Venue

The Venue: University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) 

With more than 2,300 students in Graz and Oberschützen, the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (KUG) is an internationally renowned place of education - seventeen institutes and two doctoral schools offer highly qualified training for artistic and scientific professions.
The thirteen disciplines, i.e. Stage Design, Performing Art (Drama), Composition and Music Theory, Conducting, Voice, Music Education – Voice and Instruments (IGP), Instrumental Studies, Jazz – the oldest academic place of education in Europe –, Catholic and Protestant Church Music, Music Education / Music Education – Instruments, Electrical Engineering – Sound Engineering (together with the University of Technology Graz), Musicology (in cooperation with the University of Graz), the Artistic and the Scientific Doctoral Study Program concentrate on essentials in the arts and science.
Our students from abroad (approx. 45 percent) foster an intercultural diversity and, as a result, a creative and productive climate at KUG.

 

 © KUG/Wenzel

 

 

The Host: Institute of Ethnomusicology

The Institute of Ethnomusicology was founded in 1974 and has been part of KUG ever since. Research topics presently cover musical traditions of sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America, South East Asia, and Central Europe. The institute provides ethnomusicological education at BA, MA and PhD level, familiarizing students with contemporary ethnomusicological methods and theories as well as with selected musical cultures of the world. Since 2009, ethnochoreo(musico)logy has been part of research and education at the Institute too.

 

© KUG/Wenzel

 

© KUG/Wenzel

 

© KUG/Wenzel

 

 

The Region: Styria

Styria (Steiermark) is one of nine Austrian federal states and is often called the “Green Heart” of Austria due to the fact that 60% of the area is covered by forest (which makes around 25% of the whole country’s forest area). The “greenness” is also reflected by Styria having one of the highest concentrations of leading clean technology companies in Europe. The region is famous for its mountains, forests, wine gardens, and many local products like pumpkin-seed-oil, apples, beer, or the magnificent wines from the vineyards of the South.

© Österreich Werbung - Homberger

 

© Österreich Werbung - Riemer

 

 

The City: Graz

Graz is the capital of Styria and the second-largest city of Austria (around 300.000) after Vienna. Its old town (Altstadt), which is famous for the terracotta-coloured rooftops, is one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe and was declared part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1999. Also, Graz was titled European Capital of Culture in 2003 and City of Culinary Delights in 2008. Some of the most famous main sights of Graz are the city hall (Rathaus), the castle hill (Schlossberg), the clock tower (Uhrturm), the dome with the mausoleum of Emperor Ferdinand II, the Museum of Modern Art (Kunsthaus) and the Island in the Mur (Murinsel). The city’s young and vibrant atmosphere is also characterized by its long tradition as a student city: six universities host more than 50.000 students.

 

 

 

© Graz Tourismus – Harry Schiffer

 

© Graz Tourismus – Harry Schiffer

 

© Graz Tourismus – Harry Schiffer