Salzburg celebrates 200 years of Silent Night

Salzburg city will run numerous events in the lead-up to Christmas to celebrate the bicentennial of world-famous song ‘Silent Night!’, which first resounded in Christmas 1818.

Until 18 December 2018, the musical ‘Silent Night Story’ will be performed at the Felsenreitschule in Salzburg.

The traditional Salzburg Advent Singing introduces its own special production focused on the same ‘Silent Night’ theme, running at the Grosses Festspielhaus from 30 November to 16 December 2018.

From 28 September 2018 to 03 February 2019, visitors to the Salzburg Museum will be able to experience the special exhibition ‘Silent. Night. 200. Creation, Message & Commerce’.

The exhibition comprises of six themed spaces representing the six song verses. It depicts the musical qualities of the song, its distribution, the biographies of its creators Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr, and political and commercial exploitation.

The exhibition combines original objects such as two original manuscripts, with spatial and audio installations, making this a sensory experience.

Additionally, Salzburg is transformed into a unique Christmas fairy tale with its world-famous Christmas markets, including Christkindlmarkt on the Dom, and Residenzplatz, one of the oldest and most beautiful Advent markets in the world.

The ‘Silent Night!’ theme will be clear for everyone to hear in 2018, with choir performances, readings, concerts and daily tours revolved around this beloved Christmas song.

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