With great regret, the City of Bonn and Beethovenfeste Bonn gGmbH announce that, due to the still unclear conditions, the Beethovenfest Bonn 2020 under the motto "Resurrect, yes, resurrect" cannot take place as planned in 2020. Therefore, the festival under the artistic direction of Nike Wagner will be postponed.
New period: August 20 to September 10, 2021
Two events are excluded from the postponement and will allow the Beethovenfest Bonn to be open to the public even during the containment of the Corona Pandemic: According to current plans, the special concert "Missa im Dom" will be recorded and streamed on the Internet on August 21, 2020 as a concert without an audience in Cologne Cathedral; the tickets issued free of charge will lose their validity and will not have to be returned. The event "Bauprobe Beethoven" will take place as an artistic site visit to the Beethovenhalle Bonn as previously announced, subject to strict conditions.
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.