Stand with Arts and Nature!

More than 250 artists around the world have joined forces. Because the world needs lots of creativity to solve its largest challenge yet.

This June 05, you can watch live streams and statements from around the world - start scrolling and discover our program.

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Beethoven Pastoral Day 2020

Live music and statements by Pastoral Participants from around the world

Live interviews with violinist Daniel Hope, conductor Dirk Kaftan and Patricia Espinosa from UN Climate Change

World premiere of "Sound of Nature", the official movie about the Beethoven Pastoral Project by DW 

Exhibition from Berlin-based Futurium: musicians of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie perform the Pastoral

What happened on Beethoven Pastoral Day

Pastoral Day presented by Robin Merrill

Having spent most of his life as a musician being interviewed by journalists, Robin Merrill finds it fascinating to stand on the other side of the microphone.


Live Talk with UN Climate Change's Patricia Espinosa

UN Climate Change's Executive Secretary will join us at the Beethoven-Haus Bonn


Live on Stage: Star Violinist Daniel Hope

Being one of the world's leading violinist, Daniel Hope talks about artists' responisbility for a sustainable future – and plays music that embodies the Pastoral mission.


Message from ICLEI President Ashok Sridharan

ICLEI is a global network of cities, which want to change for a sustainable future.

Celebrating Art and Nature with Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony by Google Arts & Culture

The beauty of nature has inspired painters throughout the centuries to create some of their most marvelled at artworks. In celebration of the United Nations World Environment Day 2020, enjoy a selection of masterpieces dwelling in nature’s beauty, enhanced by the musical jewel that is Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony - the composer’s testament to his deeply felt love for nature.

Are you an Artist? Do you support Climate Action?

Then sign our artist declaration. More than 200 artists have already signed: Patti Smith, Muhammad Yunus, John Eliot Gardiner, Igor Levit, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, ...

11.30am: Climate Action: Music as a Driver for Change

The EFM Online Series will ask how the music sector can act more eco-friendly, how music can help raise awareness for the need of climate action in general, and how the music sector can support activists in their efforts to put environmental issues high on the political agendas.

Pathway to Paris from Montreal

Join the Virtual Festival for Our Planet to hear from a host of incredible musicians, frontline activists, thought leaders, artists and political heroes to collectively to envision the road ahead. As humanity faces an unknown future, we must recognize the fact that we simply cannot go back to business as usual.


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Beethoven Pastoral Day is World Environment Day

June 5 is World Environment Day – the day for environmental action! Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year; engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue.  This year the theme is “Time for Nature” and the focus is biodiversity, very much in sync with Pastoral Project themes!


Watch WDR Sinfonieorchester and Martin Gruninger play "Tears of Nature" by Pastoral Participant Tan Dun

June 05 only: Tobias Melle's "Pastoral Symphony in Images"

Staatskapelle Berlin performing in the "Gärten der Welt"


Beethoven loved Nature.
We love it, too!

On the occasion of Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday we reach out to artists from all over the world! In hist Sixth Symphony, the composer set the relationship between mankind and Nature to music. He couldn't foresee, that this relationships changed profoundly in the coming decades. In the spirit of the "Pastoral Symphony" we send out a strong message for environmental protection and a sustainable way of life.

Original Compositions played by pianist Susanne Kessel on Themes from the Pastoral Symphony

Beethoven Orchester Bonn performs social-distancing Pastoral

Find out how we tackled our carbon emissions

The Beethoven Pastoral Project is a proud participant of the Climate Neutral Now initiative. We reduce, estimate and compensate.

Driving climate action: the role of musical institutions and leaders

This virtual event brings together representatives from the United Nations, musical conductors, musicians, and thought leaders to share their views on the interaction between the cultural sector, focusing on musical institutions and figures, and the global effort on climate action. What is the role of the musical sector in supporting climate action? What specific actions can musicians and ensembles implement? Listen in to learn more.

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