Until 26 June 2016, the five senses - namely taste, smell, sight, touch and hearing - will be at the centre of attention of an exhibition at the Villa Vauban in Luxembourg. The latter presents a collection of 52 paintings, printed graphics and series about the five senses in painting. They belong to the most varied and most appealing subjects of European painting.
For the sake of the diversification of its economy, Luxembourg focuses, among other things, on the promotion of different economic and industrial sectors, of which the automotive components industry. The latter will be reinforced by the creation of the future Luxembourg Automotive Campus, an industrial site specialising in automotive component research and development (R&D).
The weather is gradually getting better, the sun comes out more often and the capital starts to get crowded with tourists: these elements are part of the things that announce spring and thus also the new tourist season 2016. It's on the occasion of the launch of the new tourist season 2016 that the Luxembourg City Tourist Office (LCTO) invites the public on 25 to 26 March to 'Explore Luxembourg', two days of discovery of the Grand Duchy's tourist regions on the Place d'Armes in the city centre.
Radio 100,7 – la radio socio-culturelle de service public du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg – annonce le lancement du "Radiopräis 2016" qui récompensera la meilleure œuvre originale de fiction radiophonique soumise au jury. L’édition 2016 du concours est placée sous le thème "Un monde façonné par les réseaux sociaux: impact sur la culture et la perception du temps".
Schmit, Müller, Weber, Hoffmann: these are the most common Luxembourg surnames in the Grand Duchy. That's what reveals a study by Peter Gilles and his team of the University of Luxembourg who analysed the surnames of the Luxembourg citizens. The result is the publication of a book on the Luxembourg surnames, the 'Luxemburger Familiennamenbuch'.
In order to facilitate access to their original historical sources, the National Archives of Luxembourg (ANLux), in collaboration with the Council of State, have made accessible online more than 220,000 pages of archives of the Council of State of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg on www.anlux.lu.
The population in Luxembourg doesn't stop growing, that's what reveals a study recently published by the National Statistics and Economic Studies Institute (Statec). In 2015, the number of persons living in the Grand Duchy increased by 13,291 to attend 576,249 inhabitants in total. This represents an increase of 2.4%.
It goes without saying that the 'Parc Merveilleux' in Bettembourg is a real institution for children in Luxembourg. This year, the park opens its gates on 26 March. Animals from all five continents, little fairytale houses, fairy tale showcases, the pony express, several playgrounds, and all of this in the nature: Every year, the wonderful park attracts tens of thousands of visitors.
The spring-summer season of the cultural centre Neimënster sounds promising: during the six coming months, everybody – or at least almost – can find his/her happiness: Let's start with Iggy Pop, the rock icon who will be on stage on the esplanade of the abbey on 11 July 2016. He'll present his new album 'Post Pop Depression'on the occasion of the OMNI festival (Objets musicaux non identifiés — non-identified musical objects).
A big success for our infographics 'Luxembourg 2015': in the context of the 6th edition of the 'International Corporate Media Award', mainly known in the German-speaking world, the Information and Press Service of the Government (responsible for the website www.luxembourg.lu) and the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Statec) have received a Gold Award in the category 'Infographics' for their 14 infographics about Luxembourg, that were created in collaboration with the agency Human Made.
Nine artists have the opportunity to work at Belval under the first Public Art Experience residency, which will continue until August 2016. To give the general public an opportunity to meet the artists and get to know their projects, the Fonds Belval has initiated 'Meet the Artist' events - informal get-togethers over a drink - at lunchtime in the 'Massenoire' building.
It would seem that Luxembourg is a country where life is good. At least that is what a study on happiness, published by the 'Earth Institute' at Columbia University, reveals, the famous 'World Happiness Report'. In this study, conducted between 2013 and 2015 in 156 countries, the Grand Duchy is placed in 20th position (2014: 19th place).
On 29 March 2016 the Ancienne Belgique in the centre of Brussels will rock to the beat of bands from the Grand Duchy at a 'Luxembourg Sounds Like ...' event. These events, initiated by the export agency for the Grand Duchy's music Music:LX, involve concerts by Luxembourg musicians or bands, with the added possibility for professionals in the music industry in other countries to meet Luxembourgish performers.
When did you last sit down in a comfortable cinema chair? With friends, family or alone, armed with popcorn, a drink or ice cream, until finally the lights went out and you dove into another universe. And this to watch one of the six Luxembourg (co)productions currently being screened in cinemas: Colonia Dignidad, Sunset Song, The Drak Side of the Moon, Eldorado, Black Harvest, The Brand New Testament and Eng nei Zäit.
Fedil, ABBL and the clc, in colllboration with ICTluxembourg, have published the results of an eighth consecutive survey about the need for information and communication technologies (ICT) qualifications in the private sector. In qualitative terms, the companies expect a high level of training for the majority of jobs: in 93% of the cases, they require a minimum of BAC +2 (equivalent to an English National Qualifications Framework (NGF) level 5).
