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The works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Germany´s greatest composer, are played throughout the world. At the tender age of 12 he was creating sonatas and symphonies which to the day form the basis of every good musical education.

The house where Ludwig van Beethoven was born has become a symbol of Bonn. Many of the city´s musical events are dedicated to its most gifted son, and music fans from all over the world every year come to Bonn´s Beethoven festival.

Beethoven Year 2020

„Rediscover Beethoven“ is the motto of the unique programme offer in the anniversary year 2020, with thousands of events planned. Unfortunately, due to the decree of the NRW state government of March 10 on how to deal with major events, many of them have to be cancelled. Please enquire with the organizers.

The supervisory board of Beethoven Jubiläums GmbH has recently decided to extend the Beethoven anniversary celebrations – to allow for the creative potential to fully unfold, despite the restrictions imposed by the COVID 19 pandemic. This is to ensure that many of the creative projects can be realized as planned, and that many of the great number of musicians involved will have the opportunity to present their program.

The 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s baptism on December 17, 2020, will therefore no longer mark the finale, but another highlight during the jubilee program for Bonn’s greatest son. 

Apart from many concerts large and small and all sorts of related international music and art projects, there will also be outdoor theater performances, quiz events around the famous composer, shows, concert dinners and much more. 

Find all the details, send your birthday greetings or watch all live streams here: (opens in a new tab)

The latest information on the anniversary program can be viewed at:

BTHVN2020 magazine

The official BTHVN2020 magazine of Crescendo is now available at many outlets in Bonn, for example at the Bonn-Info or at the Beethoven-Haus shop. It contains an overview of the projects and presents exciting articles around the Beethoven anniversary year 2020.

 BTHVN2020 magazine (opens in a new tab)

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