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Music is in the air, a “Jedermann” call rings out from afar, admonishing the cognoscenti and astonishing first-time visitors. The founding mission of this work of peace is unique and timeless, like the atmosphere enveloping the entire city summer after summer. In their wisdom, the founding fathers of the Salzburg Festival, Max Reinhardt, Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss, chose the arts as a means of peacemaking and the festival as their tool. What began as a peace project developed into an epicentre of the extraordinary – a feast for the senses, transforming the entire city into a stage.

High heels rush along the cobblestones, surrounding conversations turn into one big musical humming, broken by the repeated clinking of two glasses, and something else is in the air: tension, eager anticipation – a very special atmosphere. One glance is enough to ascertain that Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s vision has once again become reality. Every summer, that vision of “the city as a stage” is fulfilled anew, blurring the boundaries between everyday and performance, between city and stage. Visitors turn into supernumeraries when the festival flair enfolds the entire town.

A “provincial town” in the heart of the heart of Europe, where visitors and artists from all around the world meet. Music is in the air, a “Jedermann” call rings out from afar, admonishing the cognoscenti and astonishing first-time visitors. The founding mission of this work of peace is unique and timeless, like the atmosphere enveloping the entire city summer after summer. In their wisdom, the founding fathers of the Salzburg Festival, Max Reinhardt, Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss, chose the arts as a means of peacemaking and the festival as their tool. Conceived in the confusion of World War I, their vision focused on peace and the faith in Europe, taking hold in the baroque residence of the Prince-Archbishops against all odds. A timeless mission that remains as valid today as it was then, a challenge that the Salzburg Festival seeks to meet, year after year.

The mission of peace seems to have receded into the background, yet it forms the solid, indispensable foundation of the Festival. Regardless of background, language and culture, the Festival visitors and performers are united in their interest and love for the arts, proving every year how valid and important this peace project is. Our partners play another essential role, enabling us to bring people from all around the world together at our Festival venues.

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Mag. Julia Müller
Director Development and Sponsoring

Tel. +43 662 8045 – 408
Fax +43 662 8045 – 700
j.mueller@salzburgfestival.at

Mag. Suzanne Harf
Chief of Protocol
Tel. +43 662 8045 – 405
Fax +43 662 8045 – 470
s.harf@salzburgfestival.at
MMag. Charlotte Krautgasser
Development und Sponsoring

Tel. +43 662 8045 – 490
Fax +43 662 8045 – 700
c.krautgasser@salzburgfestival.at

Melanie Daglinger
Development und Sponsoring

Tel. +43 662 8045 – 491
Fax +43 662 8045 – 700
m.daglinger@salzburgfestival.at