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OPENING Kulturhauptstadt 2024
© Sophie Köchert


from 10:00
The Salzkammergut region – Frühschoppen (morning pint)
Trachtenverein D‘Ischler
→ Parish hall

10:00 – 18:00
Exhibition sudhaus – art with salt and water
→ Altes Sudhaus (Tickets)

10:00 – 18:00
Installation Ballet Mécanique and musik maschine
→ Lehár Theater / Hettegger (extension)

1st World Salon: “Europe in transition”
Talk with Aleida Assmann (D), Nava Ebrahimi (IRN/D), Fiston Mwanza
Mujila (COD). Keynote speech and moderation by: Herfried Münkler (D
→ Stables of the imperial villa

Concert-performance “Inner City”
What is the ideal city? In a long musical poem dealing with this question, the trio attempts to describe the city of their dreams or their ideal city. A utopian reflection. With Fiston Mwanza Mujila/text (COD), Patrick Dunst/saxophone (AT) and Christian Pollheimer/drums (AT).
Dramaturgy: Eva-Maria Voigtländer (D)
→ Stables of the imperial villa

Great Space Walk
Presentation of the audio artwork by Christoph Viscorsum (AT), a multi-day audio and hiking journey from civilisation to the Dead Mountains. A personal experience in five days. From the bathroom via church, mountain pasture and desert (Totes Gebirge) to everyday life. Visitors wander through different spaces. Audio tracks act as waymarks.
With Christoph Viscorsum, Aleida Assmann, Andreas Hagelüken, Christoph Hüthmair, Christian Öhler, Ariadne von Schirach, Elisabeth Schweeger.
Afterwards: Walk along the Bad Ischl parish church section of the trail.
→ Welcome: Stables of the imperial villa (14:00)
→ Listening: Path to the Bad Ischl parish church (14:30)
→ Trinkhalle (15:00)

from 16:00
Tavern Lab Bad Ischl
indulgence lab of the 4 HLa of the Bad Ischl Tourism School and Christoph “Krauli” Held (Siriuskogl)
→ Former railway station restaurant Bad Ischl

18 Uhr
A woman who knows what she wants
Why shouldn’t a woman have an affair”, the Jewish-Austrian composer Oscar Straus has his “Frau, die weiß, was sie will!” sing, thus not only composing a masterpiece that epitomises the operetta style of the Weimar Republic, but also reflects the new image of women at the time – lascivious, fresh and cheeky. A furious guest performance by the Komische Oper Berlin.
operetta by Oscar Straus, directed by Barrie Kosky
→  Congress and Theatre House (online advance booking)

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Leave your car at home! On the main day of the opening weekend, there will therefore be a comprehensive range of special services and more frequent services on the Salzkammergut Railway as well as late services until well after midnight.




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)
Globalokal – Building the New, Macht und Tradition, Kultur im Fluss, Sharing Salzkammergut – Die Kunst des Reisens

Event info

Bad Ischl
, 4820 Bad Ischl