Bregenz Festival survives Covid case

Bregenz Festival survives Covid case


norman lebrecht

August 09, 2021

The Austrian lakeside festival was put on red alert when an audience member tested positive for Covid-19, despite proof of double-vaccination.

Unlike some other festivals which have automatically shut down, Bregenz went into detailed analysis of the case. The infected person had been sitting in a side seat. Tracing found that she had six contacts, none of them infected.

All audience members are required to be double-vaxed and to wear masks indoors

The festival continues.




  • Maria says:

    Makes a big difference it being outdoors and being able to continue!

    • Anonymous Bosch says:

      Just to clarify: Bregenz is best known for its gigantic productions on the outdoor Seebühne (audiences of 7.000), but also gives indoor performances of fully-staged operas and theatre in its Festspielhaus (which has a huge auditorium and smaller sites for new/experimental music, recitals, and lectures) and other smaller venues in the town, as well as symphony concerts in the Festspielhaus. If a Seebühne performance is interrupted by rain, it moves to the Festspielhaus where it is completed in a vastly scaled-down production.

  • Alan says:

    Of course it should continue. This is going to be the way of the future. Well done Austria on just getting on with it.

    • Couperin says:

      But of course, well done on demanding everyone be fully vaccinated. Makes it way easier to go on with it. Get your shots, folks!

  • Jeff says:

    This is the right way to so things. Well done! Btw, what a badass looking stage!

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    ‘Red alert’. To this we’ve come. Bravo, Bregenz; a superb festival which must never bow to CV hysteria.