Cultural outreach

Festspielhaus St. Pölten regards itself as an organization committed to cultural outreach. In our workshops you can be artistically active all season long, exchange ideas with artists and those who share your interests and engage with the programme content on a professional level. 

Simply listening and watching isn’t enough (any more)? As an organization committed to its cultural outreach programme the Festspielhaus offers people of all ages and social backgrounds the chance to be active themselves and realise their own creativity all season long. Take advantage of our workshop offers and become part of the Festspielhaus community. For all young professionals we offer regular masterclasses in collaboration with international companies. And for schools there is an individually tailored schools’ programme.

What can you do with your enjoyment of dance when you don’t only want to watch but to take an active part? No matter how old you are or whether you have any previous knowledge of dance, this is a place you can develop and hone your dancing skills with other movement enthusiasts.

Atelier für Alle (Studio for All)

The Atelier für Alle (Studio for All) is accompanied by the dancer and choreographer Monica Delgadillo Aguilar who has realised community dance projects around the world under the title ‘Dance for Tolerance’.

At the end of the season the communities present their work in the performance ‘Yes.We.Share.’ in the Grosser Saal.  

  • 1 x per week
  • In the rehearsal rooms at Festspielhaus St. Pölten
  • No previous knowledge required!
  • Limited numbers
  • EUR 5 per session

Chor 50 plus (Choir 50 plus)

The Choir 50 plus brings together singers of all kinds and people who want to become singers in a unique ensemble in which all music enthusiasts from the age of 50 are welcome to take an active part. The choir ventures a long way into unconventional musical territory – to the amazement of some of participants! New pieces are tried and experimented with. And to keep things lively there are also visits by prominent guest teachers representing unconventional musical styles.  On several occasions the results have enabled these singers to amaze audiences for productions in and around the Festspielhaus.

Directed by Flora Königsberger, Gerald Huber-Weiderbauer and Rainer Leithner.

At the end of the season the communities present their work in the performance ‘Yes.We.Share.’ in the Grosser Saal. 

  • 2 x per month
  • In the rehearsal rooms at Festspielhaus St. Pölten
  • No previous knowledge required! 
  • Limited numbers

Ein Weltchor. A Wöd Chor. A World Chorus

Here music enthusiasts meet up to groove, experiment and improvise together. It offers the chance to explore one’s own voice, both with and without language(s). The musical spectrum unfolds to include folk music, beatboxing and other modern sounds.

The choir is directed by Gerald Huber-Weiderbauer and Flora Königsberger.

At the end of the season the communities present their work in the performance ‘Yes.We.Share.’ in the Grosser Saal. 

A co-operation between Festspielhaus St. Pölten and the City of St. Pölten’s Office for Diversity.

  • 2 x per month
  • In the rehearsal rooms at Festspielhaus St. Pölten
  • No previous knowledge required!
  • Limited numbers

Jugendklub (Youth Club)

Programme, venues & further information will follow from summer 2017

Please send enquiries directly to
Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Kulturbezirk 2, 3100 St. Pölten

We will be happy to receive other questions, observations and praise at 

Tanz 60 plus (Dance 60 plus)

At Dance 60 plus women and men over 60 come together who – whatever their differences – want to join in a dance adventure and have fun experiencing something new through dance, to express their natural impulses through movement and grow beyond their boundaries. Men please note: be brave, you can do it!   

Dance 60 plus takes place twice a month under the direction of choreographer Viviana Escalé. Artists from our major international visiting companies also give workshops as special guests.  

At the end of the season the communities present their work in the performance ‘Yes.We.Share.’ in the Grosser Saal. 

  • 2 x per month
  • In the rehearsal rooms at Festspielhaus St. Pölten
  • No previous knowledge required! 

Limited numbers

3rd International Symposium on Cultural Outreach – a retrospective 

On 27th and 28th January 2017 more than 220 interested individuals and experts in the fields of cultural outreach, culture management and cultural studies took part in the 3rd International Symposium on Cultural Outreach at Festspielhaus St. Pölten.

This year there was a new host, NÖKU-Kulturvermittlung, previously known as the Lower Austria Cultural Outreach Network and also new cooperation partners. For the first time the two day symposium was organized together with the Institute for Cultural Politics at the University of Hildesheim.

That’s what cultural outreach can do!

Themes discussed ranged from the techniques, opportunities and needs of community building, urban development in the cultural sphere and the social responsibilities of cultural outreach work.

The keynote speech by Birgit Mandel of Hildeshiem University bridged the gap between an attempt to define the concept of “cultural outreach” and the topic of community building which has grown organically into a main theme: the venue as a potential space and participation (and with it a sense of investment) as a starting point for creating communities. Cultural outreach, is in Mandels’s words, “a function that creates relationships between institutions, artists, current and potential visitors and between (partial) publics.”

In his lecture Lutz Liffers from the Bremen initiative Kultur vor Ort e.V. and on his own admission “not a cultural outreach worker himself” placed community building in the context of urban development in the cultural sphere, highlighting in particular the challenges of globalized city districts. Here Liffers underlined the linked status of analogue and digital spaces (or their use) by asking the audience: “Turn on your phones, then this will be real.”
Anne Graswinckel from the Friesian theatre company TRYATER spoke about stories and their unlimited possibilities. Stories facilitate truthfulness, encounters, understanding and non-competitive participation, offer inspiration and help to break down walls of all kinds, according to the Dutch theatremaker.


Gerald Huber-Weiderbauer broke down barriers through artistic outreach work with his returning symposium choir with which the conference delegates found themselves participating in rituals of singing in chorus at the beginning and end of each day.

Community building was not only discussed but lived in a congenial living room atmosphere and in six artistic-practical workshops – ranging from dance and design thinking to game design. Returning groups brought project presentations and best practice back with them to the podium discussions and round tables.

NÖKU-Kulturvermittlung and co-editor Susanne Wolfram presented their first joint publication as part of the symposium: ‘Cultural Outreach Today. International Perspectives’. Published by the transcript Verlag, this anthology is available now.

The 4th International Symposium will be held on 1st and 2nd February 2019.
Further information can be found at www.kulturvermittlung.net

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