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Guide to LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura


LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura is a new cultural centre in Lugano dedicated to the visual arts, music and the performing arts, which promises to become one of Switzerland’s most important cultural institutions, with the aim of promoting a wide range of art and establishing Lugano as a cultural crossroads between northern and southern Europe.

The striking architectural structure, which overlooks the lake, will provide space for a rich programme of exhibitions, events, musical events and theatre and dance performances, along with a variety of cultural initiatives. LAC will also be home to the newly-created Museo d'Arte della Svizzera italiana (Art Museum of Italian Switzerland), formed by the amalgamation of the Cantonal Art Museum and the Art Museum of the City of Lugano. A new 1,000 seat concert and theatre venue, entirely wood-panelled and fitted with a special modular and removable acoustic shell, is ready for a varied programme of performances and concerts.

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LuganoIl barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Diego Fasolis; Carmelo Rifici; Guido Buganza; Margherita Baldoni; Lucia Cirillo; Edgardo Rocha

LuganoBeethoven, Widmann

© Arne Hyckenberg
Beethoven, Widmann
Orchestre de Paris; Daniel Harding; Carolin Widmann

LuganoSchoenberg, Brahms

© Wilfried Hoesl
Schoenberg, Brahms
Bayerisches Staatsorchester; Kirill Petrenko; Patricia Kopatchinskaja

LuganoBeethoven, Schumann, Prokofiev

© Dario Acosta | DG
Beethoven, Schumann, Prokofiev
Daniil Trifonov, Piano


Luca Pianca; Ensemble Claudiana; Dmitry Sinkovsky

LuganoBeethoven, Rachmaninov

© Marco Borggreve
Beethoven, Rachmaninov
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Robin Ticciati; Vilde Frang

LAC: home to LuganoMusica and more

© LAC-Foto Studio Pagi
Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC) is what German speakers have described as a Kulturpol. The Orchestra della Svizzera italiana calls this place home. So do no less than four other arts organisations.
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Lakeside in Lugano

Daniel Müller-Schott © Uwe Arens
Two young, widely championed string players – violinist/pianist Julia Fischer and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott – recently joined to perform an eclectic concert at the city’s stunning new concert hall.
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Evocation of the Ancestors: Dutoit in Lugano

Bertrand Chamayou © Marco Borggreve | Warner Classics
Charles Dutoit, still sporting his trademark slick of black hair and a 79-year-old whirlwind of francophone charisma, clearly brings this band's playing to a new level, especially when the repertoire happens to be French and Russian music of the 20th century.
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Emotion und Wagemut: Das Quatuor Van Kuijk in Lugano

Quatuor Van Kuijk © Nikolaj Lund
Das Quatuor Van Kuijk bot in Lugano ein anspruchsvolles Programm mi Debussy, Weberns Fünf Sätzen und Mendelssohn.
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LAC, Sala Teatro © Studio Pagi
LAC, Sala Teatro
© Studio Pagi