Festival in September 2020
September in the Beethoven year 2020 will be dominated by the festival with the motto "Rise again, yes, rise again".
Advance ticket sales on the festivals website, by telephone (+49 228 50 20 1313) and the well-known Bonnticket advance ticket offices.
Background and history of the Beethoven Festival
In a class of its own
Every year in the autumn Beethoven’s native city of Bonn celebrates the Beethovenfest, welcoming top international orchestras, well-known soloist, major ensembles and promising young performers.
The Beethovenfest Bonn feels a responsibility to contribute to the shaping of the repertoire of the 21st century; every year it commissions new works. The Beethovenfest is innovative not just in its commission policy, but also in its approach to Beethoven and his œuvre, seeking to promote new ways to confront the composer and his work.
How it all began
The tradition of the Beethovenfest in Bonn goes back to the year 1845, when a three-day long music festival to dedicate the Beethoven monument took place in the Münsterplatz on the occasion of the composer’s 75th birthday.
The British Queen Victoria and her Prince Albert were among the guests, as were the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV and the natural scientist Alexander von Humboldt.
From the very beginning, the citizens of Bonn were particularly committed to the famous son of the city and to the new festival. In 1845, in eleven days, Bonn's craftsmen built the first wooden Beethoven Hall to accommodate an audience of 3,000. The composer and piano virtuoso Franz Liszt was the driving force and generous sponsor at the time, arguing that the small town was fortunate that a great man had seen the light of day in it and that his memory was not to be celebrated in a small-town way.
In the run-up to the 250th anniversary
Taking a new picture of Beethoven into the world
As the City of Bonn prepares itself for the celebrations of the 250th birthday of its greatest son with an entire festival year, a special installation was organized by the local City Marketing Bonn and BTHVN2020 initiatives in spring: the internationally renowned concept artist Ottmar Hörl installed 700 Beethoven sculptures with a height of one meter in opal green and gold on Bonn’s Münsterplatz in the city center. The sculpture intentionally represented a smiling Beethoven and was meant to provide an impulse for communication and cultural discourse and inspire people all over the world to see Beethoven in a different light. The colorful installation in the city met with an overwhelming response. Mayor Ashok Sridharan took over the patronage of the initiative. And, at the beginning of the art installation in May, more than 1,100 sponsors had already been won to support the initiative. A special highlight and a brilliant idea as Bonn is getting ready for the anniversary celebrations in the coming year.