Juggling and Drumming Festival Kautzen
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    Juggling and Drumming Festival Kautzen 2007
      Feb 9-11, 2007
(starting Friday at 12 a.m., closing Sunday at 5 p.m.)
      Hauptschule Kautzen, Waidhofnerstr. 11, 3851 Kautzen
Kautzen is located in the Waldviertel (Lower Austria), about 14 km north of Waidhofen an der Thaya, close to the border of the Czech Republic.
The festival will take place in a school building. At the jugglers' disposal will be a large and a small gym, a 12 metres high entry hall, class rooms, a media room for watching videos (bring your own videos or dvds), ...
    How to get there?
    By train/bus:
      Manage to get either to Vienna, or, if coming from West to St. Pölten. Both towns are international train destinations.
From Vienna:
Take a bus run by the ÖBB (various places of departure, please, check the timetable), or, take a train from train station Franz Josefsbahnhof to Waidhofen/Thaya, and change it there, either for the ÖBB bus, or the festival's shuttle bus (see below).
From St. Pölten:
Take the Wieselbus (from train station St. Pölten) to Waidhofen/Thaya, and change it there, either for the ÖBB bus, or the festival's shuttle bus (see below).
Timetables: http://www.wieselbus.at/, http://www.oebb.at/
Busses from Waidhofen/Thaya to Kautzen: ÖBB bus no. 1328, from Busbahnhof (Gymnasiumstraße):
Fr (Feb 9th):  10:30 a.m.   4:10 p.m.   6:20 p.m.     Sa (Feb 10th):  11:10 a.m.
(The ride will take about 35 minutes.)
Find more details at http://www.oebb.at/.
On Saturday there is no later bus connection than the one mentioned above, and on Sunday there is no public bus leaving Kautzen! But there will be a shuttle service for festival participants on these two days resp. from and to Waidhofen (leaving on Sunday in the late afternoon). For using this service, please, get in touch with Gerhard Bräuer.
        By car:
      From Linz:
Freistadt - Weitra - Schrems - Heidenreichstein - Ruders - Weißenbach - Kautzen
From St. Pölten:
Krems - Horn - Waidhofen/Thaya - Thaya - Peigarten - Kautzen
From Vienna:
Highway "Stockerauer Autobahn" (A22), direction Prague - Maissau - Horn - Göpfritz/Wild - Waidhofen/Thaya - Thaya - Peigarten - Kautzen
From Prague/Praha or Brno:
Please, have a look to the Czech festival information page.
For participating in ride sharing, please, check the newsgroup Open Page. (Feel free to post in English.).
    How to find the festival place?
      Watch the direction signs to be found nearby the church, ask for the "Hauptschule", or, check the map of Kautzen. (The festival will take place at no. 7, grid square D5.)
      Classrooms at the festival site will be adopted as sleeping halls. Bring your own sleeping bag and mat..
Alternatively, there are several possibilities for other accomodation in Kautzen. (See below: Tourist information.) Please, organize the booking yourself.
      At the festival site you will get vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, including breakfast. (Not included in the festival fee.) A restaurant, an inn and a fast food is to be found within a distance of 500 metres.
    Festival program:
      Free juggling, workshops, Public show (Sunday 1 p.m., featuring amongst others Thomas Dietz and Markus Furtner), etc. Furthermore, you can try the cross-country skiing trails of Kautzen. (Rent the equipment (skis, sticks, shoes) for EUR 3,- per day at the festival site.)
      For the whole festival: EUR 20,-
Day tickets: Friday: EUR 7,-, Saturday: EUR 10,-, Sunday: EUR 7,-
Free admission for children up to the age of 14.
    Please, note:
  There is no need to preregister for the festival. But, please, let the organizing team know beforehand whether you prefer vegetarian food or not!
  If you want to perform in the public show or to hold a workshop, get in contact with Gerhard Bräuer. (There might be also some benefit for you.)
  Volunteers who help preparing the festival are very welcome!
  Don't forget to bring indoor shoes!
  You are not allowed to use open fire, paraffin, fluids for fire spitting or similar stuff in the school building!
  Animals are not allowed in the school building!
  In this part of Austria it can be terribly cold at this time of the year. So, please, don't forget appropriate clothing and shoes!
  Groceries and supermarkets are closing on Saturday at 12:00 a.m.
  The attendance at the festival is at your own risk.
      Gerhard Bräuer
E-Mail: gerri@webpim.at
Phone: (+43) 664 4108149
    Festival information in Czech language:
    Tourist information:
      Homepage Kautzen:
    German: http://www.kautzen.com/
    Czech: http://www.kautzen.com/Tschechische%20Homepage.htm
    Some further links (German only):
         Festival place:
      Hauptschule Kautzen: http://www.hskautzen.ac.at/
         About the Kautzen festival:
      Pictures from the 1st festival (2006)