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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.

The BTHVN2020 Database contains all the events that take place within the framework of the anniversary year in Germany. As Beethoven's anniversary year is designed by various actors, ticket sales start individually by each organizer.

The BTHVN2020 events which take place in Nordrhein-Westfalen are subdivided into the following genres: Exhibition, Concert, Concert Format, Festival, Opera, Dance, Theme Week, Drama, Performance, Lecture and Congress. Under the genre 'Side programme' you will find an abundance of events, which additionally take place nationwide in the year 2020. 

Information subject to change at short notice. We assume no responsibility for the completeness or accuracy of the information.


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The non bthvn project – Concert 7/25

Kölner Philharmonie | 50667 Köln

KölnMusik has declared the Cologne Philharmonic a Beethoven-free zone with its “non bthvn project”: The commissioned composers have been inspired by the things that Beethoven may never have said...

02.03.2020 to 02.03.2020

Salvador Dalí and Hans Arp. The Birth of Memory

Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck | 53424 Remagen

For the first time, a major exhibition endeavours to show the hitherto unnoticed parallels between the contemporaries Salvador Dalí and Hans Arp. Both artists developed a unique and individual visual language in the Surrealist circle of Paris.

Part of the exhibition is also dedicated to Dalí's fascination with his fellow radical artist Ludwig van Beethoven.

16.02.2020 to 16.08.2020

Tony Conrad

Kölnischer Kunstverein | 50667 Köln

The Kölnischer Kunstverein presents the first comprehensive exhibition of Tony Conrad's oeuvre in Germany. The exhibition will also feature the realization of a performance and music series.


Tony Conrad (1940-2016) was an experimental artist and a key figure for media artists such as Tony Oursler and Mike Kelley. As a violinist, he was one of the co-founders of Minimal Music and a pioneer of drone music, together with La Monte Young and John Cale.

15.02.2020 to 12.07.2020

Jeremy Deller - Wir haben die Schnauze voll

Bonner Kunstverein | 53119 Bonn

The Bonner Kunstverein shows the renowned artist Jeremy Deller in a solo exhibition with a new large commissioned work.

12.02.2020 to 05.07.2020

Fidelio am Rhing

Oper Köln im Staatenhaus | 50679 Köln

The "Cäcilia Wolkenburg" theatre ensemble has been adapting well-known musical works for 145 years and will be performing its "Rhenish dialect musical" with a large ensemble a total of 30 times at the Cologne Opera during 2020. "Fidelio am Rhing" relates to the fact that Beethoven spoke the Rhenish dialect all of his life and the plot will therefore not take place in Spain as intended by Beethoven, but in the Rhineland of the 20th century.

02.02.2020 to 03.03.2020


Theater am Bismarckplatz | 93047 Regensburg

The Beethoven Year 2020 starts at the Regensburg Theatre with the world premiere of the opera "Minona" by the Estonian composer Jüri Reinvere, who is already well known in Germany in the field of symphonic music. With "Minona", he introduces himself to the German opera audience for the first time.

On the occasion of Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday, the opera is dedicated to the fate of Minona von Stackelberg. Evidence suggests that she is Beethoven's biological daughter.

25.01.2020 to 30.05.2020
Side programme

Beethoven! (Premiere)

Theater Krefeld | 47798 Krefeld

A ballet about Beethoven: choreographer Robert North shows us the creative artist, the ingenious composer with great ideas on current affairs and burdensome experiences in life, the vulnerable idealist clinging to the utopia of a better world, personified by a dancer, pianist and actor, and illuminates life-changing situations, embedded in an exciting chapter of European history.

Music: Beethoven, Bach, John Cage, André Parfenov

25.01.2020 to 23.06.2020

B9Flashed 2.0: Chor-Flashmob digital

Verschiedenste Stellen des Bonner Stadtgebiets | 53111 Bonn

The Cultural Office of the City of Bonn and the Philharmonic Choir of the City of Bonn, the Bonner Kammerchor as well as the Kantorei der Kreuzkirche and the Kammerchor der Kreuzkirche "Vox Bona" developed the project "B9Flashed" for the Beethoven anniversary year. Once a month, short concerts of the many Bonn composers were to be held in public places choirs take place. As choirs cannot perform any more due to the corona pandemic, a video has now been produced.

25.01.2020 to 17.12.2020

The relation of blur | Michael Graeve

Das Esszimmer - Raum für Kunst+ | 53129 Bonn

In his examination of Ludwig van Beethoven and his own artistic techniques, both as a painter and as a sound artist, Michael Graeve creates an interface between music and painting, developing a tonal, painterly and contemporary answer to questions arising from Ludwig van Beethoven's compositional work, thus referring to the blurs in his late work.

23.01.2020 to 26.03.2020
Side programme

Fidelio – Opera by Ludwig van Beethoven / Musical Arrangement of the Finale by Annette Schlünz / Development of the Production by Theater Bremen / Libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner, Stephan von Breuning and Georg Friedrich Treitschke based on Jean Nicolas B

Staatstheater Darmstadt / Großes Haus | 64283 Darmstadt

Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera "Fidelio" was composed as a "rescue opera" in the spirit of the French Revolution and tells the story of a fearless woman overcoming arbitrary and tyrannical despotism: Leonore. Disguised as a man called Fidelio, she manages to free her husband Florestan from the clutches of his adversary Don Pizarro. What did freedom mean in the past and what does it mean today?

18.01.2020 to 09.04.2020
Side programme
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