“We still exist”: Postponing concerts should save the cultural scene


It is not without reason that Dr. Roman Salyutov was invited to the gates of Bensberg Castle. “We’re almost at home here,” praised the director of the Bergisch Gladbach Symphony Orchestra and cultural manager. He expressly thanks director Mathias Kienzle, “who lets us rehearse in these wonderful rooms”. Praise also for the Bensberger Bank, which supports the artists as a sponsor.

The chamber music festival concert broadcast online at the turn of the year also came from the palace. Yes, it took place – albeit under Corona-compatible conditions.

Nothing canceled, just postponed

In general: “Cultural life is by no means standing still,” emphasizes Salyutov, and that is by no means just a whistle in the forest in view of the rigorous prohibitions on contact. “We didn’t cancel anything, we just postponed it,” that’s important to the musician. Before the second lockdown, there were short open air concerts on the Waldbühne near Pütz-Roth, the project “Drawing against forgetting” was started in the city’s schools: these are just a few examples.

Full of verve, Salyutov also throws himself into saving other activities, such as the “Europe” event series. The German-Austrian cultural days planned for November-December 2020 will be made up for in the form of thematic individual events from December 5, 2021 to January 2, 2022. Salyutov: “This applies not only to Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, which is to be made up for nationwide this year, but also to Mozart, whose 230th anniversary of death on December 5, 2021 will be.”

“We still exist”

1700 years of Jewish life in Germany are also an issue, embedded in a forum entitled “Getting to know – understanding – shaping together”. But the most important thing is: “That the musicians are seen and heard. This is why the online forums are so important. For example, we present them as soloists in the Citizens’ Portal. ”Motto: We still exist. A payment format for streamed concerts is to be tried out soon – initial attempts have been very promising.

From Easter, Salyutov hopes, cultural life could start again, optimistically the postponed Christmas concert is scheduled as a spring concert on May 15, and the runaway “bat” could also hear a hearty “Alaaf” instead of “Happy New Year” – from New Year’s Eve moved to Carnival.


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