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Thursday May 29, 2014
Austria: Visual & Performing Arts
Why stick to staring at the stationary art pieces inside museums and galleries, when you can immerse yourself in the bright pageantry of an Austrian art festival? Pack your bags and prepare to discover Austria’s visual and performance art scene with the help of your favorite car rental company, Kemwel.
The human body is transformed into a vibrant canvas of imagery at the Pörtschach World Body Painting Festival, one of the most distinctive visual arts events in Europe. This summer exhibition is devoted to turning the planes and curves of muscle and epidermis into dramatic colorful landscapes with the talented ingenuity of international artists. Participating models are more than mere vessels for these exotic and provocative works. They need a flair for the dramatic that makes their expressions and movements an extension of the artistic armor they’re encased in.
If you can bear to tear yourself away from the eye-catching contours and colors of the many mobile canvases strolling through the festival grounds, there is a full spectrum of side events for all ages including the opportunity to get some temporary art on your own skin.
Prestidigitators versed in the arts of sleight of hand and distraction, aerial, acrobatics artists who swing from a trapeze, silent mummers, and dancers who play with fire–the International Street Art Festival of Linz is brimming with acts and actors who will shock and astound you. Listen to the special program of music in one of the designated sounds courts or the hot Latin rhythms of the Samba Parade. Numerous venues in Linz participate and provide event space for the festival every year, and should you be visiting with children, there is also a well-rounded program of kid-friendly events too!
MUSIC AL ARTS
While the number of music festivals dedicated to classical masters in Austria is immense, there are still chances for someone whose tastes run to more alternative styles to find a line-up to their liking. The FM4 Frequency Festival in St. Polten caters to eclectic tastes with a mix of German and Austrian bands interspersed with more recognizable names from the airwaves. Get the skinny from your fellow concert-goers on how to stretch your musical horizons with any unfamiliar names and make some new friends and acquaintances in the process. Some of 2014’s performances include artists like Placebo, Blink 182, The Neighbourhood, The Eclectic Moniker and Jimmy Eat World.
Aspiring and active dancers will find a home to hone their art at Impuls Tanz in Vienna. Workshops are organized for the dancing hopeful, the advanced and everywhere in between. Whether you choose to dabble in the graceful, delicate movements of ballet or to explore a more modern flow, if you’re comfortable with dancing, but lack confidence on stage, and even if you need to work on perfecting your technique, a wonderful diversity of dance programs allow for your varying level of interest and skill. If you’d rather be an appreciative audience member than to stand on the stage yourself, there is also an excellent variety of international performances to choose from. A new South African interpretation of Swan Lake promises to change the way you look at Tchaikovsky’s well-known ballet, or the production Deep Dish from an Austrian choreographer, Chris Haring, brings something entirely new to the stage.
Are you ready to spend your summer vacation exploring Austria’s outstanding array of artistic events and festivals? Not until you confirm your Kemwel car rental! In three, easy steps, you can book your rental car in Austria online. We guarantee the cheapest rates for renting a car in Austria and offer convenient pick-up locations across the country. Kemwel provides toll-free access to speak with our car rental reservation specialists 24/7 at 1-877-820-0668. With the peak season of travel upon us, get ready to finish finessing the details of your Austrian vacation with Kemwel!