Strange characters in fantastic masks and costumes make their way through the alleyways, while carnival musicians (Guggenmusigen) blow their instruments in joyful cacophony and thousands of bizarrely clad people sing and dance away the winter.
www.luzerner-fasnacht.ch | 4 to 10 Feb 2016
Some 100 years ago great Russian composers like Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff found inspiration on the shores of the enchanted lakes of Switzerland. In March 2012, Zaubersee – Russian Music Lucerne, did celebrate this inspiration for the first time. Over the course of four days, Russian and international stars and newcomers as well as the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra did seduce many guests with the wonderful sounds of both well-known and seldom heard gems.
www.zaubersee.org | 04 to 08 May 2016
«The Retro Festival» is the highlight in Lucerne’s calendar of events. Each year in May, stars of the 1970s and 1980s put in guest appearances in Lucerne. Over the three days of the Retro Festival the chart-toppers from those two decades perform exclusive concerts in the intimate setting of the Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern.
Thursday, May 19th - Bonnie Tyler
Friday, May 20th - tbd
Saturday, May 21st - tbd
www.theretrofestival.ch | 19 to 21 May 2016
The Blue Balls Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in Switzerland, with some 100,000 visitors over nine days. The incredible atmosphere around the lakeshore promenade with the Open-air Pavilion, the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne (KKL) and the Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern is what makes the Blue Balls Festival so unique. The Festival features a total of 120 shows, with top-notch international Blues, Jazz, Soul, Funk, World Music, Rock, and Pop.
www.blueballs.ch | 22 to 30 July 2016
World-famous orchestras, conductors and ensembles are regular guests at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer, which runs over several weeks. Also guesting at the event are leading music celebrities, as star artists and composers in residence.
www.lucernefestival.ch | 12 Aug to 11 Sep 2016
Lucerne is a leading international performance venue not just for classical music, jazz and pop but also for brass band music. And in autumn, the world’s finest orchestras, ensembles, bands, soloists and conductors meet for a outstanding festival at the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne (KKL Luzern).
www.worldbandfestival.ch |24 September to 2 October 2016
The organisers of the Lucerne Blues Festival seem to have traditional blues in their blood. Internationally acclaimed stars regularly delight their audiences at various venues throughout the city. The quality of the event is such that it has now established itself as one of the world’s leading blues festivals.
www.bluesfestival.ch | 5 to 13 November 2016
Over the course of one week in November the LUCERNE FESTIVAL AT THE PIANO showcases some of the world’s leading exponents of the genre. The master musicians perform in the main concert hall of the Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne (KKL) as well as off-stage in bars and restaurants throughout Lucerne.
www.lucernefestival.ch | 19 to 27 Nov 2016