The festival archive is to move into the commander’s villa (former Riedenburg barracks) in the city of Salzburg, which has been vacant for a long time. This has not been officially confirmed, but could be the “cultural use” announced by the building owner.
The former commander’s villa of the Riedenburg barracks in the city of Salzburg was originally called Villa Weizner, built for the merchant of the same name in 1841. The villa was the house of the head of the barracks, later a municipal kindergarten. The 500 square meters have been empty for years. The building is said to be revived by the festival archive, which has so far been housed in the hopper at the horse pond.
Festival archive currently housed in the hopper
But with the upcoming renovation of the festival halls, it is to be relocated. While the archive has not been publicly accessible until now, or at least only by appointment, it is said that at least part of it will be open to the general public at the new location. It includes many thousands of cast lists and programmes, photos, stage and costume designs, reviews, press reports, correspondence and protocols.
No lease signed yet
But the lease between GSWB and the festival has not yet been signed. The SPÖ in the city of Salzburg has repeatedly criticized the fact that the non-profit housing association has not been able to find a tenant for the house for so long – a loss for the taxpayer. The municipal kindergarten recently paid 2,800 euros a month.