On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation from the National Socialist reign of terror, the Mauthausen Committee Austria (MKÖ) is organizing the Festival of Joy for the eighth time on May 8, 2020. Due to the official orders of the Federal Government regarding the Covid 19 pandemic, the Festival of Joy will take place virtually in memory of the victims and the joy about the liberation from the Nazi reign of terror.
On 8 May 1945 the German Wehrmacht capitulated and the Second World War ended in Europe. This year, the Festival of Joy is dedicated not only to the Day of Liberation, but also to "Humanity without Borders". The highlight of the virtual Festival of Joy is the speech of the contemporary witness Erika Kosnar. The Vienna Symphony Orchestra will also be represented with a contribution. Videos on the thematic focus "Humanity without Borders" of the messages of the liberator nations and many others will also be shown. The virtual celebration will be officially opened with a welcome by MKÖ chairman Willi Mernyi and the words of Federal President Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen.
This year, the Festival of Joy will be shown for the first time not at Heldenplatz, but in the live stream here and in the live broadcast on ORF III.