News · July 2015

Music

The international jazz and classical music festival in Echternach celebrates its 40 years!

For three months, let yourself get carried away by the musical magic offered by renowned artists

Finally back, and this time on the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the International Echternach Festival promises to lovers of classical and jazz music a high quality programme with an excellent selection of artists from around the world. Having marked its season debut from 9 to 11 July, 2015 with multiple open-air concerts, musical ensembles such as Till Brönner Quintett, the Municipal Band Echternach or De Läb were able to demonstrate an unprecedented talent in the courtyard Abbey of Echternach.

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Tourism

The Wenzel Circular Walk – longer, more beautiful, more spectacular

The extension of the popular tour gives you spectacular views of the city and its fortifications

The circular walk is one of the tourist jewels of the City of Luxembourg, attracting thousands of tourists and residents every year to have a stroll on one of the most beautiful balconies of Europe. Now, with the opening of the extension of the walk, the recently refurbished Rham plateau is publicly available.

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Visual Arts

Gare Art Festival - creation in the heart of the city

Six artists from all over the world will be taking part in the 15th edition of this international sculpture symposium.

The concrete is flowing at the moment on the Place de Paris near the railway station in Luxembourg City. Starting on 31 July 2015, the public will be able to watch the artists involved in the Gare Art Festival 2015 while they work on items which will be on display from 8 August to 24 September 2015 beneath the glass canopy of the central railway station in Luxembourg City.

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Presidency of the Council of the European Union

"Be curious!"

Luxembourg's artistic layout of the building of the Council of the European Union entices curiosity

Dans le cadre de la Présidence luxembourgeoise du Conseil de l’Union européenne, le Luxembourg propose – comme toutes les Présidences tournantes – un aménagement artistique du bâtiment "Justus Lipsius" du Conseil à Bruxelles. Mission confiée par le gouvernement au ministère de la Culture, celui-ci a collaboré avec le consultant et designer luxembourgeois Georges Zigrand afin de dégager une conception unifiée de trois espaces.

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Exhibition

ARTWiltz 2015 – an Ardennes encounter

Until 20 September 2015, sculptures will transform Wiltz into an open-air museum

When monumental sculptures are presented in a natural or urban context, their effect is more intense than in a museum or in a gallery - thus the statement issued ahead of the exhibition ARTWiltz 3 "2015 - Ardennes Encounter".

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Children and young people

Study: internet usage from as early as the age of eight

Internet users in Luxembourg are becoming younger and younger

Internet users in Luxembourg are becoming younger and younger Most of these youngsters feel that their use of the internet represents a positive experience; but one in ten is at risk of becoming addicted to it.

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Festivals

Séibühn Ënsber 2015

Open-air culture in an exceptional natural setting

In summer, what better than a relaxing evening in a lovely natural setting? In the mild temperatures of the nights of July and August, the Luxembourg cultural programme takes place in the green! From 31 July to 16 August, 2015, discover the Séibühn Ënsber and its unusual performances at the lake and the dam of the Upper Sûre in the middle of the Upper Sûre Nature Park.

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Music

Capital Sounds Festival from 24 to 26 July

In need of a new festival site, Food For Your Senses has reorganised and renamed itself

What do you do when the lineup for you festival stands, the visitors have announced themselves, but you are suddenly short a site to play on? In Luxembourg, ingenuity and available sites for festivals are both available! Thus, the Food For Your Senses Festival moved from rural Luxembourg to the city, while keeping the lineup, although changing the name into Capital Sounds. Is this still the same thing? You judge for yourself, from 24 to 26 July, in the Rotondes in Bonnevoie.

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ITC

Check if your municipality is well connected!

New map of Luxembourg's ultra-broadband coverage: all towns are well connected

In the context of Digital Lëtzebuerg, the Media and Communications Service (SCM) of the Department of State and the Administration of Maps and Topography have developed a map of the ultra-broadband coverage in Luxembourg.

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Tourism

The Vianden Medieval Festival is back

From 25 July to 2 August 2015, relive the era of the Middle Ages the castle of Vianden

From 25 July to 2 August 2015, the association 'Friends of the Vianden Castle' (Les Amis du château de Vianden) is organising the 14th edition of its annual medieval festival, the largest in the region. Between knightly duels, juggler performances, artists' shows and delights from the medieval kitchen, lovers of Medieval festivals are going to enjoy themselves.

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Festival

Rock Classics @ Beaufort Castle, from 26 to 31 July

Surprising programming in stunning surroundings!

Status Quo, Dream Theater, Clueso, Powerwolf - these are just some of the highlights of this year's 'Rock Classics' which take place between 26 and 31 July 2015 at Beaufort Castle. The line-up is indeed enough to make other festivals envious. For years now this festival has been combining concerts and the heritage. A winning combination!

