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Salzburg opens scaled-down music festival

Aug 02, 2020

Vienna (Austria), Aug 2: The Austrian town of Salzburg is holding a scaled-down music festival this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Salzburg Festival opened on Saturday with a performance of a Richard Strauss opera, Elektra.
The festival, held every summer in the birthplace of Mozart, features the Vienna Philharmonic and other renowned orchestras. It is marking its centennial this year.
Indoor events with up to 1,000 spectators are being allowed in Austria from Saturday, as the number of coronavirus infections in the country has declined.
The organizers decided to hold the festival in a modified and abbreviated form this year with less than half the usual number of performances.
Social distancing was observed at a public viewing site. A German man said he is keeping a safe distance from others and he is happy he can enjoy the festival this year.
Artistic Director Markus Hinterhauser told NHK that musicians are facing a difficult situation globally, but if the festival goes ahead without any major problems, it can show the world that artistic and cultural events can be held safely.
The festival runs through August 30.
Source: NHK World