Sofia Jernberg © Saga Sigurdardottir
Sofia Jernberg © Saga Sigurdardottir
Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO) | Johanna Malangré | Sofia Jernberg
Ticket information

The festival pass for this year's Forward Festival is now available here.


Vocal Sculpture
15 minutes before the concert in the foyer of the Swiss Museum of Transport Filmtheatre
Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir (*1993)
Young Voices of Lucerne
Clara Maïda (*1963)
Web Studies for violin, viola, harp, prepared piano, live electronics, and interactive video
(interactive projection: Jenny Sabin Studio)
Swiss premiere
Julius Eastman (1940–1990)
Prelude to The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc for solo soprano
Fausto Romitelli (1963–2004)
An Index of Metals 
video opera for soprano, electronics, ensemble, and multimedia projection conception: Fausto Romitelli and Paolo Pachini
music: Fausto Romitelli
text: Kenka Lèkovich
video: Paolo Pachini and Leonardo Romoli
musical informatics: Stefano Bonetti
techno intermissions by courtesy of Pan Sonic   video commissioned and produced by the Royaumont Foundation, co-produced by IFOB, Apostrophe de Cergy and Le Fresnoy
musical score commissioned by the Boucourechliev Foundation


The third edition of Forward starts on the biggest screen in Switzerland: the Filmtheatre at the Swiss Museum of Transport, where we will show An Index of Metals. In this video opera created shortly before his premature death in 2004, the Italian Fausto Romitelli transgressed all boundaries of genre. Sound, video projection and lighting, new music, rock and techno, instrumental sonorities and the electronically filtered soprano of Sofia Jernberg all merge together into a “magma of flowing tones, shapes, and colors” — an overwhelming synesthetic, and even psychedelic, experience. The French artist Clara Maïda similarly intertwines video and music in Web Studies, reflecting on our hyper-connected world in which “every micro movement can induce an intense upheaval …”

Event Venue

Filmtheatre at the Swiss Museum of Transport

Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Lidostrasse 5
6006 Luzern

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  • Arrival | Parking Facilities

    The Museum of Transport can be reached by public transport in 8-10 minutes. Along the lake promenade you can reach the Museum of Transport on foot in 30 minutes.

    Arriving by train & bus
    From Lucerne train station 8 minutes by train (S3 or Voralpenexpress) to stop “Luzern Verkehrshaus”. 10 minutes by bus no. 6, 8 or 24 to bus stop “Verkehrshaus”.

    Take advantage of a 40% discount on public transport to Lucerne. You can find more Information here: to the SBB offer.

  • Access to venues | Late admission

    The concert box office opens one hour before the start of the event.

  • Gastronomie

    In The Swiss Museum of Transport you can find the Brasserie-Restaurant with Café Bar and the Mercato self-service restaurant.

    In Lucerne
    Within walking distance of all event venues you can find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafés. The Lucerne Tourism office will gladly assist you in making your selection. Overview of Lucerne Tourism