Press release 2020


arts and crafts at Karlsplatz will take place this year too!
From 20.11. to 23.12.2020 from noon till 8 p.m. every day.

Art Advent is really going to happen! While observing strict hygiene rules (masks are obligatory) visitors can enjoy the familiar high quality craftwork and food on offer. Just imagine this year marks the 5th anniversary of Art Advent's organic food policy. It is still the only Christmas market in the whole of Austria whose caterers possess full organic certification.
Let us look forward to the wonderful craftwork, the spectacular street theatre and the shopping experience for tired feet: the mobile couch - with social distancing and masks!

Know where it's from.

In the meantime we Austrians have come to attach a lot of importance to regional provenance and a high food quality. We should apply similar standards to other products. Trust is created by knowing who made the things that are around us - maybe that person lives just around the corner. Our natural soaps for example are manufactured in the Waldviertel and also in Hennersdorf. Close by in Wr. Neustadt original textiles are created. Unique glass pictures are produced in Bad Ischl, while glass beads are made in Gablitz. In most cases our artisans are present in their sales booths. So you can get to know the people behind the craft products.

Look in at the demonstration workshop.

If you would like to know how a linocut is made or how silver jewellery is produced you just have to be present at the demonstration workshop. That is where artisans show their work techniques. The objects that are created can be viewed at the enlarged island of art: exhibits made of wood, metal, clay, and paintings and glass objects will be on show.

Organic for 5 years without compromise.

Divina art values sustainability, regionality and good quality. Five years ago we started this process of persuading all our caterers to change to organic produce with the assistance of bio-austria. It wasn't always easy - some products were hard to find, like organic sweet chestnuts, but we and our caterers were successful. For five years now Art Advent has been the only Christmas market providing certified organic food and drink!

Celebrating while Corona lasts.

This year we can only provide a limited supporting programme. The rail trolley express and the carousel of lost property are definately on - while keeping to Corona rules of course. Both are driven by muscle power. Due to hygiene rules the landscape of straw cannot be installed. We won't have to do without the spectacular walking acts by Soluna Rising and the Vento Sul drummers, who will warm us up on 21.12. As far as music is concerned we shall have to rely on the nostalgic sounds from our organ grinder as there will be no concerts.

Up to date information.

As the situation relating to Corona can change at any time we recommend that you look at our website prior to your visit.


For all of you who stay at home (maybe you must) or who require more information, we have built a webshop. Many of our artisans are represented there with their products. Take a look!

Either way we are looking forward to seeing you and our Art Advent 2020. With disinfectant, social distancing and a mask! or online!

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