From 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on 7 May 2016, 23 cultural institutions in Esch-sur-Alzette will be throwing open their doors to the general public for some surprises and emotions. Concerts, exhibitions, shows, screenings and guided backstage tours at the various venues – all for free!
A programme for the whole family
The participating cultural institutions have put together a family-friendly programme for the general public. Although young audiences have already been the target group for previous editions of Esch's Night of Culture, the 2016 edition is adding three fairytale storytelling sessions for tinies, featuring Luxembourgish performers Christiane Weires, Renée Weber, Claudine Muno and Pascale Junker.
Another highlight of the Night will be the 'Experience of Movement' exhibition at the Schlassgoart gallery, showcasing a hundred works by French Impressionists, including Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Monet and Rodin brought together under one roof. It's a first! The exhibition is open from 7 May to 15 August - on Esch's Culture Night, admission will of course be free of charge.
Rap devotees will have to get themselves to the National Resistance Museum, where a 'Poetry Slam Show' evening will have four artists performing on stage with their committed texts linking the current refugee crisis with the crisis of the Second World War.
And if you want to get away from it all for a bit of peace and quiet, why not visit Blast Furnace A at Esch-Belval? It will be specially illuminated for the occasion, and until midnight visitors will be able to climb up, for an unforgettable view.
Mobility first and foremost
Three signposted circular trails lead visitors through Esch-sur-Alzette to discover the town's various places of cultural interest. Shuttle buses serve stops on these trails, which makes it possible not only to make speedier progress from one place to the next but also to change trail and to visit other parts of the town. All the shuttles are coordinated, and students present in each bus will be able to provide you with information.For the occasion, shops in the centre of Esch will be open until 7 p.m.; the shops in Belval-Plaza will stay open until 8 p.m.
Since its launch in 2012, the event has known an ever-growing success. Indeed, the Night of Culture is a good opportunity to (re-)discover the Iron Metropolis' vibrant cultural scene.
Indeed, the event has become well known beyond the Grand Duchy's borders.You will find details of the programme on the website of Esch-sur-Alzette.
(Article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)