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Salzburg Queer Update

16.05.2024 The new Salzburg Gay Guide is here. On 68 pages there is a colourful mix of cultural, queer-cultural and queer events until April 2025. In this edition, Salzburg’s queer scene is present with events throughout the year.

The guide is available in print in the Bruno stores in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich. If you order online from Brunos, you will find the guide in a package. Subscribers to mate, spartacus traveller and Display in Switzerland will receive the guide free of charge with the next issue. And Tourismus Salzburg will be happy to send the guide on request. And of course the Salzburg Gay Guide 2024 is also available as an e-paper.

Salzburg calls itself the “stage of the world”. This is where ambitious art meets centuries of cultural history in a picturesque, scenic setting. Among the many visitors from all over the world are many gays and lesbians. For them, Salzburg offers a modern urban way of life as well as a very active queer scene, which makes experiencing the tourist highlights even more attractive. Salzburg really is the “stage of the world” all year round.

06.05.2024 Ascension Day is a public holiday in Austria and Germany (9.05.) with the option of a bridge day. This means a well-rested start to a great party weekend in Salzburg. And then there’s also the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether Nemo from Switzerland comes out on top with “The Code”, Baby Lasagna from Croatia or someone else entirely can be followed at the ESC watch party with the Magic Garage at the Narrencastl. Or at Wolfgang’s in the Dark Eagle, who is celebrating his birthday that evening. With a sausage stand in front of the bar, a large screen for the ESC (Eurovision Song Contest) and a cosy cellar. Incidentally, this has recently been extended to include a rather large séparée.

There’s a neon party at David’s in Mexxx on Friday and Saturday. With camouflage nets and neon light from clothes and make-up. But without the ESC. “The ESC was never important to me,” says David from Mexxx. So everyone can find the right thing for themselves that evening. The weather? Loosely cloudy, bearable temperatures. It’s a good time to wander round the houses in Lehen and the Andräviertel.

29.04.2024 Last Saturday (27.04.2024) there were two queer cultural events. Fabian Pichlmayr presented his paintings to the public at the “Men?” exhibition at the Seifert am Kiesel dance school. 30 paintings in oil on canvas that express the 24-year-old artist’s exploration of his queerness and masculinity. He paints in a post-impressionist style, sexualised but also political. He thematises the Pink Angle – as a symbol of the horrors of the Nazi era 80 years ago, but also as a symbol of queer self-confidence today.

Fabian’s pictures are more than remarkable for a 24-year-old. The imagery is very powerful and emotional. Fabian Pichlmayr’s pictures can be seen at Kiesel until 11 May 2024. The finissage will also take place at 7 pm on 11 May.

Parallel to this vernissage, Gigi LaPajette started the dance into May. Together with four of her Austrian drag queen colleagues – Betty Pearl, Trina Crystal, Mademoiselle Giselle and Sindy Sinful – Gigi once again brilliantly managed to combine Alpine customs and queer lifestyle culture and celebrate a proper Tanz in den Mai party for the Salzburg queer community. The next event will be the Oktoberfest.

And what’s next? Next weekend (3.+4.05.) there will be the next Magic Garage in the Narrencastl. QueKuSa was recently founded around the Magic Garage. An association for queer culture in Salzburg with a variety of activities, the next of which is the ESC Watch Party at the Narrencastl on 11 May.

Published 24. May 2024Updated 16. May 2024

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