The Festspielhaus and the Berliner Philharmoniker have been presenting the Easter Festival in the Black Forest since 2013. The idea, which was initiated by Herbert von Karajan, was taken up by Sir Simon Rattle in Baden-Baden and has now been passed on to Kirill Petrenko. The Baden-Baden Easter Festival is world renowned for a unique feature: the Berliner Philharmoniker transforms itself into an opera orchestra and accompanies staged performances from the orchestra pit. In addition, members of the orchestra curate all the other festival programs. New from this season: the Baden-Baden Salon, in which one of the Festival’s themes is illuminated through the lens of different art forms. In addition to music, we will also be hearing from literature and philosophy. The encyclopedic, all-encompassing aspiration was already part of the festival idea in the nineteenth century, when new canons were continually being created and called into question. A good starting point, we believe – including for the pressing questions of today.