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steirischer herbst 2001 - review

steirischer herbst 2001 finished on 4 November 2001. Summary:

Approx. 101,000 visitors attended 261 separate events in 33 days. In all, the events lasted 489 hours, which equates roughly to 20 days of non-stop programme.

Some 1300 artists and theorists from 26 countries participated in the festival, while 750 were involved in organisation.

88 Austrian and 71 international media were accredited; a total of 254 national and international journalists were registered. There were more than 1.2 million hits on the steirischer herbst web site (www.steirischerbst.at) in 2001.

Nine stage projects were performed (including seven all-time premières and one Austrian première). There were 27 visual art exhibitions and projects (not counting Jörg Schlick's 14 exhibitions).

In addition there were seven series of theory events, the highly successful musikprotokoll (in co-production with ORF), and the extremely popular Night-Line at the herbstbar (organised by vipers); alongside the key project "Am Anfang war der Laut/In the beginning was the sound" there was the literature stock exchange game "www.literaturboerse.com" with 922,000 hits.

In addition to the extensive programme in Graz, various series of events were held at four locations in Styria (muerz werkstatt, Jugendmusikfest Deutschlandsberg, K.U.L.M., Pavel House in co-operation with KIBLA in Maribor). In all, 52 partners co-operated in the steirischer herbst 2001 programme.

The extensive art mediation programme met with a great response: a total of 6,139 individuals, including many school-goers, took part in programme presentations, guided tours and discussions, workshops, etc.

Incidentally: the "Abbild/Depiction" exhibition curated by Peter Pakesch, which is fast becoming the most-visited herbst exhibition of all time, is still running until 16. 12. at Landesmuseum Joanneum.

The exhibition "Knocking on Heaven´s Door" at Galerie Bleich-Rossi (as part of the project "Gleich scheuen Hirschen in Wäldern versteckt zu leben/To live in forests like timid deer" by Jörg Schlick) was extended until 20. 11. due to popular demand.

And there is more good news: the exhibition "Rudi Gernreich – fashion will go out of fashion" (curator: Brigitte Felderer, co-production with Neue Galerie Graz) was shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and was meeting with great interest among the public and the media. And Dimiter Gotscheff's production of Dejan Dukovski's "Das Pulverfass/The powder-keg" (a co-production with Schauspielhaus Graz) was acclaimed a few days ago at Prague German-language theatre festival.

steirischer herbst would like to thank everyone who helped make the festival such a great success, notably
* the subsidy providers: Land Steiermark – Kultur, Stadt Graz Kultur, bka.Kunst;
* the main sponsors and partners: Graz Tourismus, Graz 2003, Die Steiermärkische, AVL, Grazer Stadtwerke
* the project sponsors: Industriellenvereinigung Steiermark, Steweag, Merkur Versicherung, Bankhaus Krentschker;
* and all other sponsors, associates and advertisers.

P.S.: steirischer herbst 2002 will be starting a bit later than usual: the opening will be on 24 October and the festival will run until 24 November.

Text vom 15. 11. 2001 © steirischer herbst

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