The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg will take centre stage on July 7, after its spectacular opening ceremony, and host a special concert for G20 delegates at the request of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The new landmark will also be the scene of an informal meeting later. Hamburg Messe’s exhibition grounds in the heart of the city will serve as the main venue for the summit from July 7-8, 2017 with tight security measures in place across the city.
Trump, Putin and Macron in the Elbphilharmonie
Apart from U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron, China’s President Xi Jinping, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EU-Commission and U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, all other heads of state at the summit and invited guests will attend a concert by the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano in the Elbphilhrmonie’s Great Hall. The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which also includes the “Ode to Joy” – the anthem of the European Union. The concert will be followed by dinner in the Elbphilharmonie’s Small Hall. The Elbphilharmonie, which has been hailed as a modern, cultural landmark, a place of democracy and a “building for everyone” is predestined to flank the 2017 summit. The German government and Hamburg wish to send a strong, cultural sign during the programme on the margins of the G20 meeting.
Hamburg becomes world meeting place for experience and tradition
Preparations for the G20 summit have been in full swing for several months, and the countdown is underway with just days until the arrival of political leaders from the world’s 20 major industrialised and emerging economies and their delegations. Hamburg, the “Gateway to the World” with a port that is connected to 950 ports in some 180 countries, will be the first German city to host a G20 summit..
Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, noted: “In view of the positive experience our city gained during the OSCE Ministerial Council in December 2016, I am even more convinced that Hamburg is the right place for bringing world leaders around one table.” Scholz is continuing the tradition of another great Hamburg figure: the late Helmut Schmidt, who served as Germany’s fifth Federal Chancellor from 1974 to 1982. Schmidt, a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), strongly believed that heads of state and government of major countries should get together informally to discuss the most pressing global issues.
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