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World-famous festival supplied with innovative equipment from Germany

World-famous festival supplied with innovative equipment from Germany
World-famous festival supplied with innovative equipment from Germany

Germany – On the 20th July, this year's Salzburg Festival got underway. The experts from Movecat in Nufringen (Baden-Württemberg) is providing the kinetic systems for the world's most important festival of classical music and the performing arts. "It is for us a great honour," comments Movecat CEO Andrew Abele, "to be contributing this year to the success of this world-renowned festival."

For this year's Salzburg Festival, 20 VMK-S 500 and a further ten D8+ 500 chain hoists from Movecat are being used to move Plexiglas columns weighing up to 90kg. These are shifted vertically and in some cases placed at an angle. The total weight of the scenery suspended in the rig comes to around seven metric tons. The considerable challenge of programming the scene changes for the world premiere of Oedipus was met using Movecat equipment. Between the 11th and the 24th of August, there have been four performances of this magnificent opera. The festival itself runs until the 31st August.

Movecat's kinetic solutions, such as its chain hoists, winches, drives, controllers, cable systems and special solutions, are synonymous with maximum safety and functionality. These innovative products from Germany are designed and manufactured at all times in strict compliance with the safety principles, standards and guidelines in force governing the technology. Movecat has recently won a number of national and international awards for developing groundbreaking new products.

The Salzburg Festival is regarded as the most important festival of classical music and the performing arts in the international calendar. It has been held in Salzburg every summer since 1920 in July and August. The perennial highlights of the festival include "Jedermann", Hofmannsthal’s play about the death of a rich man, which is traditionally performed outside in the cathedral square, outstanding performances of the works of Mozart and Strauss, and a varied programme of plays, operas and concerts featuring outstanding performers from all over the world. The 200 plus events staged each year in the course of the six-week festival are attended by over 250,000 spectators.

photos: Monika Rittershaus

27th August 2019

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