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All you need to know about the Lucerne Festival

Arguably Lucerne’s most prestigious cultural event, the Lucerne Festival is a music fan’s feast of classical music. The festival runs from August 17 to September 16, with 100 concerts programmed. Superstars like Lang Lang or Sir Simon Rattle will perform as well as upcoming stars and there will be a myriad of different experiences such as the free concerts in the streets of the Lucerne and the 40 minutes concert in the KKL. This season promises to be an amazing year.

This year’s theme is “Kindheit” –  Childhood so expect lots of playful music and experiences and lots of kids running around.

Of course there is a programme for children which you can check out here, but there also is the chance to bring your children to a concert for free. If you buy an adult ticket for specific concerts then you will receive two free tickets for your children! More information here.

The Young Performance concerts always offer very dynamic concerts. Selected Alumni from the Lucerne Festival Academy are invited to create an hour long programme for the festival, which after premiering here tours Switzerland and various international festivals. Always fun to watch.

Also enjoy live performances taking place in museums, puppet shows and films.

If you like your music free then as of the 21st of August stroll through the streets of Lucerne and enjoy Music Groups from all Over the World. The full programme is here.

Another way to enjoy great music for free is to go to the 40 min concerts which begin on August 22nd are performed at 18.20 by some of the orchestras and soloist. It is a casual opportunity to discover music and hear what makes musician love a particular piece. The programme is here.

Masterclasses are on offer, where you can get an in depth look into the process of musical creation, the art of composing led by Wolfgang Rihm (who took over leadership of the Lucerne Festival Aacdemy in 2015) as well as piano masterclasses. More information here.

And of course there are THE concerts, international stars galore who will be performing in the KKL. Be sure to book early if you want to get (affordable) seats, put on your concert clothes (it’s part of the fun) and prepare to enjoy world class performances at this year’s Lucerne Festival.

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Living in Luzern organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.