03 Ι 04 Ι 05 May 2024

A weekend with a view

Look closely at what is happening.
Ilse Aichinger

Tutti Frutti x Lovefoxy

Whether in Berghain’s Panoramabar, at Amsterdam’s DGTL or at Egg London – Berlin’s LOVEFOXY enchants dancefloors worldwide with her carefully selected 90s house. We are all the more delighted that she is celebrating her premiere at project Innsbruck!


The Ensemble Yagódy is one of the most charismatic Ukrainian folk ensembles from Lviv. Founded in the year 2016 at the Theater-Faculty, Yagódy launched their debut album in 2020. The four founding women travelled through several Ukrainian oblasts to track down the musical traditions of the people there. From this inexhaustible number of songs about life, Yagódy create their own exciting and unmistakable sound. The musicians feel at home in the theatre and realize their musical ideas for the stage according to dramaturgical principles. Their songs are love letters from the past, which have not arrived yet.

Surprise Screening

In collaboration with the International Film Festival Innsbruck IFFI, we are screening “The Etilaat Roz” on Saturday at Cinematograph.

Life Tellings: Biographies of Refugees. 

In times of heated information dissemination and opinion-forming, the question arises as to whether other methods of “news” formats are needed to keep attention on topics of long-term explosiveness. Public debates about flight and migration in particular show that these topics are both highly polarizing and important “focal points” of remembrance culture and contemporary history. They also often provide an anchor for long-term civic commitment. How can (auto)biographical narratives help to bear witness to reality and reach a broad public? How can we prevent tragedies from becoming the object of sensationalism? Can we do justice to individuals and are biographical approaches a legitimate means of providing information?

Reportagen Live on Stage – “Sushi From the Cage”

“Your arrival in the kitchens of the world was your death sentence”, is how Rocío Puntas Bernet’s report begins, which can be experienced as a staged reading at the Journalismusfest Innsbruck: a report about the coveted bluefin tuna. Within 30 years the former large stocks collapsed. The global boom in sushi has led to massive fishing pressure, particularly in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. In the Turkish part of these seas it is considered extinct. In order to satisfy the global hunger for sushi, the huge animals are fattened in large numbers in the Mediterranean.
A story about the legal grey areas in the food industry and an ode to tuna. The Bühnen Bern and the journal Reportagen present their original stage format for the first time in Austria.

The Fear of the Third World War

Eric Frey, editor of Standard, explains in the podcast “Topic of the Day” how explosive the current world situation is. How the war in Ukraine rewrites the world order. What this means for China/Taiwan and North Korea. And how the USA and Europe fall under pressure. He also analyses how the multiple conflicts are connected to each other and if and how a third world war could come about, that has been taking place virtually for a long time already.

Armin Thurnher in conversation

Armin Thurnher, who turned 75 in February, is one of the most sharp-witted analysts in Austria and an excellent essayist. He shaped the public discourse with his analyses of the political situation and the Media landscapes in Austria and Europe. Thurnher is from Bregenz and co-founded the weekly newspaper Falter in 1977. He is its publisher and still one of the two editors-in-chief. In addition, he is the author of 13 books. His most recent publications are the novel “Fähre nach Manhatten”, the political essay “Anstandslos” and “Preis und Klage. Reden und Nachreden in Versen”. Armin Thurnher received numerous prizes and awards. In March 2024 he received the Austrian State Prize for Cultural Journalism.

Werner Bätzing: “Homo destructor”

In light of the massive environmental destruction that is now affecting the entire planet and challenging human existence, a question urgently arises: Is the human being a Homo destructor who destroys its environment always and everywhere? Or do we have a destructive side that only becomes visible under certain circumstances? Do humans only turn into Homo destructor at a certain point in time?
The well-known geographer and doyen of Alpine research Werner Bätzing gets to the bottom of these questions in a comprehensive history of man and the environment. Cultural self-limitation in earlier times is called into question by the industrial revolution, modern science, enlightenment and the market economy. This is the beginning of a way of thinking and acting that exploits nature and the environment on a short-term basis and destroys the limited earth. Bätzing pleads in his Opus magnum “Homo destructor” (Beck, 2023) for a new cultural self-limitation.


Documentary filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi spent over a year on the Italian island of Lampedusa, observing how refugees arrive here every day in the hope of a better life and how the people react towards them. Twelve-year-old Samuele, who witnesses a great human tragedy with his family, is at the centre of the film, which also deals with media coverage. Through his everyday observations, Gianfranco Rosi approaches a place that is as real as it is symbolic as well as the emotional world of some of its inhabitants, who are exposed to a permanent state of emergency. And at the same time, the film, which does not need a narration, describes how even in the smallest of spaces, two worlds barely touch.

Eastern Europe: Controlled media in Hungary

Ever since Victor Orbán has been in power in Hungary, the media has gradually been taken under the control of the government. In Reporters Without Borders’ ranking of press freedom, Hungary comes last in the EU. The weekly newspaper HVG remains one of the last independent newspapers and its editor-in-chief is a guest at the Journalismusfest.
Large foundations have recently become involved in Eastern European countries in order to preserve the remaining media diversity and thus strengthen democracies. In 2021, the Dutch Plūrālis Foundation was founded with the aim of investing specifically in Eastern European media. The Austrian ERSTE Foundation is also invested in Plūrālis.