Don't forget to switch to winter time This Sunday, 30 October 2016, don't forget to put your clocks back by one hour. During the night of 29 to 30 October 2016, we will all get an extra hour's sleep!
The release of the latest edition of the Gault&Millau is always eagerly awaited in the Grand Duchy: the guide indicates the best addresses for eating out in the Grand Duchy. Gathered together in a guide, on sale in bookshops from 7 November 2016 and already accessible on the dedicated website, the information underscores the special identity of the Grand Duchy's cuisine and local produce.
A study entitled 'Le Luxembourg vu par ses voisins' (The Grand Duchy through it neighbours eyes), carried out by Quest, a Luxembourg survey specialist, commissioned by Atoz Tax Advisers Luxembourg, shows that the Grand Duchy is considered "a good neighbour" and "an example to follow" beyond its borders.
Secretary of State for Culture Guy Arendt attended the certification ceremony at the Cercle Cité on 10 October. Stefano Dominioni, Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and Director of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, presented the certificate to Jean-Marc Fournel, President of the Network of Fortified Towns of the Greater Region.
Mid-October each year marks the start of the ACL's annual campaign to make drivers aware of the dangers of winter driving conditions. The Automobile Club du Luxembourg (ACL) is offering to check your car's lights and tyres, free of charge , at garages, roadworthiness test points, and at it own premises, from 17 October to 12 November 2016.
A year after its official launch, the Fit4Coding initiative, which aims to train jobseekers as developer/integrators with just three and a half months of intensive training is in a position to review the first two groups of trainees. And the partners involved have drawn up a very promising report on the initiative, which is on course to meet its initial aim - to train 90 developers in the space of 18 months.
Right now, in the Grand Duchy, there are sick people - men and women, adults and children - who need an organ to be able to stay alive. Whatever their medical problem, a donated organ is often their only option. But in the Grand Duchy, there are not enough donors to meet demand. Something that the Ministry of Health is addressing in its latest media campaign, entitled 'I'm an organ donor - are you?'¶
The literary scene in the Grand Duchy has its own history and its own stakeholders, including the National Literature Centre (Centre national de littérature, CNL) in Mersch, which is responsible for keeping alive the memory of the Grand Duchy's past literary creation and promoting contemporary writers. For one of its recent exhibitions, entitled 'Korrekturspuren – Traces de correction', the CNL came to the attention of the highly prestigious Red Dot Design Award for its catalogue.
On Friday, 14 October 2016, the Grand Duchy's scientific community met for the FNR Awards ceremony, at which the National Research Fund (Fonds national de la recherche, FNR) awarded four prizes rewarding excellence in the fields of research and scientific mediation in the Grand Duchy.
From 15 to 23 October 2016, the Home & Living Expo will be open at Kirchberg's Luxexpo, in halls 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9. More than a week to find out all about the latest trends in decoration, design and architecture.
As of 14 Octobre 2016, rating agency Fitch Ratings 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.
On Saturday, 15 October, from 2 to 6 p.m., the 20th Luxembourg European Forum will be held at the Neumünster Abbey cultural centre, in the José Ensch Room. The afternoon debate will be followed by drinks at 6.30 p.m., open to everyone attending the Forum, and a dinner at 8 p.m. for members of the 'Amis des Rencontres' club.
The Health Directorate (Direction de la Santé) recommends that people over the age of 65 and everyone at risk should protect themselves against seasonal flu by being vaccinated. People at risk are mainly those suffering from chronic illnesses of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, diabetes, kidney problems, and diminished immunity. These people should consult their general practitioner without delay to arrange for vaccination.
At a public conference held on 10 October 2016 at the Rotondes, Secretary of State of the Economy Francine Closener presented a series of instruments and the country's new visual identity for promoting the Grand Duchy abroad. These tools provide ordinary citizens, businesses and all public- and private-sector stakeholders with the details and information they need to be able to talk about the Grand Duchy in an authentic, convincing fashion in other countries. All the promotional activities and campaigns put forward real, tangible arguments to explain the Grand Duchy, in order to attract tourists, investors, and talent of all kinds.
It's official now: the House of Entrepreneurship, located in the Rue Erasme in Luxembourg-Kirchberg, has been operational since the beginning of October. The House of Entrepreneurship, that's services provided to project carriers in Luxembourg, resident or non-resident.
How to talk about Luxembourg? What are the country's values? On Monday 10 October 2016, a public conference held in the context of the Nation Branding process takes place at the Rotondes in Luxembourg City. At this event, the country's new Signature, as well as a series of tools for the promotion of Luxembourg, which are available on a new website, are presented by the Secretary of State of the Economy, Francine Closener.
This day honours the solidarity and courage of the Luxembourg people under Nazi occupation and beckons the nation to remember the victims of the Second World War. On this occasion, a number of ceremonies take place during the morning hours of 9 October 2016.
Held each year since 1934, the famous traditional market in Vianden is held on the second Sunday in October – for 2016, that means this Sunday, 9 October. The town's associations and traders are preparing all kinds of specialities using nuts: liqueurs, spirits, cakes, cheeses, bread, etc.
The Luxembourg Festival has been taking place every year since 2007. It consists of a whole series of cultural events surrounding music, such as opera, musical theatre, dance, recitals, cine-concerts, etc.
Museums Night, provides a great opportunity to (re)discover Luxembourg City's museums! On 8 October, starting at 6 p.m., come and take a look at a host of temporary exhibitions – most of them only recently opened – and permanent displays; come and take advantage of the animations specially set up for the event or just come and immerse yourself in Luxembourgish culture at seven different museums, on a balmy autumn evening.
Have you seen everything there is to see at the cinema at the moment? Are you prepared to try some really unusual films? Are you curious to find out what scriptwriters from Central and Eastern Europe have to offer? Then come to cinemas throughout the Grand Duchy for the 9th edition of CinÉast, the film festival of Central and Eastern Europe!
This 5th edition will be focusing on gastronomy, and much more besides! There will be about sixty stands by local creators, ranging from design to fashion, including food, wellness and things for children, publishing and services. Refreshments will be available, at the food truck village.
On 1 October 2016, Luxembourg artist Carine Krecké begins her residency at the prestigious Cité internationale des arts in Paris. Her 'state(s) of emergency' ("état(s) d'urgence") project, which won over the Luxembourg jury, can be followed at the workshop allocated to the artist for the months of October, November and December.