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KPMG & Klarafestival 2021 KPMG & Klarafestival 2021

As proud partners, we are excited to announce that this year’s Klarafestival will be completely digital, taking place online from 13 to 22 March 2021. Discover the program here.

The challenges and changes we face today call upon all of us to think and act differently. The accelerating digital landscape is reshaping business as we know it – and that’s no exception for arts and culture. We are excited to invite you to join us in this momentum, to experience for the first time, a fully digital Klarafestival 2021. 

With consumers playing a more central role in society today, Klarafestival decides to focus on digital innovation to bring this year’s festival to life – to explore undiscovered work, new creations and symbioses of sound and image. With Belgian talent setting the tone, several foreign guests will be featured in the festival.

’es ist noch nicht alles verloren

This year’s Klarafestival revolves around the theme “all is not yet lost” and kicks off on 13 March with a performance by B’Rock called “Songs of nature”. Other artists in the line-up include the STEGREIF.orchester, a hip Berlin improvisation orchestra conducted by Juri De Marco, the Brussels ensemble Het Collectief performing a magisterial work in an arrangement by Reinbert de Leeuw, with Lucile Richardot and Yves Saelens as vocal soloists and composers such as Saskia Venegas Aernouts, Frederik Croene and Eva-Maria Houben - each of them forming a tandem with a visual artist who gives each composition its own visual identity.

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This year, we spotlight the following performances:

  • Saturday, 13 March @20:00 – SONGS OF NATURE - Händel meets henderickx
    The Belgian baroque ensemble B'Rock and soprano Ilse Eerens will dialogue the Neun deutsche Arien with short compositions for baroque ensemble by Antwerp composer Wim Henderickx. The Chinese theater director Shuang Zou and Muziektheater Transparant provide the scenic concept for this production.
  • Wednesday, 17 March @20:00 - DAS LIED VON DER ERDE - Mahler’s song cycle in an arrangement of Reinbert de Leeuw
    "The beauty of Mahler's melancholy could be enjoyed down to the smallest detail", is the opening line of a review of Reinbert de Leeuw's refined arrangement of Mahler's ‘Das Lied von der Erde’. In De Leeuw's version for small chamber orchestra, this grand song cycle by Mahler gains in intimacy and eloquence. A dream ensemble with Het Collectief and the singers Yves Saelens and Lucile Richardot.
  • Saturday, 20 March @20:00 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY PIAZZOLLA! - Sonico and Gwen Cresens celebrate Piazzolla’s centennial
    Astor Piazzolla was born 100 years ago. The Belgian quintet SONICO and the accordionist-composer Gwen Cresens pay tribute to the Argentine who managed to revolutionize the traditional tango. A mix of elements from classical music and jazz resulted in timeless classics like Libertango, Oblivión and Adiós Nonino.

Klarafestival and KPMG

At KPMG we are convinced that each of us has the potential to express our passion in new ways that bring a flavor of innovation to our future. In the same way, Klarafestival 2021 represents a tribute to digital innovation as they explore undiscovered work, new creations and symbioses of sound and image bringing imagination and inspiration to the human creative capacity. These shared values, together with a commitment to quality and excellence in everything we do, lie at the heart of our  longstanding partnership with Klarafestival.

Klarafestival is a highly regarded international music festival that, based on a western classical music repertoire, dares to modernize, innovate, and metamorphose through ever-more-creative expressions of wonder and spectacle. Spring is a time of renewal and change, and music, as business, evolves and moves into the digital age, as each year, artists from all over the world come together to practice their passion and perform for thousands of people gathered together at the heart of Europe.

The shared sense of creative freedom that the Klarafestival and KPMG stand for allows each of us to pursue our passions and integrate them into everything we do. We believe in supporting the extraordinary passion that can be nurtured in every individual, entrepreneur, or organization, regardless of scale. And just as Klarafestival has its roots in Brussels and wants to build a bridge with the outside world - locally (Brussels), nationally (Flanders and Wallonia) and internationally - with the mission of enriching people's lives, so too is KPMG active on the same international stage, being both active worldwide and continuing to help local companies expand beyond boarders.

Practical details

Enjoy up to twelve audiovisual projects via the Klarafestival website, on the Klara radio website or through the Klara app. The performances can also be watched via VRT NU as well as via Proximus Pickx. In addition, nine performances will feature in the programming of the new pop-up culture broadcaster Podium 19 from 25 to 28 March.

We hope you can join us!

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