events for kids & teenagers
Performances & Tickets

Art as an experience! With the crossculture programme – comprising workshops, music theatre, guided tours and the spectacular show on the Lake Stage – Bregenz Festival seeks to awaken an interest in music and theatre among kids and young adults. Through creative impulses, young people are encouraged to watch, listen and get actively involved themselves.

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Die Verblecherbande

or the biggest bang bank robbery of all times

The Verblecherbande is a band that everybody likes because they play really cool and way-out music. But now they're in deep trouble: the money they need to keep getting new music has run out – a catastrophe! The Verblecherbande forges a plan: to carry out a robbery on the new town bank. Will the Verblecherbande crack the musical code of the safe in time? What music can do, and what it does to us – that's what this turbulent and zany musical comedy is all about. The members of the Verblecherbande are happy and courageous people. They dream of music that's always new, and obtain it at any price. When we set out to fulfil our most secret dreams there are always some surprises on the way...

School groups: 28, 29 & 30 June 2017 – 9 am | 29 June 2017 – 10.30 am
For families: 1 July 2017 – 10.30 am

Seestudio | Festspielhaus

DURATION 50 minutes
AGE 6 – 9
PRICE EUR 8 | EUR 6 for school groups and Family Pass holders

idea | concept | director Annechien Koerselman
designer Nina Ball
assistant director Clara Schürle
Sonus Brass Ensemble
trumpet Stefan Dünser | Attila Krako
horn Andreas Schuchter
trombone Wolfgang Bilgeri
tuba Harald Schele

A co-production with Philharmonie Luxemburg, Lucerne Festival, Kölner Philharmonie, Jeunesse Wien

Töneschmuggler on tour

Instrumental theatre

Inspired by the smugglers in Georges Bizet's opera Carmen, young people explore the phenomenon from today's point of view. Today we are moved by the fate of people who are smuggled by other people. As though goods and people had become interchangeable. Laws are broken, sometimes for humanitarian reasons. Does a similar thing go on in music? What can be smuggled in music? Sounds, melodies, noises? Melodies, rhythms, motifs can be smuggled into a piece of music and maybe out of one as well. But how can this be done without people noticing? It's not at all easy being a sound smuggler...

Assisted by young musicians, composer and stage director Thomas Desi, who comes from Vorarlberg, which is itself a smuggling region, makes these themes accessible in a variety of ways. The audience are witnesses, accessories to the event, and listeners.

composer | stage director Thomas Desi
pupils of Bregenz Music School

7 & 8 July 2017 – 7.30 pm,
9 July 2017 – 10.30 am
Seestudio | Festspielhaus

DURATION approx. 50 minutes
AGE 10 and above
PRICE EUR 6 | EUR 4 for school groups and Family Pass holders

Part of the "double check" programme, supported by the culture department of the federal state of Vorarlberg.

Brass Espagnole

Wind orchestra matinee concert

For the third year running, young musicians under the direction of Martin Kerschbaum from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra will rehearse a concert programme for symphonic wind orchestra. With Georges Bizet's Carmen on the Lake Stage and Gioachini Rossini's Moses in Egypt at the Festspielhaus this year, the graduation concert will fittingly feature the Carmen Fantasy and Rossini's racy William Tell overture, along with lots more highly melodic pieces.

13 August 2017 – 11 am

DURATION 1 ½ hours (without interval)
PRICES EUR 13 until 6 August 2017, thereafter EUR 16; pupils and students EUR 8

Conductor Martin Kerschbaum
graduates of the 3rd International Blasmusik-Camp | teachers from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra

for the 3rd International Blasmusik-Camp (IBC) from 8 to 13 August 2017 at the website

In association with the Vorarlberger Blasmusikverband (wind ensemble association) and the local broadcaster ORF Vorarlberg.

crossculture tours

These tours are aimed at a young audience who can find out the secrets behind the scenes at Bregenz Festival. They lead to places that visitors normally never get to see. Tours are arranged specially for school groups, children's groups and youth groups and are free of charge.

29 May – 20 August 2017 (reservations necessary)
Seebühne | Festspielhaus

DURATION 50 minutes
PRICE free of charge

crossculture workshops

Passionate love and a longing for freedom and independence are at the heart of the opera Carmen. How are these feelings expressed? Participants in the drama education workshops directed by Opernschlüssel interpret scenes, act out roles and listen to musical excerpts.

29 June – 6 July 2017

DURATION 2 hours (between 8 am & 5pm, to be arranged)
AGE 9 and above

Fest des Kindes / Children's Festival

In the first week of their holidays, 200 children take part in an exciting adventure. They build and paint scenery and costumes, practise songs and dances, and much more besides. Then they proudly present what they have put together in an end-of-week performance in front of an audience.

10 – 15 July 2017
Weidach School

DURATION daily 9 am – 3 pm
AGE 6 – 11
PRICE EUR 65, EUR 110 including lunch

crossculture week

crossculture week revolves entirely around rock and pop music. This is the forum for anyone who has ever wanted to stand on stage like their idol or put down their ideas for a song of their own. Professional musicians are on hand to show tricks and give tips in singing, guitar, bass, piano and percussion workshops (other instruments are welcome too) and they will put together an exciting concert programme with the teenage participants. A jam session is scheduled for the end of the week. On crossculture night they give their own live show.

10 – 14 July 2017
Theater KOSMOS

15 July 2017 performance during crossculture night

DURATION daily 10.30 am – 5.30 pm
AGE 14 – 20

crossculture night

A day of events in and around the Festspielhaus offers something for everyone. Workshops and other items on the crossculture night programme encourage young people to come and watch, listen and take part. The doors of vorarlberg museum and Kunsthaus Bregenz will remain open too. A highlight is Carmen, the opera on the Lake Stage, performed open-air for the first time in front of an audience and exclusively for teenagers.

15 July 2017, Seebühne

Opera on the lake Carmen 9.15 pm

AGE 14 – 26

Full details of the programme will be announced on our website in May 2017.

crossculture projects

The Festspielhaus is open to suggestions and input from kids and young adults, not only in summer but all year round. If you have an idea and want to get involved in crossculture programming yourself, then get in touch with us and make your project a reality.

T +43 5574 407–6

crossculture projects 2016