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Organ year 2021

The organ is the instrument of the year 2021! It is thus the first keyboard instrument to be declared Instrument of the Year.

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The State Music Councils of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saar, Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia have chosen the organ as the "Instrument of the Year" 2021! It is thus the first keyboard instrument to be declared Instrument of the Year.

The organ is considered the queen of instruments and is the largest of all musical instruments, the deepest and highest, the loudest and quietest.

Since 2017, organ music and organ building have been recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage.All these are reasons enough to celebrate this instrument in all its diversity for one year.

In Organ Year 2021, the goal is to draw curiosity and attention to the instrument and its many facets. 

  • Together with berlinHistory-App, we have developed an organ app that makes it possible to experience all of Berlin's organ diversity.
  • Information texts, pictures, dispositions, sound examples and videos bring our great organ treasure directly to the smartphone.
  • Organ tours and podcasts round off the digital organ experience.
  • On our website, we make this treasure trove of knowledge accessible to you via the organ map.

  • Organ ribbon - 365 organ concerts: Every day there is an event about the organ.
  • The organ ribbon winds its way through the whole of Berlin and Brandenburg.
  • Organ pipes wander from place to place and connect the concerts, workshops, guided tours, vespers, etc. with each other. 
  • Click here for the organ band calendar.

  • In the project part 365 School Classes Visit an Organ, we make Berlin organs and organ building workshops accessible and arrange class excursions there.
  • This is accompanied by preparatory teaching material. (A selection of the teaching material can be found in our download area).
The highlight of the organ year will then be the Day of the Organ, on which, in addition to a variety of concerts, workshops, walks and activities, an organ truck will drive through Berlin. The "Day of the Organ" will take place on the Day of the Open Monument (12.9.2021).
As a closing event, Iveta Apkalna will play in the Konzerthaus Berlin, where all the actions of the Organ Day will come together.

  • If you have your own ideas, want to organize a concert/workshop/tour/topic day ... or want to participate, please feel free to contact the project management.


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