WHAT WOULD BREGENZ BE WITHOUT ITS FESTIVAL?
Basically, the question does not even arise. Because since 1946 the history of the city is so closely linked to this cultural summer highlight, that it was the conflation of both, that led to the development in recent decades. Nevertheless, the thought experiment is daring: Bregenz would certainly be an extremely livable state capital between wonderful Lake Constance, the picturesque old town and the Pfänder mountain. The international appeal of the congress city would be a lot less. And the immense cultural offerings, not to mention the new "cultural mile" around the Kunsthaus Bregenz, would have hardly come to life without the famous Festival.
The festival simply is a part of Bregenz. Here, the many guests visiting to experience an umcomparable appearance and discovering many other amenities agree with the locals. In the off-season, many locals and visitors enjoy strolling around the "Lake Stage" which is either under construction or being winterized, but always impressing with stage sets not of this world.
Stage sets? Actually, one should call them optical-architectural-technical works of art, as they not only have to function smoothly during the performance, but also have to act jointly with brilliant and complex acoustics.
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