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Music

Blues'n Jazz Rallye in Luxembourg City

Come and find out about more than fifty free concerts, against the fabulous backdrop of the fortress!

On 25 July 2015, Luxembourg City will host the traditional Blues'n Jazz Rallye as part of the Summer in the City programme; the Rallye is organised by the Luxembourg City Tourist Office and the Blues Club Lëtzebuerg. This festival is a one-of-a-kind event, the perfect platform for Luxembourgish and international performers, attracting more than 25,000 music-lovers every year for its excellent ambience.

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Education

U-Multirank 2015: uni.lu highly ranked for its international outlook

The promising perspectives of the University of Luxembourg confirmed

The University of Luxembourg has scored the highest possible result in terms of international outlook in the U-Multirank ranking 2015. Overall, the University of Luxembourg has obtained more than 10 A scores, which is only the case of 12% of the higher education institutions that have participated in this year’s edition of the ranking, according to statistics presented by U-Multirank.

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Tourism

Why the European capital?

Discover Luxembourg's role in the European construction process during a guided tour

What is the Presidency of the Council of the EU? What's Luxembourg's role in Europe? What exactly are the Schengen Agreements? This summer you'll find the answers to your questions. During the tour the Luxembourg City Tourist Office organises this summer, you will discover the EU and the role that Luxembourg has played in its construction in a new light - from Luxembourg City, where the EU's founding father was born, to Schengen.

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Exhibition

"WËLCOM DÔHÉM" an exhibition that reflects the popularity and commitment of the Grand Duchess Charlotte

Visit the exhibition at the grand ducal Palace between 13 July and 6 September

C'est la vie et les actions d'une grande dame de l'histoire luxembourgeoise, intrinsèquement liée au sort du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg dans une de ses périodes les plus sombres, que l'exposition "WËLCOM DÔHÉM" reflète. Dans le cadre des visites guidées du palais grand-ducal, vous pouvez découvrir des objets personnels et des documents contemporains dressant le portrait des périples de la Grande-Duchesse Charlotteet de son dévouement pour le Luxembourg pendant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. L’exposition insiste particulièrement sur l'épisode de l'exile de la souveraine et du gouvernement luxembourgeois pendant la guerre et les célèbres quatorze allocutions adressées par la Grande-Duchesse au peuple luxembourgeois à la BBC lors de son exile à Londres.

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Culture

Vum Siggy bis bei d'City - history's alive!

A new cartoon helps you discover the exciting history of Luxembourg City!

To mark the 1050th anniversary of Luxembourg City in 2013, the project to design a cartoon on the history of the city was launched. In a dynamic and entertaining way, Lucien Czuga and Roger Leiner, known especially for their cartoon series 'De Superjhemp' illustrate sequences and developments of the history of the City of Luxembourg, with particular attention to historical detail.

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Luxembourg in the world

'Nation Branding' strategy: the main values of Luxembourg's nation branding have been defined

Following a participatory process, the basic forces of Luxembourg's branding have been identified in the context of the 'Nation Branding' process. Luxembourg and foreign resident population as well as cross-border commuters were involved in developing this profile, as were key actors from the fields of economy, finance, culture, tourism and civil society in general.

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Languages

Linguistic practices vary according to the economic sector

The University of Luxembourg published a research report on the use of languages ​​at work

Linguistic practices vary according to sectors of activity and an ever growing increase in language demands are the key findings of a new research report published by the sociologist Fernand Fehlen and the economist Isabelle Pigeron-Piroth. The two researchers from the University of Luxembourg have analysed linguistic demands expressed in jobs in the Luxemburger Wort and on the Jobs.lu. website.

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Quality of life

Mercer Cost of Living Survey 2015

The new Mercer study measures the cost of living for expatriates in Luxembourg

In the 2015 edition of the 'Cost of Living' study by Mercer, the Luxembourg City ranks 94th globally. Compared to preceding studies by Mercer, notably that of 2012, where Luxembourg City was in 84th position, life in Luxembourg has became cheaper for expats, at least in comparison with other cities.

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Studying

Financial aid for students: apply online!

CEDIES goes digital: students can now apply for financial aid in higher education online

With a view to simplifying administrative requirements, the CEDIES will offer eligible students the opportunity to carry out their application for financial aid electronically, as from 1 August 2015.

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Mobility

Alles op de Vëlo

This Sunday, the road between Mamer and Mersch is reserved for cyclists and pedestrians

The 20th edition of 'Alles op de Vëlo!' (Everybody on bike!) is close! The 'Mouvement écologique' (Ecological Movement), its regional team 'Mersch and surroundings' and the 'Lëtzebuerger Vëlos-Initiativ' (Luxembourg Bike Initiative) invite you to participate in a day dedicated to fun and sport on 19 July 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy the opportunity to bike through the Mamer valley in peace!

