BTHVN2020 – Beethoven anniversary goes into overtime

BTHVN2020 exceeds its initial course, runs projects until September 2021

The celebrations in honour of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday will continue until September 2021. This was agreed on by the supervisory board of Beethoven Jubiläums GmbH at its meeting this Friday. This will allow the creative potential of BTHVN2020 to continue to unfold, despite the restrictions imposed by the COVID 19 pandemic.

‘With BTHVN2020, a versatile and broadly effective anniversary programme has been created, which has not only attracted attention and recognition in the region, but also nationally and even worldwide. All the more reason why we have all been affected by the severe cutbacks caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. 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, with the Federal President as patron of the anniversary in attendance.

The multifaceted program BTHVN2020 runs under the motto of ‘Rediscover Beethoven’ and includes over 300 projects.

Update: 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 Sixth Symphony (‘Pastoral’) and set an example for climate protection. On June 5, 2020, World Environment Day of the United Nations, in addition to a moderated Livestream on the homepage (click here) 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.

For updates in the program planning are reflected in the central event-calendar CLICK HERE.

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