Associaton of Friends raises €316,000 for the Festival

Bregenz, 28.4.22. The Friends of the Bregenz Festival have once more contributed a considerable sum of money to the festival programme. At the association's general meeting the chairperson Judith Salzmann announced the transfer of over 316,000 euros to the Bregenz Festival.

A festival with an appeal that reaches far beyond state borders
Since it was founded more than 70 years ago, the association of Friends has been amongst the most important patrons of the festival at Bregenz, supporting it financially as well as in non-material ways. Chairperson Judith Salzmann underlined the importance of the Friends of the Bregenz Festival as a reliable partner. She expressed her gratitude to the members of the board and the association members themselves, and also thanked the Bregenz Festival team led by the artistic director Elisabeth Sobotka and the commercial director Michael Diem.

The association of Friends was set up as the Bregenz Festival Society in 1949, three years after the festival was founded. It currently has more than 1,100 members. The Bregenz Festival, a non-profit-making organisation with limited liability, is the one hundred percent shareholder of the Bregenz Festival Foundation, established in 2002. The founders are the Friends of the Bregenz Festival, the Republic of Austria, the federal state of Vorarlberg, and the municipality of Bregenz.

“Growing family of friends”
Salzmann expressed her satisfaction about the “growing family of friends”. She called on the Friends that were at the meeting to spread their enthusiasm for the Bregenz Festival around the world and to promote the idea of becoming a member of the association.

Coveted special events
Members of the association enjoy a number of benefits, including priority booking for festival tickets. While 2021 was affected by the pandemic, which meant that no social events were possible, Salzmann promised a “colourful bouquet of events” for 2022 as a way of offering insights into the Bregenz Festival.

Preview of the renovation
The third phase of the refurbishment and extension of the Bregenz Festival building has already begun. The general meeting concluded with a detailed presentation by Susanne Gaudl from the architectural firm Dietrich | Untertrifaller about the large-scale renovation and extension of the Festspielhaus and the lake stage.

The 2022 Bregenz Festival runs from 20 July to 21 August. For tickets and information please visit or call 0043 5574 4076.




© Bregenzer Festspiele / Gerold Wehinger

Judith Salzmann

© Bregenzer Festspiele / Gerold Wehinger