Bonn gets ready

Planning started

In time for Beethoven’s 250th birthday an internationally acclaimed, privately-financed Festspielhaus (concert hall) should have been  constructed in Bonn to honor its most famous son. Although private citizens, institutions and the business community fought for many years on its behalf, the Festspielhaus project has now been cancelled once and for all, after constant delays in the decision-making process caused major sponsors to withdraw their support.

Independent of the Festspielhaus project, plans for the 250th birthday celebration have already begun. Beethoven’s music, world-famous conductors, orchestras and soloists, events indoors and outdoors will help make the 2020 anniversary year a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Beethoven’s life and work. The City of Bonn is planning for a 365-day-program from 17 Decemeber 2019 to 17 December 2020 (Day of Beethoven´s benediction).