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Cultural institutions

Municipal theatres

The municipal theatres have been especially hard-hit by the pandemic, and have had to cancel or rearrange their entire programme for the 2019–2020 season. However, as those involved in theatre are nothing if not creative, the staff of the City's municipal theatres and the Kinneksbond – the cultural centre in Mamer – will be sharing their stages with their counterparts from the Théâtre des Casemates, the Théâtre du Centaure and the Théâtre Ouvert Luxembourg when the new season begins. Also, these two institutions have commissioned original works by eight writers (some local, some from further afield), which are scheduled to be performed between September and December of this year. They have also launched a call for "outdoor" projects, inviting artists and groups from throughout the territory to devise multidisciplinary urban performances.

In addition, the first part of the programme for the 5th TalentLAB, being held from Wednesday, 3 June to Friday, 3 July 2020, has been redesigned as a digital event featuring discussion forums, workshops and a host of live-streamed performances on the #Theaterdoheem YouTube channel. The full programme is available at theatres.lu/TALENTLAB. The second part of the programme will be devoted to "TalentLAB goes Fëschmaart", a participatory project involving former TalentLAB participants that was originally scheduled to open this year's event. Details of the project will be published as soon as possible.

In addition, thanks to the YouTube channel set up to host the "Theater Doheem" project, theatre lovers can continue to watch (or even watch again!) recent productions from the comfort of their own homes.

Municipal museums

The two municipal museums, the Lëtzebuerg City Museum and the Villa Vauban – Luxembourg City Art Museum, reopened to visitors on Thursday, 14 May 2020.

The Lëtzebuerg City Museum is once again welcoming visitors to their permanent collection, entitled "The Luxembourg Story: 1,000+ years of history", and the temporary exhibition, "Schwaarz Konscht: Imagery on decorative firebacks (16th to 19th centuries)".

  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00–18:00; Thursday, 10:00–20:00
  • citymuseum.lu

At the Villa Vauban, the eagerly anticipated major exhibition on the life and works of Luxembourg sculptor Charles Kohl (1929–2016), which had to be postponed, has been open to the public since 23 May. The temporary exhibition, "Variations: A museum for everyone", is also open to visitors once again.

  • Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday, 10:00–18:00; Friday, 10:00–21:00
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In addition, the public can enjoy the museums' virtual collections online at citymuseum.lu/en and villavauban.lu/en (3D tours of the exhibitions), and can find further information on their social media pages. To enhance your tour experience with further information and content, the museums recommend downloading their mobile apps, which are available for free from the App Store and Google Play. These are two separate apps: one for the "The Luxembourg Story" exhibition at the Luxembourg City Museum, and the second for "Variations: A museum for everyone" at the Villa Vauban.

Rules:

    • The museums are only open to individual visitors or to groups from the same household
    • Face masks must be worn
    • No more than 30 visitors will be admitted at any one time

The Muerbelsmillen reopened on 4 July. This former mustard factory, given a new lease of life as a visitor centre, is located at Rue Mohrfels in Pfaffenthal. Visitors can also take a virtual tour of the historic site at citymuseum.lu.

  • Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday, 14:00–18:00
  • Please note that no more than six visitors will be admitted at any one time

The City also wishes to draw attention to the fact that the two municipal museums have been offering combined admission tickets since the beginning of the year: purchase a ticket to either one of the museums, and get into the other for free!

Municipal Archives

The Luxembourg City Archives are once again welcoming visitors, by appointment, in the basement of City Hall at Place Guillaume II. In addition, every Sunday, on their Facebook page, the Archives continue to publish a select historical document from their vast collection.

Cinémathèque

The City of Luxembourg's Cinémathèque will resume screenings at its premises on Place du Théâtre, subject to strict public-health measures, from Monday, 13 July 2020.

