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Cinema

'Voices from Chernnobyl', an internationally acclaimed Luxembourgish movie

A movie by Pol Cruchten, based on the eponymous work by Svetlana Alexievitch about the tragedy of Chernobyl.

'Voices from Chernobyl', a movie by Pol Cruchten about the tragedy of Chernobyl, has been widely acclaimed abroad. Last weekend, this documentary, which is currently on show the the Utopia cinema in Luxembourg City, was awarded the prize for the best documentary at the Minneapolis Saint-Paul International Festival in the United States.

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Culture

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg - a multilingual country

STATEC study on linguistic integration and multilingualism in the Grand Duchy

The Grand Duchy is a perfect example of a multilingual country: no fewer than 37 linguistic communities (with at least one hundred people speaking a specific language) live in the Grand Duchy. This was revealed by a study by STATEC, the National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies, and the University of Luxembourg, based on data for 2011.

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Culture

The Philharmonie launches into its 2016/17 season

Come and meet John Malkovich, Chick Corea, Anne-Sophie Mutter and other big-name artists

On Tuesday morning, the Philharmonie and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, OPL) presented their programme for the 2016/17 season. The varied programming calls on the best musicians in all kinds of music, with the prospect of exciting discoveries, and plenty of events for young audiences.

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Economy

Launch of the network 'Innohub Luxembourg'

This initiative is part of the efforts to make the Grand Duchy a hub for start-ups

The very recent launch of the network 'Innohub Luxembourg', an economic interest group (GIE) which is ready to support start ups, is to be considered in the context of the efforts of the Luxembourg government and economy to make the Grand Duchy a hub for start-ups.

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Exhibition

Travel in time at Neumünster Abbey

The programme includes an exhibition of old geographical maps and a series of events marking the 80th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War.

At the moment, Neumünster Abbey offers a voyage through time and space. Relive the Spanish Civil War 80 years after its start in the context of "¡No pasarán!" and follow the development of Luxembourg and the Greater Region in the exhibition "A voyage in space and in time" through maps and plans from the 16th up to the 19th centuries.

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ICT

A 'made in Luxembourg' supercalculator for European businesses

Project to help businesses in the European European make the transition to digital

This is the challenge: to actively promote and support the transition to digital for businesses in the European Union, which is a difficult but necessary process. The European Commission has released 50 billion euros as part of an investment package aimed at giving European businesses a better competitive edge. In this context, the Grand Duchy is demonstrating its excellent infrastructure and talent in the ICT sector and "will be playing an important role", according to the Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider.

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Museums

Experience one day in the iron ore mines

The National Mining Museum inaugurates its permanent exhibition

On 22 April 2016, the National Mining Museum in Rumelange inaugurated its permanent exhibition. With this visitor space, the museum has given itself a powerful museum tool to welcome them, before they embark on the steps of the miners from the past and enter the subterranean galeries.

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Nation Branding

The Luxembourg rose showcased at Luxembourg House

Rebirth of an almost forgotten part of the Grand Duchy's heritage

Just over a hundred years ago, the Grand Duchy was known the world over for its roses. Around 1900, more than six million rose bushes grown in the Grand Duchy were exported. The Luxembourg rose, a long-forgotten part of the country's history, is currently experiencing a rebirth at Luxembourg House, which has adopted the flower wholeheartedly.

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Equal opportunities

Special needs awareness weeks

Conferences, workshops, viewings, dinners in the dark — it's all about inclusion

One city for all! Contact between people with special needs and the general public is at the heart of the 'Special Needs Awareness Weeks' to be held between 26 April and 7 June 2016. The aim is to create connections and to foster understanding of other people in order to put an end to existing fears, thereby creating better social cohesion.

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Gastronomy

WäIntegratioun – WIn(e)tegration on 24 April 2016

Discover the world's most international wine region

One wine region, 3 countries – this is the simple formula according to which the LEADER Miselerland programme has organised an extraordinary wine tasting event. At least 10 wines grown on the Moselle, from the French Lorraine region to the German Mosel, via Luxembourg's vineyards, await. The purchase of a €10 ticket opens up the gates to savour the know-how of producers from these three countries, and to participate in a draw to win interesting prizes.

