Cancellation of the 2020 Summer Festival

We had hoped up to the last minute to be able to hold our Summer Festival despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We struggled, thought through alternative scenarios, and considered every conceivable possibility. But following the most recent decision by the Swiss Federal Council, which envisages extensive restrictions on public events in the coming months, we unfortunately find ourselves compelled to cancel the originally planned Festival exploring the theme of “Joy.”

You can certainly imagine how painful this decision is for everyone. Just think of the many artists who have been looking forward to their performances in Lucerne for months and who are now unable to appear. We also know what this cancellation means for many of you, our loyal visitors, who planned so early and already purchased tickets for the concerts. All of us are now united in the hope that we will together be able to celebrate a festival of music again in late fall and next year.

Of course we will refund the amount paid for tickets already purchased. We would like to appeal to those of you who are able to offer generous support to LUCERNE FESTIVAL: If you choose to waive a refund and donate the ticket price you paid, you would help us enormously in these currently very difficult times. In any case, please all out the response form and send it to us no later than 31 May 2020: either online or via fax or post to our ticket office.

As sad as the current situation is, we not allow the coronavirus to take away our joy in music. Every crisis is also an opportunity and opens the way for new possibilities. In the coming weeks and months, we will remain in regular contact with you, will bring you some remarkable digital offerings, and of course will keep you updated on how everything is developing.