Bonn 2020


In the spirit of Beethoven

In 2020 Europe will celebrate the 250th birthday of the famous composer, citizen of Bonn, musician, humanist, visionary and nature lover – Ludwig van Beethoven. To mark this occasion, the European Cultural Awards will be presented on 3 October 2020 in a top-class cultural award gala at the Opera Bonn.

Great personalities are expected to attend this evening, whose extraordinary skill and commitment will make Ludwig van Beethoven’s legacy accessible to all generations.

The WDR Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Christian Măcelaru has been selected as one of the first awardees in 2020. In the 73 years of its existence, the WDR Symphony Orchestra has established itself internationally as a world-class orchestra and cultural ambassador for North Rhine-Westphalia.