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.

In 2021 the festival will be spread over 3 weekends, more information can be found below.

No application is possible for the year 2021, as the artists from 2020 have been invited again due to the cancellation of the festival.

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.

NEW! Covid-19 framework

Since July 1st, there have been easing again in Austria. The following rules currently apply to events:

  1. Proof of the 3G (3-G rule):

Geimpft / Vaccinated (from the 22nd day after the first vaccation)
Getestet / Tested (antigen test valid for 48 hours, PCR test valid for 72 hours)
Genesen / Recovered (Corona illness must not be more than 6 months ago)

2. Contact data collection:

The contact data of visitors will be collected up to and inclusing July 22nd.

3. Mask requriement and minimum distance of 1m are not applicable!

All participating artists will have the opportunity to be tested daily in the morning. There is also the possibility of doing a PCR test on Saturday mornings between 8-10 a.m. The organizer bears the costs of the PCR test if this is necessary for a return trip from Austria

The next festival edition is taking place from 21st July to 23rd July 2022

The next application phase starts in November 2022.

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.

Performance times and locations will be determined in advance in 2021. Particular care is taken to ensure that the respective space also meets the requirements of the respective artist group.

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.

Several inner courtyards and public spaces across the city centre of Linz are available as venues. In case of very bad weather, there are alternative locations.

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

Some 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.

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 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

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 in the same month.

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.

The detailed cooperation for 2021 will be announced.

Please find further information about the festival here: Street Art Festival Villach