OPENING & JEDERMANN

Friday, July 27, 2018 - Start: 11:00 AM

Live broadcast of the opening ceremony of the 2018 Salzburg Festival; Philipp Blom delivers the keynote address. A production by ORF.

Philipp Blom
Philipp Blom
The writer and historian Philipp Blom will give the keynote address during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Salzburg Festival at the Felsenreitschule. “As an unsparing analyst of European history, who also takes a critical view of the present times in our societies and the future of our liberal democracies, Philipp Blom is the ideal speaker for 2018, a year of commemoration,” says Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler. Philipp Blom is pleased at the invitation: “The authors of the Enlightenment were convinced that ideas and art complement each other; in that spirit, it is a wonderful challenge for me to accept the Festival’s invitation and present some of the ideas of Enlightenment for discussion, in all their topicality and ambivalence. If the word ‘Enlightenment’ has any meaning at all, then it is to take risks in thinking. Which risks are we willing to take?“