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Cinema

'Foreign Affairs', a documentary about Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg's Minister of Foreign Affairs

The release is on 23 April

You like to travel, meet interesting people and make important decisions? Appearing on stage before an international audience does not scare you? You have a taste for long working hours? Because this is the daily life of the Luxembourg Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn. A film crew followed him for 18 months to create the documentary 'Foreign Affairs', the portrait of a man and the diplomacy of a small country.

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Logistics

On 21 April, Logistics opens its doors in Luxembourg

The event takes place in the context of the European Week for Logistics

Logistics is one of the most dynamic sectors in Luxembourg. Not only that it is a job engine, but the sector has succeeded in firmly installing Luxembourg on the European logistics map in a relatively short amount of time. It is for this reason that the Luxembourg sector also participates in the European Week for Logistics, and why it organises an open doors event on 21 April 2016.

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Media

The Grand Duchy scores well for freedom of the press

The country ranks 15th out of 180 countries, according to Reporters Without Borders

The Grand Duchy's press is one of the freest in the world, according to the World Press Freedom Index. The Grand Duchy has managed to improve its ranking, from 19th place in 2015 to 15th place in 2016, despite a global climate that is less favourable to freedom of the press than in 2015.

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Leisure

The ducks are on the loose!

The Duck Race will take place on 23 April, starting at 3 p.m.

Il n'y a pas de course au Luxembourg qui compterait plus de participants que la Duck Race...15.000 petits canards jaunes s'affronteront le samedi 23 avril 2016 au milieu des eaux de la Pétrusse, dans la ville basse de Luxembourg-Grund. Pas étonnant donc que cet évènement populaire attire tous les ans de nombreux badauds.

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Culture

'Zaepert': collective exhibition of 40 artists in Esch/Alzette

After 'Quartier 3', another soon-to-be-demolished building is invaded by a collective of artists

The former slaughterhouse in the 'Zaepert' district, rue Joseph Kieffer in Esch/Alzette, is going to be bustling with activity one last time: from 23 April until 8 May 2016, the artist collective created by Daisy Wagner, Jeff Keiser, Sergio Sardelli and Théid Johanns hosts a collective exhibition with not less than 40 artists.

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Exhibition

Stéphane Halleux at the Galerie Schortgen

The retro-futuristic creations of the Belgian artist were a source of inspiration for Oscar-awarded short film 'Mr Hublot'

From 20 April to 7 May 2016, (re)visit the retro-futuristic world of dreams from the Belgian artist Stéphane Halleux. Indeed, it gives life to characters like Mr. Hublot, who became famous thanks to the Oscar-awarded animated short film 'Mr Hublot' (Zeilt Productions). From now on, the Galerie Schortgen hosts his exhibition 'The old-fashioned future'.

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Trade

See you at the Spring Fair!

Indulge in the worlds of gastronomy, wines, tableware, garden and well-being

From 23 April to 1 May 2016 the 104th edition of the traditional Spring Fair takes place at Luxexpo. An unavoidable commercial event, it allows you to discover five worlds dedicated to wine and gastronomy, household arts, gardens, verandas, swimming pools, fashion and services. Browsing, detecting, comparing, tasting, sharing, choosing, playing, winning,...

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Local products and tourism

Vinsmoselle and MS Marie-Astrid are both celebrating their 50th anniversary

Every Luxembourger knows these two icons of the Luxembourg Moselle

If you asked Luxembourgers to name things connected with the Moselle, Vinsmoselle and MS Marie-Astrid would come out at the top of the list. And quite rightly! For the past 50 years, these two initiatives - one in the winegrowing sector and the other in the tourism sector - have served as ambassadors for this charming part of the Grand Duchy, visited by both Luxembourgers and tourists from elsewhere.

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Culture

LuxCon 2016: discover the imaginary, the fantastic and the playful on 16 and 17 April 2016

The Schungfabrik in Tétange hosts this science fiction convention

This weekend, the former Schungfabrik (shoe factory) in Tétange is all about geekdom: on the occasion of the LuxCon, the city in the coutnry's South hosts an event dedicated to the imaginary, the fantastic and the playful. If you are fan of a televised series or of books about science fiction; if you like cosplay; if you'd describe yourself as nerd or geek, then do not miss this event.

