DAY & NIGHT Episode 4 – Streetartist Festival Linz

In my latest YouTube video i’m visiting the street artist festival in Linz. Check out Day & Night Episode 4 using the legendary Fuji X-T2 + Fujinon 55mm 1.8 and 18-55 kitlens.

ABOUT THE STREETARTIST FESTIVAL

The Pflasterspektakel (pronounced  [ˈpflastɐʃpɛkˌtakl̩], German for pavement spectacle) is an annual street art festival in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. It includes musical acts, juggling, acrobatics, pantomime, improvisational theatre, clownery, fire dancing, painting, samba parades, as well as a programme for children, and is held on three days in July in and around the main square and the Landstraße. In 2010, about 400 artists from over forty nations participated in the event.

The Pflasterspektakel was created by Siegbert Janko, cultural manager of Linz since 1985. He ascribes the idea to his impressions of Djemaa el Fna, a market place in Marrakesh, which he visited during birthday celebrations for King Hassan II of Morocco before 1985.

The inaugural festival took place from 16 to 19 July 1987, under the name of Internationale Straßenmusikantentage (International Street Musicians’ Days). It comprised about 150 musicians, most of them from Austria and Germany, including a samba group from Munich. It was decided that the event should be repeated the following year, this time under the present name of Linz Pflasterspektakel and featuring acrobats, magicians and mimes in addition to the musicians.

1989, shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall, artists from Eastern Bloc countries performed in Linz. From this year onwards, organisers had to select artists because there were more applications than could be accommodated. In 2000, as well as some of the following years, over 250,000 visitors attended the Pflasterspektakel to see artists from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Australia.