Dear Beethovenfest Fans,
Beethovenfest Bonn has been one of the highlights of Bonn’s cultural calendar for many years. For this 2020 anniversary year, we wanted to underscore the prominent role of the Beethovenfest with two festival programs – one in March and one in September. Sadly, over the last several weeks, we’ve been forced to sit by and watch the COVID-19 pandemic foil our best-laid plans.
Instead of our festival mottos ‘Be embraced!’ and ‘Rise again, yes, rise again’ it has become ‘Be embraced, nonetheless’ and ‘Postponed, yes, postponed’. The gradual lifting of restrictions over the last several days and weeks offers a glimmer of hope. We’ve made use of the time to work with orchestras, choral ensembles, artists, agencies, performance venues, sponsors, patrons, travel companies, hotels and many more stakeholders in an effort to postpone almost the entire festival by one year – to 2021. And we’ve done it! Our original festival motto ‘Rise again, yes, rise again’ has proven itself not only crisis-proof, but also prophetic: the 2020 Beethovenfest Bonn will indeed be resurrected – from August 20 to September 10, 2021.
Though we were not able to salvage everything, and are still working on a few new elements of the program, we are pleased, for now, to provide this overview of what you can look forward to next year, along with information on how to return/exchange 2020 tickets or purchase new tickets for the 2021 program.
We plan to announce the new 2021 program in its entirety in early September 2020.