Stars! They glisten and sparkle like diamonds in the dark sky and have always had a special fascination for us humans. They are something delicate, mysterious, and are seen as divine energy, as the revelation of celestial powers. In the Advent time, in the long nights before the Winter Solstice, the longing for light is known to be particularly great. Even a tiny starlight in the darkness can already brighten our minds. This fascination of the infinite starry sky moved me to embed the Christmas story of Mary and Joseph in an eventful story of a stargazer and his little protégé.
In 1946, the Salzburg Advent Singing was born. Born from the yearning desire for a better, more peaceful world, musicians and singers met Tobi Reiser (1907-1974) in a small meeting room in Salzburg’s Old Town to commemorate the fathers, sons and friends who had not come home from war. It was a silent, devout celebration with familiar songs and sages, heartfelt thoughts, religious folk piety and ancestral customs. That ceremony became an annual tradition and the number of guests rose from year to year. It moved to ever larger premises and ﬁ nally in 1960, into the newly built Large Festival Hall. To-day, this unique „original“ inspires about 36,000 guests from over 40 countries around the world every year.
Although there are 2,200 guests in the hall for each of the 16 performances, one does not feel like being at a huge event. The unique form of the performance, wonderful folk music treasu-res in connection with honest artistic creation, the proximity to the events and the rich experience leading to the birth of the Saviour leave something indescribable - a very special aura of commonality. „Whoever comes once, keeps coming back“, say lots of regular visitors, many of whom are also members of the „Friends of the Salzburger Advent Singing“. At the end of each performance when the guests stand up from their seats and together with around 150 performers sing the devotional Yodel, you can really feel how much magical energy is created by the enigma that is the Salzburger Advent Singing.
At the heart of the Salzburger Advent Singing lives the perpetual desire for harmony and peace. Even though this desire began back in 1946, it has lost none of its original intention even today. The religious message, carefully interwoven with folk culture elements and contemporary thinking still delivers a very special atmosphere of fascination and reflection that you can only really experience at the Salzburger Advent Singing in the Large ‘Festspielhaus’. Whoever opens their heart to this will undergo a moving experience, whether laughing refreshingly at the childlike charm of the little shepherds or even shedding tears of joy at the devoted yodellers.
The Salzburger Advent Singing in the Large ‘Festspielhaus’ is the nucleus of and the big role-model for numerous "Advent Singing" events in the whole German-speaking world. Around 1.7 million visitors have already visited this unique event during the Salzburger Advent period.
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