New climate laws in Gstaad

The climate situation is also an issue for the world of culture. The prestigious Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy has unveiled a new strategy to reduce its carbon footprint, which amounted to 82 kg of CO2 per spectator in 2019.

Christoph Müller, the artistic director, has set his 2023-2025 programme under the sign of change with challenges to be met. Travel and accommodation will be negotiated “without losing sight of the high level of quality that the event has set itself”. Looking at the artistic part, the next editions will be as prestigious as ever, with a cycle of concerts “Music for the Planet” initiated by the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, ambassador of this great awareness-raising movement.

The next three editions will each explore a strong theme: Humility in 2023, Transformation in 2024 and Migration in 2025. Paying homage to Yehudi Menuhin, the humanist artist who created the Festival, Christoph Müller declares: “If music alone will not change the world, it can contribute to it“. Duly noted!


Photo : Raphaël Faux