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The SommerSzene Salzburg aims at moving people and opening up fields of the future by presenting the most important trends in international stage art every year in July.

Founded initially as a platform for local artists, the SommerSzene evolved into an international avant-garde festival in the 1970s and ‘80s. The SommerSzene operates its own theatre in Salzburg’s historic city centre, the Republic, which offers space throughout the entire year for productions by young regional, national and international artists. In addition, the apap (advancing performing arts project) was created as a network of organizations committed to nurturing emerging artists.

Contemporary dance is the centrepiece of the SommerSzene Salzburg. Theatre, music, film, visual arts, and performances round out the programme, which with its cross-border character and artistic risk-taking strives to help audiences break out of their conventional ways of thinking.

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