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La Strada

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Austria - Graz

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From: 2014.07.27 To: 2014.08.05

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Passengers waiting for the train could scarcely believe their eyes when a professional “station farewell agency” arrived to put on a splendid platform ceremony for them tailored to their wishes: romantic or stoic, complete with tears and handkerchiefs or a manly handshake. This hilarious bit of theatre dealt with traditional departure rituals, and in a 'learning-by-doing process', the basics of the “art of farewells” was passed on to the audience. This was only one of the art “happenings” at a festival that consciously turns unusual locations around Graz into performance venues. Every year for one and a half weeks, street theatre, acrobatics, pantomime, puppet theatre, children’s theatre, dance, and clown acts create space for encounters between audiences and artists from all across Europe. A regular and much loved fixture in Graz’s cultural life.

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