For a very special cinema experience, the Cinémathèque will hosting the City Drive-In Cinema at Champ du Glacis. Every evening from Friday, 17 July to Saturday, 1 August 2020 inclusive, a film will be shown on a huge air screen. From the comfort and safety of their own vehicles, when the sun goes down at 21:30, cinema-goers can enjoy a range of popular films, both contemporary and classic.

The conditions of admission and the full programme will be published in early July 2020.

Cité Bibliothèque

The Cité Bibliothèque (City Library) has been open to the public since Tuesday, 19 May 2020, subject to special conditions. The Cité Bibliothèque will regularly publish book recommendations on its Facebook and Instagram pages as well as on www.bimu.lu and www.tuffi.lu (for children). These books can be downloaded as e-books from www.a-z.lu.

It will also will let you know about other interesting book and reading activities suggested by other libraries, as well as children's books from the National Literature Centre (Centre national de litérature – CNL) on YouTube. Not only that, the Cité Bibliothèque's mascot – Tuffi – will give parents ideas for fun activities to do with their children via www.tuffi.lu.

  • Open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00–17:30.
  • No more than five visitors may be in the library at a time.
  • Only the ground floor is open to visitors (levels -1 and -2 are closed).
  • Procedures should be carried out online where possible (especially to select books to borrow), on a-z.lu
  • Library services will be restricted to accepting returns of borrowed books and lending books out. Visitors will not be able to browse the books on site.
  • Internet access and reading rooms are unavailable until further notice.
  • Contact: T: 4796 2732, E: bibliotheque@vdl.lu
  • www.bimu.lu

Photothèque

The Luxembourg City Photothèque also reopened in mid-May, and is once again receiving the public by appointment. In parallel, the Photothèque is continuing its interactive, participatory activities on Facebook and Instagram. Over 500 images have been collected so far in response to the call for photos depicting daily life during the COVID-19 lockdown, which is still in force. The Photothèque's traditional summer exhibition will take place at the Ratskeller, at Cercle Cité, from Monday, 13 July to Sunday, 6 September 2020 inclusive.

  • Open from Monday to Friday, 7:30–12:00 and 13:30–17:00
  • By appointment only (no more than two visitors at a time)
  • Masks and protective gloves must be worn
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Cercle Cité and CeCiL’s Box

The current exhibition at CeCiL’s Box can be viewed online: in collaboration with Design Luxembourg and Design Friends, Cercle Cité has commissioned works from 10 professional Luxembourg designers, who have been given carte blanche to create a piece representing their personal view, either current or prospective, of the coronavirus situation. Every Thursday, a new creation is unveiled on the Facebook and Instagram pages, and on Cercle Cité's brand new website. 

Until Sunday, 5 July 2020, CeCiL’s Box will be showcasing "Conditionnel Présent", by artist Marc Buchy. This human-sized image is open to a multitude of interpretations, juxtaposing esoteric beliefs with absolute belief in science and its rationalisation. The work was created as part of the Triennials programme, organised by the Rotondes in collaboration with Casino Luxembourg − Modern Art Forum, and the Cercle Cité. It is on display 24/7 on Rue du Curé.

Although currently closed, the Ratskeller, the Cercle Cité's exhibition space, will be reopening its doors to its loyal visitors from Monday, 13 July 2020 to Sunday, 6 September 2020, to host the Photothèque's summer exhibition, entitled Luxembourg-Ville, de la forteresse au patrimoine UNESCO (Luxembourg City: from fortress to UNESCO World Heritage Site), marking the 25th anniversary of the inclusion of Luxembourg's Old Town and fortifications on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

www.cerclecite.lu

Luxembourg City Conservatoire

As part of the measures introduced to halt the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Luxembourg City Conservatoire closed on Friday, 13 March 2020.

Private classes for students in the upper, medium and medium specialist tiers resumed on Monday, 11 May 2020. Under the progressive easing of lockdown, group classes for upper and 1er Prix students resumed on Monday, 8 June 2020.

