Welcome to the Ars Electronica Festival 2022!
More than 1,000 artists, researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, activists and students from all over the world will will accompany us on the journey at this year’s Ars Electronica, which will take place from September 7 to 11, 2022, at eleven locations in Linz. The motto of their journey into the future and back again is „Welcome to Planet B. A different life is possible — but how?“
Find your way through the Festival Venues: https://ars.electronica.art/planetb/files/2022/08/festivalmap22city.pdf
Infodesk Opening Hours
Your ARTISTPASS gives you free access to all festival locations, conferences, workshops, performances and concerts on September 7 – 11, 2022. You will get your ARTISTPASS at the INFO DESK at the GUEST/ARTIST counter during the opening hours of KEPLER’S GARDENS (at the entrance to the campus of Johannes Kepler Universität):
- WED 7.9. 13:00-19:00
- THU 8.9. 10:00-19:00
- FRI 9.9. 10:00-19:00
- SAT 10.9. 10:00-19:00
- SUN 11.9. 10:00-18:00
During the festival, our staff at the INFO DESK will be happy to answer your questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The FESTIVALPASS entitles you to the free use of public transport within the Kernzone (core zone, except Pöstlingbergbahn to Anton Bruckner Private University). Therefore, please don’t leave your ARTISTPASS at the hotel.
Laurie Anderson Concert
As an artist of this year’s Ars Electronica Festival, you are entitled to attend Laurie Anderson in Concert. However, due to capacity, we ask you to visit us at the INFO DESK to inquire about ticket availability. Admission to the concert is only possible with your ARTISTPASS in combination with a seat ticket, which you can pick up at the INFO DESK as well.
Hot to get to KEPLER’S GARDENS and the other venues
Getting to the festival venues by public transport
The FESTIVALPASS entitles you to the free use of public transport within the Kernzone (core zone, except Pöstlingbergbahn to Anton Bruckner Private University). Normally, trams operate reliably at regular intervals at about every 5 minutes and buses at regular intervals at about every 15 – 30 minutes, depending on the bus. The festival mile is located along the central tram axis of Linz.
You can easily get to KEPLER’S GARDENS by tram number 1 or 2 in direction to Universität and go to the end station also called JKU Universität. Just cross the road and there you’ll see: KEPLER’S GARDENS!
You may use all tram lines 1, 2, 3, 4 to operate within the city center, which includes Ars Electronica Center, the OK (Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich), Francisco Carolinum, University of Art and Design Linz, Salzamt, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, or our cooperative partner Stadtwerkstatt (STWST).
If you’d like to visit Ars Electronica Center or STWST, use any tram line and get off at the station “Rudolfstraße”.
University of Art and Design Linz, Salzamt and Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz are closely located to the station “Hauptplatz”.
Starting at “Taubenmarkt” and you’d like to go to Tabakfabrik, you either take the bus 27 heading to “Fernheizkraftwerk” and get off at the station “Lederergasse”, or you can walk there, which takes about 15-20 min. From “Taubenmarkt” you can also reach Francisco Carolinum within 10 minutes on foot.
The OK and St. Mary’s Cathedral are close to the station “Mozartkreuzung”.
To visit Anton Bruckner Private University, there are two options: Going by Pöstlingbergbahn, which is unfortunately not included in your ARTISTPASS. This ticket costs €4.40. Beginning at “Hauptplatz”, you must go six stations and get off at “Bruckner Universität” – or on foot in 25 minutes.
But once you are in the city center, you can easily walk to all of the locations mentioned above – except Anton Bruckner Private University and KEPLER’S GARDENS – within 15 min and experience beautiful Linz.
Getting to the festival venues by car
You can reach KEPLER’S GARDENS via Altenbergerstraße. ATTENTION: There are no free parking spaces on site. We therefore recommend the following paid parking garages or parking spaces close to KEPLER’S GARDENS/ JKU Campus:
- JKU Linz – Parkplatz entry Sciencepark (Altenbergerstraße 69, 4040 Linz)
- JKU Linz – Parkplatz entry Keplerhall (Altenbergerstraße 69, 4040 Linz)
To visit Ars Electronica Center, OK, Francisco Carolinum, Lentos Kunstmuseum, University of Art and Design Linz, Salzamt or our cooperative partner Stadtwerkstatt (STWST), which are all located in the city center, you can park in the following garages:
- Garage im Zentrum (Dametzstraße 34-36, 4020 Linz)
- Hauptplatz Tiefgarage (Hauptplatz 1, 4020 Linz)
- Tiefgarage Neues Rathaus (Ottensheimer Str. 26, 4040 Linz)
Please also use the possibility of carpooling or car-sharing.
Looking for a Ride
Public transportation at night: The so-called “Nightlines” operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and consist of two tram lines N82 (Universität – SolarCity), N84 (Hauptbahnhof – Schloss Traun) and the bus N83 (Hafen – Neue Heimat). They drive at 30 minutes intervals. Please find a detailed map of the public transportation system here (only in German).
