Art is as much a part of Bad Gastein as the imposing mountains and magnificent Belle Époque buildings.
Hardly any wonder that such an exceptional art and cultural festival has established itself right here, in the form of sommer.frische.kunst Bad Gastein has always held an extraordinary fascination for artists and art lovers.The originally planned program for 2020 had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, but there are alternatives, such as the highlight concerts in Sportgastein.
Whether the brilliant Liza Minnelli, Berlin artist Friedrich Liechtenstein or German actress Nora Tschirner with her band “Prag”: they have all allowed themselves to be inspired by the unique magic of this place. The “Monte Carlo of the Alps”, as Bad Gastein is affectionately nicknamed, certainly has that “special something”. And is now, as ever, a creative melting pot for artists from around the world.
This art festival in Gastein is focused on three major theme areas. At the Academy, renowned artists grant us insights into their work and open up whole new perspectives for participants. The opportunity to gather valuable artistic experiences stands at the forefront for members of the annual group of Artists in Residence. Art also needs its own space, a room to call its own. That said, three locations serve as a gallery for exhibitions and installations.
Summer getaways in Bad Gastein, Salzburger Land, also mean the opportunity to enjoy art and culture on the very highest level. You see, every year in the summertime, under the umbrella of the art and culture festival known as sommer.frische.kunst, the program includes numerous top-quality events. Artists from around the world come to this spectacular Belle Époque town in the Alps from July until September in order to show their works, to exhibit them in the historic hydropower station, and to allow themselves to be inspired by Bad Gastein in their future creations.
The classical music festival Schubert in Gastein promises pure musical enjoyment. It is an hommage to the famous Austrian composer Franz Schubert, who spent part of the summer in 1825 in Bad Gastein, also composing a number of works here. Which is why, every year, classical melodies can be heard echoing in Gastein Valley. The concerts are always held in special locations, such as the Preimskirche next to the waterfall, at the Grand Hotel de l' Europe and at the Weitmoser Schlössl.
From the extraordinarily successful project “kunstresidenz Bad Gastein”, an artist-in-residence program, to the gallery at the Kraftwerk and the legendary Art Weekend, as well as classical concerts – the program of sommer.frische.kunst is as diverse and exciting as the history of this town itself.
Experience for yourself an artistic summer getaway in Bad Gastein, inside historic buildings as well as in the open air. Art and culture in the mountains. Art in the here and now.