Overall Results for Lucerne Festival: 70,000 concertgoers celebrate the 2022 “Summer of Diversity”

This Sunday evening, on 11 September, the 2022 Summer Festival comes to an end. Devoted to the theme of “Diversity”, the 35 days of the Summer Festival offered some 86 events that attracted a total of 70,000 concertgoers of all ages to the KKL Luzern, the Lukaskirche, and the Hochschule Luzern - Musik in Kriens. A total of 11,000 people attended the 17 free events, nine “40min” series events, the performances by world music groups as part of the “In the Streets” mini-festival, and the beloved “Lakeside Symphony” the live-streamed public viewing of Opening Night at Lucerne’s Inseli Park.

The 33 symphony concerts presented by the Festival reached 74% capacity this year; in addition, the programming offered four concerts featured international youth symphony orchestras. The events for children and young people proved to be particularly popular. In addition to the family concerts, five school performances as well as various school visits by world music groups and Debut artists were offered, with around 5,700 schoolchildren from the Lucerne region taking part.

“The enthusiasm that the audience attending our Summer Festival concerts showed after the coronavirus restrictions of recent years is overwhelming, although the numbers still indicate a coronavirus-related sense of caution", remarked Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger. “After having to cancel almost everything in the summer of 2020 and after only being allowed to sell tickets to just more than half of the seats in 2021, we are now attaining a satisfactory overall occupancy rate of 72% in 2022 for the complete range of seating categories. We are on our way out of the pandemic and back to normality. It was nice to observe that very many concertgoers came to the box office to buy tickets spontaneously.”

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