The Salzburg Festival is one of the world's largest and in artistically most renowned festivals. Concert, opera and theater are its three central elements.
Founded in 1920 by author Hugo von Hofmannsthal, director Max Reinhardt and composer Richard Strauss, the Salzburg Festival is one of superlatives. Part of its aura is high society seeing and being seen on the "street that stands for the world" between the Grand Festspielhaus and the Felsenreitschule (Summer Riding School). As for the performers, the lineup reads like a Who's Who of classical music.
This year Islam has made its mark on one of Europe's most traditional festivals. The Salzburg Summer Festival in Austria is known for serving up lashings of opera, theatre and classical music - most of it western, Christian themed fare. But this year Bach, Beethoven and Mozart have been joined by…the sounds of Sufism – a mystical and ancient form of Islam. Kerry Skyring has more from Salzburg.