27. July 2021
Lucerne Festival is continuing to expand its commitment to sustainability.
Together with Zurich Insurance Company Ltd, the Festival is launching a long-term initiative that will unfold in several steps. Today brings the launch of the new “Musicians for Future” project.
For more than 20 years, Lucerne Festival has been committed to sustainability: for the coming generation of artists, for tomorrow’s audiences, for contemporary music, for diversity, and for social engagement in music. Lucerne Festival now plans to consciously develop this important focus on a variety of levels and to include the area of climate action as part of this commitment. Today, together with Zurich, the Festival launches the “Musicians for Future” project. This marks the beginning of a long-term initiative. Through panel discussions during the Summer Festival, digital content, and a dedicated website of its own, “Musicians for Future” will draw attention to the topic of sustainability and encourage discussions. Committed musicians such as Igor Levit, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Reto Bieri, and Johanna Malangré are ambassadors for this campaign. The focus is on current social, cultural-political, and ecological topics. As another important measure this summer, Zurich will dedicate one tree for every person who attends the concerts on 11 August featuring the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra and on 24 August with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra as part of its “Zurich Forest” initiative, which is a commitment by the company to replenish the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. These steps will be complemented by a CO2 analysis: the myclimate Foundation will produce a profile of the Festival’s CO2 footprint by mid-2022. On the basis of this profile, a long-term climate action strategy will be planned and implemented for the Festival.