Opening Ceremony

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OPENING Kulturhauptstadt 2024
© Sophie Köchert



17 – 18:30 Uhr
→ Main Stage Kurpark Bad Ischl

– light people
23 light dresses by Isa Stein (AT) symbolise the 23 locations of the Capital of Culture and accompany the audience to the locations of the events.

– Fanfares
23 wind instrument players from the 23 communities gather for a fanfare, composed and arranged by Mnozil Brass legend Leonhard Paul (AT).

– Opening Speeches

– Hubert von Goisern (AT) and the Chorus of 1,000
One of the oldest means of communication in the Alpine region, the yodel, resounds with 1000 choral voices, by and with Hubert von Goisern (AT) supported by percussionist Christoph Sietzen and choirmaster Susanna Fabian. Together they transform the noise of the world into music.

– Tom Neuwirth aka Conchita
Tom Neuwirth (AT) once set out to take the world by storm as Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision Song Contest and became an icon of the LGBTQIA community overnight. Now he returns to the Salzkammergut with a moving performance. Look forward to a moment full of emotion.

– Doris Uhlich & Ensemble „Powder Dance”
Bodies dancing in clouds of powder make waves, vibrate, let their fat dance and celebrate physical diversity and individual beauty. Based on the legendary solo “Pudertanz”, Doris Uhlich (AT) creates a performance for the opening. The Attersee-born choreographer and her ensemble stir up the dust.

– Fashion school Ebensee
It has rustled. It was folded, cut, glued – unusual processing techniques for an unusual collection: students present their paper visions of traditional costume.
Supported by Justine Masché (DE) (Product Developer, Design Coordinator) from the fashion label Andreas Kronthaler (AT) for Vivienne Westwood, London and Isa Stein (AT).

from 19:00
The Salzkammergut celebrates into the night

→ Event location
The event area in the Kurpark opens at 2.30 pm. We would like to point out that umbrellas, bottles and pushchairs, among other things, are not permitted in the event area. In addition, the capacity of the Kurpark grounds is limited by the authorities to 5,500 people.

More about the opening →


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

Kurpark Bad Ischl