The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg will host the European Culture Awards Gala 2024

On June 7, 2024, the European Cultural Prize Gala will be held at the Philharmonie Luxembourg for the first time. In times like these, what could be a better place than this country in the middle of Europe, bordering Belgium, France and Germany? The European spirit of free culture, humanity, humanism and cosmopolitanism lives here once again. The gala combines all of these values ​​with first-class culture and international artists in a broad spectrum between classical and modern, combined with extraordinary crossover performances. (more ...)

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Rehearsals have begun and the excitement is building!

In the immediate vicinity of the wonderful backdrop of Lake Zurich, rehearsals for our evening gala are currently underway. Nigel Kennedy has always been enthusiastic about the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and has already kissed the first desks of his violin colleagues out of respect. Sol Gabetta, the brightly shining sun in the heaven of cellists, has already completed her rehearsal. Everyone is looking forward to the presentation of the European Culture Awards with great excitement. It's going to be big!

World premiere in Zurich!

On September 24th, the Toten Hosen will play one of their world hits together with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra for the first time in the Tonhalle Zurich: "Alles aus Liebe" from their current double album for the 40th stage anniversary. The world-famous rock band with their lead singer Campino is not only looking forward to being honored with the European Culture Prize, but also to the unusual collaboration: “We decided on 'Everything out of love' because this is one of the pieces that form our foundation. We want to discover new colors in this song together and let it shimmer in other facets.”
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The European Culture Prize will be awarded in Switzerland for the first time

This has never happened before on Lake Zurich: when the European Culture Prize, one of Europe's most important awards, is presented in the Tonhalle Zurich on September 24th, prominent stars from all over Europe will meet on stage for a big gala. The Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, conducted by its Music Director Paavo Järvi, won the award and was also the musical host of the evening. Actor legend Mario Adorf will be honored on this evening. Actress Iris Berben will travel to Zurich to present the award personally to her friends and colleagues. (more ...)

International stars expected in the Tonhalle Zurich

The Advance ticket sales has begun: On September 24, the big European Culture Prize Gala will be hosted in the Tonhalle Zurich. This is the first time that the coveted TAURUS will be awarded in Switzerland, which is not a member of the EU but makes an important contribution to European culture. Once again, many international stars gather in the hall at the gala to celebrate the unifying power of culture, above all the hosts of the evening: the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich with its music director Paavo Järvi. (more ...)

From Bonn to Zurich

The red carpet is already ready. On September 24, 2022 at 19 p.m., the European Culture Prize Gala invites you to this year’s award of the coveted TAURUS in the Tonhalle Zurich with a real fireworks display of classical music. The award is one of the most important awards in Europe. It is used to honor musicians, artists, actors, politicians and other personalities for their outstanding merits and achievements around and for Europe.
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Great honor for main sponsor Klemens Hallmann

The investor and entrepreneur Klemens Hallmann was appointed honorary senator by the Technical University of Vienna. With this, the TU honors the merits of the art patron also in the area of ​​research, development and technology. At the same time, Hallmann has remained loyal to the European Cultural Forum as the main sponsor and presentation partner for the third year in a row. "I admire how the Vienna University of Technology conducts research and teaching at the highest level and can compete with the best in the world," says Klemens Hallmann.
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An evening of great emotions

Great atmosphere in the hall, happy faces among the award winners, finally live culture in front of a grateful audience again: the big gala for the presentation of the European Culture Awards 2021 in the Bonn Opera last night only knew winners. Under the patronage of the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, the European sponsorship prize "Next Generation" was awarded. The gala was all about Ludwig van Beethoven, whose 250th birthday will be celebrated well into this year. (more ...)

Bonn welcomes international stars

The Bonn Opera House can finally welcome an audience again on August 28, and then with a red carpet ennobled by so many celebrities: Star violinist David Garrett leads the ranks of international guests at the presentation of the European Culture Awards. Among others, top model Barbara Meier, figure skating heroine Katarina Witt, sustainability activist Nico Rosberg, star trumpeter Till Brönner, the Scorpions, singer Heinz Rudolf Kunze and Tobias Moretti will be guests with him. (more ...)