The Festival Hall on the BERNEXPO site, which was built 72 years ago as a temporary structure, has reached the end of its life cycle. The BERNEXPO GROUPE has therefore decided to replace it with a new exhibition centre. The new building will enable the staging of cultural events, shows, sporting events, art exhibitions, musicals, television broadcasts, conferences and other congresses with a capacity of up to 9,000 people.
In March 2021, the voters of the city of Bern said "yes" to the Mingerstrasse-Papiermühlestrasse redevelopment concept and to the city's investment contribution of CHF 15 million towards the total costs of CHF 95 million. The Grand Council of the Canton of Bern also approved a corresponding credit. Important milestones have thus been reached. According to the current planning status, construction of the New Festival Theatre is scheduled to begin in 2022, and the opening is planned for 2024/2025.