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SALZBURG FESTIVAL BLOG

Salzburg Festival Mourns Death of Václav Havel

18 DEC 2011

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:45 h;
published in: General

Václav Havel, Photo: Martin Kozák
“The Salzburg Festival mourns the passing of a wonderful writer, a courageous politician in difficult times, and an upright man,” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler said.

In 1990, just after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Václav Havel gave the keynote address at the Festival’s Opening Ceremony.

His main argument was as valid then as it is now: “Thus, let us try to finally liberate this sorely tried region of Central Europe not only from its fear of lies, but also from its fear of the truth. Let us finally look courageously, calmly and curiously into our own faces, into our past, present and future. We will only overcome their ambivalence by understanding them.

On the basis of our doubts, our fear and our desperation, let us try to find the seed for a new European self-confidence, shaped by those who are not afraid to look beyond the horizon of whatever their personal or their group interest may be at this moment.”

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