Ludwig van Beethoven is the most frequently performed of all classical composers. He was also a radical artist who constantly reinvented himself, expanded the boundaries of music and posed questions to society. Even today he inspires people all over the world. BTHVN2020 will celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth by mobilising people and opening up a wide range of perspectives – both on and about Beethoven more

Video of the Pastoral Project - on 5 June 2020

Here you can subsequently see the three-and-a-half-hour program with talk and music of the Beethoven Pastoral Day.



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Calendar of events

The Beethoven Anniversary Year will be celebrated with a multitude of events from 16 December 2019 till September 2021. 

Due to the current Corona development, most of the announced events will not take place in the foreseeable future. Please contact the organizer regarding info about the event realisation and possible ticket refunds.

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Official BTHVN2020 opening ceremony

Here you can enjoy the full opening ceremony of the Beethoven anniversary year 2020 once again.


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Die Bonner Agentur kreativrudel überzeugte die Beethoven Jubiläums GmbH in einer bundesweiten Ausschreibung von ihrem ungewöhnlichen Konzept.

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Das Bonner Ensemble CocoonDance wird den Geburtstag des berühmten Sohnes der Stadt in eher unüblicher Weise feiern: Mit dem Projekt „BeatBeethoven “.

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Die Jury der Stiftung Buchkunst hat den Ausstellungskatalog zu der zentralen kulturhistorischen Ausstellung "BEETHOVEN Welt.Bürger.Musik" zum...

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What was the cause of Beethoven's hearing impairment and could modern medicine have helped him? What is the relationship between his increasing...

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Wie Beethoven auch heute junge Menschen bewegen kann, zeigt die Handreichung „Mit Musik für solidarisches

Zusammenleben“ von Don Bosco macht Schule...

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Due to the current situation linked to this year’s Corona pandemic the European Cultural Award Gala will not take place as planned at the opera in...

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BTHVN2020 | Detmold: Beethoven | Spaces. Digital Lecture Series

Digital | 32756 Detmold

Beethoven's music plays, shapes, occupies and forms spaces; spaces create and amplify resonances, and are windows to history and the future, shaping communication and interaction. The public lecture series organized by the Musicology Seminar of the Detmold University of Music (Hochschule für Musik Detmold) and the University of Paderborn (Universität Paderborn) uses a cultural-scientific and open-metaphorical concept of “space” as the basis for sounding out such dimensions in both concrete and abstract perspectives.


Ludwig van Beethoven “Symphony No. 7” in the Arrangement for Piano by Xaver Scharwenka

Scharwenka Kulturforum | 15526 Bad Saarow

À quatre mains with Evelinde Trenkner and Sontraud Speidel

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Postponed to summer 2021! -- Rhenish Music Picnic at Rittergut Orr: "Fidel(io) Through the Summer"

Rittergut Orr | 50259 Pulheim

The Rhenish music picnics will take place at five castles and palaces in the region from June to August 2020, allowing visitors to listen to Ludwig van Beethoven's melodies in a picturesque atmosphere. The concerts with many different ensembles are accompanied by a picnic that can be enjoyed in the parks and gardens around the castles and palaces.

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Bernstein's Beethoven - Cancelled

Kammermusiksaal des Beethoven-Hauses Bonn | 53111 Bonn

Parallel event to the "Bernstein’s Beethoven" exhibition


Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

Immling Festival | 83128 Halfing

Romantic Evening at Sunset

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