Info for Artists

For almost 40 years Pflasterspektakel is a meeting point for street performers from all over the world. It has become one of the largest and most successful street performance festivals in Europe with around 100 participating companies and artists and more than 200.000 visitors within 3 festival days.

Pflasterspektakel is a busking festival. The organizer, the cultural department of the City of Linz, provides hotel accomodation including breakfast, a daily allowance and a contribution to travel expenses. For performing at Pflasterspektakel it is necessary to submit the online form during the call for application from 15 November to 15 January.

Pflasterspektakel 2024 from 18 to 20 July

The call for applications runs from 15 November 2023 until 15 January 2024. We accept only online applications with the form that is provided.

Please check the list below for the application and more information about performance mode, locations and conditions for participating in Pflasterspektakel.

The call for applications for next Pflasterspektakel (18 to 20 July 2024) runs from 15 November 2023 till 15 January 2024. Applications are only accepted via an online form.

The invitation / refusal will be sent until 1 March 2024 via email.

Every year more than 800 companies and solo performers apply, out of which 100 acts are invited to the festival, half of them for the first time.

Every year about 50% of the participants are invited for the first time. The number of acts is limited to about 100 companies and solo performers. Therefore we are not able to consider all applications.

At the “time and location reservation” artists choose their performance slots and locations according to the general festival regulations every day in the morning of each festival day. The festival staff assists and gives advice. Hence artists get the right setting for their particular performance.

Every day 2 or 3 performances can be done. Performances start every hour on the hour. Performance slots are 1 hour including set up and take down time.

For artists with special performances (fire / pyrotechnics, loud music, Samba / percussion, fixed structures including long set-up and take-down times, mobile performances etc.) apply special conditions.

Official permits will be taken care of by the organizer.

About 40 performance locations spread throughout the pedestrian zone, courtyards, squares and park areas in the city centre. Some spots, especially located at courtyards, are equipped with seating for the audience. In case of very bad weather roofed locations as well as indoor spots are available.

Additional performances can be done in the context of special programs like the “Kaleidoscope Shows at the Circus Tent”, the “Nightline” or the “Lottery for special performance locations”.

Artists will be informed about additional performance possibilities along with the invitation and when checking-in at the festival office.

No stages available.

Sound should only be emited to the surrounding audience in order not to disturb performances from neighbouring artists.

Not all performance locations have power supply.

The organizer does not provide technical equipment. Artists also have to bring their own extension cables, power distributors, tape, etc.

Artists receive a contribution to expenses for direct outward and return journey to Linz.

Proof of travel expenses (bills, tickets), dating back not longer than 16 July 2023, must be provided for payment. Travel expenses are reimbursed proportionally to the days of participation (one day = 1/3, two days = 2/3, three days = full contribution).

Irrespective of the travel distance, number of persons and actual ticket costs, the travel expense contribution is limited to a maximum of € 1.000,- per artist/group.

No contribution for companions.


Economy and 2nd class tickets are reimbursed up to a maximum of € 1.000,- per artist/group.

We kindly ask for early and low fare booking in order to keep travel costs to a minimum. Ticktes issued before 16 July 2023 will not be accepted for reimbursement.


We offer a festival specific, staggered mileage allowance: 1 person: € 0,2/km; 2 persons: € 0,25/km; 3-5 persons: € 0,3/km and from 6 persons € 0,4/km up to a maximum of € 1.000,- per artist/group. Fuel receipts from the whole route, dating back not longer than 16 July 2023, must be provided for payment.

Companions don’t get a travel contribution.

The organizer allocates € 30,- 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. The hotels are located at the city centre, parking is provided at the hotel or nearby the festival office.

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 where you get all the information you need. 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

Linz Central Station
Westbahn (Vienna – Linz – Munich)

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 toll, “vignette”, is compulsory!

Linz Airport
Vienna International Airport

Linz/Hörsching: Airport bus No. 601 to Linz Central Station (approx. 20min.)
Wien/Schwechat: Train to Linz Central Station (approx. 2h)