A tour of Europe’s Festivals

Cultural life has resumed in Europe and with it the traditional summer festivals. This year, the Foundation offers you a selection of events in each of the EU Member States, from classical music to jazz, from theatre to cinema and dance. There is something for everyone, in every atmosphere. Have a good summer!


Salzburg Festival

The Salzburg Festival, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, will present around 170 performances until 31 August, including Mozart's Don Giovanni and Richard Strauss's Elektra, as well as concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Mozarteum Orchestra. The Italian conductor Riccardo Muti will be celebrating his 50th participation in this event.

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Bregenz Festival

The Bregenz Festival will run until 22 August, with three performances of Verdi's Rigoletto on a stage mounted on Lake Constance. The Vienna Symphony Orchestra will perform Joseph Haydn's Creation under its new conductor, Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

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Esperanzah Festival

From 30 July to 3 August, the 20th edition of the Esperanzah festival will be held in Floreffe. The programme includes music, street art, documentary films and debates.

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Vaux-Hall Summer in Brussels

Until 15 August, the open-air theatre in the Parc Royal will present, as it does every summer, concerts, theatre, screenings of short and feature films, dance and games.

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Doux Festival

From 21 August to 5 September, the Théâtre de Namur and the Abattoirs de Bomel are organising an open-air festival of dance, theatre and concerts.

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International “Varna Summer” Festival

The International Music Festival "Varna Summer" is offering classical concerts, recitals and poetry readings in music until 11 September.

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Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Until 25 August, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is offering concerts, films, theatre and dance, including performances of Hamlet and a concert by Richard Bona and Alfredo Rodriguez accompanied by the Croatian Radio and Television Jazz Orchestra.

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Ancient Greek Theatre Festival

The International Festival of Ancient Greek Theatre ends on 30 July with performances of Medea, Euripides and Prometheus in Chains at the Skali Amphitheatre in Nicosia and the Ancient Theatre of Kourion.

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Ostrava Days

Around 200 European musicians are expected to attend the Ostrava Days, from 19 to 28 August, for classical concerts, music marathons, an opera and site-specific projects.

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Respect Festival

The Respect Festival is being held on 28 and 29 August in Prague and features international artists of all genres: jazz, classical, percussion and folk, as well as Arabic songs and Sufi musical traditions.

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Jonstrup Jazz Festival

The Jonstrup Jazz Festival is taking place on 20-22 August at the Old Seminarium in Værløse with, among others, the Blues Brothers Souvenir Show and 13 other musicians.

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Pühalepa Music Festival

The Pühalepa Music Festival takes place from 6 to 8 August on the island of Hiiumaa. Ancient and traditional music are on the programme, including works by the composer Erkki-Sven Tüür.

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Tallinn Chamber Music Festival

The Tallinn Chamber Music Festival, a citizens' initiative to support the development of promising musicians, is being held from 24 to 29 August.

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Classical music festival in Korsholm

Korsholm is hosting its traditional classical music festival, which is being held until 4 August on the theme of climate and nature.

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Tampere Theatre Festival

The Tampere Theatre Festival is offering classical and contemporary theatre, dance and street performances from 2 to 8 August.

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Oulu Festival

From 5 to 29 August, Oulu is hosting 7 festivals: Elojazz, Oulunsalo Soi Chamber Music Festival, Muusajuhlat Literary Art Festival, Arts Night, Music Video Festival, World Air Guitar Championships and Flow Productions. Opera, classical music, modern and classical theatre and jazz will be on the programme.

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Jazz in Marciac

The Jazz in Marciac festival will be taking place until the 4th of August at the Astrada and the Chapiteau in Marciac, with concerts by artists such as Zucchero, Ibrahim Maalouf and Thomas Dutronc.

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Rocamadour Holy Music Festival

The Rocamadour holy music festival will be hosting artists such as Renaud Capuçon, Philippe Jaroussky and Léa Desandre from 15 to 26 August on the theme of authentic legacies. The concerts take place in castles, basilicas or under the stars.

