ORF live broadcast with 14 cameras all over the world; Live applause possible
For the 63r d time in its history, ORF television will broadcast the New Year's Concert live from the magnificent Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein with its unique acoustics . The traditional cultural event is considered the world's most broadcast concer t event, seen by millions of people in almost 100 countries on all five continents. The ORF team with a total of 14 cameras ensures brilliant ORF HD images and incomparable cultural enjoyment. Henning Kasten, who has already done so during 2018 and 2019, will be directing the live broadcast, as well as the ballet interludes produced by the ORF. The dance per formances of the Vienna State Ballet, which were created in the summer and which faced special challenges during the months of preparation, will be played for the television audience during the TV broadcast, as will film contributions to three special waltz compositions. The so-called ORF "Pausenfilm" [a film played during the concert's intermission] was also pre-produced. The live commentary during the concert will be spoken by the ORF's very own culture expert Barbara Rett.
Due to measures implemented during the Corona pandemic, and for the first time since its conception, the New Year's Concert will have to take place without a live audience in the hall. For this reason the ORF has launched a special initiative. Via the website www.mynewyearsconcert.com, people around the world can register to record their live applause and thus give the Vienna Philharmonic the accolade they are due. Furthermore, interested parties can upload a creative photo in advance, which also visually expresses their enthusiasm. During the live applause, the ORF will show a limited number of images, including information as to which parts of the world the participants are applauding from.