Info for Artists

For more than 30 years, the Pflasterpektakel in Linz has been a meeting place for street artists from all over the world and has become one of the largest and most successful street performances festivals in Europe with 220,000 visitors per year over the three days of the event.

To be considered for a participation, the application is obligatory. Every year we have about 800 applications from which about 100 groups or soloists are considered for a participtation – always half of them for the first time.

Pflasterspektakel is a busking festival. The participating artists receive from the organizer, the Department for Culture & Education of the City of Linz, hotel accommodation, a daily allowance and a travel allowance. Earnings from performances remain with the artists.

The next festival edition is taking place 2021.

Exceptionally there will be no application phase for 2021. Due to the cancellation of the festival in 2020 (Corona-pandemic), artists who would have been participating will be reinvited in 2021.

If you have any questions please send an e-mail to pflasterspektakel@linz.at

Every year about 50% of the participants are invited for the first time. The number of participants is limited to about hundred individuals or groups. Therefore we are not able to consider all applications.

At the”time and location reservation”, artists/groups choose their performance times and locations according to the general festival regulations every day anew.

a) Individual performance procedures WITH location selection
Number of performances: Thu: 2 performances / day, Fri & Sat: 3 performances / day; for one hour each (including set-up and take down time). Performances start every hour on the hour.
b) Special performance procedures WITHOUT location selection
Especially “loud” music formations (samba, percussion, drums, brass music) and “quiet” ensembles (a capella, handpan etc.), children’s program participants, fire shows and shows with pyrotechnics perform at certain times and at selected locations in agreement with the organization team.
c) Groups with extra long set up/take down times and fix structures can sign up for a permanent performance location. A small number of selected squares and courtyards will be available for presenting those preformances. These locations are reserved for groups/artists with a high technical effort (e.g. aerial acrobatics with anchor points).

Fire and pyrotechnics:
Due to regulations, acts using fire or pyrotechnics must be held in certain specifically assigned places. For this reason, please provide relevant information in the application.

Official permits will be taken care of by the organizer.

There are about 40 performance locations in 5 performance areas and courtyards across the city centre of Linz. In case of very bad weather, there are alternative locations in shopping centres, restaurants, cultural sites, etc.

Every evening selected artists present segments of their performance within two 90-minutes revue shows presented by a host and taking place in a circus tent (Spectacle Tent). The popular Kaleidoscope Nights entertain more than 300 spectators in every show. Artists/groups wishing to take part at one of the Kaleidoscope Nights can apply for a performance via the application form. Two short performances at the Kaleidoscope Night replace one street performance.

Music groups have the possibility to perform in selected bars and pubs at the Nightline on Thursday and Friday from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. anyone interested can choose one of a few locations for an additional performance.

All performance locations are close-by, that is why the organization team pays extra attention to a fair behavior among artists when performing!
That is to say acoustic exposure has to be limited to the immediate audience area. Consequently tripods and other lifting devices for speakers are not allowed.

Power supply is available at a small number of performance locations.

No stages available.

The organizer generally does not provide equipment. Extension cables, power distributors, tape, etc. have to be self-organised by the artist or group. 

Expenses for outward and return journey to Linz by train (second class ticket) or airplane (cheap economy class ticket) will be refunded. For the journey by car a kilometre allowance will be paid. Only the actual expenses (train/bus/plane) OR the kilometre allowance (car) for the direct journey to Linz, up to a maximum of Euro 1.000,- per artists/group will be paid. The payment will only be carried out when the appropriate receipts are presented.

The payment for the journey with a private car or van will be calculated on the basis of a kilometre allowance that results from the number of fellow passengers not from the size of the car nor the number of cars. You have to prove the journey to Linz by fuel receipts from the starting point and the journey. Receipts before the due date 14 July 2019 cannot be submitted.

When travelling by train, airplane or bus, 2nd class tickets will be refunded. Tickets for flights to Europe before 14 July 2019 will not be refunded.

The reimbursement for travel expenses will be payed proportional to the days of participation (1/3 for one day, 2/3 for two days, the total calculated amount for 3 days).

For companions no cost reimbursement can be claimed.

The organizer allocates € 25,- per diem per person and festival day to a maximum of 10 persons. Artists keep performance revenues (busking money).

For companions no daily allowance is paid.

Costs of overnight stays at hotels including breakfast will be covered by the organizer. Participants are usually accommodated in double and three-bed rooms in hotels located at the City centre.

For companions accomodation can’t be covered.

First port of call after the arrival in Linz for performers is the festival office at Hauptplatz (main square)! This is where the check-in happens and performances (reservation of the location and time) are scheduled. The festival office offers changing and washing rooms and an exchange counter.

The team of the Pflasterspektakel at the check-in desk answers any queries!

The Pflasterspektakel Café located at the courtyard offers the possibility to relax as well as hot meals, snacks and drinks for a moderate price.

University of Arts Linz
Hauptplatz 6
4020 Linz

Coming from Salzburg, Wien, Passau, Graz, Prag: Linz Hauptbahnhof/Central Station
Train information: Tel. +43 5 1717 oder im Internet:
Timetable and tickets ÖBB

Coming from Salzburg and Vienna: the A1Westautobahn-motorway, exit Linz/ Zentrum;
Coming from Prague and Freistadt on the A7 Mühlkreisautobahn-motorway, exit Linz/Hafenstraße;
Coming from Regensburg and Passau on the A8 Innkreisautobahn-motorway to the A1, exit Linz/ Zentrum or toll-free along the Danube on the B127;
Note: on Austrian motorways, a road charge “vignette” is compulsory!

City map Linz
For a city map of Linz please click here: City map of Linz
To find Linz on Google Mapds please click here: Google Maps Linz

The airport is outside the city – a bus or shuttle and train connect the city with the airport.
Blue Danube Airport Linz
Rapid airport service, info hotline: 
Phone: +43 7221 600 221 or 225       

Shuttle & Train
Free of charge shuttle service between the airport and Hörsching railway station (journey time: three minutes). From there, trains go to Linz every hour from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. (journey time: ten minutes).
The shuttle service can, of course, also be used for the return journey. The railway station inspector orders the shuttle on request.

Bus – Blue Danube Airport Lines
Gets you to the airport quickly and comfortable.        
For the timetable of the Blue Danube Airport Lines, please click here
Timetable Blue Danube Airport Lines

The Pflasterspektakel has been cooperating for many years with the Street Art Festival Villach which takes place subsequently (Monday & Tuesday).

Villach is located in the southern-most federal province of Austria, in Carinthia, next to Lake Ossiach and can be reached from Linz in about four hours by car or train.

Only artists participating in Pflasterspektakel may apply for the Street Art Festival Villach. The application form is sent by the organizer, the City Marketing Villach, in March, after the acceptance at Pflasterspektakel. The application is open until the middle of April.

The Street Art Festival Villach covers travel expenses from Linz to Villach proportionately, pays staggered per diem and provides accommodation including breakfast. The detailed conditions are to be found in the application form of Street Art Festival Villach.
Please find further information about the festival here: Street Art Festival Villach