Having reached its 8th edition, the international LongLake Festival is one of the biggest open-air city festivals in Switzerland. Concerts, music for all tastes, literature, gatherings, entertainment, theatre, dance, cinema, children’s shows and urban art installations will invade the streets, squares and public parks of the city creating an intense encounter between artists and the public.



An apparent delirium of freaks, artists egos, musicians assembling and disassembling in artistic harmony over a five-day period. The Festival pays homage to the art of street performance that, despite the simplicity of its means, produces performances of outstanding quality.

Organization and artistic direction:
Ilenia Ricci, Damiano Merzari, Gianmaria Zanda, Paride Bernasconi

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ROAM is an alternative music festival with its creative roots in the north of Europe, but always keeps an open mind to all its forms at an international level. An intense ambiance, combined with incredible musical spaciousness and sound in the perfect setting of the enchanting Parco Ciani. An ideal kind of “roaming”, but with a very precise destination and identity.

Organization and artistic direction:
Filippo Corbella

On the occasion of its 40th edition, Estival is offering an exciting and pretty impressive programme that, in addition to satisfying jazz enthusiasts, will take us on a trip around the world as always over five evenings with concerts by internationally-renowned artists from North and South America, Africa, Asia and, of course, Europe.

Organization and artistic direction:
Jacky Marti, Andreas Wyden

From literature to art, passing through architecture and science, the festival “breathes” the minds of its audience, in an meeting of words and worlds.

Organization and artistic direction:
Claudio Chiapparino e Ilenia Ricci


The Festival offers a wide range of activities for families and children: musical events, children’s theatre, cinema, clown shows, and many workshops during which children and young people can learn while having fun. The hall and gardens of the Palazzo Congressi Convention Centre will host a fun village for families with lots of games made available to families free of charge.

Organization and artistic direction:
Tessa Casagrande, Victoria Diaz Saravia

«The twenty-four Caprices by Nicolò Paganini interpreted in one evening, Der Heyser Bulgar beneath the canopy of the Parco Ciani, and Blagoslavlyayu vas, lesa (“I bless you, forests”) by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the three Sonatas and three Partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach for solo violin, Funiculì-Funiculà arranged by Arnold Schönberg, the Sequenza XIV for solo cello by Luciano Berio, pages of the Drexel Manuscript by Karl Friedrich Abel, the Fandango by Aldemaro Romero, the six Caprices by François Adrien Servais for two cellos… and much more at the LongLake Classica Festival 2017!»

Organization and artistic direction:
Christian Bellisario

Urban Art is a range of experimental art initiatives, connecting residents tothe urban environment and depicting a variety of important issues.

Organization and artistic direction:
cLab, Stefano Ferretti, Alex Dorici

Formed in 2011 within the LongLake Festival, over the years Ritmo Costante has managed to create fixed seasonal appointments and to offer artists of different calibres, winning the affection of dance enthusiasts and becoming a point of reference, as well as the only organiser of major dance events in Ticino.

This festival offer cinema lovers the possibility of enjoying the best films from the past year on a maxi-screen in an enchanting location. For one month the beautiful setting of the Lugano Lido will be transformed into an amazing movie theatre under the stars, ready to welcome the best international film productions.

Ticino Musica is an event where musicians, great masters and young talent from all corners of the globe meet, in which artistic flair and education are skilfully combined to offer both participants and the audience the possibility of enjoying an all-round musical experience.


LongLake Plus hosts other events that liven up the Lugano summer, both in the city centre and in its neighbourhoods. These include music events, ranging from classic music to bands and choirs, as well as folk festivals and food fairs, including the Street Food Festival, various sporting events organised throughout the region and a number of events for families.