Two more German festivals are gone

Two more German festivals are gone


norman lebrecht

April 16, 2020

The Dresden Festival where plans were afoot to give a German premiere to The Song of Names, has been cancelled:

It is with great regret that the Dresden Music Festival announces the 2020 festival cannot take place as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. According to the decision of the German Federal Government and the state governments of 15 April 2020, events may not take place until 31 August 2020. By this instruction, all planned live concerts from May 12 to June 12, 2020, are canceled to guarantee the safety of the artists and the audience.

“At this time it is crucial to look ahead. Dresden is a music and festival destination and culture is essential to all its inhabitants. The Dresden Music Festival will find creative and innovative ways to reach its audiences during these difficult times and will work hard to strengthen the reputation of Dresden as a cultural city in the world despite the Covid-19 crisis. Our core responsibility remains to enrich human communication and to make all of our lives more beautiful through music. We will also insure that some of the highlights of the 2020 festival, which were greatly anticipated by our audiences will be postponed to 2021,” said Jan Vogler, director of the Dresden Music Festival.

Also gone is the Schleswig Holstein music festival in July-August.


  • John Borstlap says:

    It’s truly awful – the folding of musical events.

    One would wish the epidemic were selective and force merely the nonsensical events to crumble:

  • Do you all feel the emptiness

  • Rudolf says:

    Schleswig Holstein Musik festival? I haven’t seen any news published? Is this confirmed?

  • Andreas B. says:

    Also cancelled:

    Tage Alter Musik Regensburg

    (planned for end of May – early June)

  • Marcello says:

    Munich Opera cancels rest of the season, including festival.

  • Mr. Knowitall says:

    The Acht Brücken festival in Cologne is also cancelled.