Opening round

Welcome to the European Capital of Culture

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OPENING Kulturhauptstadt 2024
© Sophie Köchert


Welcome to the European Capital of Culture

11 – 16:30
Projects of the European Capital of Culture and Assocations Present Themselves – For Big and Small
free as a bird MOBIL | The Little Prince – Reloaded – Die Podcastkoje | Culturebuddys |
Next Generation You | SCALA (Salzkammergut Craft Art Lab) | Pro Mente Calendar – Presentation | Room With a View (15:30) | ASAGAN “Schatzkammergut & Treasury“
→ Trinkhalle – Ö1 Stage

12 – 21
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

Revealing of the installation „SOLANGE #29“ by Katharina Cibulka
A work of art based on dialogue that addresses feminist themes. In the presence of the artist.
→ Post office building

Maruša Sagadin „Luv Birds in toten Winkeln“
At the interface of private and public space, Maruša Sagadin combines elements of architecture, sculpture and painting and explores the underlying social aspects of a building or place. (Commissioned by Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Courtesy Christine König Galerie, Vienna and the artist)
→ Post office building

Words are salt and sun: Yasmo & city writer Mieze Medusa (AT)
Mieze Medusa and Yasmo invite the audience to a slam poetry special in the afternoon at Café Zweitwohnsitz. The motto: “Words are salt and sun”
→ Zweitwohnsitz

14 – 15:15
Mai Cocopelli (AT)
The popular children’s songwriter sets the mood for the Capital of Culture and conjures up wonderful sounds and melodies for her young and old listeners. The energetic musician from Lake Attersee has been whirling through the German-language children’s song scene with her catchy hits for over 20 years.
→ Square of the Johann Nestroy School (Bertha von Suttner Square)

14:30 – 20
Opening: sudhaus – art with salt and water – The central theme exhibition.
Salt and water are still determining factors in the region today. International and nationally renowned artists dedicate themselves to these elements metaphorically as the “salt of life” in the form of objects, sculptures, installations, film, photo and sound works. They also address the burning issues of dwindling glaciers and the increasing scarcity of water worldwide.
With artists like: Motoi Yamamoto (JPN), Sigalit Landau (ISR), Simon Starling (UK), Eva Schlegel (AT), Christine Biehler (D), Michael Sailstorfer (D), Lucy (UK) + Jorge Orta (ARG), Kati Roover (FIN), Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir (ISL)
→ Altes Sudhaus (limited capacity)

14:30 – 20
sound installation Ballet Mécanique by Georges Antheil and Fernand Léger
100 years after the “Ballet Mécanique” was created, it will be performed in the version originally conceived by Antheil and synchronised with the version of the 1924 film of the same name by Fernand Léger. A historical reconstruction by the Graz artist Winfried Ritsch.
→ Lehár Theater

14:30 – 20
musik maschine by students of the FH Joanneum
Visitors can use an interface to control a kind of musical robot that fuses traditional zither and dulcimer sounds and their materiality with modern electronic beats – miniature compositions that bridge the gap between tradition and innovation.
→ Lehár Theater / Hettegger (extension)

15 Uhr
Afternoon pop-up
Virtuoso folk music from Piedmont: Daniele Scurati (IT) (accordion), Stefano Valla (IT) (piffero)
→ Kreuzplatz, Kuchltheater

15:30 – 16:30
Organ contemporary
Raminta Skurulsjkaite (organ), Emma Frauenholz (percussion)
Organist and expert in contemporary organ literature Raminta Skurulsjkaite (LT) meets modern percussion talent Emma Frauenholz (AT) – an adventurous journey from Estonia via Russia to contemporary Poland.
→ St Nicholas parish church

Regional_Express by Ella Raidel (AT/SGP), Petra Ardai (NL), Marlene Rutzendorfer (AT), opening performance by Sander Saarmets (EST), Gemischter Chor Altmünster (AT)
An acoustic-visual immersive narrative on the railway line Gmunden – Bad Aussee, which deals with the cultural and natural heritage of the region, accessible via the Salzkammergut 2024 app. A performative insight into the project awaits you in Bad Ischl.
→ Bad Ischl railway station / Welcome Centre

Opening salute of the Ischler Prangerschützen
→ Richard Tauber footbridge

Performative harbinger of the interventa Hallstatt 2024 building culture symposium: Dancers from the dance programme at the MUK perform under the choreography of Esther Balfe with a sculpture by Isabella Kohlhuber.
Initiators: Sabine Kienzer and Marie-Therese Harnoncourt.
→ Square in front of the Trinkhalle (Sparkassenplatz)

FLOOD Light installation by Ruth Schnell / Martin Kusch (kondition pluriel)
The façade of the school building is the projection surface for a spectacular animation by the media artists. The visual basis is the text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (International Bill of Rights) adopted in 1948.
→ Square of the Johann Nestroy School (Bertha von Suttner Square)

17 – 18:30
Opening Ceremony
→ Main Stage Kurpark Bad Ischl

from 19:00
The Salzkammergut celebrates into the night

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


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

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