A festival of togetherness, tradition and regional culture
St. Pölten (OTS/NLK) – Preparations for the 22 district festivals on June 25 and 26 are in full swing. The organizing committees are fine-tuning the final details for the state-wide anniversary celebration of “100 Years of Lower Austria”, and the months of planning are being put into action these days in the 20 district capitals as well as Waidhofen an der Ybbs and Klosterneuburg. Stage elements, event technology, stands, decorations and much more will transform the 22 locations into places of encounter and shared festive culture over the weekend.
While planning, coordination and set-up demand a lot from the many planning minds and helping hands, the “artistic side” of the between 15,000 and 20,000 participants invests just as much effort and sweat. In addition to many local performers from the fields of pop, rock, jazz and folk, the Lower Austrian regional culture scene is preparing for its big event: Hundreds of brass bands, traditional costume, dance and singing associations, as well as 109 choirs from the field of folk culture, are rehearsing tirelessly to ensure that their performances at Lower Austria’s big birthday party “sit” – from small trio performances to a star march of brass music, such as in Wiener Neustadt. The many smaller and larger ensembles (from trio to big band to cross-over with several groups) from almost all 126 music schools in the state are still honing intonation and timing for their performances. Museums and galleries are preparing for guests, and materials and books are being selected for reading picnics and educational focal points.
Of course, sounding names and nationally and internationally renowned artists such as musical legend Werner Auer, successful singer Monika Ballwein, actress Konstanze Breitebner, skiing icon Michaela Dorfmeister, Depeche Mode drummer Christian Eigner, children’s songwriter Bernhard Fibich, the Comedy Hirten, Clara Luzia, author Christoph Mauz, Tina Naderer, mime Joesi Prokopetz, music legend Hans Joachim Roedelius, actor Manuel Rubey, soccer legend Paul Scharner, mimin Caroline Vasicek, theater expert Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz and ski star Kathrin Zettel. The program also includes established formations such as the Waidhofen an der Ybbs Chamber Orchestra under conductor Wolfgang Sobotka, which gives concerts in Melk as well as in its hometown of Waidhofen.
The district festivals will also be a parade of voluntary work, clubs and organizations: Whether emergency organizations, initiatives from the areas of health, ecology, agriculture and more, associations and individuals working on a voluntary basis – Lower Austria is also represented in this respect at the 22 district festivals. All institutions and groups wait with Mitmach actions, achievement presentations or info. conditions. In a federal state like Lower Austria, which is as active as it is, sports clubs and sportsmen and sportswomen cannot be missing: The Horn Sports Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary, while the Waidhofen an der Thaya and Horn Sports Unions are each celebrating their 75th anniversary. In addition, anniversary and city runs such as those in Baden and Amstetten, Gmünd and Zwettl are on the program, and decorated athletes such as 14-time national floor gymnastics champion Marco Mayr will be performing in Amstetten.
Of course, the many actors and actresses also want to be called on stage in a dignified manner: Presenters give the 22 festival programs the ceremonial finishing touches, among them “Rapid voice” Andy Marek, ORF professionals Alice Herzog, Tanja Karssemeijer and Tom Schwarzmann, SKN voice Franky Kramml, sports presenter Tom Bläumauer, journalist Dietmar Zeiss, cabaret artist Werner Brix, Hektiker founding member Andreas Reismann and “Science Slammer” Bernhard Weingartner.
Individual locations have their own focal points, such as sustainability, ecology and environmental awareness in Tulln. In Klosterneuburg, the Saturday of the festival is once again all about education with the research festival at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA).
After two years of pandemic, the Kultur.Region.Niederösterreich sees the district festival as a celebration of respectful closeness and, after 100 years of Lower Austria, as a stage for togetherness and appreciation. Initiatives, associations, organizations and the numerous representatives of regional culture get their platform and can show on the anniversary weekend how great their diversity and how comprehensive their achievements are.
The district festivals in 22 cities represent a concerted highlight in Lower Austria’s anniversary year. The blue-yellow reflection on values such as closeness, community, tradition and culture is part of a 100-year success story that began on January 1, 1922 with the Separation Act, which sealed the separation of the former provincial capital of Vienna from the crown land of Lower Austria. Against this background, the district festivals are not only a sign of mutual encouragement for the next 100 years of Lower Austria, but also an invitation to engage with the history of the region and the country.
To the program of the individual locations: www.100jahrenoe.at/mein-fest
Further information: Culture.Region.Lower Austria, Mario Kern, 0676 88 40 55 55, firstname.lastname@example.org
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