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FOR LIFE — DISCOVER SEASON 20-21

FOR LIFE — DISCOVER SEASON 20-21

In season 20-21 we are wholeheartedly cheerleading for life! For a whole season, we are therefore going to tackle the whole biodiversity issue in a creative and committed way. Dream along of what will hopefully be season 20-21 ... and discover our unpredictably beautiful and (bio)diverse programme in blue!

Enjoying music and dance requires empathy and sympathy, and those who can empathise and sympathise will undoubtedly get along better together.

Jeroen Vanacker

For life!

‘The towering challenges of climate change, environmental pollution and ever-declining biodiversity can’t brushed aside. They scream out for immediate action. And even an art institution has its own particular part to play in this. This season this is exactly what the Concertgebouw once again hopes to facilitate with its rich programme of music, dance and the other arts: and in so doing infuse our broad support base not only with a sense of the urgency of biodiversity issues but also with hope for the future.’

— Jeroen Vanacker, artistic director 

For life!

‘The towering challenges of climate change, environmental pollution and ever-declining biodiversity can’t brushed aside. They scream out for immediate action. And even an art institution has its own particular part to play in this. This season this is exactly what the Concertgebouw once again hopes to facilitate with its rich programme of music, dance and the other arts: and in so doing infuse our broad support base not only with a sense of the urgency of biodiversity issues but also with hope for the future.’

— Jeroen Vanacker, artistic director 

A season that flutters, buzzes and mirrors… and raises awareness

This season we exuberantly celebrate artists’ fascination for nature’s wealth of shape, colour and sound. We have Masterpiece Weeks, for instance, built around Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Mahler's Symphony No. 3 and Debussy's La mer. In the series Birdsong we bring together compositions in which that delightful tweeting, trilling and cooing dictates the melodies. The animal kingdom holds up a mirror to us humans because – as our Animal Fable Happening will prove – animals are just like people. And the third edition of Beat it! brings us percussion produced using a wide variety of materials: water, wood, glass, skin, textiles, metal...

Nature is often mankind’s muse. Sadly, she is also often mankind’s victim. Many artists will therefore be sounding a critical note during the coming season. With our Let it bee! Project, a collaboration with the City of Bruges, we – and hopefully you too – will already be doing a little something to improve the lot of bees, those buzzing little engines of biodiversity enrichment.

Katrien Van Eeckhoutte

‘The Concertgebouw ecosystem isn’t a closed cocoon. Quite the contrary! As an open house, the Concertgebouw eagerly encourages cross-fertilisation with the ecosystems of related partners and with more exotic biotopes.’

‘The Concertgebouw ecosystem isn’t a closed cocoon. Quite the contrary! As an open house, the Concertgebouw eagerly encourages cross-fertilisation with the ecosystems of related partners and with more exotic biotopes.’