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Biarritz Piano Festival

The Biarritz piano festival will be held until 13 August with artists such as Rafal Blechacz, Alexandre Kantorow, Vadym Kholodenko, Judith Jáuregui and Célia Oneto Bensaid.

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The Chaise-Dieu Festival

The Chaise-Dieu Festival, running from 19 to 29 August, celebrates this year the centenary of the birth of its founder, the Hungarian-born pianist Georges Cziffra, with several tribute recitals. The programme includes a performance of La jeune Fille et la Mort by the students of the musical boarding school of La Chaise-Dieu.

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Berlioz Festival

The Berlioz Festival is taking place from 17 to 30 August in La Côte-Saint-André under the motto 'back to life'. The orchestra and choir of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg will perform the Requiem in tribute to the victims of the pandemic. A symposium on 'Berlioz, Flaubert and the Orient' is also being organised.

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Vézelay Musical Encounters

From 19 to 22 August, Vézelay will host more than 20 outdoor concerts, in an unusual location and also in the Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, with tributes to Al Jarreau and Josquin Deprez.

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Festival Jazz in the city

The city of Erfurt is hosting the "Jazz in the City" festival until 22 August, which is designed to present local fans with concerts featuring international jazz stars.

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Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival

The French pianist Hélène Grimaud is the guest of honour at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, which will run until 29 August and pays tribute to the Austrian composer Franz Schubert. Concerts and recitals are being held in theatres, manor houses, farms and churches throughout the region.

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Bonn Beethoven Festival

Cancelled in 2020, the Beethoven Festival in Bonn is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth in the city a year late. The nine symphonies will be performed on piano by Konstantin Scherbakov, Hinrich Alpers, Boris Bloch, Cyprien Katsaris and Etsuko Hirose.

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The Biennale for Contemporary Art in Dresden

Ostrale, the biennial for contemporary art from Central and Eastern Europe, is taking place in Dresden until 3 October. Nearly 600 works by 138 artists are being brought together under the title Atemwende to explore the themes of sustainable development and the future of the planet.

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Bayreuth Festival

The Bayreuth Festival, dedicated to Richard Wagner, opens on 25 July with The Flying Dutchman, directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov and conducted by Oksana Lyniv, the first woman to play this role in the festival's history. 23 operas and 2 concerts are on the programme until 25 August.

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Athens & Epidaurus Festival

The Athens and Epidaurus Festival, which will run until 10 October, features over 80 events in music, opera, theatre and dance. Performances are being held in the Odeon Theatre of Herod Atticus at the foot of the Acropolis or in the ancient theatre of Epidaurus.

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Paloznak Jazz Picnic Festival

Until 1 August, the Paloznak Jazz Picnic festival is offering open-air concerts and wine tasting of the Lake Balaton region.

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Fleadh Fest

Sligo is hosting FleadhFest, an Irish music festival, from 1 to 9 August, which will be streamed online but will allow people to attend depending on health measures in place.

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Kilkenny Arts Festival

From 5 to 15 August, musicians and artists will be performing in Kilkenny. The Irish National Opera will perform a new outdoor version of Richard Strauss' Elektra. Installations and multimedia theatre experiences will be part of the festival.

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Verona Festival

The Verona Opera Festival will run until 4 September on the theme of Beauty. The programme includes works such as Cavalleria Rusticana by Leoncavallo, Aida, La Traviata and Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi, and Turandot by Giacomo Puccini.

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Puccini Festival

From 23 July to 26 August, the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Tuscany, will present several performances of La Tosca, Turandot and La Bohème, as well as various shows based on the composer's work.

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Ortigia Sound System Festival

From 28 July to 1 August, the Ortigia Sound system in Syracuse will mix the sounds of the Mediterranean tradition with new trends in contemporary music, with a programme of 100% Italian artists.

