»I'm determined to go up on to the roof today. To the little area where only the stars normally stand!«
Visitor from Buxtehude
Our Open Day offered people a chance to get to know completely new parts of the Elbphilharmonie. They were able to discover the building on their own initiative, including places normally off bounds to the public: from the dressing rooms of the international stars and the stage tech to the admin offices and the adjoining hotel. More than 140 members of staff were in attendance to present »their« Elbphilharmonie . And there was plenty to interest music lovers as well, with a whole number of concert acts on four different stages – and you could sit where you wanted. »Pretty cool to just be able to sit in the first row for the organ recital,« said a young visitor from Karlsruhe.
»I've already been to the Elbphilharmonie numerous times, and now I'm really looking forward to taking a look behind the scenes!«
Patrick from Hamburg
Another special feature of our Open Day were the guided tours of the backstage area, which is normally only accessible to staff and artists. One visitor from Hamburg was fascinated to find that the conductor's dressing room contains a bathtub: »I bet that's great, relaxing in the bath before a concert!« In the Grand Hall, Open Day offered the public presentations of the organ, the piano and the technical equipment. »At the outset I was a bit apprehensive about the technical tour because we were so high up,« one Hamburg visitor recalls. »But the tour was actually a great experience: it was quite exciting climbing around above the auditorium.«