culture salts 2024

A yodel out into the world!
The opening of the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024.

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Elisabeth Schweeger (Artistic Director)
Wolfgang Schlag and Christian Haselmayr (Curators Music)
and Programme team

Opening Ceremony

Ludger Engels (Direction)
Tilman Kanitz (Sound Design)
Anselm Fischer (Light Design)


Maria Neumayr-Wimmer (Production management)
Marian Holzmüller (Production)
Hannah Kickert, Barbara Eigner (Protocol)
Barbara Eigner, Tile von Damm (International relations)
Jana Lüthje (Dramaturgy)
DIALOG Event Contentment / Roman Widmann (Technical direction)
EVCOM / Ralph Scherzer (Projectholder)

About the project

One of the oldest forms of communication in the alpine world, the yodel, will sound out in a chorus of 1,000 voices to open the year in the Kurpark of the banner city of Bad Ischl with Hubert von Goisern. Doris Uhlich presents her powder dance. Conchita Wurst, Camo & Krooked and fanfare blowers from the 23 communities of the European Capital of Culture region are just some of the artists who will shape the opening event.

23 light people by the artist Isa Stein accompany the audience to the many places in the city where there will be celebrations: in churches, in the Alte Post, in Sudhaus, in the Lehár theater, in the Bad Ischl train station. Esther Balfe’s performance group heralds the start of the interventa Hallstatt 2024 building culture symposium. The art project SOLANGE #29 by Katharina Cibulka asks questions about equality. The spectacular animation Flood by Ruth Schnell and Martin Kusch (kondition pluriel) negotiates the Declaration of Human Rights.

Associations and musicians from the Salzkammergut region and abroad will make the opening night sound out loud and proud! Celebrate with us! With the Salzkammergut region, with Europe, with the world. We look forward to welcoming you.

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The broadcast of the opening on ORF III is available until 20 July 2024

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The contribution to the programme Kulturmontag on ORF 2 can be seen until 21 January 2025.


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