Since its creation in 1986, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival has belonged to the most prominent of international cultural events. Magnificent castles and mansions, barns and stalls, the most beautiful churches in Schleswig-Holstein, and even some out of the ordinary settings like dockyards, airport terminals, and old industrial halls create an impressive backdrop for presentations usually reserved for the most renowned concert halls and opera houses. The variety of the program receives new guidelines of content with each festival. The yearly changing emphasis on a selected country enables concert visitors to become familiar with various musical nations with all their different facets. Throughout the course of the »anbruch« series, the SHMF presents the exceptional projects of the respective country, presenting the innovative musical energy and pulse of the time, which beats excitingly different in each country. The SHMF presents an alternative concert forum with the series »Text and Music« established in 2001. The presentation of texts recited by distinguished actors and authors in a musically meaningful context has also become established as a successful element of the festival dramaturgy.
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