On the last Sunday in May we headed south of Vienna into a region in the State of Lower Austria known as the hunchback world. Nestled within this rather beautiful hill country is the small town of Bad Schönau, our destination for a day of wonderful entertainment.
The purpose of our trip was to take H and her friend to the Fabelhaft – a festival of storytelling through words, mime, puppetry, music and magic. What I had expected to be a fun day for the kids turned out to be marvellous entertainment for ‘children’ from 4 to 104!
My personal favourite was the feet puppetry of Laura Kibel from Italy:
I’ve posted a selection of pictures from her performance here
While they loved the feet puppetry, the girls couldn’t stop laughing at the silent comedy of the KGB Clowns from Russia. Their performance captured the audience who were drawn deeper and deeper into the crazy world created by two artists who had no need for words.
A selection of shots from their performance can be seen here
Other acts (amongst others) on the day included these wooden puppets….
In addition to the festival, I was also rather taken by the village of Bad Schönau and the surrounding area…
As we sat drinking coffee in the sun, outside a local restaurant, the quiet of the Sunday morning was broken by the sounds of the village band playing as people came out from a church gathering:
The local church itself sits on a small hill dominating and defining its environment:
Walking through the fields near the village we came across this tiny chapel:
From the chapel we entered a small coppice and through the trees could be seen a local castle nestling on yet another hillside: