The heart of the Alps doesn’t just offer sporting adventures in a superb mountain landscape; it also has an exceedingly lively cultural scene and this has developed magnificently in the last few years.
Numerous events have grown far beyond local significance and have in the meantime become crowd pullers. The names of the ensemble and artists in the programme guides read like a Who’s Who of the international cultural scene. And no matter which event you are heading for, full of expectation, the mountains are always a magnificent backdrop for the cultural scene in Tirol. The variety of activities ranges from the enchanting Old Music festival week, to gripping dance theatre, right the way through to the furious Tirol Festival, which provide cultural highlights in the summer time.
Tirol Festival in Erl (the town of Erl is known throughout the world for its Passion Plays) has been running since 1998 and was a conception of Gustav Kuhn. In 2010 from 8th July to 1st August there was at least one show a day. The Tirol Festival in Erl is a blend of highbrow culture, popular culture and other musical categories such as New Music, Jazz and folk music. One special objective of the Tirol Festival in Erl is the targeted co-operation between regional artists and international names in the music scene.
Klangspuren Schwaz has been around since 1994, and is today the biggest and most successful music festival in western Austria in the contemporary music category. From 9th September until 26th September 2010 they provide a platform for innovative, progressive, courageous and bold pioneers and visionaries, who want write future music history together. Almost all concerts in the past few years have been sold out. Since 2001 it has been held in cooperation with the Frankfurt Ensemble Modern, ‘Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie’. This is an internationally renowned educational establishment for students of new music. Moreover Klangspuren Schwaz provides its own cultural and musical programme of events. This comprises, among other things, a supporting programme of events and projects for adults, trainees and school children, along with an exceptionally successful programme of children’s events known as ‘Barfuß’.
The venue of Operetten Sommer Kufstein in August is Kufstein Fortress, which is one of the most impressive medieval buildings in Tirol. The fortress which is located on the southerly outskirts of Josefsburg with its weatherproof roof provides the setting for a dry and acoustical sound experience. This summer spectacle brings the most famous works in this genre to Kufstein, with singers from the Wiener Volksoper and other excellent ensembles.