Saturday, 16 June 2012

Separated at Salzburg birth

Sven-Eric Bechtolf & Martin Amis
I promise not to make a regular habit of sharing my random U-Bahn thought of the day. Anyway, here’s some actual Salzburg news: unless he gets the budget he wants, Salzburg Intendant Alexander Pereira has threatened to resign before he’s even overseen his first festival. He previously got an increase from €52m to €57m, was offered €60m for next year as a final compromise, but wants €64m. (Your 64 million dollar question puns on a postcard please). The antics notwithstanding, I remain for now in the can’t-we-just-wait-and-see Pereira camp. The whole thing does however threaten to become rather embarrassing as so far the only political faction showing support for the Pereira position is the far-right FPÖ. (The Salzburg Kuratorium won’t consider it, but Pereira wants to shore up the budget using his Zürich corporate sponsorship model, which appeals to the FPÖ’s tea party instincts). Seeing as the answer to the 64 million dollar question is probably no, we are therefore looking at the prospect of heading into this summer’s festival with an ego-bruised Intendant whose only new friends are a bunch of fascists. Won’t this be fun.

1 comment:

  1. I, for one, like the habit... keep it up (like a football).