Next Friday Kappl will be unrecognizable: 450 Krampuses, Alpine witches and sprites will come together at the 12th Krampus Gathering and perform their shows on the main square next to the Trisanna. Organizer David tells us what’s going on this year.

David, it’s that time of year again – the Krampus Gathering in Kappl, a huge event for the town.
That’s right, and it’s taking place for the twelfth time already. Preparations have been intense, we started planning for this year more than six months ago – but now we’re ready to go, and we’re really looking forward to it.

For all those who don’t know: what’s the Krampus Gathering?
It’s an event where Krampus groups from Austria and abroad – from Germany or Italy, for example – meet up, with spectacular shows which they present on the main square in the evening. We’re expecting 1 400 visitors again this year, both locals and tourists.

What makes these shows so unmissable?
The fact that the regional groups are so different from each other makes it really special. It’s great to see how the various Krampuses perform.

And what’s going on before and after the show?
We’ve organized top DJs and musical groups for before and after the show. There will also be a big party tent, as every year, where “Läts Fetz” from Ötztal are playing from 9pm, followed by “die Jungen Südsteirer”. And for the prime slot from 12.30 to 2 a.m., we’ve got a real star DJ, too. DJ Instyle from Silz, who performs around the world, has already played at Summersplash and the Olympics.

You yourself are the chair of the Krampus Club in Kappl. Who organizes the event?
We do, the club. And we’ve had a lot of active support – I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everyone, in particular the 80 or so volunteers. Without them, it wouldn’t be possible to produce such a big event.

12th Krampus Gathering
15th November 2019
From 18.00
Kohlplatz 1
6555 Kappl

Click here for all the information and the full programme for the Krampus Gathering 2019