Linz is the third-largest city of Austria and capital of the state of Upper Austria. It is located in the north centre of Austria, approximately 30 km (19 mi) south of the Czech border, on both sides of the river Danube. The population of the city is 191,107, and that of the Greater Linz conurbation is about 271,000.
The city is now home to an interesting music and arts scene that is well-funded by the city and the state of Upper Austria. Between the Lentos Art Museum and the Brucknerhaus, is the Donaulände, which is also referred to as “Kulturmeile” (“culture mile”). It is also used for the Ars Electronica Festival and the “Linz Fest”. Linz was the European Capital of Culture in 2009, along with Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.
Performing Arts for Young People
Linz is also known for its vibrant scene of theatre, dance and performance for young people. The Theater des Kindes has devoted itself to working closely with playwrights, producing mainly debut performances. u/hof: Theater für junges Publikum is the youngest of the five sections of the Landestheater Linz (besides opera, adult theatre, ballet and musical). u/hof: offers shows for young people aged 6 – 16. While Theater des Kindes and u/hof: are producing for children and teenagers only, Theater Phönix put plays for adults and young people on its stage. All three are regularly involved in the work of ASSITEJ Austria, hosting symposia and other events over the last couple of years.
Theater des Kindes and u/hof: several times have been nominated for and/or awarded with the STELLA, the Austrian national award for outstanding theatre for young audiences. Andreas Baumgartner, artistic director of Theater des Kindes, is also a member of the board of ASSITEJ Austria.
Linz is the home of SCHÄXPIR, Austria’s biggest international theatre festival for young audiences with a worldwide reputation. In 2013 around forty theatre and dance productions from Austria and abroad will be presented in the same familiar high quality. Over the course of eleven days, SCHÄXPIR disseminates the pleasure and passion of theatre on the stages of Linz and also in locations more accessible to children and young people further away from the large, familiar locations in the state capital. In 2013 SCHÄXPIR again offers a multifaceted, extensive program, which includes enticing premieres and the popular framework program.
The recently built Lentos (2003) is a modern art gallery, presenting art from the 20th and 21st centuries. It is situated on the south banks of the river Danube. The building can be illuminated at night from the inside with blue, pink, red, and violet, due to its plastic casing.
The Ars Electronica Center (AEC) is a museum and research facility on the north bank of the Danube (in the Urfahr district), across the river from the Hauptplatz (main square). The AEC is a significant world center for new media arts, attracting a large gathering of technologically-oriented artists every year for the Ars Electronica festival.
The Brucknerhaus, the most important concert hall in Linz is named after Anton Bruckner. It is situated just some 200 meters away from the “Lentos”. It is home to the “Bruckner Orchestra”, and is frequently used for concerts, as well as Balls and other events.