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Companies

business-check.lu, a new tool for SMEs

The Ministry for the Economy launches an on-line self-assessment tool for SMEs

The Ministry for the Economy is offering an on-line self-assessment tool for use by SMEs in the craft or commercial sector. The electronic platform, which can be accessed at www.business-check.lu, identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the business concerned on the basis of data provided by the user, who is asked to fill out a qualitative questionnaire (self-assessment of certain topics on a scale of 1 to 5) and to respond to a quantitative request based on various accounting data.

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Cinema

Open-air cinema

In summer, a number of towns offer open-air cinema to the public

In a number of towns, the central squares become open-air cinema venues during summer 2015. This is the ideal opportunity to meet friends and have a drink under the Grand Duchy's star-studded sky, and to watch blockbusters or classics.

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Museums

'Eppur si muove': MUDAM in motion

"Art and technology, a shared space".

From 9 July 2015 to 17 January 2016, dive into another world at MUDAM (Museum of Modern Art Grand-Duc Jean)! The exhibition 'Eppur if muove, Art and technology, a shared sphere' has just been inaugurated. It takes you into a space for dialogue between scientific research, discoveries of humanity and visual arts, creating a universe of communication between the aesthetic and the technological.

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Culture

International Festival of the Comic Strip in Contern (2015)

Stands, meeting authors, exhibition and entertainment in Contern

The weekend of 18 and 19 July 2015 will see the 22st edition of the International Festival of the Comic Strip in Contern. The Festival, held each year since 1994, offers about a hundred stalls selling new and second-hand comic-strip books, original drawings, posters, figurines and everything to do with comic-strip books.

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Finance

Fitch confirms Luxembourg's AAA rating

Luxembourg's financial stability further deemed reliable

As of 10 July 2015, rating agency Fitch has confirmed the 'AAA' rating of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with 'stable' outlook. Thus, Luxembourg continues to benefit from the highest rating of the three major credit agencies S&P, Moody's and Fitch.

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Audiovisual production

"Song of the Sea" at the Galway Film Fleadh

The Luxembourg co-production "Song of the Sea" (Melusine Productions / Stéphan Roelants) of the Irish director Tomm Moore was acclaimed by standing ovations at the 27th Galway Film Fleadh that took place form 7 to 12 July 2015.

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Leisure

It's the holidays!

Most of the primary and scondary schools are out for the summer

Soon, the holidays are going to start. For some 41,000 students of secondary schools, the holidays have just started, while primary school pupils are going to have to wait until 16 July. At that point, all of Luxembourg's state schools are going to close their doors until 15 September and students are finally going to be free to enjoy their summer holidays to the full. What's in store for them? Two months of fun, leisure, and all kinds of adventures. Are you lacking ideas? Read this!

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Music

The blues are back in Differdange!

On Saturday, 11 July the town will be in tune with the Blues Express

It's a date for blues lovers: On Saturday, 11 July Differdange will be in tune with the Blues Express. Forty international, regional and Luxembourg musical groups will perform on 11 stages that will be located on two sites, one in Fond-de-Gras and one in Lasauvage. And it's for free!

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Festival and traditions

2015 Al Dikkrich

This well-known popular festival takes place from 10 to 14 July.

How about a drink with friends in casual surroundings? The place to be this weekend is at the 'Al Dikkrich' in Diekirch! From 10 to 14 July, meet your friends in the historic town centre for a beer - from the local brewery, obviously - and an evening together in a friendly party atmosphere.

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Sports

Enjoy sports activities in the sunshine!

This summer, head for the Kinnekswiss in Luxembourg City.

From 10 July to 6 September 2015 inclusive, the city of Luxembourg proposes sport activities for all ages on the 'Kinnekswiss' in the municipal park. Everyone is welcome, whether beginner or experienced, alone or in a group.

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Mobility

Want to know more about the tram project?

The new visiting center GoTram on Place the l’Europe (Luxembourg-Kirchberg) is about to open

The history of Luxembourg railways is full of exciting details which are sometimes even linked to the national identity itself, as the tune of the 'De Feierwôn' (litt.: fire wagon) indicates. From now on, you can discover the development of the tramway project in the visiting center GoTram on Place de l’Europe at Luxembourg-Kirchberg.

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Culture

The fabulous 'Nuit des Merveilles' in Bettembourg

On Saturday, 11 July, let yourself be surprised by street performances for both young and old.

On 11 July 2015, come and spend the evening discovering a varied programme of street performances. The 'Nuit des Merveilles', organised every year since 2010 by the municipality of Bettembourg, offers events with musicians, dancers, rope-walkers, stilt-walkers, puppeteers, mine artistes, clowns, and much more.

