Salzburg Festival Announces Massive Renovation Plan

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: © Luigi Caputo)

The Salzburg Festival has announced a massive renovation plan with plans to invest 263 million euros over the course of the next 10 years.

According to the plan, the festival venues will be completely renovated and extended. This massive project has the goal of fully maintaining the operating functions of the festival in the long term. The festival’s iconic Große Festspielhaus is in the dire need for renovation for over 60 years. The stage of the Haus für Mozart also needs to be urgently renovated. The workshops, the artists’ dressing rooms and in some cases the spectator area no longer meet the necessary requirements, and the fire protection needs to be fully modernized.

In the summer of 2018, water broke through the ceiling in the middle of a performance.

“We have lots of defects,” said the commercial director of the Salzburg Festival, Lukas Crepaz, at a press conference on Monday. The heating and air conditioning technology has long since passed its life cycle, and the sanitary facilities urgently need to be replaced.

“The investments are urgent and unavoidable in order to maintain the operability of the festival halls,” said the Salzburg Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler. The basic plan for the renovation will be presented to the Board of Trustees at its meeting on October 13, 2020.