Colourful. Deliberately provocative. Explosive, even, from a geo-politicial point of view. That’s how I would describe this year’s “Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo” in just a few words. In 2021, the main title of Baden’s annual photo exhibition is “Viva Latina!”. And with it the promise to take us into the colourful world of South and Central America. However, this world is not only colourful. Take the pictures of the journey of the monarch butterflies in Mexico, for instance. Although they promise dazzling impressions of a different – intact? – world, the photographs convey other, more burning questions, too: How much longer? (How) Do we “manage it all”? How can we all live together in the midst of geopolitical tensions? What can we learn from the world-class photographs shown here, taken mostly by Latin American photographers?
“Viva Latina!” is a freely accessible, open-air photo festival in Baden near Vienna that you should not miss.
2018 saw the first festival edition in Baden, “I love Africa“, followed by “Hymn to the Earth” in 2019. The previous year took “All Eyes East“: Check out my linked blog posts for details about the previous photo festival editions here in Baden near Vienna. All photographs shown are by no means “just any nice photographs”: Among the listed photographers are winners of the World Press Photo Awards as well as internationally respected Peace Prize laureates. What I was particularly pleased about this year’s festival edition is that several winners of the “Global Peace Photo Award” as well as the “Children Peace Image of the Year” Award are also shown. The latter brings some very young up-and-coming talents to light!
Check out the initial part of the exhibition as part of the Baden “City Route”, which stretches from Baden’s Kurpark to the City Theatre, the Main Square, the Beethoven House and the Arnulf Rainer Museum. The “Garden Route”, on the other hand, takes you from the Tourist Information Centre at Baden’s Brusattiplatz, through Gutenbrunn Park to Doblhoff Park and its well-known rose gardens. This is perhaps the most impressive part of the photo exhibition in terms of the composition of the works amidst the thousands of roses, and the typically classical park landscapes of Baden.
Speaking of impressive: some of the works on display are mounted on Baden house walls measuring almost 300 square metres! On your tour of Baden, always take a good look around to make sure you don’t miss any of the approximately 1,500 subjects by over 30 photographers in Baden’s city centre and parks.
Our hotel “At The Park”: An ideal base to explore the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo.
“At the Park” really hits the spot: The hotel is located right at Baden’s famous Kurpark. Even from our room, my husband Georg and I have a fascinating view of the first few photographs of the festival; at lunchtime and in the morning, we also enjoy excellent meals. I can only recommend you to stay here, enjoying the modern and at the same time very cosy interior, as well as the friendly host and team.
PS: July 2021 marks Baden’s inscription on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List, becoming one of the “Great Spa Towns of Europe”!
What an award! The town of Baden near Vienna spent many years preparing for this prestigious listing. Among eleven other European spa towns, Baden was finally included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The “Great Spa Towns of Europe” include renowned cities such as Vichy in France, Bath in England or Baden Baden in Germany. Read more about the award and ceremony here. Congratulations, Baden!
Check out even more travel photos, festival impressions and ideas for your next visit to the city of Baden here:
Besides, I have already written the following articles about Baden near Vienna and its wider area, helping you to get organised and inspired:
- There’s an annual food festival in Baden, near Vienna, that you simply cannot afford to miss.
- #BadenInWeiss: White Summer Party in the Imperial City of Baden near Vienna
- City Escape: Baden near Vienna beckons your visit
Disclaimer: We have been invited by the city of Baden on this trip to visit #LaGacilly photo festival. All opinions are my own.