News · October

Festivals and traditions

Chase evil spirits away with Trauliicht

On 31 October, the eve of All Saints' Day, Luxembourgers celebrate Trauliicht - the Grand Duchy's version of Halloween.

Trauliicht is celebrated at the end of October every year. It is an ancient traditional festival, related to Halloween and specific to the Luxembourg Ardennes.

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This weekend's good plans

Going out this weekend - our good ideas!

The editorial team of Luxembourg.lu selected 6 worthwhile events for this weekend. On your own, with your family or with friends - the choice is yours.

Are you looking for some good ideas to plan your weekend? Our editorial staff selected some events to test out this weekend. So, have a seat - here's our list!

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Energy

Time for the clocks to go back!

This Sunday you will need to change the time on all your clocks.

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!

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Gastronomy

The new Gault&Millau guide awards its coveted toques in the Grand Duchy

It's not the chefs but the dishes that are in the focus this year.

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.

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Survey

The Grand Duchy - an example for the Greater Region to follow

The Grand Duchy is very highly regarded by neighbouring France, Germany and Belgium.

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.

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This weekend's good plans

Going out this weekend - our good ideas!

The editorial team of Luxembourg.lu selected 6 worthwhile events for this weekend. On your own, with your family or with friends - the choice is yours.

Are you looking for some good ideas to plan your weekend? Our editorial staff selected some events to test out this weekend. So, have a seat - here's our list!

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Heritage

Route of the fortified towns of the Greater Region now certified

On 10 October, the network of the fortified towns of the Greater Region was certified as a cultural route of the Council of Europe: a label of excellence fostering the comprehension of European history.

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.

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Road safety

2016 lights and tyres campaign

For a safe winter on the Grand Duchy's roads

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.

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Training

Fit4Coding - three months of intensive training for future developer/integrators

Great success for ADEM-NumericALL collaboration

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.

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Health

Shortage of organ donors in the Grand Duchy!

Organ donation is a generous, free, anonymous act that saves lives.

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?'¶

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Literature

National Literature Centre wins Red Dot Design Award

Booklet for the 'Korrekturspuren – Traces de correction' selected as 'Best of the Best'

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.

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Research and innovation

The National Research Fund has made its FNR Awards

The FNR rewards excellence in the fields of research and scientific mediation

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.

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Housing

Home & Living Expo - the homes event of the year

It's time once again for the must-visit autumn fair dedicated to interior decoration, design and architecture!

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.

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Good plans for the weekend

Going out this weekend - our good ideas!

The editorial team at luxembourg.lu has selected six great things to do this weekend. On your own, with your family or with friends - the choice is yours.

Are you looking for good ideas to make the most of your weekend? Our editorial staff has selected some fun events for you to try out this weekend. So, have a seat - here's our list!

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Finance

Fitch confirms Luxembourg's AAA rating

The outlook is stable

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.

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European Union

20th Luxembourg European Forum

Theme for 2016: 'Forms of solidarity and (in)equality in Europe'

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.

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Health

The flu season is back: remember to get your flu shot!

The Ministry of Health's call concerns adults and children alike

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.

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Inspiring Luxembourg

Francine Closener presented the country's new 'signature' and a series of tools for promoting the Grand Duchy

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.

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Companies

Official launch of the House of Entrepreneurship — One-Stop Shop

On Thursday 6 October 2016, the services and offices of the House of Entrepreneurship were unveiled to the public.

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.

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Inspiring Luxembourg

Zesumme méi wäit... – Comment parler du Luxembourg?

Presentation of Luxembourg's new Signature at a public conference in the Rotondes

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.

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History

National Day of Remembrance

Tribute to the victims of World War II.

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.

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Festivals and traditions

Visit the Vianden nut market this Sunday!

If you were still in doubt, here's the proof that autumn is well and truly here - it's time for the nut market again!

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.

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This weekend's good plans

Going out this weekend: our good ideas!

The editorial team of Luxembourg.lu selected 6 worthwhile events for this weekend. Alone, with your family or with friends, the choice is yours.

Are you looking for some good ideas to plan your weekend? Our editorial staff selected some events to test out this weekend. So, have a seat, we'll present you our list!

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Culture

Let's go for the 10th edition of the Luxembourg Festival!

From 7 October until 24 November 2016, the Luxembourg Festival takes place in the Grand Duchy.

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.

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Culture

Take a different look at the Grand Duchy's museums

Saturday, 8 October 2016 sees the Grand Duchy's 16th Museums Night.

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.

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Cinema

9th Film Festival of Central and Eastern Europe - CinÉast

From 6 to 23 October 2016, see films never shown before in the Grand Duchy.

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!

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This weekend's good plans

Going out this weekend: our good ideas!

The editorial team of Luxembourg.lu selected 6 worthwhile events for this weekend. Alone, with your family or with friends, the choice is yours.

Are you looking for some good ideas to plan your weekend? Our editorial staff selected some events to test out this weekend. So, have a seat, we'll present you our list!

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Visual Arts

Last chance to enjoy 'Konscht am Gronn'!

This Sunday 2 October 2016, enjoy the open-air art exhibition in Luxembourg City's Grund district for the last time this year.

Since 1 May, every first Sunday of each month has been very lively indeed in Luxembourg City during 'Konscht am Gronn'.

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Local products

Buy local products this weekend at Les Rotondes

The now traditional 'De lokale Maart' organised by Letz go local, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 1 and 2 October at 'Les Rotondes' in Bonnevoie. Entrance is free.

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.

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Visual arts

Carine Krecké starts residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris

Carine Krecké explores the 'state(s) of emergency' between October and December 2016

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.

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  • Updated 28-10-2016