Enjoy art and culture at Klagenfurt’s largest festivals
Klagenfurt lies at the centre of one of the culturally richest and most colourful regions in Europe – the Alps-Adriatic region. Since time immemorial, the people from the neighbouring countries and the locals have mingled at the many different festivals and events in the provincial capital, to enjoy art, culture and fine foods, celebrate together and learn from one another.
The Klagenfurt Festival has something to offer from almost every genre of the performing arts. Theatre, music, dance, literature and more at many different locations across Klagenfurt. This festival, which encompasses so many genres, formats and places, is unique in the entire region.
An evergreen favourite is the World Bodypainting Festival. This event, which is eagerly awaited worldwide every time, has taken place in Klagenfurt for over twenty years, and offers fashion, makeup, music and a whole host of spectacle.
Top-class musical duos with a connection to Carinthia entice visitors into the city’s most beautiful inner courtyards with free entry to jazz sounds. The public takes an evening stroll from one concealed location to the next, so as to experience all the different performances.
Yum! At the Days of Alps-Adriatic Cuisine you can taste your way through the city centre just as the fancy takes you. The culinary region hosts a get-together for everyone from organic farmers from the Slovenian Karst or the best Italian wines to international celebrity chefs.
For classical music lovers, in summer there is Klassik im Burghof. The unrivalled location and the international star acts make the mild summer evenings an unforgettable experience.
The festival flagship par excellence is the Festival of German-Language Literature, that is: the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. Year on year the most talented writers and the expert jury meet to elect a winner with much ado and a wide-ranging supporting programme.