Lucerne Festival Forward

«Come close and move forward together»

The first edition of the new fall festival for contemporary music will feature participatory projects and new listening experiences under the theme of “Networks”.

Lucerne Festival Forward, the new annual festival that starts in November, gives ideas from the young generation of musicians a platform of their own. Members of the Lucerne Festival Academy network have teamed up as curators to create the program, together with Contemporary director Felix Heri and Festival dramaturge Mark Sattler. For the first edition, which takes place from 19 to 21 November 2021, they will deploy a variety of ensembles from the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra to design the concerts in and around the KKL Luzern. “With ‘Forward’ we are breaking new ground to overcome the gap between ‘new music’ and the audience and to open up new listening experiences,” explains Michael Haefliger, Executive and Artistic Director of Lucerne Festival. The concerts will use spatial surroundings in different and unusual ways, experiment with new formats, focus on lesser-known voices and aesthetic perspectives on the creation of contemporary music, and purposely mix nationalities, generations, and genders.

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