Barbara Pluch
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On two long weekends the one-of-a-kind art festival will feature adventuresome aesthetics and oscillations between music, performance, visual arts, film, and discursive formats. A day pass grants you access to up to 20 events. The locations of the music and performance festival are the Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche, several halls on the exhibition grounds, the Kino im Kesselhaus, Forum Frohner and the Kunsthalle Krems.

donaufestival 2023 (april 28 – 30 & may 5 – 7)

Beyond human: The climate crisis is fuelling global political conflicts and heralding a looming end to a civilisation increasingly populated by artificial intelligence. What remains after all the radical changes? A number of artistic positions at donaufestival 2023 conjure a worldview that no longer treats humans as a privileged species.



=> 04/28 - Sound (Rojin Sharafi & Épong, BIG | BRAVE, Petronn Sphene, GODFLESH, Nihiloxica)

=> 04/29 - Sound (Silvia Tarozzi & Deborah Walker, Heith feat. DECLINO, 1 ABOVE MINUS UNDERGROUND, Slikback x Weirdcore present VOID, Zebra Katz, DJ Lag)

=> 04/30 - Sound (Hüma Utku, Radian, James Holden, yeule, Omar Souleyman, RP BOO [Planet Mu], Animistic Beliefs + Jeisson Drenth: CACHE/SPIRIT)

=> 05/05 - Sound (Holy Other + Pedro Maia, Puce Mary, Moin, Nwando Ebizie, Amnesia Scanner & Freeka Tet, Debby Friday)

=> 06/05 - Sound (Félicia Atkinson, Rent, Geier aus Stahl Band, Phew, Klara Lewis & Nik Colk Void + Pedro Maia, Gorgonn)

=> 07/05 - Sound (Marina Herlop, Slauson Malone, Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer & Shahzad Ismaily)

=> Performance Weekend 1: Jelena Juresa (director) / Alen&Nenad Sinkauz (live music/performance) / Ivana Jozic (performance/dance): APHASIA

=> Performance Weekend 1: Harald Beharie: Batty Bwoy

=> Performance Wochenende 2: Kim Noble / CAMPO: Lullaby for Scavengers

=> Performance Weekend 2: Anna-Marija Adomaityte & Gautier Teuscher: workpiece

=> Performance Wochenende 2: Francesca Foscarini & Cosimo Lopalco PUNK. KILL ME PLEASE (Short Version)

=> Performance Weekend 1+2: Toxic Temple: MESS

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PRESS PHOTOS (Artists 2023)

=> Sound

=> Performance, Art, Film, Discourse

=> Atmosphere

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Archive 2021

donaufestival 2021 (October 1–3 & 8–10): IN THE YEAR OF THE METAL OX

The Line-up is online!

In The Year Of The Metal Ox means a state of emergency – and perseverance at once. New hopes, new fortunes. The title of donaufestival 2021 refers to the Chinese zodiac sign for the same year, which is still swaying under the spell of a pandemic. It knows no outside, but does not affect us all in the same way. Rather, it has escalated social breakpoints and provoked unimagined artistic approaches to corporeality and technology, intimacy and collectivity.


=> Press text donaufestival 2021: The Line-up is online!

=> Timetable and programme details

The film installation Chaos Theory by the collective Metahaven (commissioned by donaufestival in cooperation with Kunsthalle Krems was shown from May 04 to June 27, 2021 in the Kunsthalle.



=>  day 1: Sound Bendik Giske | Elvin Brandhi | Nuha Ruby Ra | Kali Malone presents 'Does Spring Hide Its Joy' featuring Lucy Railton and Stephen O’Malley | Nazar | Duma

=>  day 2: Sound Die Wilde Jagd | FRKTL | Deena Abdelwahed Live | Angel-Ho | David Fenech, Jac Berrocal & Vincent Epplay | BbyMutha | Kampire 

=> day 3: Sound Jerskin Fendrix | UCC Harlo | Jung An Tagen & Rainer Kohlberger AV Performance | Prison Religion | Girl Band | Margenrot

=> day 4: Sound Rosa Anschütz | Die Orangen | Robert Henke: CBM 8032 AV |Masma Dream World | Lost Girls | Loraine James

=> day 5: Sound DEATHPROD: Occulting Disk | Aho Ssan | Decolonize Your Mind Society | Conny Frischauf | Black Country, New Road | Phantom Gold (Collaboration Rosa Nebel x Herrgottsblick)

=> day 6: Sound Asifeh | Gischt | Lyra Pramuk | Kìzis mit Streichquartett | Nordra | Ghostpoet

=>  Performance WE 1 Up. Lisa Hinterreithner: linger on

=>  Performance WE 1 Ingri Fiksdal, Fredrik Floen, Mariama Fatou Kalley Slåttøy: Fictions of the Flesh

=> Performance WE 1 Ira Melkonyan & the rubberbodies collective: Upstairs Geology 50/50

=> Performance WE 2 Marco Donnarumma x Margherita Pevere: Eingeweide

=> Performance WE 2 Hollow: Summit

=>  Installationen knowbotiq in collaboration with Odete: Genesis Machines, indigo farming | Anne Imhof: Untitled (Wave) | Forensic Architecture: Triple-Chaser | Michael Wallinger fprs. 19

Archive 2020

donaufestival “Machines Like Us” April 24 – 26 and April 30 – May 2, 2020 CANCELLED!

