The city of Esch-sur-Alzette was chosen as European Capital of Culture for 2022. It will share this title with Kaunas, Lithuania's second city.
The news was announced at the Ministry of Culture, in the presence of the Secretary of State for Culture Guy Arendt and the Prime Minister and Minister of Culture Xavier Bettel, who welcomed the jury's decision, emphasising that Luxembourg looks forward with great joy to hosting the European Year of Culture for the third time in its history, after Luxembourg City in 1995 and 2007: 'The Esch 2022 project convinced the jury and I am certain that it will help to increase the influence of the former mining area and invigorate it. We will work together to make it a success.'
Promoting the entire southern region
We should note in this context that the honour of bearing the title of European Capital of Culture will not only go to Esch but to the entire south of the country, from Pétange to Dudelange and the French region including the towns of Villerupt and Audun. 'Our aim is to give the entire southern region a new future' underlined the co-coordinator of the application Janina Stroetgen.
The application which the city presented to the jury is called 'Remix Culture', in reference to the mix of cultures and nationalities, different generations and immigration. According to Ulrich Fuchs, member of the jury and director of Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture, great progress was made in the final application, both in terms of the content and the programming. Alluding to the first application presented in June 2016 in which shortcomings were found, he didn't mince his words. 'If the application hadn't had this in-depth re-working, we couldn't have approved it now.'
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal / Source: Luxemburger Wort/Journal)