OPENING Part 1: Train Tour

For the very curious, there is a TRAIN TOUR starting from Linz Central Station from noon, where you can already take a look at some of the projects along the route. For those who only have time later, there is the INAUGURAL RIDE with the FdR*TRAIN.


For those who are unable to attend the opening festivities at the designated time, there is the option of joining the “OPENING RIDET” with the FdR*Train.


“verflechtn” brings together regional and national experts, cultural workers, artists, interested parties and the general public. Spaces are opened up to enable dialogue on essential topics of regional cultural work.

An meinen Haaren möcht‘ ich sterben

In a video work and a performance Peter Kozek, Vanessa Mazanik, and Florian Ronc deal with the ritual of mourning. Inspired by baroque memorial forms, they are looking for the alienation and the externalism of new perspectives on mourning as a collective experience.

Eine Bahnreise durch die Filmgeschichte

High Time is the motto of this year’s Festival of the Regions, and therefore this seems like a fitting reason for the Local-Bühne Freistadt to pick up on this topic in a cinematographic manner.

Frauentor-Besetzung und Frauengassen-Fest

Frauenpersönlichkeiten sind bei der Namensgebung von Straßen und Plätzen deutlich unterrepräsentiert. Von den rund 190 Straßen in Freistadt sind zum Beispiel zirka 60 nach Männern benannt, aber nur vier nach Frauen. Auf diese eklatante Schieflage macht die Aktionsgruppe Fraustadt Freistadt mit einer Frauentor-Besetzung und einem Frauengassen-Fest aufmerksam.

Free Stock Sport

Eine virale Kampagne behauptet in Anlehnung an Graffiti-Kultur, Skater-Szene, Free-Techno und illegale Autorennen das Aufkeimen des Asphaltstocksports in der Subkultur. Eine Intervention in der Freistädter Salzgasse unterzieht diesen selbst generierten Mythos einem praktischen Realitätstest.

Hijab Offline

Hijab Offline is based on the autobiographical experiences by the artist Shahrzad Nazarpour and the official racism report from the year 2020. The dance performance deals with life in Austria, with discussions and violence in digital and public spaces, with exoticisation and sexualisation, and with anti-Muslim racism in reference to the Hijab.

Landgänge 2023: VOR > BEI

Nach einem nachmittäglichen Konzert im Salzhof Freistadt hat das Publikum die Möglichkeit, gemeinsam und entlang von musikalischen Wegweisern nach St. Peter zu spazieren. Dort folgen abends zwei weitere Konzerte in der Kalvarienbergkirche und der Filialkirche.


The KLANGfestival enchants the Old Swimming Pool in Gallneukirchen with unique sounds, performances, installations, and surprises on June 30th and July 1st, 2023.

KLANGfenigma 2023 GAME

KLANGfenigma is a project of the cultural association KLANGfolger. Its goal is to make the history of KLANGfestival playable and deconstructible.

Mind the Gap

Every day the railway transports people, the machine keeps on running and running and running. But when is it time to throw a spanner in the works, chart a new course, or even pull the emergency break?


N_ONSITE is an atelier, place of interaction and exhibition space on rails. The project by Susanna Melem and Severin Standhartinger sees itself as a fusion of artistic field research and participatory intervention in a public transit space.


The musical art project Plasticphonia deals with the internationally relevant topic of a throwaway society, and particularly with the contamination caused by plastic.

Print & Glory

The selection of the motif, the creation of the matrix, even the signature of the print are all done by Marek Borsány on the site itself. Come by, watch, and become a part of Print & Glory!

Skills & Tools: A Guidebook

The starting point for their performance are elements from traditional Austrian dance, particularly the skill and courting dances that were both almost exclusively reserved for men. In the context of traditional dances, roles and movement patterns are assigned in a heavily binary manner, and also charged with sexism.

Tangible Music

As part of the opening ceremonies, students will musically stage two instruments specially developed for year’s festival theme.

turn | table | tennis – On The Track

turn | table | tennis is an event format that playfully combines societal concerns with artistic and cultural aspirations – in the form of table tennis.

Water Research & Water Bar

Together with people from the region, the team from Sladovna Písek will try to get to the bottom of the history of water along the Summerauerbahn railway line, and explore performative acts of drinking.

We will live forever

We will live forever is an inclusive project in which people from Gallneukirchen, both with and without a handicap, and regardless of their origin or social status, form a singing ensemble and a movement choir.

Wir sind am Zug

Public transport does not only move our bodies from point A to point B, but opens the possibility to also move forward on a thematic and societal level through encounters. To hop on a train could also refer to a train of thought and can mean to openly discuss urgent questions together.


VegLab is a platform that allows people to deal with growing vegetables without any necessary previous experience. Those interested will be confronted with crop plants that grow in our region and will learn what it is that they need in order to prosper. The core of the vegetable laboratory is a geodetic greenhouse that measures eight metres in diameter.

ZUG um ZUG, der erste Zug!

Zug um Zug, der erste Zug! intends to shine a light on alternative possibilities of mobility within a rural area that is defined by cars. The project calls individual transportation into questions in order to spark new trains of thought and discourse.

