A unique natural environment for enjoying the events of the Festival completely surrounded by nature. The Boschetto stage, situated in Lugano’s Parco Ciani, will host the Roam Festival concerts, classical music matinées and various events in the Wor(l)ds Festival. Whereas just outside the park, near its entrance, you will find one of the locations of the Buskers Festival.
El Mojito Tropical Lounge
THE meeting place during the Lugano summer, El Mojito is the official watering-hole of LongLake. All of its profits go towards financing the Festival and other summer events, and it is one of the most popular venues of the Buskers Festival.
During the LongLake Festival, the hall of the city’s conference centre will take on a new look as the venue for the magical world of the Family Festival. A small village entirely dedicated to families and children, who will be entertained for a whole month with story-telling, children’s theatre, cinema, clown shows, exhibitions and many workshops.
The dock and Park&Read – Parco Ciani
Nestled on the shores of Lake Lugano, in the middle of Parco Ciani, is the Darsena – the dock – a building inspired by English cottages with hints of Ottoman architecture. An official info point for the LongLake Festival, the dock is also the venue for Park&Read, the summer living room for those who love reading and nature. Tables, chairs and deckchairs, as well as a refreshment bar (at the Darsena) are also available to the public. During the festival the Darsena is scheduled to open daily from 10:00 to 21:00 and will host several Wor(l)ds Festival, Buskers Festival and Look&Listen events.
When summer arrives, this little square, which gets its name from the statue of William Tell by Vincenzo Vela, comes to life with various initiatives, and events. You can rent pedal boats and motor boats or enjoy delicious artisanal ice cream at the “Chez Guglielm” kiosk. During the LongLake Festival this small square in front of Parco Ciani hosts the World Music concerts, several Buskers Festival performances, Family Festival shows and various dance events offered by Ritmo Costante.
With a theatre and a concert hall, the FOCE is a small cultural hub that entertains audiences with more than 200 events over the course of the year. The programme offers a wide range music and theatre shows, as well as cinema screenings, dance performances, and meetings. It also houses the Agorateca, a book and media library with thousands of DVDs, music CDs, books, and VHS tapes available for loan. The FOCE does not close in the summer, but becomes an official venue of the LongLake Festival, hosting several events in the Cello Love classical music festival, as well as a number of events in the Wor(l)ds Festival and Buskers Festival.
The lakefront for pedestrians
The lakeside stroll of Lugano par excellence, which can be enjoyed in perfect tranquillity thanks to the closing of the road to traffic every Friday and Saturday from 20:30 to 01:30 until 10 August, as well as during the Street Food Festival, Estival Jazz, the Buskers Festival and finally on 1 August for Swiss National Day.
The historical and wonderful Villa Ciani, located in the park of the same name, has been the setting for many important exhibitions since 1933. Today it is mainly used to host temporary art and historical exhibitions, but upon request can also booked for private events and weddings. During the LongLake Festival the villa hosts the Look&Listen Events.
The Ex Macello, a building of historical significance for the City of Lugano, provides a space suitable for exhibitions, show rooms, meetings, performances and theatre workshops. During the LongLake Festival it will host an exhibition among the Urban Art events.
Piazza Manzoni and Piazza della Riforma
The nerve centre of the City of Lugano, a short stroll from the lake and surrounded by historical buildings, the two adjacent squares are the perfect setting for big events. Piazza della Riforma has always hosted Estival Jazz, whereas Piazza Manzoni hosts several of the Ritmo Costante dance events and is the main stage of the Buskers Festival.
The beauty of its landscape makes the Punta Foce the ideal “stage” for enjoying events in the embrace of the surrounding nature. This idyllic backdrop provides the setting for several Buskers Festival performances.
In 1955 the Oratory in Quartiere Maghetto was transformed into the Cinema Iride. The phase of amateur productions came to an end and a true cinema complete with stalls, a gallery, stage and changing rooms, with 391 seats in total, was born. Today, this historical and charming location of the LongLake Festival is the venue that hosts the screening of films in the Family Festival.