More than 266,751 visitors came to the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo 2019, which was open from 1 June to 30 September. This marks an increase of 41% compared to 2018. HYMN TO THE EARTH took up no lesser topic than THE WORLD. Just like in 2018, a giant open-air gallery transformed the city of Baden near Vienna into a city of photos. And with the title LOTS OF NEWS IN THE EAST, the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo invites guests to visit once again from 1 June to 30 September in 2020.
With HYMN TO THE EARTH, contemporary photography described the state of the Earth, its exceptional beauty as well as the threats to the blue planet and humanity. The arc of photographic observations spanned from Thomas Pesquet’s impressions of the Earth which he photographed as an Astronaut orbiting the Earth for 196 days in the International Space Station ISS to Spike Walker’s million-times magnification of life as seen under the microscope. Between orbit and microcosm, photographers visualized our existence with an appeal for peace, tolerance and togetherness, born by a humanist attitude.
34 photographers: Philippe Bourseiller, Jean Gaumy, Olaf Otto Becker, Matthieu Ricard, William Albert Allard, Shana & Robert ParkeHarrison, Karen Knorr, Jan C. Schlegel (2x), Michael Nichols, Emil Gataullin, Claudia Andujar, Miguel Dewever-Plana, Brent Stirton, Fausto Podavini, Emanuele Scorcelletti (2x), Frédéric Delangle, Phil Hatcher-Moore, Édouard Elias, Catalina Martin-Chico, Stéphane Couturier, Patrick Tourneboeuf, Chris Jordan, Matjaž Krivic, Laetitia Vancon, Andréa Mantovani, Joséphine Brueder, Cooper&Gorfer, Freddy Langer, Spike Walker, Thomas Pesquet, Pascal Maitre, and Gerd Ludwig.
6 photographer collectives: World Press Photo, Leica Oscar Barnack Award, Photo Festival of the Schools in Morbihan and Lower Austria, Guild of Professional Photographers in Lower Austria, Festival Photographers & Image Sans Frontiere.
40 exhibitions: (including 38 open-air and 2 indoor) – divided into two routes, a 2.8 km city route and a 4.2 km garden route, from the festival start at the Visitor Center on Brusattiplatz, spreading in two loops through Baden’s old town center as well as to Doblhoffpark and Gutenbrunner Park – for a combined length of nearly 7 kilometers. 2,000 photographs, including 37 large formats with up to 280 square meters, plus 40 keynotes, workshops and other events.
Record-breaking media attendance at the opening of the festival: 9 TV stations from Austria, Germany, Norway, and the US as well as 57 print media from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, and the US.
Alternative Media – Advertising
- 1 million NÖM Milk Tetra Paks as an advertising medium
- 10 sec. commercial on 121 screens wired synchronously in the arrivals hall of the Vienna Airport, for more than four months – from mid-May to the end of September
- Comprehensive culture attack with 6000 posters in Vienna and the Vienna hinterland, for more than four months – from mid-May to the end of September
- Austrian Airlines in-flight magazine and film...
All this and several hundred qualified media appearances, worth around € 2.5 million
Highlight – For the retrospective exhibition “WILD” by National Geographic photographer Michael Nichols, who accompanied Jane Goodall several times during his career and with whom he photographed two books, festival organizers Silvia and Lois Lammerhuber and filmmakers Anita and Richard Ladkani invited UN Peace Ambassador Dr. Jane Goodall to attend the festival in Baden on 9 September, 2019.
The festival wanted to make a sustainable and lasting impression while supporting one of Jane Goodall’s projects with the help of all festival visitors interested. With the proceeds from a fundraising dinner in the company of the famous chimpanzee researcher, the festival was able to present Jane Goodall a check of over € 31,500. Here’s the words of welcome by Jane Goodall: youtube.com/watch?v=ZUKuWs6Evrk
Preview of 2020:
Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo 2020
LOTS OF NEWS IN THE EAST
1 June thru 30 September, 2020
Baden near Vienna
Open: 24 hours
Admission to the festival is free of charge.
Contact: Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo
Dumbagasse 9, 2500 Baden, Austria
Tel: +43 2252 42269