Taxi: Austrian taxis are reliable and usually use a standardized kilometer-based pricing system. Besides calling, you can simply catch a taxi from one of the many taxi poles. An average ride within the city center of Linz should be around €10 – €15. The following taxi companies operate 24 h/day in Linz: +43 732 6969 or +43 732 2244
Let’s Talk about the Weather
The weather in September is always highly unpredictable and the conditions are ranging from burning sun to pouring rain. The weather forecast and the Linz webcam might help you choose proper clothing for each day: https://www.linztourismus.at/en/leisure/plan-a-trip/service/webcam/
Currency & Cash
The EURO (€) is the official currency in Austria. A sufficient number of ATMs at the Linz main station and throughout downtown provides cash 24h/day. For withdrawing, national and foreign Maestro cards (cash cards) are accepted. Other credit cards are national and foreign MasterCards, American Express cards, Visa credit cards and Diners cards. In some cases, Cirrus and Visa-Plus cash cards are accepted as well. Credit cards are accepted by numerous hotels, restaurants and shops. If and which credit cards are accepted is indicated by the logos displayed on the exterior facade of the respective business (usually on the entrance door).
Austrian Closing Hours
Please note that most Austrian shops are closed on Sundays. Only “Spar” (grocery store) at the main train station operates daily from 05:00 to 23:00. Also, any petrol station provides drinks and snacks.
KEPLER’S GARDENS House Rules
To make sure that everything runs smoothly, we kindly ask you to consider our house rules displayed next to the INFO DESK at KEPLER’S GARDENS. Please keep in mind that you are not allowed to go by bicycle, scooter or similar within KEPLER’S GARDENS! Outside the designated areas smoking is prohibited. In addition, dogs are not allowed inside the buildings.
COVID prevention rules
Even though there are no governmental restrictions regarding Covid-19, we highly recommend wearing a facemask, especially inside, and following the basic measures of prevention, such as: Keeping distance, frequent handwashing and using disinfectant, if possible. If you like to get antigen tested there is a testing station located on the main festival area KEPLER’S GARDENS (JKU), north of the LIT Open Innovation Center. Please keep the opening hours in mind:
- MON + TUE 8:00 – 10:00
- WED – FRI 8:00 – 15:00
- SAT 10.9. + SUN 11.9. 9:00 – 15:00
As we are a green event, please follow the instructions to separate waste! There are plenty of different bins in the festival area. Please use them correctly and recycle your waste. Please also do not litter and keep KEPLER’S GARDENS clean. Thank you.
Ever tried Austrian tap water
Austrian water is very clean and tap water is drinkable, unless it is labelled otherwise. Bottled water is sold almost everywhere.
Hangry? Here are some food & beverages on a shoestring
Because we don’t want you to feel hangry, we recommend a couple of nice places to grab a delicious snack. On Saturday, for all those who need an energy boost during all these endeavors, there’s an Organic Farmers’ Market at the festival area KEPLER’S GARDENS, which is marked on the festival map. Many restaurants, cafés and grocery stores are close to festival locations. Each of the following can be reached within a few minutes of walking and are highly recommended by members of the Ars Electronica Team:
At the festival area KEPLER’S GARDENS:
- Teichwerk, restaurant/café/bar – fusion kitchen, snacks, outdoor seating on the pond
- dasKUYO, restaurant/café/bar – snacks, lunch, great coffee, on JKU Campus, at Learning Center
- Spar, grocery store, Altenberger Str. 69, 4040 Linz opening hours: MON-FRI 7:30-18:30
- Grüne Papaya, Thai-Vietnamese restaurant, Altenbergerstraße 70, 4040 Linz
- Winkler Markt, grocery store/market, Altenbergerstraße 40, 4040 Linz
In the city center:
- Gelbes Krokodil: fusion kitchen, slow food, large selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes, OK Platz 1, 4020 Linz
- Stadtliebe: Austrian dishes/fusion kitchen/brunch, Landstraße 31, 4020 Linz
- Tamu Sana: African cuisine MENU, Kirchengasse 6, 4040 Linz (behind Ars Electronica Center)
- Schadzi Café: vegetarian and vegan, oriental and regional food and a beautiful backyard to sit outside in Mozartstraße 19, 4020 Linz
- Strom: café & bar, cold and warm drinks and comfortable outdoor seating possibilities, Kirchengasse 4, 4040 Linz (behind Ars Electronica Center, next to Tamu Sana)
- Solaris café & bar, OK Platz 1, 4020 Linz
- Salonschiff Fräulein Florentine, café & bar, charming ship right on the Danube, Linz Urfahr Promenade, next to Urfahrmarktgelände, 4040 Linz
- Pastry Shop Jindrak: large selection of Austrian pastries (e.g. Linzertorte), Herrenstraße 22-24, 4020 Linz (near St. Mary’s Cathedral), Landstraße 70, 4020 Linz
EMERGENCY & MEDICAL HEALTH
In case of emergency, please dial the following numbers:
- Police: 133
- Ambulance: 144
- Fire brigade: 122
A pharmacy should be found at the main station and throughout downtown. You may ask for the first aid box at the festival’s INFO DESK at KEPLER’S GARDENS or at the hotel reception.