“Europe’s biggest photo festival”. With this slogan the La Gacilly Photo Festival, which takes place in Baden in Lower Austria from 8 June 2018 to 30 September 2018, of course attracted my attention right away. The biggest photo festival – and so far I’ve never really heard anything about it? I’ve got to change this!
As you can easily guess from its name, the festival has its origins in France. To be more precise, in La Gacilly, the birthplace of Jacques Rocher, family member of the famous Rocher dynasty, who had the idea for this extraordinary festival. Since 2004 the French village with about 4,000 inhabitants has been transforming into a super-dimensional photo exhibition every year. On four-story houses and almost 100 m² sized screening walls 2,000 photos are displayed every year which relate to a certain topic in connection with mankind and our environment. The founder’s mission statement is to draw our attention to issues of great importance for mankind and our environment with this particular festival.
This year the Austrian town of Baden turns into a “photo town” for the first time, thus becoming a complete masterpiece of art. This year’s focus of the exhibition is on sub-Saharan Africa. Pictures from African studios as well as informative long-term documentations offer wonderful insights into the life and culture of people in this region of the world and they also inform us about their problems, worries, ambitions and hopes in sub-Saharan Africa.
I’m already looking forward to walking through Baden this year and getting inspired by the La Gacilly Festival. If you happen to be in Austria between 8 June and 30 September, don’t miss this festival! J Visiting the exhibition is free. If you’re interested in a guided tour, wait at the Orangeries in Doblhoff Park on Saturday at 6 p.m. The tour takes about 1 ½ hours and costs 6 € per person.