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Siemens Festival>Nights and Children’s>Festival • Experience the Salzburg Festival for free

25 JUL 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:03 h;
published in: General

Siemens Fest>Spiel>Nächte 2012 (Photo: Siemens / Andreas Kolarik)
The Siemens Festival>Nights are an internationally unparalleled cultural public screening at the very highest level. Every year, we give tens of thousands of fans of the arts free access to operas, theater performances and concerts in the heart of Salzburg’s old town. We use our technology as a transfer medium, and in this way combine the amazing tradition of the Salzburg Festival with state-of-the-art technical innovations. In doing so, Siemens consciously lives up to its cultural and social responsibility and supports a cultural enterprise that, like Siemens, has a long tradition in Austria and enjoys a high level of international recognition,” explained Wolfgang Hesoun, CEO of Siemens Austria.
The Siemens Festival>Nights are a traditional fixture of the summer festival. “The fans we have to turn away because we are sold out of tickets have the amazing opportunity to experience operas and concerts from the current festival program for free on Kapitelplatz. There’s nothing else like this in the world: a festival that shows productions from the current season for free. We are very thankful to Siemens, the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) and Unitel for this,” said Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler enthusiastically. Culinary highlights will be provided by the restaurant tent on Kapitelplatz, which will serve visitors delicious treats every day starting one hour before the beginning of the performance. 

59 performances: from Falstaff to Don Carlo
In 2013, there will be 59 performances at the Siemens Festival>Nights and the Siemens Children’s>Festival throughout the duration of the Salzburg Festival. Live broadcasts from the festival venues will be shown on five evenings. With a line-up consisting of Jedermann, Falstaff, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Don Carlo, Ein Sommernachtstraum and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, virtually all of this year’s major operas and theater productions can be seen for free. “ORF sees itself as an electronic window for the 519,000 residents of Salzburg. Each day, we broadcast reports from the various regions of the province out into the world and also bring information from all over the world into the regions. The Festival>Nights are an excellent example of how deeply connected ORF is to cultural reporting.  We are pleased to be able to make one of the leading cultural festivals in the world accessible to ‘everyman’ for free with the Festival>Nights,” said Roland Brunhofer, provincial director of ORF Salzburg.
Unitel’s managing director, Jan Mojto, added the following: “The recordings that we have been producing with the highest level of artistic and technical quality for several years in cooperation with ORF in Salzburg are worth the effort if they are shown to as many interested people as possible via all possible channels and not just on television. Unitel is proud to have documented nearly 80 performances so far and is excited to have the opportunity to present them to a broad audience at the Siemens Festival>Nights.  

Siemens Children’s>Festival
Exposing the younger generation to culture and introducing them to technology is important to Siemens. With this in mind, the Siemens Children’s>Festival is held on Salzburg’s Kapitelplatz parallel to the Festival>Nights. Every weekend (Friday through Sunday), a colorful mix of children’s opera, ballet and plays is shown starting at 4:00 pm. Magical performances such as Hänsel und Gretel, Max und Moritz and Die Zauberflöte für Kinder thrill young guests and their companions each year.  

The Siemens Festival>Nights Contest
A new addition this year is the Siemens Festival>Nights Contest. From July 22 to August 24, visitors to http://www.siemens.at/festspielnaechtequiz/ will have the chance to win weekly prizes such as dress rehearsal tickets for the Salzburg Festival or dinner at the Siemens Festival>Nights. The grand prize is a weekend for two at next year’s festival – including tickets to the 2014 performance of Jedermann and hotel accommodations.   

Siemens Festival>Nights expanding to London
The Siemens Festival>Nights are going international: In honor of the first anniversary of the London Crystal, the Siemens development center for sustainable cities, the Siemens Festival>Nights will be held from August 30 to September 1 and will bring the flair of the Salzburg Festival to the British capital. The international event will combine two aspects: Siemens will use innovative technology to provide a broad audience in London with access to art and culture and will raise awareness for its long-standing involvement with the Salzburg Festival on an international basis.  

Long-standing partnership
Siemens and the Salzburg Festival are connected by a long tradition: Siemens has been supporting the Salzburg Festival as a project sponsor since 1996 and as a main sponsor since 1999. For over a decade, the Salzburg Festival, Siemens Austria, Unitel Classica and ORF Salzburg have been hosting the Siemens Festival>Nights, which have become a tradition on Kapitelplatz in Salzburg’s old town.

You can find the detailed program and additional information in the attachment or online at www.siemens.at/festspielnaechte and www.siemens.at/kinderfestival.

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