The Esch2022 team has presented the programme of the European Capital of Culture project. The cultural programme is intended to be a lively reflection of the cultural diversity of Luxembourg’s south and the neighbouring part of France, the organizer says.

Under the leitmotif Remix Culture, Esch2022 celebrates the history, present and future of a cross-border region in the heart of Europe. The Esch2022 area, which includes 11 Luxembourgish and 8 French municipalities, « is to become a beacon of culture, sustainability, tourism, exchange and encounters through around 160 projects with more than 2000 events ».

“Our vision for Esch2022 is closely related to the European idea. With the Esch2022 project, we want to give people the tools they need to shape a future together that is based on a strong community and multicultural exchange. Through open dialogue and a new sense of belonging, we want the whole Minett region to become aware of its unique European identity and all the opportunities it brings. We also want to create new perspectives through the cooperation with the two other European Capitals of Culture, Kaunas 2022 and Novi Sad 2022,” says Nancy Braun, Director General of Esch2022.

Through 130 projects, which are the result of a public, cross-border call for projects, the local arts and culture scene of the participating municipalities and cultural centres form the mainstay of the programme. It includes the disciplines of performing arts, dance, theatre, music, visual arts, architecture, design, cultural heritage, literature, audio-visual film and young audience as well as multidisciplinary projects.

Besides the city of Esch-Alzette, every one of the Pro-Sud municipalities (Bettembourg, Differdange, Dudelange, Esch-Alzette, Käerjeng, Kayl/Tétange, Mondercange, Pétange, Rumelange, Sanem, Schifflange) as well as the eight French municipalities will be in the spotlight for one month each. The first three are Käerjeng, Pétange and then Bettembourg.

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