At this stage, all private classes for lower-division students at the Conservatoire and at the École des quartiers (some 2,700 students), and group classes of other levels in all areas, are still suspended.

With respect to the Maison de la culture, most of the major educational projects, including "Piano Days", "Brassweek" and "Opéra", have been postponed for 12 months. Other events have had to be cancelled in light of the current exceptional situation.

Access to the Conservatoire, and to affiliated music schools in the city's districts, is restricted to Conservatoire staff and students until the start of the 2020–2021 school term.

Use of the Conservatoire's auditorium as a concert venue is scheduled to resume in September 2020, subject to compliance with public-health measures currently in force (seats must be booked in advance, patrons must keep two metres apart, and masks must be worn when in the building).

The ActArt series of concerts is scheduled to resume in October. The Conservatoire will be open to external organisers from the start of the new school term.

www.conservatoire.lu

Luxembourg City Film Festival

LuxFilmFest – Home Edition

Since exceptional times call for exceptional measures, LuxFilmFest, Film Fund Luxembourg, d’Filmakademie and vod.lu have teamed up to bring you the LuxFilmFest Home Edition, now available on www.vod.lu. This is an exclusive collection of films that you can watch from the comfort of your living room, at affordable prices.

Sports facilities and cultural centres

Outdoor facilities

The following outdoor facilities recently reopened to the public and sports clubs:

  • Josy Barthel stadium
  • Boy Konen sports pitches
  • Football pitches
  • Pétanque courts (for clubs)
  • Tennis courts
  • Archery range

Swimming pools and learner pools

Learner pools are closed to the public until Wednesday, 15 July 2020 inclusive. However, they have been open to clubs since Wednesday, 10 June 2020 (14:00–21:00):

District

Address

Belair

14, rue d'Ostende

Limpertsberg

3, rue Batty Weber

Gare

Rue de Strasbourg

The public swimming pool in Bonnevoie is closed to the public until Wednesday, 15 July 2020 inclusive. However, it has been open to clubs since Wednesday, 10 June 2020 (14:00–21:00).

The Badanstalt Aquatic Relaxation Centre on Rue des Bains is closed until further notice.

The locker rooms and showers at all of the aforementioned facilities are open.

City gyms

Closed until Wednesday, 15 July 2020 inclusive

Multi-use sports halls

Multi-use sports halls have been open to sports clubs according to their normal opening hours since Monday, 15 June 2020:

District

Address

Belair

14, rue d'Ostende

Hamm

Rue de Hamm

Belair

3, rue du Stade

Gare

Rue de Strasbourg

Rollingergrund

239, rue de Rollingergrund

Cents (temporary)

1A, boulevard Charles Simonis

Limpertsberg

47A, rue Ermesinde

Merl

62, boulevard Marcel Cahen

Kiem

40, boulevard Pierre Frieden

Eich

151, rue de Mühlenbach

Beggen

26, rue de Rochefort

Dommeldange

151, rue Nicolas Hein

Clausen

39, montée de Clausen

Bonnevoie

42, rue Jean-François Gangler

The locker rooms at all multi-use sports halls are open, but the showers are closed until further notice. Sports clubs using the facilities are responsible for adhering to the public-health measures currently in force.

Hollerich Skatepark and Boy Konen Bike Park

The skate park at the former slaughterhouse in Hollerich opened according to its normal opening hours on Monday, 15 June 2020.

Cultural and community centres

On Wednesday, 24 June 2020, cultural and community centres reopened to associations that normally gather at these premises. Hiring these premises for other purposes will not be possible until Tuesday, 1 September 2020.

When using the premises, associations are fully responsible for strictly adhering to the applicable social distancing measures, safety precautions and hygiene practices, including the guidelines published by the Ministry of Health (Ministère de la Santé) or the National Health Directorate (Direction de la Santé). Associations must also provide all the equipment and products needed to adhere to these measures.