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Top events 2019

Sublime. Giovanni Segantini: Light and landscape

25 August - 10 November 2019

The exhibition retraces the evolution of landscape painting from the early nineteenth century until today, comparing the majestic “Alpine Triptych” by Giovanni Segantini with about sixty works from the MASI collection, including works by Turner, Boccioni, Giacometti and This Brunner.



01 September 2019 - 17 June 2020

A musical season dedicated primarily to classical music but open to other art forms as well.


William Wegman. Being Human

08 September 2019 - 06 January 2020

A selection of one hundred works by the famous American photographer William Wegman featuring his Weimaraner dogs: portrayed for years by the artist, this rather unusual muse play characters, comment on fashion trends and address movements in art history.



24 September 2019 - 17 June 2020

LuganoInScena offers a programme which runs the gamut from prose theatre to contemporary theatre, from national and international dance spectacles to musical programme and successful musical.


International Puppets Festival in Lugano

12 October - 03 November 2019

The best of international puppetry.


i Viaggiatori

01 - 03 November 2019

Swiss International Holiday Exhibition. This important event of the Travel Sector gives the great public of travellers the chance to become acquainted with the most magnificent
destinations and resorts on the five continents, international tour operators and different kinds of tourist services.


Panettone World Cup

08 - 10 November 2019

During the event, pastry chefs from all over the world will compete for the title of Rè del panettone.


Circus Knie

14 - 17 November 2019

Anniversary Tour 2019 with Vincent Kucholl and Vincent Veillon. This year Circus Knie celebrates "100 years of the Swiss National Circus". For the aniversary the family Knie offers a spectecular programm: award-winning clowns, fascinating animal dressages and the “best of” of the last 100 year.


YouNique. Excellent Craftsmanship

16 - 17 November 2019

An exhibition market, and yet an intimate and exclusive event dedicated to International high artistic handicraft, where visitors have a chance to enjoy direct contact with the Master Artisans. This provides an opportunity to better understand and appreciate the precious artefacts on display, as well as the qualities and history that made them unique.


MelideICE on the lake

23 November 2019 - 05 January 2020

Melide’s Christmas village is back, with its 510-square-foot ice rink, the igloo bar, the heated tent and the Lounge Bar & Restaurant Baja.


Music in the dark

30 November 2019

We offer a sensational and absolutely enchanting experience! Listen to music, sounds in total darkness- made in Switzerland-


Natale in Piazza

30 November 2019 - 06 January 2020

Christmas in Lugano starts with the lighting of the tree in Riforma Square. From that moment, the heart of the city becomes a bright village, bestowing opportunities for entertainment, musical performances, a market and surprises until the Epiphany.


Open Gallery #18 Xmas Edition

30 November 2019

Twice a year, the Open Gallery initiative sees the city of Lugano’s galleries, art spaces and museums open their doors free of charge.