President Van der Bellen at the Salzburg Festival: "Artists Need All Our Support"

More+Events ♦ Published: August 24, 2020; 22:50 ♦ (Vindobona)

Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen invited his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier accompanied by Elke Büdenbender to a festival and working visit in Salzburg. Both presidents agreed on the fact that artists are in a very difficult situation at the moment and need to be supported.

Austrian Federal President Alexander van der Bellen together with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Salzburg Festival. / Picture: © / Peter Lechner / HBF

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Salzburg Festival, Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, accompanied by their wives, visited the famous "Jedermann" on the cathedral square.

Federal President Van der Bellen described it as a "small miracle" that the festival can take place this year despite the corona crisis.

After attending a concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Christian Thielemann in the Great Festival Hall, the two presidents made a statement:

Van der Bellen was impressed by the musical performance and also by mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca. "It's a little difficult to speak to them from the musical atmosphere," he said smiling to the journalists.

Afterwards, he also praised the …