Beethoven anniversary is extended

The celebrations for Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday will continue until September 2021. This was agreed on by the supervisory board of Beethoven Jubiläums GmbH in Bonn, Germany, at its meeting this Friday.

The organizer says that « a versatile and broadly effective anniversary programme has been created », yet it was affected by the severe cutbacks caused by the virus crisis. « As a clear sign of appreciation for Ludwig van Beethoven and for the importance of culture in general, we have today unanimously decided to extend the jubilee. It is of great interest to us that as many of the projects planned can be realized. Above all, we would like to offer all those involved in the anniversary program the opportunity to present their program, which has required a great deal of creativity, time and effort », explains Dr. Günter Winands, Head of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Beethoven Jubiläums GmbH.

Thus, Beethoven’s 250th baptismal day, December 17, 2020, shall not to mark the finale, but a highlight of the celebrations of the Bonn-born composer. The Beethoven Jubiläums GmbH currently continues to adhere to the concert planned for this day with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Updates in the program planning are reflected in the central event-calendar.

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