Fest der Freude


On 8th May 2017 at 7.30pm at Vienna’s Heldenplatz, the Austrian Mauthausen Committee (MKÖ), in cooperation with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, will be holding the 5th Festival of Joy to commemorate and celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the liberation from National Socialism.

The Wiener Symphoniker will be conducted by Ádám Fischer and perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, including the Egmont and Leonore Overtures. They will also present with the Viennese violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and with the Finnish soprano Camila Nylund Beethoven's concert aria “Ah Perfido!”. The concert will begin with the world premiere of a new work by the Austrian composer, Kurt Schwertisk, specially composed for the Festival of Joy, called “Here & Now” and end with “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

This year the festival will also be framed by speeches, including from Lucia Heilman who experienced the events. She survived the Nazi regime thanks to the help of a friend of her father who hid her from the Nazis. She was on Heldenplatz in March 1938 and in 2017 she will stand there again, this time to celebrate the day of liberation from the national socialist terror regime.

Programme details

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Heilman Lucia (c) Reinhard Werner

Lucia Heilman

Contemporary witness

Wiener Symphoniker

Cultural ambassador

Programme 2017

Everything at a glance

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Ádám Fischer

MKÖ/Sebastian Philipp
MKÖ/Sebastian Philipp
Tag der Befreiung


Highly symbolic principal memorial of Austria

The highly symbolic Heldenplatz - the historical and moral identity of Austrians.


The Mauthausen Committee Austria

The Mauthausen Committee Austria (MKÖ) has organised the Festival of Joy since 2013 to celebrate the day of liberation.


Visitor information

The concert begins at 7.30 PM and is planned to end at around 10.00 PM.


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