The Lower Saxony Music Festival
Lower Saxony covers 47,000 square kilometres of land, and so its Music Festival caters for the biggest catchment area in Germany. Launched in 1987 with just nine concerts, the Music Festival is now a major occasion offering a programme of 60–70 events. For four weeks of the year, musicians of international renown perform throughout the state, even in the smallest communities. But big names and wide spaces do not in themselves make a festival. The Niedersächsische Musiktage have built a unique profile by meticulously translating themes into music, creating innovative formats and meeting high professional standards.
The festival is organised by the Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung, a trust established by the savings banks in Lower Saxony. An unusual structure enables the trust to work in harness with local organisers and savings banks so that the Music Festival is managed and financed under one roof. This means the trust can uncompromisingly pursue one of its key objectives – empowering regional culture by networking across borders. The festival thrives on its regional roots by involving local people, whose enthusiasm is a driving force behind the programme.
The Lower Saxony Music Festival is a feast of discovery. We bring a distinctive note to conventional concert-making, with regional features respectfully built into the programming. Many events are devised specifically for venues typical of the region.
Our programmes are diverse and original, quite distinct from the usual concert routine. We explore new directions and create surprising situations that reflect the annual theme, reaching out to a broader audience for the music and appealing to new target groups. Our Music Festival is all about enjoyment and an inquisitive desire to listen, experience and discover.
Ever since it began in 1987, the festival has been inspired by the principle »In Lower Saxony, for Lower Saxony, by Lower Saxony«. That still applies today.
The theme for each Lower Saxony Music Festival is chosen years in advance. It provides an all-pervasive common thread for the event, casting new light on apparently familiar aspects of the music. Every year guests can look forward to concerts outside the usual touring repertoire: our musicians create performances exclusively for the themed festival, programmes which cannot be experienced anywhere else.