The listed farm was bought by the city of Linz in 1984 and adapted into a modern venue for contemporary art and culture in Austria . The establishment of such a cultural and event center was not least a reaction to the youth cultural activities of the 1980s, in which young people asked for their own venues and squatting took place in Linz and the surrounding area. Four years before the opening of the Posthof, the Stadtwerkstatt, founded by young activists, had moved into an empty factory building in Linz- Urfahr and since then has offered a dense concert and art program.
In the following period, the Posthof repeatedly experienced modernizations and expansions and today, in addition to the original hall, also has an additional hall that can accommodate up to 1,200 people.
Each season (from September to June) around 220 individual events take place, which are attended by around 70,000 people. In addition, there is a month-long focus on various arts and culture areas from November to May, which have as high a density of events as the rest of the season.
As a "multi-discipline cultural center" for music, dance, theater, cabaret and literature, the program covers the entire, broad spectrum of current contemporary culture and ranges from concerts of the most varied of musical styles ( rock , pop , metal , jazz , reggae , drum and bass , Hip-hop, etc.), cabaret , theater , contemporary dance and literature .
Out of season, from November to May, there are series of events on various key topics every month - with several events per week.
In addition to the presentation of (inter) national greats, the promotion of the young scene is one of the most important concerns of the artistic direction. For example, bands from Linz are regularly given the opportunity to perform as a support act in front of a larger audience. As part of the "Heimspiel" series, local artists play the entire program of a month once a year (until 1999 exclusively from the music sector; from 2000 also from the fields of dance, theater and cabaret), the contemporary dance scene is given the opportunity to develop further in workshops with well-known choreographers.
The variety of space on offer includes the small hall (approx. 200 standing or 100 seats), the middle hall (900 standing or 400 seats) and the large hall (1,200 standing or 630 seats). For events with a DJ program, additional rooms are also converted into dance floors.
The “Posthof-Beisl” located in the Posthof rounds off the overall cultural experience of the Posthof.
- 1983–1985 Beni Altmüller , Ruth Matzinger
- 1985–1999 Werner Ponesch, Christian Strasser
- 2000–2010 Werner Ponesch, Wilfried Steiner
- since 2011 Wilfried Steiner , Gernot Kremser
- Kurt Mitterndorfer : Basically everything went wrong. On the history of the Posthof. In: Walter Kohl, Andreas Weber (ed.): Away from Linz. Popular culture in the steel city from the 50s to the present. Stein Maßl, Grünbach 2009, p. 152 ff. ISBN 978-3-902427-71-7
- Reinhold Westphal: Posthof. In: Oesterreichisches Musiklexikon . Online edition, Vienna 2002 ff., ISBN 3-7001-3077-5 ; Print edition: Volume 4, Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna 2005, ISBN 3-7001-3046-5 .