Presentation of the inauguration programme


On Wednesday 15 April the programme for the inauguration was presented to the media, partners, supports and the Authorities.

For the first time the LAC theatre opened its doors to a numerous public.  Official speeches by the City Authorities; the Mayor of Lugano, Marco Borradori, the Deputy Mayor Giovanna Masoni Brenni, were followed by the Director of the Cultural Department Lorenzo Sganzini,  Maurizio Canetta,  Director of the RSI (Swiss Italian Broadcasting authority), media partner of the inaugural event and  the Artistic Directors of the different sectors which will feature in the 15 days of the events: CarmelRifici, Director of LuganoInScena and Director of the Inauguration, Etienne Reymond, Director of Lugano Musica (the new name of Lugano Festival from September onwards) Denise Fedeli, Artistic-Administrative Director of the OSI (Italian Swiss Orchestra) which will inaugurate the LAC concert season e Marco Franciolli, Director of the newly-created Museo d'Arte della Svizzera italiana (Art Museum of Italian Switzerland).

Michel Gagnon, Director of the LAC, hosted the event and laid out the guidelines  behind the inaugural events: "The inauguration scheduled for September will send a strong message to the public, and will show that the LAC is for everyone and will demonstrate the project’s potential”.

Halfway through the speeches the curtain rose for a first thrilling taste of the Hall’s  acoustics:  a brief performance by the OSI violinist Barbara Ciannamea.  In the photo gallery some moments from the presentation.

The conference press kit can be downloaded from

(Photo: Igor Grbesic)

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