Lucerne Festival

Lucerne Festival: Classical music for all

Since the 1990s, Zurich has collaborated with Lucerne Festival, an internationally leading festival of classical music, with the aim of making classical music accessible to a broad audience. Since 2005, Zurich has been the main sponsor of the Summer Festival and as of 2023, it is the exclusive "Climate Partner" of Lucerne Festival. 

Come and join us for Lucerne Festival at the KKL Lucerne.

The power of music

For more than 30 years, Zurich and Lucerne Festival have enjoyed a close partnership. In the meantime, the festival has become one of the world's most important classical music events and now ranks among the "Top Events of Switzerland".

We are convinced that, as a source of inspiration, culture will continue to have a lasting positive impact on society. This attitude underlies Zurich's desire to promote outstanding artists and make classical and contemporary music accessible to a broad audience.

«40min-Events» and «40min Open Air»

From August 19 to September 12, 2024, the free series "40min" will take place for the eleventh time under the motto "Classical music for all" as part of the summer edition of the Lucerne Festival. On eight evenings, different musical works will be presented in "40min-Events".

Anyone who is outside the KKL Lucerne, whether intentionally or by chance, can enjoy "40min Open Air" on Europaplatz again this year. The event had a successful debut in 2023. It will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2024.

"40min-Events", August 19 to September 12, 2024

No dress code, no previous knowledge needed: Star soloists, academy students, ensembles, and orchestras have given performances during the early evening since 2013. They provide insights into their festival program, accompanied by presentations and discussions. The short concerts start at 6:20 p.m. and last an enticing 40 minutes. Admission is granted with a free ticket, which can be ordered online five days before the respective event.

"40min Open Air", August 24, 2024

Together with Lucerne Festival, we are delighted to be staging "40min Open Air" at Europaplatz for the second time. The open-air event takes place directly in front of the KKL and includes three entertaining 40-minute performances: The award-winning brass quintet London Central Brass will start at 2 p.m. with "Brass Begins", followed at 3 p.m. by Schäbyschigg with "Zwischen Säntis und Pilatus", between tradition and innovation. Finally, at 4 p.m. the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra ensemble will make a jolly appearance with "Tanzschritt und Marschtritt" . Musical tidbits for everyone. Admission is free.

Useful protection for culture enthusiasts

People who are interested in culture often have specific insurance needs. We have compiled three useful solutions for you.
Musical instruments are also valuables

Protect your treasured possessions

Do you not only love classical music but play an instrument yourself? Through the insurance of valuables with Zurich, you can protect your instrument against loss, damage and destruction. Any damage unintentionally caused by yourself is also covered.

Look forward to the next event without worries

Your Zurich travel insurance also covers visits to cultural events: For example, if you fall ill or an emergency occurs in your family, Zurich will cover the costs of tickets from 100 Swiss francs and any stopovers and hotel stays.

Worry-free music pleasure

If you also enjoy listening to high-quality music at home, you can supplement your household contents insurance with additional "accidental damage to electrical equipment" coverage for your expensive music system. The protection covers all electrical household appliances, including laptops, mobile phones and TV sets.

Other activities of Zurich

In addition to sponsoring the Opera House, Zurich also makes contributions to society in other areas. Learn more about our activities.
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Swiss national football teams

We are committed to Swiss football: Zurich has been the official insurance partner of the Swiss national football teams since 2022. We are proud to be able to support the women's, men's and junior national teams as a sponsor and to actively foster young talent with our commitment.

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Zurich vitaparcours

What is better than a break exercising in the fresh air? Zurich vitaparcours is your free outdoor fitness center. A commitment from Zurich Switzerland – for over 50 years.


Zurich Opera House

Tradition and passion: Zurich Opera House is one of the world's most renowned music theaters. It demonstrates an impressive range and innovative strength with around 300 operas, ballet performances and concerts, ranging from the baroque period to modern productions.

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Theater St. Gallen

The Theater St. Gallen’s amazing musical productions have been gaining attention. It is the only Swiss theater currently performing new productions of large-scale musicals at an international level. As a co-sponsor of the musical productions, Zurich has a happy and longstanding partnership with the theater.