On the occasion of the 75th return of liberation from the National Socialist regime of terror, the Mauthausen Committee Austria (MKÖ) is organizing for the eighth time the Festival of Joy on May 8, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at Vienna's Heldenplatz. The Wiener Symphoniker will again conduct a free open-air concert in 2020 under the direction of conductor Alexander Liebreich and soprano Julia Lezhneva. On May 8, however, the liberation from National Socialist rule is not only celebrated. It also commemorates the millions who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis. On this day, the victims and the opponents are to be honored at the symbolic Vienna Heroes' Square, and the liberators are celebrated.
In 2020, the Festival of Joy will be devoted to the focus on "Humanity without borders". The festival begins with the greeting of MKÖ chairman Willi Mernyi and the words of Federal President Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen.
The highlight of the ceremony will be the speech by contemporary witness Erika Kosnar.