What had been a focal point of the Heidelberger Frühling Musikfestival since 2016, became an independent song festival for the first time from 11 to 19 March 2022 under the title "Neuland.Lied". In 23 events over 9 festival days, the world of song was remeasured.
Guests included artists such as Anna Lucia Richter, Christian Elsner, Marlis Petersen, Simon Bode, Ema Nikolovska, Konstantin Ingenpaß, Katharina Konradi, The Erlkings, Trio Kronthaler and the Oslo Sinfonietta with Eivind Buene and Tora Augestad.
The concerts of the first edition of Neuland.Lied were accompanied by the Public Master Classes of the Liedakademie with its Artistic Director Thomas Hampson. The Master Classes were streamed live on the Liedzentrum's YouTube channel. Pianist Susan Manoff and lyricist and pianist Daniel Gerzenberg were also guest lecturers. In addition, the fellows were featured in the specially curated two-part song recital "The Song of Life".