Ars Electronica Festival

Photo: Life Ink / Maki Namekawa (JP) – Wacom Co., Ltd. & Ars Electronica Futurelab, Credit: Florian Voggeneder

Festival for Art, Technology and Society

September 6-10, 2023
Linz, Austria

Experience firsthand how new technologies are changing our lives. Discover for yourself how machine learning, VR, robotics or biotech can contribute to socially and ecologically sustainable progress. Discuss at eye level what rights and obligations we should have as digital citizens. Getting to know people from all over the world who want to help shape the future of all of us critically but optimistically. Ars Electronica stands for all of this. We’re looking forward to you being a part of it, too!

4D box / SH4D0W – An AI Performance in 3D / Mikael Fock, Carl Emil Carlsen, Emilie Rasmussen, Cecilie Waagner, Falkenstrøm, Yann Coppier, Vertigo, Credit: Florian Voggeneder
ECOLALIA / Klaus Spiess, Ulla Rauter, Emanuel Gollob, Rotraud Kern, Credit: Florian Voggeneder

CRYPTID / Michael Candy, Credit:


Ars Electronica is one of the world’s top addresses for media art. At the festival, you’ll meet the Who’s Who of the international media art scene as well as young shooting stars who are just starting to make a name for themselves. First and foremost, we’d like to recommend one of the many exhibitions, the Prix Ars Electronica Exhibition, where you can see the best media art works of the year that have been honored by the international jury of the prestigious competition.

Another “must” is the large exhibition on the festival’s respective annual theme, where artistic positions are always presented in a spectacular way. Be inspired by groundbreaking collaborations between science, technology and art at the STARTS Prize Exhibition! Every year, several dozen international universities use Ars Electronica as a platform and present impressive results of their educational programs at the interface of art and technology in the Campus Exhibition.

The festival is getting closer!

January 11 + 13, 2023Start of the submission phase for the Prix Ars Electronica and STARTS Prize
March 13, 2023Extended Deadline for submission of media art projects to the Prix Ars Electronica and STARTS Prize
April 17, 2023We announce the festival theme and the locations
June 2023The winners of the Prix Ars Electronica and the STARTS Prize will be presented
July 2023Online ticket sales start
September 6 – 10, 20232023 Ars Electronica Festival

Concerts and Performances

A fixed point in the program of every Ars Electronica is the unique mix of concerts, performances and DJ sets. Let yourself be captivated by the virtuoso skills of the protagonists and enjoy the broad spectrum of events that take place over the five days of the festival.


Year after year since 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica has been searching for the world’s best computer animations. You’ll see an exquisite selection of them during Ars Electronica in the form of the specially curated Animation Festival. The lineup we’ll be showing you in the Ars Electronica Center‘s Deep Space 8K is equally extraordinary. On 16-by-9-meter projections on the wall and floor, artists from all over the world will stage 8K-resolution visual worlds that will take your breath away. Guaranteed!

Commissioned Projects

Throughout the year, we collaborate with partners worldwide to promote artists, launching Open Calls, curating exhibitions and conferences, and more. These commissioned activities culminate in the presentation of their outcomes at the Ars Electronica Festival in September.


Ars Electronica offers an almost uncountable range of exciting talks, lectures and conferences. The big two-day symposium on the festival’s annual theme brings together renowned experts and pioneers from the fields of science, art, design and technology. At STARTS Day, everything revolves around innovation for and from Europe, at the Prix Forums you’ll meet the winners of the Prix Ars Electronica’s Golden Nicas, and the Expanded Animation Conference is devoted to computer animation trends outside the mainstream.

Become our partner!

As Europe’s largest platform for art, technology and society, we work with hundreds of partners from all over the world. If you’re at least as excited about the future as we are, then you should become our partner!

Open Labs and Workshops

Trying things out, experimenting, touching, grasping – hands-on is our invitation, indeed our call to you! Whether you want to watch artificial intelligence “think”, train self-driving cars, program robots, 3D print or edit your own DNA with genetic scissors – at almost all of our festival locations you will find open labs and workshops where you can discover a lot of new territory under the guidance of artists and scientists!

Ars Electronica Award Ceremony, Credit: tom mesic

That was the 2022 Ars Electronica Festival

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953 people from 76 countries were involved in the 2022 Ars Electronica program under the motto “Welcome to Planet B“. 11 locations in the Linz city area were involved, 71,000 visitors were counted, 337 cooperation partners contributed to the festival and 425 events were staged over 5 days. The Ars Electronica team temporarily counted up to 439 employees.

create your world

Visit the future festival for the next generation with your family! create your world is a platform for creative projects, a playground for offbeat ideas, a laboratory for exciting experiments and a forum for constructive activism. This is where young and young-at-heart tinkerers, those with a thirst for knowledge and future enthusiasts meet to exchange ideas with like-minded people, try out new technologies and make joint plans. So come, be inspired, join in!

You want to visit the next festival?


The Ars Electronica Festival will take place in Linz, Austria, from September 6 to 10, 2023. In spring, we will present the festival theme and announce the first program details. Tickets will be available online starting in July, but can also be purchased on-site during the festival.

Until then, stay in touch with us, follow us on our social media channels or subscribe to our newsletter!

You want to participate in the next festival?

Credit: Ars Electronica / Martin Hieslmair

Are you a media artist? Submit your project to Prix Ars Electronica 2023, visit our Open Call page or contact us at

Want to be part of next summer’s festival team? We look forward to your active support!

Credit: Ars Electronica / Robert Bauernhansl

Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria

Industrial city. University city. UNESCO City of Media Arts. 211,000 people live and almost as many work in Linz. Technology, natural sciences, art and design are the most important location factors – an environment that ideally supports Ars Electronica and, vice versa, constantly receives new impulses from Ars Electronica. The only constant in the city is change, with everyone involved always looking ahead, to the future. The art and creative scene is part of this dynamic and has been shaping Linz’s development for decades.

Festival for Art, Technology and Society – since 1979

Harbor dock, industrial site, mountain tunnel, monastery, former mail distribution center, university campus-every Ars Electronica goes outside, into the city. We’ll reveal which locations the 2023 Ars Electronica Festival will be heading for in the spring!

We look forward to your visit to the Ars Electronica Festival!

September 6 – 10, 2023
Linz, Austria