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Music

Rock um Knuedler

This free urban festival celebrates its 25 years - a Luxembourgish summer highlight!

The urban rock festival 'Rock um Knuedler', organised for the first time in 1991, attracts pop-rock fans to the heart of the capital city. Over the years, with more than 15,000 visitors, the free open-air festival has become one of the highlights of the festival season in the Grand Duchy. With ten hours of non-stop music, a great ambience is guaranteed.

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Audiovisual production

Cinema: 59 projects supported by a total of 39.7 million euro

Film Fund Luxembourg took stock of its 2014 achievements

On 7 July 2015, the Film Fund Luxembourg presented its 2014 annual report. The Luxembourg film industry seems to be on a winning spree. The presence of Luxembourg cinema productions at renowned international festivals and the amount of awards they got clearly show that this is a flourishing sector.

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Literature

The 2015 Servais Prize goes to Roland Meyer

His Luxembourgish-language opus 'Roughmix' convinced the jury

On 1 July 2015, Roland Meyer receives the Servais Prize during a solemn ceremony at the National Literature Centre in Mersch. The Servais Foundation awarded the 2015 Servais Prize in May to Roland Meyer for his novel Roughmix, published in Luxembourgish at the Esch-sur-Sûre 'éditions Op der Lay' publishing house.

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Tourist attractions

The grand ducal palace open to the public

Find out about the official residence of the Grand Duke.

How do Luxembourg's sovereigns live and work? What is life like in a royal palace? From 13 July to 6 September 2015, the grand ducal palace in Luxembourg is open to the curious public, avid to discover the official residence of the Grand Duke, and offers the possibility of a reservation of a guided tour in several languages. The palace is open from Monday to Sunday, except Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guided tours take 45 minutes.

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Festival

A colourful Gaymat festival coming up in Esch-sur-Alzette

Friends of the LGBT community will be getting together in Esch-sur-Alzette from 6 to 11 July.

After the enormous success of the 2014 edition, which attracted over 5,000 people from everywhere in the Greater Region and the neighbouring countries, the 2015 edition of Gaymat is very much anticipated. The volunteers and members of the a.s.b.l. Rosa Lëtzebuerg and the members of Luxembourg's LGTB community invite you to join them in what was originally planned as a popular celebration, and which has meanwhile grown into a fully-fledged festival of a whole week.

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Companies

Who are Luxembourg's 20 main employers?

Statec knows more

The Luxembourg statistical office Statec has recently published a list of the most important employers in Luxembourg. On 1 January 2015, the most important employers are ArcelorMittal, Post Luxembourg, Cactus and CFL.

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European Union

CVCE Europa Quiz test your knowledge about Europe and win!

From July to December, answer a question about Europe each day and you could win a fabulous trip to Cape Verde or one of a host of other prizes. For more information and registration at www.europaquiz.lu (from 3 July 2015).

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Culture

The Blast Furnace Day is this weekend in Esch / Belval!

On 4 and 5 July, concerts, workshops and festivals animate the surrounding blast furnaces

These giants of the iron and steel industry and the industrial heritage are the focus of the first Blast Furnaces Festival, to be held from 4 to 5 July on the Place des Hauts-Fourneaux, facing the Rockhal.

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Sport

Three Luxembourgish cyclists at the 2015 Tour de France

On 4 July 2015, fans of cycling will look to the Dutch city of Utrecht where the 102nd edition of the Tour de France will start. Among them, three Luxembourgers will compete for the yellow jersey: Ben Gastauer who starts for the team AG2R-La Mondiale, while Bob Jungels and Laurent Didier are going to race for Trek Factory Racing.

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Culture

Rock-A-Field 2015

Highlight of the open-air festival season!

Sunshine, a party atmosphere, summertime, good music ... Tempted? Then don't miss the 10th edition of the Rock-A-Field in Roeser. Right from its first edition, the festival has always attracted an increasingly large audience, and has become the most important open-air festival in the Grand Duchy as well as a be-there date for all fans of rock and pop music.

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Music

From 11 to 25 July: the 2015 edition of the OMNI Festival

An extraordinary festival

Do you like extraordinary artists and music? So, why not combine the joys of summer with those of culture? For some years now, the OMNI Festival (Non identified musical objects) has been bringing together stars from the musical scene for an open-air music festival in the Grund district, one of the quarters of Luxembourg City.

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Agriculture

Enjoy a sunny day at Agricultural Fair!

The Agricultural Fair takes place from 3 to 5 July

Moment fort de l’année pour le secteur de l’agriculture au Luxembourg, la foire agricole Ettelbruck (FAE) attire chaque année de nombreux visiteurs de tous les coins du pays. Pas besoin d’être agriculteur pour passer une journée agréable à la FAE, qui aura lieu du 4 au 6 juillet 2014!

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  • Updated 15-09-2015