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Esch, european capital of culture 2022

By press release January 27, 2021
Escher Gaalgebierg, Esch-sur-Alzette Escher Gaalgebierg, Esch-sur-Alzette photo by Emile Hengen

Esch is the European Capital of Culture 2022, featuring the town of Esch-sur-Alzette, the eleven Luxembourg municipalities of the Pro Sud association and the eight French municipalities of the CCPHVA region.

 “The aim is to sustainably improve the image of the entire region and to create a new identity with the involvement of the local community. They need to be able to help shape their own future,” says Nancy Braun, Directeur géneral of Esch2022. Programmes will be offered throughout the year in Esch-sur-Alzette and the Belval district, and the participating municipalities will alternate between highlight events and themes. Here as well, events, permanent and temporary exhibitions, in the towns and along the “Minett Trail” hiking trail, for example, will encourage visitors to get to know the region.

Intended to be a fascinating and meaningful mix of the Esch2022 projects and those of the municipalities, institutions and private individuals, an overall programme for 2022 will be created from 22 February onwards. The local communities and their residents are participating in the process of reshaping the region, which is being launched thanks to Esch2022. In addition, the Esch2022 team is in the process of developing its own projects. These projects include several that will be realized and hosted in the Escher district of Belval, where existing historical sites are being redeveloped together with the Belval Fund.

In Belval, the offices of the project teams will be located and exhibitions, performances will take place in, among other venues, the former industrial building of the “Möllerei”, which will house four exhibitions as a “Digital Space” over a total area of 375 m2. These exhibitions are being produced in cooperation with prominent partners from the cultural and arts scenes, using digital expertise - ZKM, the Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica, the Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel and the Luxembourg historian Pit Péporté.


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