On Sunday, 27 March 2016 Luxembourgers, like Christians everywhere, celebrate Easter. In the Grand Duchy, this celebration is before all a mix of traditions that are the same in many countries, such as the religious ceremonies and the symbolic eggs and Easter Bunny. However, some of these traditions are specifically Luxembourgish, such as the Klibberen, the Jaudes-custom, the lovers' egg, the Éimaischen and the Péckvillercher.
Imagine finding yourself in the middle of a forest in the dead of night. This is what Paul Gaffney experienced. In residence at the National Audiovisual Centre (Centre national de l'audiovisuel, CNA) until 15 May 2016, this Irish landscape photographer spent a year walking the Luxembourg forests, namely in the nature reserve 'Op der Haard' in the South of the country and in the Ardennes in the North, as well as Irish forests in order to take night pictures of the forest.
The Government announced in 2013 that its programme would include a total reworking of the Law of 2008 on Luxembourg nationality. On 14 March 2016, Minister for Justice Félix Braz presented the details of the reform. It covers first-generation right of birthplace (jus soli), the conditions for naturalisation, and the conditions for acquiring Luxembourgish nationality by option.
For decades, the Grand Duchy has been home to a constantly growing and thriving international community. A recent OECD study on the proportion of foreign students in its member countries merely confirms the reality experienced every day in the Grand Duchy when it places the University of Luxembourg in first place, with 67% of its master's students nationals of other countries.
From 19 March to 3 April 2016, the Rotondes invite to an exhibition in the context of the award called LEAP - Luxembourg Encouragement for Artists Prize Awarded every two years to an artist, after deliberation by an international jury, the LEAP award aims at helping artists who show an innovative approach in the contemporary creation and in the current scene.
Speeders beware! From 16 March 2016, fixed speed cameras are operational on Luxembourg's road network. From 1 February, 10 terminals had already been operational in the context of a test phase, a phase which now comes to an end. The fixed speed cameras will be complemented by six mobile cameras that can be used on the entire road network. That means that, from now on, fines between 49 and 145 euros await those who are flashed while speeding.
Starting on 23 March, the Casino - Forum for Contemporary Art is to add a temporary installation devoted to contemporary video creation. The Black Box is a place where videos by contemporary artists are shown, either as part of a themed programme, or as stand-alone presentations.
At the beginning of March 2016, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), part of the group The Economist, published a new edition of its bi-annual report about the cost of living in cities worldwide. The world ranking in March 2016 is led by Singapore, followed by Zurich and Hong Kong in the second position. Luxembourg comes in 66th place in the world ranking.
In proportion to its population, Luxembourg offers a very high number of award-winning and even starred restaurants. And every year, the initiative RestoDays allows you to (re)discover this exceptional culinary quality. For ten days, the participating restaurants propose gourmet menus at reduced prices.
Statec published its findings of a European study about the confidence that individuals have in their institutions. The findings show that in Luxembourg, the level of confidence is well above the European average for the political system, the police and justice, but below average for social confidence. However, these numbers only show a single dimension of this complex study.
You are tempted to study at the University of Luxembourg, but you need more information in order to make a final decision? You are still figuring out which course to study? You are already a student or a professor and you don't know the campus Belval yet? Then the open day of the University of Luxembourg is made for you! On Saturday, 19 March 2016, the university campus Esch-Belval invites to a discovery day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..
The Ministry of Equal Opportunities has set the course for a fundamental change in policy. In view of supporting a national effort aiming at increasing the part of the underrepresented gender in politics, the Ministry of Equal Opportunities has decided, together with its partners, to raise the awareness of the public towards this issue. A joint campaign launched in the second half of March 2016 aims to mobilise the Grand Duchy's population towards more equality between men and women in local politics.
In the context of enhanced e-governance, one of the main drivers of the modernisation of the Luxembourg State, the National Employment Agency (ADEM) has launched its new interactive website called JobBoard. This site is joining up with the ADEM's Employment Portal. JobBoard is an interactive platform intended to increase the chances of bringing employers and job seekers together. This is a new element of a digitalisation strategy which seeks to create an actual eADEM.
In early March 2016, the European Commission published the new 'Standard Eurobarometer' study about Luxembourg. Carried out in autumn 2015, the survey asked the opinion of 506 residents, of which 60 had Luxembourg citizenship. Several themes were tackled, namely the situation of the national and the European economy, the most important problems on a personal basis, the image of the European Union, immigration, etc.
