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La Strada (Graz, Austria)

Werner Schrempf

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La Strada is 20

No reason to put the feet up. Quite the contrary. The festival for street and puppet theatre, contemporary circus and community art looks to the future and, with commitment and passion, is dedicated to its objectives: to bring movement to the city, bring life to squares and streets, change perspectives and flip what is orderly upside down. To render visible that which is unusual in the everyday. To invite the city’s inhabitants not only as guests at, but also as participants in the festival.

The special anniversary also presents the opportunity to look back over two decades of festivals and indulge a little in reminiscences. Reminiscences about all those unexpected experiences, crazy stories, adorable characters and breathtaking moments. La Strada 2017 creates threads connecting the past to the here and now, reaching onward to what could still come about. Also an opportunity to join our audience, performers and the entire team in toasting the years past and future – at Open Dance there will be dancing, laughter, singing and partying beneath the stars for the entire duration of the festival. What a pleasure to see what was a small Open Stage of the early years now extending into a zone of encounter in Kaiserfeldgasse street. A zone in which every available space is taken, with the vibe finding resonance in the (dance) floor and people’s hearts. In 2017 and for the first time, this energy will also make itself felt in other, for now secret, parts of the city.

La Strada,

Austria (AT)

Founding-member of IN SITU in 2003

International Festival of Street Art, Puppet Theatre, Contemporary Circus and Community Art in Graz. The La Strada festival takes place at the beginning of August for a period of nine days since 1998. It creates an interplay between the city, artists and audiences.
The venues are the streets, squares and courtyards of the city, but also include theatre spaces such as the Graz Opera. The festival spots new districts as well as abandoned spaces and creates places, where audience and artists meet for the first time. La Strada also shows selected productions in smaller towns in Styria. Due to its integration in IN SITU, La Strada also works as a driving force of exhibited Eu rope-wide theatre work. At least 1/3 of the annually programme of the festival presents productions as premieres, always in co-operation with national and international artists. Austrian artists are supported by integrating them in the network of European festivals.

Director : Werner Schrempf

Artistic Assistant : Noémie Fonteneau