The Prague Quadrennial is the biggest worldwide exhibition of theatre design and scenography. 180.000 visitors from all over the world demonstrate the size and importance of the PQ. Over 90 countries come together to show their projects in the country and student sections and contribute to an important international exchange.
This exchange is very important for Austria as there is very little evidence of international links outside the german-speaking realm and hence little knowledge of how scenography and performance design is interpreted in other countries. This year’s contribution made a big difference in this respect but can merely be regarded as a start. www.pqaustria.org was set up as a platform to facilitate international collaboration and for the first time Austrian television (ORF) was present at the Prague Quadrennial.
For the first time in the history of the PQ, Austria won a price: Special jury award for shared space for the student section. Curated by Vero Schürr and designed by two students from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Christoph Fischer and Jenny Schleif) the award values the integrative qualities of BAR III/VI. It underlines the importance of Austrian contributions to the PQ and shows the importance of giving young Austrian talent the possibility to excel in an international environment.
We hope that this will lead to a better understanding of the importance of supporting future Austrian contributions to the PQ in media and politics.