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Musikfestspiele Potsdam

The Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci succeeded the Park Festival Sanssouci, which had been held as of 1954. Having initially been developed for an inter-German youth gathering in Park Sanssouci, the Park Festival quickly became an annual cultural highlight in the GDR. Soon after the two German states were reunited the festival was given a new profile. 1991 saw its first staging with a new artistic concept and a new name under the artistic direction of Dr. Andrea Palent. Since 2000 the non-profit limited company has also been running the Nikolaisaal, the Capital City of Potsdam’s concert and event venue.

The Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci has been enjoying the privilege of performing in a truly unique cultural landscape since 1991. Outstanding architects such as Schinkel, Persius or Stüler and landscape creators such as Lenné or the “green duke” of Pückler Muskau did not only create palaces and gardens for Prussian kings, they also included the landscape, which in any case was pleasant given its Havel lakes, in their designs. Whether in Park Sanssouci with Frederic II’s world-famous vineyard palace and the New Palace, the terrace layout of the Orangery Palace or the intimate New Chambers, in the New Garden with the Marble Palace and The Palm Hall or in the romantic-neogothic setting of Babelsberg Palace and its Park – palaces and gardens are revived everywhere and concert as well as opera experiences are effortlessly combined with a leisurely countryside stroll.

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