A unique natural environment for enjoying the events of the Festival completely surrounded by nature. The Boschetto stage will host the Boschetto dei Mondiali, the Roam Festival concerts, the Buskers Festival artists and classical music matinées.
El Mojito Tropical Lounge
THE meeting place during the Lugano summer, El Mojito is ideal for anyone that wants to enjoy tasty appetizers and cocktails, while listening to music and admiring the spectacular view of Lake Lugano. The “Time Out” guide listed it among the experiences not to be missed in Switzerland. The official watering-hole of LongLake, all of its profits go towards financing the Festival and other summer events.
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 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
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 and Buskers Festival events.
When summer arrives, this little square, which gets its name from the statue of William Tell by Vincenzo Vela, comes alive with services, 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 several Buskers Festival shows, as well as various dance events at the weekend in the Ritmo Costante Festival.
With a theatre and a concert hall, Il 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 DVD titles, music CDs, books, and VHS tapes available for lending. 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 the 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 from 15 June to 1st September, as well as during Estival Jazz, the Buskers Festival and additionally 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. A series of classical music concerts will be held at the Villa Ciani during the LongLake Festival.
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 and conferences dedicated to architecture.
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 will host the Villaggetto dei Mondiali, the main stage of the Buskers Festival and, from this year, several dance events in the Ritmo Costante Festival.
Inaugurated last year as one of the official venues of the LongLake Festival, the beauty of its landscape makes the Punta Foce the ideal “stage” for enjoying events in the embrace of the surrounding nature. The festivals hosted in this natural landscape are the Buskers Festival and the Classica Festival.