Salzburg Advent Festival

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At the Grosses Festspielhaus during the 200th anniversary year of "Silent Night", we look back upon the history of the song and its writing. The advent story of Mary and Joseph are illustrated in the socio-cultural context of the watermen from Oberndorf in 1818.


Poverty and Misery

In 1803 Salzburg lost its independence as a secular state and the seat of the Prince-Archbishops, sinking into obscurity. The Rupertiwinkel fell to Bavaria, the rest of Salzburg was added to the Habsburg empire. The small village of Oberndorf was cut off from its municipality of Laufen by the new "watery" border. The improverished watermen from "Austrian Laufen", however, were not to be discouraged. With their tradition-steeped watermen's theatre troupe, they first performed a play for advent - without any notion that after their performance on Christmas Eve, a very special song would be heard for the very first time. A song which was to grow dear to all people of this world as a song of peace ...


Grateful Reverence

This Salzburg Advent Festival offers a modest, grateful reverence to Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber. Their simple Christmas carol, which innumerable people find so moving every year on Christmas Eve, is a tender, intimate treasure and deserves to be protected amidst our hectic, profit-addicted world. Out of respect and reverence, "Silent Night! Holy Night!" is only performed every ten years at the Salzburg Advent Festival. This year, it is time again, and it will ring out as the crowing high point for performers and guests alike.




30th November 2018, 7.30 pm

1st December 2018, 2.00 & 5.00 pm

2nd December 2018, 2.00 & 5.00 pm

7th December 2018, 7.30 pm

8th December 2018, 2.00 & 5.00 pm

9th December 2018, 2.00 & 5.00 pm

14th December 2018, 7.30 pm

15th December 2018, 2.00 & 5.00 pm

16th December 2018, 2.00 & 5.00 pm



from EUR 35,00 to EUR 81,00

plus shipping and handling EUR 10,00


For booking your tickets please contact Christine Dirnberger via e-mail or telephone +43 662 / 88 32 11-25.




Large Festival Hall
Hofstallgasse, 5020 Salzburg

(as of: December 2017 - subject to alterations)

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