Don't stop the music!

Although the encouraging news about the successes in vaccines development and distribution give us confidence, it is still not possible to hold events such as ours. Therefore, regretably, we are forced to postpone all of our events (concerts and the competition) until further notice. We will inform you as soon as we have a precise date. We ask for your understanding and look forward to seeing you!

“Don’t stop the music!” is both our motto and our innermost wish in times when we need culture more than ever. Our need and desire to come together, build bridges and experience culture together will hopefully be fulfilled again in 2021. At the moment, it is not easy to establish a new festival. But we have succeeded: we are coming to Germany!

Piano Summer has been the cultural festival par excellence in Southern Europe for years – a project that has attracted more than 8,000 visitors since its inception in 2012. The enthusiasm of the audience increases from year to year. The unconventional concept, far from the busy cultural highways of the European cultural scene, offers an unforgettable musical experience with the regional flair that goes with it. And not only for fans of classical music. World stars meet newcomers to the arts scene – even off-stage: the artists up close and personal! For the German edition of the festival, we are offering a series of concerts at several venues in Bavaria. Thus, in addition to top-class concerts with numerous highlights, visitors will also experience Munich’s urban character as well as the most beautiful places in the surrounding area.

In addition to concerts with domestically and internationally renowned artists, a competition and a summer academy will take place during the 12 weeks of summer.

What would the cultural landscape of Upper Bavaria be without the diverse cultural offerings that associations regularly put together with a great deal of commitment, competence and experience? They contribute to making the people of Upper Bavaria feel culturally at home. This is also the case with the KulturBox association, which puts on the Piano Summer music festival. With its unconventional music program, it offers a summertime artistic treat that benefits locals and guests alike – and in many places, from Munich, Grünwald and Unterschleißheim to Benediktbeuern and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. As a European cultural network, the festival also builds bridges between regions: from Southern Europe, where it started, to Bavaria.

Regional art and culture are also close to the heart of the district of Upper Bavaria. It provides around 1.6 million euros annually for this purpose and was also happy to sponsor the Piano Summer.

Josef Mederer
President of the District Assembly of Upper Bavaria

Music brings people together across all borders and differences. It is able to build bridges between young and old, urban and rural, south and north, east and west – no matter how or where, it creates common ground. This unifying power of music is expressed in a particularly inspiring way in the Piano Summer Festival, which originated eight years ago in Vranje, Serbia, and will take place in three European countries in 2021.

I am convinced that the festival will succeed in bringing first-class music to a diverse and broad audience through top-class concerts outside the cultural centres of Europe and away from the established venues. Thanks to innovative concepts and a diverse and cross-genre music programme, we can look forward to an extraordinary musical experience. In addition, the Piano Summer will not only enrich the Bavarian cultural landscape with its concert offerings. The organisers are also particularly committed to promoting young talent: an international artists’ competition will provide young artists with a stage and an opportunity for creative exchange. The planned summer academy with internationally renowned lecturers also promises valuable impulses and stimuli for the participating young talents.

I would like to thank all those who, with courage, commitment and great passion, have made it possible to bring this remarkable festival to Bavaria. My special thanks go to the founder and artistic director of the festival, Mr. Zoran Imširović, the festival director Ms. Katharina le Thierry d’Ennequin as well as all those involved in the preparation, organisation and realisation of the festival. I wish the festival the success it deserves and the visitors exciting art experiences and lasting impressions.

Bernd Sibler
Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts

Bavaria 2021 – schedule

Since the events are delayed, all of the dates in the schedule bellow are according to the old schedule. We will inform you when we have the percise dates. Follow our website for updates.

April 2021
May 2021
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