Zügige Visionen

Dive into the surreal in a short journey on the train. The artists Alja Piry, Regina Picker, and Lucie Kaiserová invite audiences into their train compartments in order to experiment with surrealist techniques and games, guided in German, English, and Czech language.

30*Mobile Druckwerkstatt

Dagmar Höss helped shape and accompanied the Festival of the Regions over the course of many editions, as the head, as an artist, and as a visitor. This year, her project puts the focus on the titles of every previous edition of the festival.

Die Zukunft beginnt Heute

Be a part of it! The project Die Zukunft beginnt heute invites audience members to join in, because sustainable solutions for climate justice and (bio-)diversity have to be lived!


The goal of the project is the activation and strengthening of online networks between gardeners and bio laboratories, food networks and knowledge networks, and networks of our surroundings and networks of our knowledge.


Starting from traditional meals from Austrian and Czech cuisine, 30 participants will develop their own recipes within a one-day workshop, and then cook the meals together with the chefs Martin Parzer and Maximilian Wagner.

Geschichte im Gespräch

The workshop ranges from personal connections to the history of National Socialism and introduces a form of didactics that makes reference to the immediate historical sites.

Manifesting Earthly Survival

Her project Manifesting Earthly Survival aims to come up with speculative fables for the survival of our planet and then to put them into practice.

Time Play

JUMP, STOP, HIGH, WOW! Time Play is a site-specific performance in which two dancers playfully challenge each other and also the audience. Inspired by various children’s games, a ping-pong duet of words and movements is created. Back and forth, from front to back and over and over again.

A reminder of being constructed

At the train station in Gaisbach-Wartberg, two cubic objects are placed that are reminiscent of memorials despite their industrial materiality and aesthetic.


Divorced from any building structure, the now functionless scaffold stands alone in an exterior space and additionally gives the impression of having partly fallen down. The imposing and simultaneously fragile construction is nearing its end, until it lies flat on the floor.

Dead Monster Game

Dead Monster Game combines sculptural objects that are reminiscent of the limbs of monsters with photographies and videos that show children playing with these monster limbs.


What do the tracks of gastronomy – starting from the horse-drawn train between Linz and Budweis to the later Summerauerbahn railway – tell us about the social junctions and changes in public spaces tell us? The audio installation Endstation explores these questions.


The concentration camp Lungitz-Gusen III was close to the train station Lungitz. This central point of their roject is approximated by Antoine Turillon and Seth Weiner in “Giveaways/Hideaways”.

Indigo Hyphae

Culture is never static. It breathes, grows and adapts with the people living at the time. Today, we live in a time where we have access to various „making techniques“ originating in different locations and societies.

In Zeiten wie diesen

An exhibition at Gaisbach-Wartberg railway station shows artistic works that deal with war and flight – and the associated waiting for better times.

Kollektives Warten in Extremwetterlage

Travelling and waiting go hand in hand. And weather conditions can force us to wait while travelling. While people wait alone in their cars, in trains the wait becomes a collective experience that holds a certain potential.


Inspired by the interior of the parish church in Kefermarkt and its organ from the year 1778, Tom Bogaert developed a site-specific installation made with plastic inflatable objects such as air mattresses, rubber boats, beach balls, swans, and swimming armbands.

Steel Rings

The artistic work Steel Rings shows multiple sections of the decommissioned Trans-Arabian pipeline. Sculptures made from the same material at a scale of 1:1 represent one kilometre of the original.


For the piece Zug/Ende a stage-like reconstruction of an old passenger train was created, cut off after three meters and placed at the train station in Gaisbach-Wartberg.

30 Jahre Festival der Regionen

For the 30th anniversary of the Festival of the Regions, the system analyst and diagram researcher Gerhard Dirmoser created a study of every festival project that took place between 1993 and 2023. The results of this study were then transformed into a spatial installation by the artist and designer Gerald Priewasser-Höller.

Es war einmal ein sehr alter Stau

The Mühlviertel tells a long story of trade movement between the Danube and the Vltava, of medieval carts, of the horse-drawn railroad and of the Summerauerbahn railway line. The rural communities in the region were hardly influenced by this, until the agricultural changes and the rural exodus of the past seventy years caught up with them.

Festival Trailer

This year’s trailer for the Festival of the Regions was created by the artist Sara Piñeros, who let herself be inspired by her journey along the Summerauerbahn railway.

Lipno, zrcadlo historie 20. století

The exhibition is our latest work in the region around Lipno lake and tells the story of a historical switching of the settlers along the border, especially during the first years after the ending of WWII.

Grandmothers Favorite

Postmodern Sudoku-Jazz.

“To mistake is the only chance for something new to happen and therefore it isn’t a mistake.”

Gallneukirchen and the Railway or The Art of Hindrance

A particularly special spectacle will take place in Gallneukirchen on the occasion of the Festival of the Regions on Saturday, 1 July from 2 pm to 5 pm. A “procession” along the planned line of the Regiotram.

sunnseitn at FdR 2023

Sunnseitn has been a project of the cultural movement since its foundation in 1991. From meaningful border crossings to expeditions into the unknown.