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  • BTHVN2020 | Copyright: © Beethoven Jubiläums Gesellschaft

    © Beethoven Jubiläums Gesellschaft

  • BTHVN2020 | Copyright: © Stadt Bonn / Michael Sondermann

    © Stadt Bonn / Michael Sondermann

  • BTHVN2020 | Copyright: © Sonja Werner

    © Sonja Werner

Ludwig van Beethoven was born on 16 December 1770, in Bonn. In 2020, Germany and the entire world will celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth.

The Federal Republic of Germany, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Rhine-Sieg District and the Federal City of Bonn have joined forces to establish the Beethoven Anniversary Society, which, under the auspices of the BTHVN2020 brand, will coordinate and communicate this important anniversary.

Ludwig van Beethoven is regarded as the most classical of composers. His music is ubiquitous not only in the concert halls of the world, but is to be encountered in the anthem of the European Union, in advertising, in film, in the sports stadium and in space. But there is much more to Beethoven than his music: he was a radical artist who constantly reinvented himself, broadened the boundaries of music and challenged society. Visionary, creative, humane, freedom-loving and politically-inspired to this day – worldwide.

As a ‘Beethoven discovery year’, BTHVN2020 mobilises people and opens up diverse perspectives – on Beethoven and on topics related with his personality. The Jubilee offers outstanding opportunities for great musical experiences and for understanding social identity and future issues at home and abroad.

The Beethoven Anniversary Society will strengthen Bonn, the City of Beethoven, and its important institutions dedicated to him, by developing its own projects under the BTHVN2020 brand, as well as by promoting, showcasing and coordinating Beethoven-focused projects initiated by others. It will shape the Beethoven anniversary as a national event with international reach and a broad participation of the people.



Complete Screening Schedule is online!

IMZ International Music + Media Centre

At Avant Première 2018 almost 70 international companies will present exclusive previews to more than 600 performing arts films, a volume and diversity that is unparalleled!

Programme Highlight 2018: “Innovation Day“

IMZ International Music + Media Centre

On 19 February we will place a special emphasis on innovative technologies for the Arts and on novel and imaginative approaches in arts + film production.

My Classical Hit, new TV format

RTV Slovenija

A new format of shows by TV Slovenia, My Classical Hit, aims at presenting classical music to all generations in a very special way.

Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

Riddle Films

Celebrate the holidays with the amazing story of how a group of Jewish songwriters wrote the soundtrack to Christmas!


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