Highlights 2020


Dear Festival Friend,

Ghent Festival of Flanders is ready to get off its musical starting blocks!

Despite the bummer that is called corona, we have succeeded in proposing a welcome programming, completely within the measures.

Big eyecatchers this year are without a doubt our Beethoven integral, as well as the musical nod to van Eyck that we bring under the title of Listen to the Lamb!.

And that you, our audience, are looking forward to it was immediately tangible!
Our ticket sales have got off to a flying start: OdeGand and Collegium Vocale Gent's World Premiere of Pärt are now completely sold out. You can register for the waiting list via our website.

We are already looking forward to welcoming you!

The Ghent Festival team

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Listen to the Lamb!

Drum roll for the final of Gent Festival because we venture with Listen to the Lamb! to an unprecedented Ghent collaboration. On Saturday 3 October 2020, the entire Bijloke site will change into a wonderful musical polyptych.

From Opera Ballet Vlaanderen to the Vooruit Arts Centre, and from CirQ to Democrazy:
we asked eleven cultural institutions in Ghent to have a colorful group of musicians and artists translate the twelve panels of Van Eyck's world-famous Ghent Altarpiece musically with us. The twelve brand new versions form one coherent masterpiece and will be presented on the Bijloke site.

As a visitor, you will complete your own journey between the twelve different acts, which take place throughout the site. By way of a festive conclusion, Bl! NDMAN pays tribute to the entire polyptych with a concert in St. Peter's Church.

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Beethoven in Pocketsize

Beethoven lovers, eat your heart out! With Beethoven in Pocketsize, we have invited the soloists of all the major orchestras from Belgium to perform one of the nine symphonies during the Festival in a small, adapted line-up.

All nine Beethoven symphonies are on the program, with the cream of our orchestras: an unmistakably unique piece in the Flemish concert and cultural landscape. The icing on the cake is of course the world-famous Ninth, in a special performance by soloists of the Royal Music Chapel of the Guides.

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Collegium Vocale Gent turns 50!

We don't only celebrate Beethoven's birthday. Collegium Vocale Gent is also celebrating its 50 anniversary this year and this famous Ghent ensemble is presenting a wonderful program.

Für Jan van Eyck - World Premiere is completely sold out (don't forget to register on the waiting list!), but there are still some tickets available for O Dolorosa Gioia! and Collegium Vocale Gent & Bach, where Gesualdo's madrigals and two sublime solo cantatas by Bach respectively are central. A delight for everyone's ear, and therefore not to be missed!

Read our Festival brochure here (only in Dutch available).