Live at Vauban
During the month of November, Live at Vauban has established itself as a popular music festival (rock, pop, jazz, blues) in Luxembourg City.
Established in 1995, when Luxembourg City was 'European Capital of Culture', the festival showcases both rock groups from the Grand Duchy and the Greater Region and international headliners.
The festival is named after the famous French military engineer Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, who — among many other works — transformed the Saint-Esprit plateau into a citadel; this was the venue for the first festival in 1995.
Over the years, the 'Live at Vauban' festival has become a musical institution in autumn.
In October and November, the Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg organise the Luxembourg Festival, and together they present an artistic programme of exceptional quality.
Since 2007, the Luxembourg Festival has offered outstanding productions as a result of extensive international cooperation.
The festival presents about thirty major international productions each year, in areas as diverse as opera, dance, theatre, orchestra, jazz and world music.
'Rainy Days' festival
Every year, at the end of November and the beginning of December, the Luxembourg Philharmonie presents the 'Rainy Days' festival.
The festival has been organised since 2001; its two-fold aim is to facilitate access to new music and to attract as large an audience as possible.
Luxembourg City Winter Lights
November also marks the beginning of the Luxembourg City Winter Lights festival, which continues through to January.
This festival of lights and animation immerses the heart of the old city of Luxembourg in a wonderful and romantic fairytale setting, with street entertainment, exhibitions, shows and concerts.
The key event of the Winter Lights festival in November is the traditional 'Krëschtmaart' (Christmas market) in Luxembourg City, transforming the centre of the capital into a real Christmas village.
For more than a month, the centre of Luxembourg City is covered with small wooden huts, selling candles, toys, decorations, sweets, as well as typical drinks such as 'Glühwäin' (mulled wine) and typical foods such as 'Luxringer', 'Mettwurscht' (Luxembourg sausages) and 'Gromperekichelcher' (potato cakes).
Echternach & Clearstream International Jazz Days
The Festival international Echternach has been held between March and December every year since 1975; it is a festival of classical music and jazz, and has an international reputation.
The Clearstream International Jazz Days jazz festival has been organised every year since 2008 alongside the more conventional festival of classical music. The Jazz Days take place over several months, from September to December.
Book Days in Walferdange
On the third weekend of November, Walferdange organises its traditional Walfer Bicherdeeg (Walferdange Book Days), the largest book fair in the Grand Duchy and the Greater Region.
Organised since 1995, the Walfer Bicherdeeg give booklovers an opportunity to buy new and secondhand books, meet authors, publishers and other stakeholders in the world of books, visit exhibitions, and attend readings, lectures and concerts.
Activities and reading sessions for children round off the programme.
TheWalfer Bicherdeeg are also the occasion for the annual awarding of the Lëtzebuerger Buchpräis (Luxembourg book prize), organised by the Grand Duchy's federation of publishing houses.
'Cinéma du Sud' festival
The 'Cinéma du Sud' festival, which started in 2010, is a development education project organised by a group of Luxembourgish NGOs to increase awareness among the general public of important issues related to development through cinema, a medium that is accessible to all. The festival has a different theme each year. It screens a film at the Utopia cinema theatre every Thursday from mid-October to mid-December. Each screening is followed by a debate, with expert speakers on the subject addressed in the film.
'Sonic Visions' festival
Every year since 2008, the Rockhal in Esch-sur-Alzette extends an invitation to attend its 'Sonic Visions' festival, where the theoretical business aspect of music and fascinating concerts share the programme. During the day, national and internationally known producers, managers, musicians and journalists give talks providing insights for young and old into this complex industry. In the evenings, audiences converge on the Rockhal's concert halls to see and hear major new discoveries in rock, pop and electro; The XX, C2C, Austra, Cascadeur and Metronomy are just some of the bands that have played there since 2008. And of course local bands also have an opportunity to play.