Visitors must bring their own rainwear.
In the Web shop, the Terms and Conditions of CTS/Eventim Austria GmbH, Heumühlgasse 11, 1040 Vienna, apply in addition to the Terms and Conditions of steirischer herbst.
Data protection provisions
Protecting your personal data is a matter of special importance to us. We process your data exclusively on the basis of the legal provisions (GDPR/General Data Protection Regulation, TKG/Telecommunications Act 2003).
The aim of this data protection notice is to inform you about the main aspects of data processing in connection with our website.
1. Data storage for ordering information material
Data entered during registration are intended for use of the service. The data collected can be seen in the input dialog filled out during registration. They include name, postal address, email address and, where appropriate, company name or title. The data provided by you are required to fulfill the contract and to perform measures ahead of the contract. Without these data, we cannot conclude the contract with you. The data are not sent to any third parties, with the exception of data sent to our authorized dispatch company for the purpose of delivering the goods.
Data processing is performed on the basis of the legal provisions of § 96 section 3 TKG (Telecommunications Act) and of article 6 section 1 lit a (consent) and/or lit b (necessary for the performance of a contract) of the GDPR.
2. Data storage for ordering tickets
The data collected can be seen in the input dialog. They include name, postal address, phone number and email address.
The data provided by you are required to fulfill the contract and to perform measures ahead of the contract. Without these data, we cannot conclude the contract with you.
The data are not sent to any third parties, with the exception of data sent to CTS EVENTIM AUSTRIA Gmbh, our ticket system provider, to Wirecard Central Eastern Europe GmbH for technical handling of electronic payment transactions, and to our tax consultant to meet our obligations under tax legislation.
For further details, please refer to the data protection statement of CTS EVENTIM AUSTRIA GmbH and https://www.wirecard.at/datenschutz.
In the event of conclusion of a contract, all data under the contractual relationship are stored until expiry of the retention period under tax legislation (seven years).
Data processing is performed on the basis of the legal provisions of § 96 section 3 TKG (Telecommunications Act) and of article 6 section 1 lit b (necessary for performance of a contract) and lit c (legal obligation) of the GDPR.
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