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Economy

HRH the Hereditary Grand Duke and the Minister of Finance on mission in California

From 11 to 13 April 2016, HRH the Hereditary Grand Duke headed a mission led by the Minister of Finance to San Francisco, San José, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto, in California. The aim of the Luxembourgish delegation was to gather information on the latest technological trends and developments, and to promote the Grand Duchy as the go-to hub in Europe in the Fintech field.

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Visual Arts

Design City Biennale 2016

From April to June 2016, Luxembourg City is all about design

From April to June 2016, contemporary design invades public space in Luxembourg City. In the context of the Design City Biennial, renowned national and international artists present their ideas in public spaces, and thus invite everybody to live and experience design as part of our daily lives. In the train station district, the Cercle Cité, the Mudam or House 17, explore and participate in installations and events designed for this event.

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Culture

Exhibition on the Cold War in Luxembourg

A little known chapter of Luxembourg's contemporary history at the museum

With the exhibition 'The Cold War in Luxembourg', the MNHA stages for the first time a historiographic exhibition dedicated to a very recent period in our history. The exhibition shows that, between 1947 and 1991, the international context of the Cold War deeply impacted Luxembourg. The exibition is open from 22 April until 27 November 2016.

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ICT

A 'Digital Tech Fund' to finance ICT start-ups

The ICT sector is expanding

The Digital Tech Fund, established by the Ministry of Economy, is a seed fund that the government created together with a group of private investors to support the funding and development of start-up companies in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT), which is considered a key sector of the national economic diversification.

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Education and training

Jugend Jobdag 2016: Information fair for youngsters and parents

Orientation and information regarding studies at the centre of a day for students and parents

The entry into the working world is an important step for every young person, but it is full of uncertainties regarding which path to follow. This Thursday, as part of the Jugend Jobdag, associations, companies, employers and training institutes are at your disposal to answer your questions regarding your entry into the working world.

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Culture

Dance: 'Les Émergences - Volume 3'

The 3rd edition of the support programme for the creation of contemporary dance will take place from 27 to 30 April 2016 at the Bananefabrik

'Les Émergences', a support programme for the creation of contemporary dance from the Centre de création chorégraphique luxembourgeois (TROIS C-L), is back on the occasion of its third edition. From 27 to 30 April 2016, the dancers Simone Mousset & Elisabeth Schilling, Hanna Ma, Giovanni Zazzera & Sergio Mel, Baptiste Hilbert & Catarina Barbosa and Jill Crovisier will delight the public of the Bananefabrik and will make it discover the universe of contemporary dance in Luxembourg.

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Literature

It's the Poets' Spring!

Three days of readings, meetings, debates and exhibitions around poetry

From 15 to 17 April 2016 the 9th edition of the 'Printemps des poètes Luxembourg' will take place. The event, aimed at promoting poetry, offers three days of lectures, meetings with poets, debates and exhibitions at Neimënster, the Kulturfabrik and the Simoncini Gallery.

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Festivals and traditions

The Oktav takes place from 16 April until 1 May

This is the country's biggest religious festival

From 16 April to 1 May 2016, the 'Oktav' will take place in Luxembourg City, the annual pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Luxembourg, that is to say Mary the Virgin, Consolatrix of the afflicted, patron saint of the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Every year, some 90,000 faithful take part in the 'Oktav', the country's biggest religious festival since the 17th century.

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Research/Education

Opening of the Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs

This institute is a Jean Monnet research centre specialised in interdisciplinary studies of European affairs

Good news for the research field in Luxembourg: With the opening of the Robert Schuman Institute of European Affairs of the University of Luxembourg the Grand Duchy now has a research centre specialised in the research and study of European affairs. This institute, which is supposed to elaborate solutions for the societal problems of Europe, is part of the Jean Monnet research centres which are entirely dedicated to topics in relation to the European Union.

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Education

The University of Luxembourg in the top 20 of the best young universities worldwide

Uni.lu ranks 14th among 150 universities that are younger than 50 years

A great success for the University of Luxembourg: Finishing 14th, it counts among the best young universities worldwide, according to the ranking of the magazine Times Higher Education (THE) of the 150 universities that are younger than 50 years. The ranking has been published in the context of the THE summit of young universities in Barcelona. If you consider only European universities, then the University of Luxembourg even finishes 10th!

