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Centenary Events

100 years young — on behalf of the Festival, we want to celebrate our centenary together with our artists and also with you, our enthusiastic audience. We plan to do this entirely in the spirit of Max Reinhardt, who chose Salzburg as the home of the Festival after realizing with one look that ‘the whole city is a stage’. There will be a major exhibition, installations in public spaces, all types of music and performances in all kinds of places, a flurry of projects for children and young people, as well as discussions on the crucial issues of our time with leading experts. With all these events, we aim to celebrate this special summer in a way that will delight and enthuse everyone who attends.

The details of this celebration will be announced in a separate brochure at the end of March 2020.

The Salzburg Festival Centenary · State Exhibition

Great World Theatre

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.

FESTIVAL OPENING PARTY

Altstadt Salzburg · 17 and 18 July 2020

We will launch our centennial season with a two-day celebration at the beginning of the Salzburg Festival 2020 in the magnificent setting of Salzburg’s old town. In our Festival venues, in the churches and on the city squares, Festival artists will entice you to watch and listen. Come and enjoy this celebration, open to everyone!

Altstadt Salzburg · 17 and 18 July 2020
FESTIVAL OPENING PARTY

JEDERMANN DAY

Festspielbezirk · 22 August 2020

The first performance of Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Jedermann, directed by Max Reinhardt on Salzburg’s Domplatz on 22 August 1920, is considered the moment at which the Salzburg Festival was born. 100 years later, we celebrate this special birthday with a spectacular reading of Jedermann in the Felsenreitschule, a gala performance of Jedermann on the Domplatz, a festive banquet on a huge Jedermann table in the streets, as well as on the squares of the Festival district, where a very special banquet scene awaits you.

Festspielbezirk · 22 August 2020
JEDERMANN DAY

THEATRE AT THE CINEMA

Das Kino and stage at Salzburg Museum · Mid of July until end of August 2020
In Cooperation with Filmarchiv Austria

Theatre in the cinema, or a journey through the filmmaking world of Max Reinhardt as well as the family of his wife Helene Thimig: beginning with Reinhardt’s film debut in 1913 and ending in 1948, the year of the first film screening at the Salzburg Festival. A wonderful opportunity for you to rediscover the cinematic history of this period and Reinhardt’s key actors — both as part of the Great World Theatre state exhibition in the Salzburg Museum and in Das Kino.

DAS KINO Cinema Hall
Das Kino and Bühne im Salzburg Museum · Mid of July until End of August 2020 In Cooperation with Filmarchiv Austria
THEATER AT THE CINEMA
Schloss Leopoldskron · 6 until 9 August 2020

THE WORLD OF YESTERDAY

Max Reinhardt acquired Schloss Leopoldskron in 1918, which he refurbished and expanded as a Baroque Gesamtkunstwerk, living there until 1937. In 1938, the Nazis seized the palace as ‘Jewish property’. Schloss Leopoldskron was Reinhardt’s home and workplace, as well as a private stage: a centre of cultural and social life. The World of Yesterday will guide the audience through the rooms of the palace, reviving the intellectual atmosphere of the period and the spiritus loci of Schloss Leopoldskron. Texts by Ernst Lothar, Franz Werfel, Bertolt Brecht, Berta Zuckerkandl and others will be combined with a rehearsal scene of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid, which was shown in the palace’s Marble Hall in 1923, directed by Max Reinhardt.

Festivaldistrict

THE WORLD OF TOMORROW

What is a person allowed to do? And what should a person do? Questions of ethics affect and even pervade every area of our lives. With four international panel discussions on the topics of culture, politics, media and the natural sciences, we want to explore what the world of tomorrow could look like.

Artistic Interventions on Festival Theatres Never Built

“THE DREAM OF A FAIRY TEMPLE”

Mönchsberg, Schlosspark Hellbrunn, Kapuzinerberg, Mirabellgarten
May until October 2020

Over the last 130 years, numerous sites were planned for a Festival Hall. For the Festival’s centenary we plan 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 Festival Hall.

Artistic Interventions on Festival Theatres Never Built
“THE DREAM OF A FAIRY TEMPLE”

Mönchsberg, Schlosspark Hellbrunn, Kapuzinerberg, Mirabellgarten
May until October 2020

Remembering (Festival-)History

FESTIVAL DIALOGUES

Stage at Salzburg Museum · 28 and 29 May 2020

Putting on a festival in the 21st century now more than ever means facing up to the realities of a rapidly changing world. A special edition of the ‘Festival Dialogues’ will be revived on the occasion of our centenary, providing critical discussion about the phenomenon of the festival as a concept and exploring the question of whether theatre can still be a utopian place.

Remembering (Festival-)History
FESTIVAL DIALOGUES

Stage at Salzburg Museum · 28 and 29 May 2020

SALZBURG CENTENARY

Salzburg Congress · 7 August 2020

From the outset, the Salzburg Festival had both an artistic and an eminently political mission. Together with the internationally active Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership, we intend on the one hand to analyze world geopolitics in the light of recent academic studies, and on the other to investigate whether the belief in the power of art, of which our founding fathers were convinced, can still give meaning to the Festival today. It promises to be an exciting day of discussion with high-level politicians and important artists from Europe, the United States and China.
Conference language: English

Conference
SALZBURG CENTENARY

Salzburg Congress · 7 August 2020