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Easter festivals in Europe


Before Easter there are very few time, and traditionally, Europe is celebrating the holiday Easter arts festivals. Especially generous event was spring in Austria, there will be three festival or two in Salzburg and one in Innsbruck. And in Vienna’s schönbrunn Palace at this time will open the Easter market. Magazine EUROMAG offers an overview of the most interesting festivals.

One of the most attractive cultural events of the spring of each year becomes the Salzburg Easter festival (March 31 – April 9). This year play Anton Bruckner, Robert Schumann, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Manuel de Falla, Gabriel Faure, Ferruccio Busoni, full of Chausson Ernest, Joseph Canteloube, Luciano Berio. Opens the festival Opera of Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” staged by the English choreographer of Aletta Collins (31 March, the Great festival hall).

In addition to the traditional festival of the arts . from March 30 to April 5 in Salzburg hosts international day of dance. We are not talking about classical ballet, and modern genres, sometimes even about the elements of yoga and martial arts – Samba, Afro-Brazilian style, capoeira, hip hop, contact improvisation, burlesque and urban fusion. Special guest of the festival – dancer Frey Faust.

In Innsbruck, Austria from 23 March to 8 April, is the Tyrol Easter festival. This year’s theme is freedom. Freedom festival promises to speak ironically, to use the languages of different arts – music, dance, performance, film.

Traditional music of Iran, Afghanistan and Korea coexists with Arvo Pärt, by Johann Sebastian Bach, Klaus Huber; the compulsion to happiness and pseudo-freedom of our society will Express in his productions dancers from Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Austria. Ticket price – 19 to 29 euros. Also, the organizers give the tickets, which cost includes two nights hotel, admission to the museums of Innsbruck, city tour, and one ticket to the event of the festival. The cost of the ticket from 98 euros.

From 24 March to 9 April at schönbrunn Palace, the residence of Austrian emperors in Vienna, will be a traditional Easter Bazaar. 1, 7, 8 and 9 April there will be jazz and soul music (ensembles of the Vienna Jazz Serenaders, Vienna Hot Dixxies, Borderland Dixieband, 5 in Love). In the Palace Church mass will be held, including holiday – April 8, which would sound like Mozart.

Children can enjoy the Easter week in the role of pastry chefs is to make marzipan Easter Bunny, or as artists – to paint an Easter egg. All created “masterpieces” can be taken away home. April 7 will search for Easter eggs, in which will participate all the guests.

March 24, started the festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. The program was opened by Claudio Abbado from the Orchestra Mozart from Bologna. March 30 will perform Symphony orchestra and chorus of the Bavarian radio, will feature three musical masterpieces of the XIX–XX centuries Beethoven Overture No. 3 to “Leonora”, the first violin Concerto Bartok (Wilde takes the Phrang) and the fourth Symphony of Brahms.

The second time the festival will be held master-class Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink. From 28 to 30 March, the Maestro will work together with the orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne over the works of Beethoven, Schumann, Bruckner and Ravel. To attend the master class can any guest of the festival. April 1, at the gala closing of the festival Haitink will conduct the Bavarian radio Symphony orchestra. In the evening’s program Symphony No. 4 (” Romantic” ) by Anton Bruckner. Full programme on the festival website.

Warsaw for 16 years spends Easter festival of Ludwig van Beethoven (25 March – 6 April). In the program. in addition to the main character, – Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Penderecki, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Messiaen, Montemezzi, Wagner, Schubert, Strauss, Janacek, Debussy. In parallel with the Warsaw festival concerts will be held in gdańsk, Gorzowie Poland, Krakow, Lublin, Radom, Olsztyn, Wroclaw.