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Classical music for climate protection

On the occasion of Beethoven's 250th birthday, the Beethoven Jubiläums GmbH and the UN Climate Change Secretariat have launched the „Beethoven Pastoral Project“ to call on creative people around the world to be inspired by Beethoven's 6th Symphony (Pastoral) and set an example for climate protection.

BTHVN2020 mobilizes artists for climate protection

On June 5, 2020, World Environment Day of the United Nations, in addition to a moderated Livestream on the homepage, the first artistic statements and projects on the subject of culture and sustainability will be presented by over 250 artists and ensembles from six continents.

In addition to prominent guest contributions, among others by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and German Minister of State Monika Grütters, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture, and musical recordings, the live stream also features the world premiere of the documentary film „The Sound of Nature“ produced by Deutsche Welle.

The organizers of the Beethoven Pastoral Project also announce the presentation of an 'Open Petition' by renowned artists on the occasion of World Environment Day, which will be presented to the United Nations at the end of the Beethoven anniversary BTHVN2020.

Originally, numerous concerts and live events were planned in the context of the anniversary celebrations BTHVN2020 around World Environment Day, both nationally and internationally. Now the „Beethoven Pastoral Project“ is becoming a „digital event“ with a varied online offer and a socio-political statement.

The live-program will be streamed on June 5, 2020, from 06 p.m. CEST by Deutsche Welle and repeated several times to reach interested parties around the world (on June 6, at 02.00 a.m. (CEST) for the South-American region and 02.00 p.m. (CEST) for the Asian continent). Not only for this reason, the partnership with Deutsche Welle, also based in Bonn, seems natural. Further partners are the UNFCCC Executive Secretary, ICLEI – Cities for Sustainability, and Earth Day Network. Among those participating with its own parts are the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the European Music Council as well as the Office for International Affairs and Sustainability of the City of Bonn and Google Arts & Culture.

Declaration of Artists

On June 5, 2020, the Beethoven Jubiläums GmbH will publish a declaration on environmental and climate protection signed by numerous renowned creative artists. The declaration is directed against the denial of climate change and advocates the responsibility of the cultural sector to support efforts for sustainable development.

World premiere of the Deutsche Welle documentary film „The Sound of Nature“

The public premiere of the DW documentary film "The Sound of Nature" is another highlight of the live program. The approximately one-hour film by director Grete Liffers tells the story of five musicians and ensembles on five continents, who in their work deal artistically with nature and climate change. The Australian composer Brett Dean, who has written his own „Pastoral“, „Aterciopelados“, one of the most successful rock bands in South America, the Indian music star Ricky Kej, the Icelandic jazz formation „ADHD“ and pop star Betty G from Ethiopia, Queen of Afropop.


The Beethoven Pastoral Project is organized by Beethoven Jubiläums GmbH in cooperation with the UNFCCC Executive Secretary, ICLEI – Cities for Sustainability, and Earth Day Network as part of the anniversary celebrations BTHVN2020. The entire stream will be broadcasted by Deutsche Welle. Further cooperation partners are the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), the Office for International Affairs and Sustainability of the City of Bonn, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, and the European Music Council.

The project is supported by the Federal Government, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Rhein-Sieg District, and the City of Bonn. Among the main sponsors of the anniversary celebrations are Deutsche Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Sparkasse KölnBonn, and Google Arts & Culture, who is also participating in this project. The project partners include the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, the Beethovenfest, and the Theater Bonn. We would also like to thank axxessio for their kind support.

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