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©artist Daria Smirnova

Watercolor artwork 'Season' for the Pastoral Project

In 2020 the world will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Beethoven was born in Bonn, which today is not only the City of Beethoven, but also a UN city and seat of the UN’s Climate Change Secretariat.

The BEETHOVEN PASTORAL PROJECT aims to draw attention to the theme of ‘mankind and nature’, represented in the romantic sense in the ‘Pastoral’ music, and to deal actively with today’s urgent questions of environmental protection and global sustainability, and achieving the aims of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Artists from around the world are invited to develop and unite their own visions of a harmonious co-existence of mankind and nature, with performances of ‘their Pastoral’ on Earth Day (April 22 2020), United Nations World Environment Day (June 5th 2020) or a day of their choice before June 5th 2020 – to shape a powerful statement for environmental protection and sustainable development – for a better world for millions of people.

The BEETHOVEN PASTORAL PROJECT was officially launched in Bonn, at the UN World Climate Conference (COP 23) on 15 November 2017.