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FESTIVALS AND EVENTS IN LUXEMBOURG




Schueberfouer
August

The Schueberfouer is the annual Luxembourg City fair held every year. It takes place every year from the end of August until early September at the huge Glacis-field near the city-centre. In 2010, the fair comprised 184 attractions including 27 major rides, 13 children's rides and 54 restaurants and snacks bars. The Schueberfouer is the place where showmen from all over Europe meet once a year! This year's Schueberfouer - edition number 672 - begins on Thursday, August 23rd and lasts till Tuesday, September 11th. The venue is the Glacisfield in the Limpertsberg district, between Allйe Scheffer and boulevard de la foire. The Schueberfouer is open every day from 2 p.m. till 1 a.m. (on Friday and Saturdays till 2 a.m.). The over 670-year-old Schueberfouer has succeeded over all these years and maintained a mix of tradition and culture. It is an event deeply anchored in the Luxembourg’s consciousness and is nowadays more than ever the place to be from young to old.

Mail / Postal address: Service des Fêtes et Marchés, M. Marc Weydert, Petit Passage, 9, rue Chimay, L-2090 Luxembourg
E-mail: sfm@vdl.lu

The Ferris Wheel at The Schueberfouer
Photograph by Edouard Lauer

Rock um Knuedler
July

The Rock um Knuedler outdoor rock festival is free to attend. It has been a key pillar of the Luxembourg rock and pop scene and open-air festive culture for 22 years. Each year around 15,000 music fans gather on the Place Guillaume II in a great atmosphere. The festival is part of the “Summer in the City” summer programme. Many local artists and bands perform in a programme beginning in the morning and stetching until late in the evening. This year, 20 bands will compete for the attention of the audience on three outdoor stages. The large Lion Stage welcomes Roger Hodgson & Band, the legendary voice of Supertramp and nationally recognised groups. The small Horse Stage makes room for new talents on the Luxembourg rock scene. Also featured is a third stage on Place Clairefontaine with a local rock programme.

Mail / Postal address: Øvre Vollgate 15, N-0158 Oslo, Norway
E-mail: info@oslojazz.no

Rock um Knuedler

International Festival Echternach
May-June

Since 1975, Echternach, which is situated in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, has been hosting the internationally renowned festival. Musically speaking the Festival ranges from medieval and classic music to jazz and world music. Famous names like Benny Goodman, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Montserrat Caballé, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gidon Kremer, Alfred Brendel or, in 2009, Arcadi Volodos, Christian Zacharias, George Benson have performed at the festival as well as young talents and award winners from the country and abroad. Every year during the months of May and June, the locality of Echternach, which counts a little bit over 5000 inhabitants, is focusing on music. The historic and cultural atmosphere of Echternach with its more than 1200-year-old history ad its many architectural jewels is the perfect scenery for the concerts which take place in the Basilica and the Peter and Paul Church.

Mail / Postal address: Festival International Echternach, POB. 30, L-6401 Echternach, Luxembourg
E-mail: musique@internet.lu

Carnival
February

Carnival is a festive season which occurs immediately before Lent; the main events are usually during February. Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up or masquerade during the celebrations, which mark an overturning of daily life. Luxembourg’s main parade is in Diekirch, which is about half an hour by train from the main station in Luxembourg City.

Mail / Postal address: Luxembourg City Tourist Office B.P. 181, L – 2011 Luxembourg, 30, place Guillaume II, L – 1648
E-mail: touristinfo@lcto.lu

Dancing procession of Echternach
May

The dancing procession of Echternach is an annual Roman Catholic dancing procession held at Echternach, in eastern Luxembourg. Echternach's is the last traditional dancing procession in Europe. The event begins in the morning at the bridge over the River Sauer, with a sermon delivered by the parish priest. The procession then moves through the town streets towards the basilica, a distance of about 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi). While the musicians play the "Sprangprozessioùn" tune - a traditional melody. A large number of priests, nuns and monks also accompany the procession, and not infrequently there are several bishops as well. On arrival at the church, the dance is continued past the tomb of Saint Willibrord.

Mail / Postal address: Luxembourg City Tourist Office B.P. 181, L – 2011 Luxembourg, 30, place Guillaume II, L – 1648
E-mail: touristinfo@lcto.lu

Dancers in the Dancing procession of Echternach, May 2008
Photograph by David Edgar

Buergbrennen
February

Buergbrennen is a celebration centred around a huge bonfire which takes place on the first Sunday in Lent in Luxembourg and surrounding areas. It is based on old traditions representing the end of winter and the coming of spring. The local authorities or youth organisations usually make the arrangements for the Buergbrennen. They collect wood, often old Christmas trees, from the inhabitants and make the buerg or bonfire, usually on the top of a neighbouring hill and clad with hay to ensure rapid burning. There is often a cross rising high above the centre of the fire. Torchlight processions to the bonfire sometimes take place and there are usually stands for food and drink. The firemen are present to ensure against accidents. In some areas, the most recently married couple have the honour of lighting the fire.

Mail / Postal address: Luxembourg City Tourist Office B.P. 181, L – 2011 Luxembourg, 30, place Guillaume II, L – 1648
E-mail: touristinfo@lcto.lu

Europe Marathon
August

The Europe Marathon (sponsored by ING) is an annual marathon in Luxembourg which was held for the first time in 2006. The course leads from the Kirchberg banking and financial district through the historic old town, past magnificent villas, gracious townhouses and the Grand Ducal Palace. The marathon is an exceptionally beautiful course marked by symbols of European history, spectators from around the world and an atmosphere infused with the international flair of the city give this marathon its unique character. The time limit for runners of the marathon distance is 6 hours.

Mail / Postal address: step by step S.A. ING europe-marathon luxembourg B.P. 2723 L-1027 Luxembourg
E-mail: info@ing-europe-marathon.lu









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