There is no doubt that the Grand Duchy owes its wealth to the presence of a powerful steel industry which had its heyday in the middle of the twentieth century. Today, this industrial past is still present, not only in the natural and urban landscapes in the country's south, but also in the minds of local residents. At this second Festival of Industrial Culture and Innovation, the former mining area will be looking back at its origins, and will also be taking a look into the future.
From 11 May to 3 July 2016, the whole of the Red Earth area will be bubbling over with activity. The Festival of Industrial Culture and Innovation - the 2016 edition of which has as its theme 'Urban landscapes - industrial landscapes' - brings together nearly thirty local players who are pooling their efforts to organise an extensive programme of events in a number of emblematic places in the Grand Duchy's industrial history, including Esch-sur-Alzette, Belval, Dudelange, Differdange, and Rumelange, among others.
Films, visits, exhibitions, and more
The programme is impressively diverse: films, theatre, exhibitions, visits and walks, as well as conferences, discussions and workshops. The overall theme of the festival remains the working class and industrial culture in the Grand Duchy, in its widest sense. Thus for example there is to be a screening of documentation on the 'Schmelz' and 'Italie' neighbourhoods on 21 May at the National Audiovisual Centre (Centre National de l'Audiovisuel, CNA) in Dudelange, and a photographic exhibition entitled 'Mineurs au Katzenberg-Ellergrund' on 19 May.
The festival will close with the start of the third Blast Furnaces Festival in Belval (2 and 3 July 2016), which will literally light up these recently renovated remains of the iron and steel era, with concerts, workshops, a dancing brunch, a slackline and a zipline at a height of 60 metres.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)