Luxembourg echoes to the song of the bagpipes and Celtic tunes! It's the Zeltik, a yearly ancestral music festival, which attracts thousands of spectators every year! The 'Zeltic' festival or 'Celtic Celebration', which takes place every year at the beginning of March, during one weekend, mixes ancient Celtic music with new sounds. Over the years, the festival has been the venue for the greatest stars of the genre, like Carlo Nunez, Capercaillie, the Waterboys or The Levellers.
Organised by the Nation Branding Committee on 4 and 5 March 2016, the weekend of co-creation has gathered more than 40 volunteers of all sectors, who identified the first leads to translate, convey and disseminate the main differentiating characteristics of the country.
The 7th edition of the 'Lëtzebuerger Filmpräis' was held on Saturday, 5 March 2016 at the Grand Theatre of the City of Luxembourg. The ceremony – organized by Film Fund Luxembourg and Film Academy – was held in the presence of TRH the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess, Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister, Minister of Culture, Minister for Communications and Media, Guy Arendt, Secretary of State for Culture, and Lydie Polfer, Mayor of the City Luxembourg. Find here the winners of the 2016 Luxembourg film prize!
In early March 2016, the National Statistics and Economic Studies Institute (Statec) published a study about the use of time of Luxembourg residents. Only main activities are taken into account (studying, sleeping, eating and drinking, etc.). In this context, residents aged 10 to 74 years were interviewed in 2014, when this community study was conducted for the first time.
ETH Zurich has just published the 2016 edition of its index on globalisation 'KOF Index of Globalization'. This index measures the economic, social and political dimensions of globalisation, by taking into account 23 variables. Luxembourg ranks 18th in the global ranking, with a score of 83.55 out of 100. In 2015, Luxembourg was in 15th position. Within Europe, Luxembourg ranks 16, and within the European Union 14.
The graduates of the pilot edition of the Fit4Start programme were congratulated by Francine Closener, Secretary of State of the Economy, at a ceremony on 3 March 2016. Five promising start-ups have now been selected for participation in the next edition among the 100 applications received and will benefit from coaching provided by 'Lean Start-Up' experts and substantial financial support.
The population of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg is made up of more than 45.9% of foreigners, a rate that comes close to the 68% in the capital. In total, the country counts more than 170 different nationalities. The Migration, Culture and Citizenship Festival celebrates this multicultural Luxembourg every year. Organised since 1982 by CLAE and supported by numerous associations, the 33rd edition of the festival will take place from 11 to 13 March 2016 at the Luxexpo in Luxembourg-Kirchberg.
8 March is the International Women's Day. It's the occasion to inform about the situation of women in the world, about all the injustices that they still suffer from. In Luxembourg, an exhibition and several events are dedicated to the situation of women and Statec casts a statistical look on the life women in the Grand-Duchy.
On 2 March 2016, Secretary of State of the Economy, Francine Closener, gave a positive assessment of the past tourism year which is in line with a promising development of Luxembourg's tourism sector in previous years. Surveys conducted by GIE Luxembourg for Tourism (LFT) for 2015 show a total of 2.7 million overnight stays  which is an increase compared to the previous year which presents itself as follows: hotels (+ 1.4%), camping (-1.3%) and hostels (+ 3.5%).
After having been exhibited in the foyer of the 'Justus Lipsius' building in Brussels, seat of the Council of the European Union in Brussels, in the context of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the cabinet of curiosities has been installed in the entrance hall of the Ministry of Culture.
From 4 March 2016 on, the National Museum of History and Art (Musée national d'histoire et d'art - MNHA) offers to its visitors two new exhibitions, of which one about Luxembourg artist Joseph Kutter and another one about american painter H. Craig Hanna.
Du 6 mars au 27 avril 2016 aura lieu la 34e édition du Printemps musical – Festival de Luxembourg. Organisé par le Luxembourg City Tourist Office (LCTO), ce festival de musique world et jazz propose un mélange de vedettes prestigieuses et de découvertes inédites dans la salle de concerts Den Atelier, le Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg et l'abbaye de Neimënster.
1 March 2016 sees the start of the new tourist season, with the famous Bock casemates in Luxembourg City open to visitors once again. The maze of underground galleries cut into the rock is the only one of its kind in the world; it is witness to the glorious past of the legendary fortress city. In 2015 it received more than 120,000 visitors, making it the leading tourist attraction in the capital.
The 7th edition of the 'Lëtzebuerger Filmpräis' will be held on Saturday, 5 March 2016 at Luxembourg City's Grand Théâtre, hosted jointly by the writer, actor and producer Claude Frisoni and the actress Eugénie Anselin. For this 7th edition, 12 short films, 16 co-productions, 4 Luxembourgish feature films, 9 documentaries and 3 animated films will be competing for an award.
On 22 March 2016, the Casino - Forum for Contemporary Art, an eminent museum for visual arts located in the city centre, reopens its doors to the public after the refurbishment of its exhibition rooms, which allows contemporary artists even more liberties to present their works.