More than 30,000 guests attended the 80 free events, most of which celebrated their German premieres in Halle (Saale), at 13 different venues of the 6th Silbersalz Festival under the motto: "I see something you don't see".
Halle's market square was the festival centre in 2023 with the former Galeria department stores'. Four floors of the department stores' were transformed into a completely new experience with science and media offerings ranging from exhibitions, performances, concerts and films to talks and DJ events. Among other things, the international installation "Cell Worlds" by three French scientists impressed visitors with a journey into our cells in the basement of the former department stores'.
The spectacular light installation "Pulse" by video artist Filip Roca at the Marktkirche directly on the market square was also a hit. It was dedicated to the invisible power of time with deep time and how time can bend. In addition to the Kaufhaus Festival Centre, science could be experienced with all the senses at twelve other locations, such as the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Moritzburg Art Museum, the planetarium, the "Make Science" research ship and the Georg Friedrich Händel Hall.
The initiators of the festival - the Documentary Campus and the Robert Bosch Stiftung - draw an all-round positive conclusion: "We knew that this combination of location and programme would be the success factor for the sixth edition of SILBERSALZ in order to give the public access to science and media at eye level. We are very proud of the result and the doubling of our visitor numbers from the 2022 festival year. Our thanks go to everyone who made it possible to transform Halle into a place of experience and inspiration in the search for answers to the big questions of our time in a variety of media and formats," said Festival Director Donata von Perfall, summarising the five days of the festival.
Outlook: The 7th Silbersalz Festival will take place in Halle (Saale) from 30 October to 3 November 2024.
Many of the 20 talk programmes can also be viewed after the festival in the MDR media library:
►Show debate "Space vs. the deep sea" with Prof. Dr Antje Boetius, Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute - Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research and Dr Matthias Maurer, ESA astronaut and scientist
The festival concept: The Silbersalz - Science & Media Festival conveys science communication in a vivid and entertaining way at eye level with the audience, with the approach of making science and media understandable, participatory and free to experience for a broad public.
The focus is on major global issues such as democracy, inequality, migration, integration, health and climate change. At the same time, the festival offers the creative media industry the opportunity to network with international multipliers from the film industry and science with the aim of creating innovative and extraordinary projects.
Since 2018, around 95,000 visitors have taken part in over 300 events with prominent figures from the fields of science, the environment, education, politics, civil society and universities.