Roche Continents kicks off in Salzburg and celebrates its 10th anniversary
100 students from European universities start their journey during Roche Continents, a series of workshops and teamwork at which they will explore and be inspired by topics touching on both science and music. August 10 also marks the 10th anniversary of the event that has now gathered a crowd of nearly 1,000 alumni over that time. This project, organised in partnership with the Salzburg Festival, extends Roche’s long tradition of supporting arts and music to include science. Chairman of the Board of Directors Christoph Franz will also visit and we know he looks very much forward to engaging with the young crowd of talented students from 29 countries.
Through Roche Continents and other philanthropic programmes, we support young people to think beyond the mainstream and embrace diversity and creativity to bring genuine advances to society.
This year's topic is "The Edge" and the students will engage with renowned scientists and artists, have thought-provoking discussions and also have the opportunity to listen to contemporary music performances of the Salzburg Festival. Roche Continents is a unique chance to learn about music as well as the creative processes within arts and science that drive innovation.
About Salzburg Festival
The Salzburg Festival was founded in 1920. In the midst of the First World War, founding fathers Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Max Reinhardt, Richard Strauss, Alfred Roller and Franz Schalk determined to establish the Salzburg Festival with a view to reconciling the peoples of war-torn Europe. From its inception, the festival was conceived as a project to combat existential crisis and the erosion of values in modern society as well as the identity crisis affecting not only individuals but also entire nations.
For six weeks in summer, the Salzburg Festival stages opera, theatre and concert performances of outstanding artistic merit against a backdrop of flawlessly preserved Baroque architecture which is itself a marvel. The Salzburg Festival enjoys a reputation for being the world’s largest and most prestigious festival with its sheer number of performances, annual visitors and tickets offered for sale.