Questions are raised concerning public subsidy of non-public ticketing.

Challenge to Bayreuth Ticket Policies

The Economist reports that the German government is challenging the priority of ticket allocations by the Bayreuth Festival.  In a brief electronically posted note, the magazine notes that fewer than half of the Festival’s tickets are made available to the public.  The large majority are allocated to corporate sponsors, Friends of Bayreuth, labor unions and other non-public entities.

The government notes its generous subsidy of the Festival, and is asking why public funds should subsidize events largely attended by private donors and affiliated groups.

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