This year’s leitmotif responds to the growing influence of algorithms and artificial intelligence on society. donaufestival 2020 examines the multifaceted relationships between man and machine, which are also transforming the self-conception of creative practices.

Archive 2019


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WE1: Karin Pauer & Aldo Giannotti: this is where we draw the line / fABULEUS / Michiel Vandevelde: Paradise Now (1968-2018) / Bully Fae Collins: Plight Notions with Shandy

WE2: Stefan Kaegi / Rimini Protokoll und Thomas Melle: Unheimliches Tal. Uncanny Valley / El Conde de Torrefiel: KULTUR  / Ligia Lewis: Water Will (in Melody)

Jonas Staal: Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective, Model (museumkrems)

26.04.2019 Yonatan Gat & The Eastern Medicine Singers / Katharina Ernst / Alien Parade / Alien Disco Soundclash / Anna von Hausswolff / Årabrot / Tyondai Braxton / Giant Swan

27.04.2019 Feldermelder plays Erratic / Ben LaMar Gay / N-Prolenta / LAFAWNDAH / Lonnie Holley / Holly Herndon / Khalab

28.04.2019 Nadja / AAA / Punctum / Shortparis / Gudrun Gut / Planningtorock

03.05.2019 Ark Noir / Rafael Anton Irisarri / Lucrecia Dalt / Hüma Utku / Godflesh / Eartheater / Fatima Al Qadiri / Yves Tumor

04.05.2019 Benjamin Shaw / Lisa Stenberg / Flotation Toy Warning / Hyph11E / Guttersnipe / Grim Lusk / Apparat

05.05.2019 Rakta / schtum / Deafkids / Irreversible Entanglements / Nkisi / Kate Tempest / Talk: Black Quantum Futurism


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Press information 2018


Festival photos

Performance: The Agency: Medusa Bionic Rise; Liquid Loft; Wild Vlees; Barbis Ruder; Rudi van der Merwe: Trophée; Britt Hatzius: Blind Cinema; Oreet Ashery: Passing Through Metals

Art/Installation: Ryan Trecartin & Lizzie Fitch: Premise Place (edit 1); Marina Gioti: Polysomnogarden; Floris Vanhoof: Bug Sounds / Vinyl Canyon; Anna Vasof: Loop Hole; John Gerrard: Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas)

Stockholmsyndrom: Julien Deprez; JK Flesh feat. Moor Mother, Farce

Talks: Simon Reynolds/Jens Balzer/Christian Höller; Tilman Baumgärtel; Thomas Edlinger/Armen Avanessian/Eva Horn

Sound: 27.04. Lanark Artefax / Grouper / Godspeed You! Black Emperor / MOPCUT / Laurel Halo / Lightning Bolt

Sound: 28.04. Nobody (Willis Earl Beal) / In My Talons / Orson Hentschel / MHYSA / Lotic / DJ Taye / ZONAL ft. Moor Mother

Sound: 29.04. Lawrence English / The Space Lady / Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois / Demdike Stare LIVE AV w/Michael England / Puce Mary / Gravetemple / Ex Eye

Sound: 04.05. Amnesia Scanner / Sote presents Parallel Persia / Coby Sey / Lafidki / James Holden & The Animal Spirits / FAKA

Sound: 06.05. Friends of Gas / Circuit des Yeux / Matana Roberts & Kelly Jayne Jones / Big|Brave / Scout Niblett / Molly Nilsson / Deerhoof / as waves go by

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Selected Photos Artists 2018


Festival photos 2017

Performances: Ligia Lewis: minor matter / Ariel Ephraim Ashbel and friends: The Empire Strikes Back: Kingdom of the Synthetic / Doris Uhlich: Habitat / Karl Karner und Linda Samaraweerová: WÜRFELN III / Oliver Zahn und Julian Warner: Situation mit Doppelgänger / Laboratory of Anger Management / Colin Self: Siblings /  QUARTO: Durational Rope / Stephan Geene feat. Claudia Basrawi, Justus Köhnke & Ricky Shayne: mutwillig, Shayne

Sound: 28.04. (Scritti Politti, Elysia Crampton, group A, M.E.S.H., Sote with Tarik Barri, Arash Bolouri & Behrouz Pashaei, Stockholm 1: Greg Fox)

Sound: 29.04. (Foodman, Jace Clayton, Moor Mother, Palmistry, Tommy Genesis, Yves Tumor, Stockholm 2: Heather Leigh)

Sound: 30.04. (Gnod, Gonjasufi, Guardian Alien, Heather Leigh & Peter Brötzmann, Horse Lords, Michele Nox, Ulver, Stockholm 3: 1115 Julian Warner)

Sound: 01.05. (Radian / Roisz / dieb13, Einstürzende Neubauten, Ian William Craig, Josephien Foster, The Body, The Grubby Mitts, Stockholm 4: Eartheater)

Sound: 05.05. (Actress, Emptyset, Equiknoxx, Gazelle Twin: Kingdom Come, Silver Apples, The Bug feat. Miss Red, Stockholm 5: Vika Kirchenbauer)

Sound: 06.05. (Ben Frost, Deafheaven, Dino Spiluttini, Klara Lewis, Oliver Coates, Pharmakon, Stian Westerhus, This Is Not This Heat, Stockholm 6: Ventil)

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Portaits Thomas Edlinger (aristic director) and Bettina Kogler (curator performance 2017): DOWNLOAD here

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