Opening up cultural life: Salzburg Festival sees itself as a pioneer

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The Salzburg Festival sees itself as a pioneer for a possible wide opening of international cultural life after the corona lockdown.

“We have a great responsibility: If things go well for us, then the way is cleared for others,” said Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”. “We are watched by the cultural scene around the world.”

The Salzburg Festival takes place in a reduced form from August 1st to 30th. Up to 1000 visitors are supposed to sit in one performance, there are no breaks. Rabl-Stadler was convinced of the effectiveness of the security concept. “I see us as a bearer of hope, not as a risk taker,” she said. It is possible that there will be individual corona cases during the festival. “But we do everything we can to prevent it from spreading.”

Corona hotspots are not the theater, but private parties. “I am very worried about how things are going in the catering industry, also in Salzburg,” said the President. “I can’t put my hand in the fire for that.”

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