British violinist Daniel Hope was the artist in residence at the Echternach Festival in 2017. Now the festival is no more.
Photo: Harald Hoffmann/DG
The organisers of the Echternach Festival have confirmed that the event will no longer take place.
After months of speculation, the president of the Echternach Festival, Julien Alex, issued a statement on Friday afternoon confirming that its board has decided to dissolve Luxfestival asbl, the non-profit that organizes the annual classical and jazz festival.
The Echternach Festival was founded in 1975 and for years was one of the most prestigious annual cultural events in the grand duchy. Over the years it attracted talent of the calibre of Benny Goodman, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gidon Kremer, Krystian Zimerman, George Benson and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
But the organisers have struggled to find both the personnel and the finances to maintain standards to which their audiences have grown accustomed.
Other festivals taking a break
The news follows the decision by the Luxembourg City Tourist Office not to produce a 2018 edition of its annual Printemps Musical festival, which focused on jazz and world music, and the announcement that new music showcase Food For Your Senses will also not take place this year.