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Quality of life

Xpatulator: Luxembourg ranks 47th among the world's most expensive countries

The profound analysis confirms that it's easy to get settled in Luxembourg

In the most recent edition of the Xpatulator ranking, published in April 2016, Luxembourg ranks 47th in the list of the most expensive countries in the world for expatriates. Belgium ranks 60th, Germany 75th, the Netherlands 83rd and France 86th.

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Literature

Luxembourger wins the European Union Price for Literature 2016

Gast Groeber receives this distinction for his book 'All Dag verstoppt en aneren'

Luxembourg author Gast Groeber just won the European Union Price for Literature 2016 for his work "All Dag verstopp en aneren", which deals with time and everyday life. For that book, published by 'Op der Lay', Gast Groeber already received the 'Lëtzebuerger Buchpräis' in the category 'Literature' in 2014.

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Education and training

Opening of the Lunex University in Differdange on 18 April

A campus for physical health, sports, physiotherapy and preventive medicine

On 18 April 2016, 60 students start their courses at the Lunex University, a higher education institution focusing on physical health, sports, physiotherapy and preventive medicine. Located in Differdange close to the 'Parc des Sports', the enrolled students benefit from a close and personal mentoring by their tutors, as well as very high quality standards in teaching and research.

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Finance

Luxembourg scores well in the Global Financial Centres Index

According to the most recent Global Financial Centres Index, the Luxembourg financial place is among the most competitive worldwide

The consultancy firm Z/Yen and the Long Finance initiative just published the 19th edition of the semi-annual competitiveness index of 86 financial centres worldwide, the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI). According to that study, the Luxembourg financial centre ranks 14th among the most competitive places worldwide.

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Tourism

Mullerthal Trail Season Opening

Launch of the hiking season 2016

The hiking event Mullerthal Trail Season Opening launches the start of the hiking season this year, on Sunday 10 April, in Medernach. At 9 a.m., guides accompany the groups from different starting points in the region, give explanations on the way and take people to Medernach while hiking on the Mullerthal Trail.

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Culture

LiteraTour 2016: Dive into the creative universe of books!

he municipality of Bettembourg launches the 4th edition of this cultural festival

From 9 to 24 April 2016, the city of Bettembourg organises for the fourth time its cultural festival 'LiteraTour', which invites you to dive into the creative universe of books through lectures, workshops and events. The young festival's objective is clear: Place books in the limelight and foster a taste for literature.

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Tourism

Ready to (re)discover Luxembourg? Don't forget your Luxembourg Card!

Whether you are a tourist or a resident, the Luxembourg Card allows you to visit the country in a relaxed manner

Spring has arrived and with the Easter holidays, the tourist season has started. What better way to enjoy the holidays than to make a trip to Luxembourg City or to discover the diversity of the country's regions? Be amazed by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg! But most importantly, do not forget to bring your Luxembourg Card! It is as interesting for both visitors and residents.

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Festivals and traditions

Abrëllsgeck!

Luxembourg's April fools tradition

You might not want to believe everything you've been told on a 1st of April...! Because, as everywhere else, we like pranking and playing practical jokes on this day in Luxembourg. That's the tradition of the Abrëllsgeck (April fools).

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Culture

Book & Copyright Days

In Luxembourg, this worldwide celebration spans 5 days: from 18 to 23 April 2016, it will mobilise the actors of the book world

The 23 April was proclaimed World Book and Copyright Day by the Unesco and in Luxembourg this worldwide celebration spreads over 5 days. From 18 to 23 April 2016, it will mobilise the actors of the book world booksellers, authors-writers, publishers, bookbinders, readers, libraries, archives, and various organisations and associations.

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Gastronomy

Wines and Crémants: Maacher Wäimoart 2016

See and taste the 2015 vintage

Here it is again! Spring has arrived, time of flavours and (re)discovery, time, in other words, to sample the results of last year's vintage for the first time. Thus, the 2016 edition of the Wäimoart, Grevenmacher's wine market, invites you to taste the knowledge and mastery of the Luxembourgish vintners, who grasp the occasion to present their ultimate creations to the public.

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  • Updated 28-04-2016