JKU Linz Ball

The JKU Ball “NEW HORIZONS”: An Inspirational Fusion of Art and Science

3,300 guests partied at the annual JKU Ball.

From artificial intelligence to new cures for cancer - the future will bring countless challenges and opportunities. The JKU set out on a mission at the annual JKU Ball at the Brucknerhaus in Linz to cross horizons, spanning from scientific curiosity to artistic excellence.

3,300 ball guests embarked on a journey of discovery, marveling at the start of the event to the sounds of "Interstellar" by legendary Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer (played by the JKU University Orchestra under the direction of conductor Christian Radner), and live visual effects by the Ars Electronica Center. Artistic choreography by dancers from the Anton Bruckner Private University accompanied the musical performance.

Opening remarks were held by Rector Meinhard Lukas together with Brigitte Hütter (Rector, Linz University of Art & Design), Gerald Bast (Rector, University of Applied Arts Vienna), and Gerfried Stocker (artistic director of the Ars Electronica Festival). JKU Rector Lukas emphasized the importance of ‘fusing’ art and science to find answers for the future. He added: "We firmly believe that the future must creatively reflect and shape society’s interests." Following the opening remarks, the traditional Austrian "Alles Walzer" could be heard, officially opening the ball.

The midnight show "Into the Light" was a very special dance performance by a unique LED Mapping Showman, merging machine and technology into a unique choreographed performance. Fast-paced, playful, and above all: spectacular!

Music in the Stifter Saal was provided by JKU professors playing their favorite beats under the motto "Your Prof is Your DJ". The robots took over in the wee hours as Tripods One by Moritz Simon Geist provided everyone with a futuristic robot-electro-sound performance. Guests danced and partied until the early morning hours.



Official opening with the JKU University Orchestra,
Anton Bruckner Private University Linz dancers and
visual effects created by Gerfried Stocker, AEC.

Midnight Show: Into the Light

Moritz Simon Geist performing Tripods One


JKU University Orchestra, 
Bruckner University Big Band, 
WIFF LaGrange, 
Soul Delight Trio,

Student Specials

Your Prof is Your DJ featuring

  • Univ. Prof. Elias Felten 
  • Prof. Martina Mara
  • Assist. Prof. Martina Kofler-Schlögl & Prof. Georg Kofler 


Photo 1: Rector Meinhard Lukas and the JKU Vice-Rectors.
Photo 2: Conductor Christian Radner with the JKU University Orchestra
Photo 3: Anton Bruckner Private University Linz dancers and visual effects by Gerfried Stocker, AEC
Photo 4: Together with JKU Rector Meinhard Lukas, Rector Gerald Bast, Rector Brigitte Hütter, and the artistic director of the Ars Electronica Festival, Gerfried Stocker, officially open the ball
Photo 5: "Those who strive....". Rector Lukas dancing the opening waltz.
Photo 6: Alles Walzer.
Photo 7: Midnight show"Into the Light" by Chris Cross
Photo 8: Prof. Mara with 2:tages:bart
Photo 9: Prof. Felten at the turntables  
Photo 10: Party on with Assist.Prof. Kofler-Schlögl & Prof. Kofler