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December 12   -   Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

Empty sloganising at Salzburg Festival

Press release, just in: An Epicentre of the Extraordinary What do we want a festival to be? This question motivated the founders of the Salzburg Festival as they set about creating a unique “Salzburg dramaturgy”. We have resolved to continue the great ideas of our founding fathers Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Max Reinhardt. As gathering-spots far from the everyday and the distractions of large cities, festivals require nothing less than stepping out of the usual into another context of existence. Festivals should create astonishing artistic constellations, promising not only distraction and spectacle, but challenging their guests to reflect. The Salzburg Festival aims to be an epicentre of the extraordinary. Artistic Director Markus Hinterhäuser and Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler Well, that’s interesting. As distinct from a periphery of provincialism. So good to know.

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