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For its 9th edition, the Sforza Castle in Milan is hosting its summer festival until September 7th with theatrical performances, music, and dance inside the Cortile delle Armi.

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Ginzburg Park Festival

Until 31 July, the first edition of the Ginzburg Park Festival will be offering 40 days of theatre, dance and music, conversation and reading, in a redeveloped area of Turin.

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Riga-Jurmala Music Festival

Until 5 September, the Riga and Jurmala Festival will feature concerts by orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic and the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. World-renowned soloists such as pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Yuja Wang, cellist Mischa Maisky and soprano Renée Fleming are on the programme.

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Saint Christophe Festival in Vilnius

The Kristupo music festival, named after Christopher, the patron saint of Vilnius, is taking place until 5 September under the theme of the "Garden of World Music". Artists from all over the world will be invited, as well as the Lithuanian Army Band.

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Gare Art Festival 2020+1

The festival of contemporary sculpture is celebrating its 20th anniversary a year late due to the pandemic. Until 10 September, an exhibition will feature works from previous editions. From 30 July to 23 September, during a "sculpture symposium", artists will create works on the theme of the circular economy.

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Malta International Arts Festival

Until 31 July, the Malta International Arts Festival is offering a selection of musical concerts and dance performances, including "Beethoven Forever", a visual and musical production featuring excerpts from all nine of Beethoven's symphonies, accompanied by personalised digital animation, and a performance by Guilhem Desq, who modernises music with medieval instruments.

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Via Musica Festival

The classical music festival Via Musica will take place from 5 to 8 August in the province of Flevoland. The theme is Diaghilev, the founder of the Ballets Russes.

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Amersfoort World Jazz Festival

From 5 to 15 August, the Amersfoort World Jazz Festival will offer indoor and outdoor concerts with artists such as De Observant and Kosmik.

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Jazz Place Festival

Until 28 August, Warsaw's Old Town Square is being devoted to jazz. Renowned Polish artists such as Zbigniew Namysłowski and international artists such as Italian pianist, Stefano Bollani, and American trumpeter, Jeremy Pelt, will give free open-air concerts.

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International Chopin Festival

The 18th International Music Festival "Chopin and His Europe" is being held in Warsaw from 14 to 31 August. In addition to the works of Chopin, the festival also focuses on their links with the works of 19th and 20th century composers such as Pekiel, Gesualdo, Zelenka, Beethoven, Berlioz, Rossini, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Stravinsky.

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O Sol da Caparica

The O Sol da Caparica festival, which is being held in Almada from 12 to 15 August, brings together Portuguese-speaking artists and musicians from around the world. It will feature performances and activities such as comedy, dance and surfing.

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George Enescu Festival

The George Enescu Festival, the main musical event in Romania, is taking place from 28 August to 26 September. The programme includes 66 concerts and recitals by orchestras from all over the world, including the London and Munich Philharmonics and the Orchestre National de France.

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Bystrica Folklore Festival

From 5 to 7 August, Banská Bystrica will host the Folklore Bystrica festival of folk music and dance, between tradition and modernity.

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Festival de jazz de Ljubljana

Until 31 July, the Ljubljana Jazz Festival is presenting artists from 13 countries, with Israeli Avishai Cohen as the star performer.

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Santander International Festival

The 70th edition of the Santander International Festival will take place from 3 to 28 August. The programme includes classical music concerts, ballets and plays with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Spanish National Ballet and pianist Grigory Sokolov.

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The Gardens of Terramar Festival

The Jardins de Terramar festival in Sitges will present a varied musical programme from 29 July to 13 August, with Spanish artists such as Sergio Dalma and Monica Naranjo.

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KulturaBizia Festival

The "KulturaBizia" festival has a programme of concerts ranging from rock to jazz to pop until 28 August.

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Sandivken Chamber Music Festival

The Sandviken Chamber Music Festival is taking place from 5-7 August and includes the Weber String Quartet and a concert by students from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

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