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Congratulations to Lucerne Festival

A nice new feather in Lucerne Festival’s cap:

Classical:NEXT! has awarded its Innovation Award jointly to LF’s Ark Nova and Southbank Centre’s The Rest is Noise Festival.

Rotterdam/Lucerne, 23 May 2015

Today the mobile concert hall project known as LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA has received the Innovation Award as part of the international conference Classical:NEXT. An international selection committee comprising music writers and bloggers from a total of 14 countries nominated 21 projects fromaround the world for innovation in the field classical music and for setting trends. Some 2000 participants from the three previous editions of the conference chose the two winning projects via an online vote. Both the ARK NOVA and The Rest is Noise Festival presented by Southbank Centre in London took first prize. Michael Haefliger, the Executive and Artistic Director of LUCERNE FESTIVAL, accepted the honor on Saturday in Rotterdam during the award ceremony.

The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA is the first-ever mobile and inflatable concert hall and was initiated by Michael Haefliger together with the star Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and the British artist Anish Kapoor, as well as the Japanese agency Masahide Kajimoto. The basic idea was to use art with a strong social commitment to bring comfort and hope to people living in the Tōhoku Region while reconstruction continues of the areas affected by the catastrophic earthquake on 11 March 2011. The Ark Nova was implemented for the first time in Matsushima in the fall of 2013. This project has attracted international attention for its spectacular artistic form as well as for its multifaceted programs featuring both international and local musicians. Japanese artists as well as an array of international stars performed here in 2013, and the opening event featured a youth orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. A total of 10,000 people visited the events held at the Ark Nova in its first year alone. In its second year the Ark Nova was erected in Sendai, Japan, and it proved once again to be extremely successful. An ensemble of soloists from the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA performed there in the fall of 2013 and again in November 2014. For the fall of 2015 another Ark Nova music festival is planned for the Tōhoku Region in Japan.

The Classical:NEXT Innovation Award was launched to recognize innovative international projects in the field of classical music, as Classical:NEXT’s director Jennifer Dautermann explains:

‘This award aims to give international recognition
to the people who are doing the most to push
things forward with daring yet intelligent, effecti
ve and successful ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking, planning
and action.’
Among those on the nominating selection committee are Alex Ambrose (WQXR, USA), Jessica Duchen (UK), Moritz Eggert (Germany), Rudolph Tang (China), and Luis Suñén (Scherzo,Spain).

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