Digital BTHVN2020 Projects

The coronavirus affects many events planned for the Beethoven anniversary year 2020. Some project partners and organisers have made a virtue of necessity and now offer digital performance possibilities. This page provides an insight.


Beethovenfest Bonn and STEGREIF.orchester offer virtual workshops

As part of a cooperation between the Beethovenfest Bonn and the STEGREIF.orchester, the instrumental and vocal workshops originally planned for the March week (13-22.3.2020) will be held virtually. The education departments of the Beethovenfest and the STEGREIF.orchester have developed a concept for this: Building on a basic musical course, the musicians of STEGREIF will 'come home' to the pupils in a total of 15 episodes of about 5 minutes each during the week between March 30 and April 17, 2020. 

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260 days streaming with Susanne Kessel

Bonn pianist Susanne Kessel has set herself the task of digitally processing her BTHVN2020 project '250 piano pieces for Beethoven'. From April 1 to December 16, 2020, one of the 260 composers involved in her project will be featured daily on her Facebook page with his piece. The recordings will be streamed for one day. Throughout the day, the respective composer will also be available for chatting under his or her post.

Facebook           Project's website


Beethoven at home: Music video with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn

The Beethoven Orchester Bonn produces a music video for Beethoven's 6th symphony, the Pastoral. Conductor Dirk Kaftan now calls on interested musicians to participate. By filming yourself while playing this piece, you can become part of the video. Those who do not play an instrument may also play the air violin or dance to the music. Thereby a large virtual orchestra is created, which sets a common symbol for the hope for better times. 


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The Beethoven tour as app

The Beethoven tour is the central project of the BTHVN2020 main theme 'Bonn cosmopolitan'. The multimedia tour with stations on various themes and aspects of Ludwig van Beethoven is intended to bring the artist's life in public space in a new way. The installation of the tour is to be permanently preserved after 2020. The app for the new Beethoven tour BTHVN Story and BTHVN Region is intended exclusively for mobile devices.

Go to the app


BTHVN2020 App: the augmented reality city tour

In the app, which was commissioned by Deutsche Telekom AG, the 22-year-old virtual Beethoven takes users to seven places in downtown Bonn. The places played a significant role in his life. He explains the most important details in each case. Augmented reality, 3D objects and overlay functions of buildings that no longer exist bring users closer to Beethoven's most important stations before he left for Vienna. Selected piano pieces by young international musicians of the Telekom Piano Competition complete this experience. The playful passion is also rewarded: At each sight, virtual lost objects such as music sheets, chandeliers and coins can be collected and put into a virtual backpack. The reward is a digital gift.

Android devices           iOS devices


'Beethoven - World.Citizen.Music' in Digitale Kunsthalle

While museums have to close at the moment due to the spread of the coronavirus, the 'Digitale Kunsthalle' continues to invite visitors. 'Beethoven - World.Citizen.Music' is the first exhibition to be equipped with an audio guide. The digital show provides a lively insight into the nature and work of Ludwig van Beethoven, his environment and, of course, his music. It can be seen until Beethoven's 250th birthday on 17 December 2020, about eight months beyond the linear (currently closed) exhibition in the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn.

  To the digital exhibition


BTHVN2020 Musikfrachter

Actually the BTHVN2020 Musikfrachter was supposed to travel from Bonn to Vienna as Germany's largest mobile music mediation project. However, due to the Corona pandemic, the musical river cruise was cancelled at short notice. As an alternative, the BTHVN2020 Musikfrachter was spontaneously turned into a production studio and recordings were made with different artists. The result is a two times twelve hour stream which can be watched here.




The BeethovenBot, a project of the Literaturhaus Bonn supported by BTHVN2020, is a virtual presence of Ludwig van Beethoven on Twitter. On the basis of his letters and conversation books, a digital personality emerges which is not limited to historical depictions but also enters into contemporary, entertaining interaction. The bot reacts to current events and answers user questions. His statements are original Beethoven quotations; they come from a text pool into which Beethoven's written statements are fed. 

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