The Pflasterspektakel is an Austrian street festival celebrated every year in the month of July in the city of Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. The Pflasterspektakel festival is for art lovers since it presents art performances like musical acts, juggling, fire dancing, samba parade, clown acts, acrobatics, pantomime, improvisational theatre, and painting. The festival is celebrated for three days in the month of July.
The Pflasterspektakel originated in the year 1987 and was the idea of SiegbertJanko, the cultural manger of Linz. SiegbertJanko links the idea to his impression of Djemaa el Fna, a market place in Marrakesh, which was visited by him when he went to attend the birth day celebration of King Hassan II of Morocco before he became the cultural manager of Linz. The first Pflasterspektakel was hosted under the name of InternationaleStraßenmusikantentage (International Street Musicians' Days) from 16th to 19th July 1987. The inaugural festival had musical artists from Austria and Germany and Samba performers from Munich. Based on the success of the event, it was decided that the event will be hosted every year and under the present name of Pflasterspektakel. Now, the festival is attended by artists from almost 40 countries.
Pflasterspektakel festival is hosted for three days in july 21st -23rd of 2016. The inaugural festival opens on Thursday at 4 PM and on the following day the festival starts at 2 PM. Everyday the festival concludes at midnight. It has been a tradition that a spontaneous formed group of artist will perform improvised final on Saturday evening on the main square. The performances are held around the city and because of wide popularity only the performing artist or groups selected by the organizers can perform. The main income of the artist comes from the donations from the audience.