Hamburg News: Tourism - one of the highlight events: the event Blue Port is shown with Elbphilharmonie during night time.
Elbphilharmonie Eröffnung © Ralph Larmann

850,000 guests flock to 600 concerts in first year of Elbphilharmonie

Elbphilharmonie enjoying spectacular success; surpasses all expectations

Around 850,000 people have attended over 600 concerts in Hamburg’s impressive Elbphilharmonie since the magnificent concert hall officially opened on January 11, 2017, a press release said Tuesday (January 9, 2018). And more than 4.5 million people have visited the Plaza. Nearly 70,000 people have taken part in guided tours of the concert hall while the Elbphilharmonie’s music education programme has attracted over 60,000 people of all ages making for a great success story in just a year.

Demand for tickets continues unabated and for some concerts, demand is over 20 times higher than the number of available seats. In future, when advance bookings are taken for especially popular concerts or series of concerts, tickets will be allocated by a raffle of all submitted orders.

Festivals, premieres, outstanding orchestras

Last January, all the leading representatives of the state including former German President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the Bundestag Norbert Lammert, and Andreas Voßkuhle, President of the Federal Constitutional Court attended the official opening ceremony. About a quarter of the invited guests had won their tickets in a raffle. Since then, the building, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, has gone from success to success. Apart from the concert series staged by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and Ensemble Resonanz, some 70 orchestras have made guest appearances at the Elbphilharmonie. Around 130 ensembles, bands and choirs have performed concerts ranging far beyond classical music to jazz, world music, rock, pop, electronic music and hip-hop. Many different festival formats and thematic emphases, as well as a number of world premieres have triggered a very positive response to the programme.

Magnetic Elbphilharmonie

The Plaza or public viewing platform with fantastic views of Hamburg and the port has counted well over 4.5 million visitors since it opened on November 4, 2016 and has surpassed forecasts threefold. The Plaza is now Hamburg’s top tourist attraction. Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, said: “The Elbphilharmonie has changed the face of Hamburg locally and internationally and culture has found a new home at the heart of the city. Sold-out concerts evening for evening and around 4.5 million visitors to the Plaza show the immense fascination held by the building itself and the music performed.” Hamburg’s excellent media ranking in leading international dailies such as the New York Times or the influential Lonely Planet guidebook indicates the city’s growing appeal.

Global enthusiasm

Media coverage of the Elbphilharmonie in the first year has surpassed expectations. Around 50,000 reports on the new concert hall have been splashed across newspapers, magazines, and been published in all kinds of periodicals and online media. The Elbphilharmonie has gained 220,000 new Facebook fans while 160,000 people subscribe to the newsletter. The webpage has notched up around 50 million clicks and 1 million viewers watch diverse live-streams. Edel Books has published a photo book entitled “Elbphilharmonie. Die erste Saison – Künstler, Konzerte, Emotionen” which chronicles all 324 concerts held from January to August 2017.

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