Having reached its 7th 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.

The Festival is organised by the Events and Conventions Division of the City of Lugano, which organises and coordinates more than a thousand events, conventions and fairs throughout the year.



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 a festival dedicated entirely to live music. This year the festival will be held on six consecutive evenings, from 25 to 31 July, bringing the biggest stars from the current electro-pop, alternative and world scene to Lugano, in the wonderful setting of the Parco Ciani.

Organization and artistic direction:
Filippo Corbella

Estival offers a thrilling, and particularly surprising, line-up that in addition to satisfying jazz fans, will return to exploring the rich world of contemporary music with its beats, colours and tunes, in the same spirit as always, promoting the understanding of different cultures, tolerance and co-existence.

Organization and artistic direction:
Jacky Marti, Andreas Wyden

With L. Cohen we whisper  that there is a crack in everything and that is how light gets in, with A. Camus we exclaim that culture is the cry of men in face of their destiny. In Wor(l)ds there is a desire for authenticity.

Organization and artistic direction:
Claudio Chiapparino e Ilenia Ricci


The Festival offers a wide range of activities tailored for families and small children: the reading of fables, children’s theatre, cinema, clown shows, exhibitions and various workshops in which children and young people can learn while having fun.

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 to the urban environment and depicting a variety of topical issues.

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

The booming sound of the most famous two wheels in the world is back again and the city turns into a motor-bike dedicated village. Don’t miss the concerts, the stalls with the sector’s latest novelties and the parade of more than one thousand bikers out to discover the Regione del Luganese.

The City Beats Festival will be back during summer 2018.


LongLake plus is a collection of other events, organised during the LongLake Festival period (28 June – 1 August), breathing life into the Lugano summer. Although it is not a festival in itself, LongLake plus completes the events offered by the festival, involving many other organisations and increasing the visibility of various summer billboards.