Schwerin (dpa/mv) - The Mecklenburg-Western Pomeranian Festival is feeling the effects of people's reluctance to consume: In the first summer season without corona restrictions since 2019, around 25,000 visitors came in the first half after around 40,000 three years ago, as Festspiele- Director Ursula Haselböck announced on Tuesday. In the first six weeks of the 2022 season, eight events were sold out, compared to 44 in the same period in 2019. The number of events is therefore comparable.
Nevertheless, Haselböck was in a positive mood. "So far we have seen the 2022 festival summer as a successful new beginning after the restrictions of the past," she explained. Many people decided to go to a concert at short notice. "We see that as a positive signal for the future of live concerts," said the artistic director. The Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is one of the largest classical music festivals in Germany.
Tickets are still available for most of the concerts and events in the second half. The small festival in the large park in Ludwigslust is not yet sold out this weekend. With up to 18,000 visitors over two days, the opulent cabaret festival in front of the backdrop of the Ludwigslust baroque palace is the crowd puller par excellence at the MV Festival. Tickets are also still available for the open-air concert in the park of Bothmer Castle in Klütz (Northwest Mecklenburg) on August 13, with violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian conducting.
The summer season of the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern ends on September 18th with a concert in the St.-Georgen-Kirche in Wismar with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester under Andris Poga. In addition to the summer season, the festival also offers a spring festival in March on the island of Rügen and a winter festival in December and January with Ulrichshusen Castle (Mecklenburg Lake District) as the main venue.