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The Salzburg Festival Centenary · State Exhibition

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A new state exhibition to mark the centenary of the Salzburg Festival will turn the museum into a stage. For six months, the Neue Residenz will offer a forum to discover the rich history of the Salzburg Festival and its artists. We will bring our archive to life and present visitors with artistic interventions, acted-out stories, film screenings and much more — you are warmly invited to the Festival stage in the Salzburg Museum.

“The State Exhibition is the first event celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Salzburg Festival. We are grateful to all those who have enabled this: the State and City of Salzburg for their financial support, the Salzburg Museum as our ideal partner – above all, we thank Martin Hochleitner, who is acting as curator, as is our own dramaturge Margarethe Lasinger. Together they have developed a concept which is as imaginative as it is thorough. We are optimistic that this show will offer both the citizens of Salzburg and guests from all over the world fascinating retrospectives and glimpses of the future,” says Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler.

Artistic Interventions on Festival Theatres Never Built


Mönchsberg, Schlosspark Hellbrunn, Kapuzinerberg, Mirabellgarten
July to December 2020

Over the last 130 years, numerous sites were planned for a Festspielhaus, or Festival Hall. For the Festival’s centenary, it plans to make four of these unrealized architectural projects visible, breathing life into them through artistic interventions. The choice of locations — on the Mönchsberg in 1890, in Hellbrunn in 1922, on the Kapuzinerberg from 1940 to 1943 and on the Mirabell Garden’s Rosenhügel in 1950 — clearly shows the great importance that was attached to the building of a Festspielhaus.

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22 August 2020


The first performance of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann, directed by Max Reinhardt on Salzburg’s Cathedral Square on 22 August 1920, is considered the moment in which the Salzburg Festival was born. 100 years later, this special birthday is celebrated with readings all over town by the Jedermann performers Klaus Maria Brandauer, Peter Simonischek, Tobias Moretti, Cornelius Obonya and Philipp Hochmair, the gala performance of Jedermann on Cathedral Square, a Jedermann streaming event on Kapitelplatz, a literary speech by Elisabeth Orth, who takes us back in time to the era of the Festival’s founding, and a screening of Max Reinhardt’s famous film A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Felsenreitschule.

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