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Young Friends

The Young Friends of the Salzburg Festival is an association of teenagers and young adults interested in culture. They are part of the Association of Friends of the Salzburg Festival. Due to heavy demand, during the past years, the association has also offered programs aimed at children between 6 and 14.
The participants of the events explore the program of the Salzburg Festival intensively. The focus is not just on individual works and their performers, but also on “Festival life” in all of its many facets. It turns out that young people don’t just “consume” a theater, opera or concert performance, but experience it much more intensively and enduringly in every way if they have prepared in advance for the topics and have been in contact with the people who create art. It is especially important to us to create an awareness of the overall functioning of the festival, theater and art process. Therefore, as one of the oldest and largest cultural youth associations in Europe, we seek the dialogue with those responsible for the festival productions (such as dramaturgical staff, set and costume designers, concertmasters, lighting designers) on the one hand, but on the other, we present all those who ensure that the rehearsals and performances go smoothly (such as assistants, stage managers, technical staff and prop masters).
Apart from attending performances (with introductory programs), visiting rehearsals is another pillar of our work. Conversations, guided tours and visits, workshops and discussion groups complete our program.
Another goals of the Young Friends is to bring young people with a passion for theater together in Salzburg, thereby creating a platform for discussion between future audiences and future artists.

Become a member of the Association of Young Friends of the Salzburg Festival and experience workshops, introductory lectures, artist conversations, rehearsal visits and backstage tours.

As a member of the Young Friends you can attend all the events that are planned as part of the Friends’ summer programme. You also have the opportunity to apply for tickets from the Young Friends’ Festival allocation at a special discount.


You can become a member of the Young Friends at: www.festspielfreunde.at
Freunde der Salzburger Festspiele: office@festspielfreunde.at
or call +43.662.8045.284

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EDITORIAL

From 2008 on, working for and with the younger generation is one of the focal points of the Salzburg Festival program. Everybody complains that parents and schools are failing to educate children and teenagers about and for art. Many lament that the “event” is the only thing that counts these days. Others despair because the so-called “high culture” seems to be aging with its audiences. The Festival, however, will take action. On the one hand, we will actively promote young artists – our most spectacular project is the Young Singers Project. On the other hand, we want to cultivate a new audience. Youth camps, affordable youth tickets, student projects and accompanying events specifically aimed at younger audiences are meant to inspire and develop their joy and understanding of music.