Cultural events and festivals throughout the year

July

Summer in the City

Every year from June to September, the Luxembourg City Tourist Office organises the Summer in the City festivities campaign in Luxembourg City.

During three months, outdoor concerts, music festivals, street art events, outdoor screenings, markets, festivals, exhibitions and folk events animate the city to the delight of locals and tourists alike.

The key events in July are the World MeYouZik festival, Rock um Knuedler and Blues'n Jazzrallye (see below).

MeYouZik World Music Festival

In early July, the Luxembourg City Tourist Office organizes the annual festival of world music MeYouZik.

This festival of free outdoor music is all about multicultural encounters, coexistence and tolerance.

It pays tribute to a reality experienced daily in Luxembourg, since in the capital alone 65% of the citizens are non-Luxembourgers hailing from 120 different nationalities.

Rock um Knuedler

Every year, on the day following the 'MeYouZik' Festival, 'Rock um Knuedler', a free open-air rock music festival takes place.

Fifteen bands compete for the public's attention on three stages on the Place Guillaume II (Knuedler) in the very centre of Luxembourg City.

The festival 'Rock um Knuedler' has been organised since 1990 and attracts around 15,000 visitors every year. It is one of the pillars of Luxembourg's rock and pop music scene.

Blues'n Jazz Rallye

Every year around mid-July, the Luxembourg City Tourist Office organises the Blues'n Jazz Rallye.

Established in 1995, when Luxembourg City was 'European Capital of Culture', the Blues'n Jazz Rallye consists every year of around 50 free concerts on about 30 outdoor stages, in concert halls, cafes and restaurants.

From 7 p.m. until 1 a.m., the streets of the picturesque districts of Grund and Clausen at the foot of the fortress of Luxembourg are transformed into a gigantic open-air stage.

Over the years, the festival has become a one of a kind event, attracting more than 25,000 music lovers every year in a party-like atmosphere.

Wiltz Festival

The Festival of Wiltz, European festival of music and outdoor theatre of international renown, begins in June and continues throughout July.

Since 1953, the festival has featured theatre, dance and opera performances, as well as classical music and jazz concerts, staged against the backdrop of Wiltz Castle.

Since its creation, the festival has presented to the audience some of the greatest artists of our time, including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Maurice Béjart, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, David Garrett, Herbie Hancock and Mstislav Rostropovich.

Festival international Echternach

Since 1975, Luxembourg has been hosting the Festival international Echternach every year between March and December, a festival of classical and jazz music of international renown.

The festival features well-known artists, as well as promising talents or winners of national and international competitions.

The festival programme ranges from medieval music to world music, via classical music and jazz.

Every year during the festival, the small medieval town of Echternach is all about music.

OMNI Festival

July is also the month of the festival of outdoor music OMNI (Objets musicaux non identifiés; Unidentified Musical Objects).

The OMNI Festival appeals to the public with concerts by composers and performers from very different backgrounds.

It is held in the courtyard of Neumünster Abbey cultural centre, at the foot of the cliff with the casemates, in the heart of the Grund district in Luxembourg City.

Festival Food For Your Senses

Established in 2007, the Food For Your Senses music festival began as an underground festival. Today, this festival annually attracts some 80 groups and artists from rock, indie, metal, hip hop and electro. It headlines rising stars, both national and international. The open-air festival takes place over three days in Bissen, in the centre of the country.

Festival of industrial culture and innovation

The Festival of industrial culture and innovation, which was first held in 2014, takes place from May until July with the participation of 25 cultural and economic operators from the Land of the Red Rocks and under the leadership of the Fondation Bassin minier. The programme is impressively diverse: movies, theatre plays, exhibitions, visits and walks, as well as conferences, discussions and workshops. The theme of the festival is the working class and industrial culture in Luxembourg in general.

For more information: www.fondationbassinminier.lu.

World Balloon Trophy

July is also the month of World Balloon Trophy, an international competition of hot air balloons, organised since 1996 by the Luxembourg Balloon Club (Cercle luxembourgeois de l'aérostation, CLA) at Lake Echternach

For five days, visitors can admire a magnificent free show of hot air balloons above Lake Echternach.

The highlight is the nightglow, a sound and light effects show followed by fireworks.

Nuit des Merveilles

Since 2010, the town of Bettembourg has been organising the Nuit des Merveilles (Night of Wonders), which takes place every year in early July.

'Nuit des merveilles' offers a variety of shows and street performances by  musicians, dancers, tightrope walkers, circus artists, stilt walkers, puppeteers, mimes, clowns and many others.

Dive into an amazing world for one evening.

Festival Blues Express

The'Blues Express Festival, organised every year in mid-July by the City of Differdange and held at Lasauvage and Fond-de-Gras, presents about forty blues bands on around ten stages, against the idyllic backdrop of Fond-de-Gras. Admission is free.

International Festival of the Comic Strip at Contern

For the duration of one weekend in mid-July, the municipality of Contern invites everyone to its International Cartoon Festival.

The Festival, held each year since 1994, offers hundreds of stalls selling new and second-hand comic-strip books, original drawings, posters, figurines and everything to do with comic-strip books.

During the two days of the Festival, fans of the comic-strip genre also have the opportunity to meet many national and international authors and to have their books dedicated.

The Festival also offers a wide range of activities: exhibitions, concerts, street entertainment, and activities for children.

Architecture Festival

The Luxembourg Center for Architecture (LUCA) organises the annual Architecture Festival, which takes place over four weeks in June and July with a specific theme. You can participate in the conferences, debates, guided tours, workshops, open days, etc. about architecture. For more information: www.luca.lu.

  • Updated 30-06-2017