Festival for Contemporary Circus in Salzburg, Austria
The unusual location in a city of tents in the Volksgarten (a park in the center of Salzburg), livened up by the charming performances of artists from all over the world, creates a special ambience which makes this festival one of its kind – a festival for contemporary circus in the snowy landscape of Salzburg.
For the last twelve years, Winterfest has enchanted its audience with stunnig acrobatics, gentle poetry and bizarre esprit and has proven the multifarious character of contemporary circus.
The Winterfest was founded by Georg Daxner in 2001: During a walk through the winterly park named Volksgarten, he decided to try to enliven this beautiful place throughout the wintertime and share his passion for contemporary circus with the people of Salzburg – luckily with great success!
Today, the Winterfest is the third biggest cultural event in the city of Salzburg/Austria and even the biggest festival for contemporary circus in the whole German-speaking area. Every year, the Winterfest manages to excite visitors of all ages and with its constantly growing fan community, it makes a significant contribution in improving the awareness and appreciation of contemporary circus in the region, whole Austria as well as neighboring countries.
During its more than ten years of existence, the Winterfest has welcomed over 181.600 guests and 23 companies from several countries. A few of them are Le Cirque Invisible, Compagnie Cirque, Cirque Lili, Le Cirque Désaccordé, Cirque Zanzibar, Cirque ici, La Famiglia Dimitri, Cirque XY, Cirque Rasposo, Compagnie Hors Pistes, Cirque Trottola, The Tiger Lillies Freakshow, Cie Akoreacro, Cirque Aïtal, Escarlata Circus, Le Boustrophédon or the Seven Fingers (Les 7 doigts de la main).