Opening of the Salzburg Festival in the Context of the Climate Crisis

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The Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele) is the world's most important festival of classical music and the performing arts. The opening speeches in 2019 were dominated by the themes of climate change and environmental protection. The keynote speaker was US director Peter Sellars.

The opening ceremony of the 99th Salzburg Festival (Salzburger Festspiele) took place in the Felsenreitschule (photo). / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Andreas Praefcke [CC BY 3.0 (]

At the Felsenreitschule in Salzburg, the Salzburg Festival 2019 was opened by Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen.

In his speech, President Van der Bellen called for decisive action on climate protection. "The climate crisis is here. We can grasp it". Climate research has been going on for 100 years, and "the climate gods have been speaking to us with increasing…