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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, which was held from Wednesday, 3 June to Friday, 3 July 2020, was 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.

Viistors to the Lëtzebuerg City Museum can see its permanent exhibition, entitled "The Luxembourg Story: More than 1,000 years of urban history", as well as its temporary exhibition, entitled "Browse through the City Archives".

  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00–18:00; Thursday, 10:00–20:00
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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 Lëtzebuerg City Museum, and the other 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.
  • Visitors must wear a mask.
  • Villa Vauban: no more than 30 visitors will be admitted at any one time.
  • Lëtzebuerg City Museum: no more than 40 visitors will be admitted at any one time.

The Muerbelsmillen reopened on 4 July 2020. This former mustard factory, given a new lease of life as a visitor centre, is on 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 municipal archives continue to publish a select historical document from their vast collection.

Cinémathèque

In accordance with the guidelines issued by the relevant authorities, the Cinémathèque has applied all the measures needed to ensure that visitors can have a safe and enjoyable evening:

  • As seating is limited, please go to www.luxembourg-ticket.lu to book your tickets in advance.
  • Only people from the same household may sit together. We recommend that tickets for groups be purchased at the same time.
  • The evening box office opens 30 minutes before the start of the show (subject to availability). Please pay by credit/debit card where possible.
  • When purchasing a ticket, you will be assigned a seat. Please ensure that you sit in the seat indicated on the ticket.
  • A mask or other face covering that covers the mouth and nose must be worn when entering and moving around the Cinémathèque. This can then be taken off once seated.
  • Hand sanitiser is available at strategic locations throughout the cinema.  
  • Additional and more stringent cleaning procedures are in place.
  • Please follow all instructions given by the Cinémathèque's trained staff.

Cité Bibliothèque

The Cité Bibliothèque (City Library) reopened on Tuesday, 29 September 2020 according to its usual opening hours, and certain services are now available again. To ensure that it can gradually resume activities under the safest possible conditions, the following public-health measures apply:

  • Masks must be worn and hands disinfected upon entry.
  • Visitors can once again access levels -1 and -2 in order to choose the items they want to borrow: to ensure that visitors can keep two metres apart from others at all times, access is limited to 20 people at a time (10 people per level).
  • The study rooms, computers and the newspaper department are closed until further notice.
  • People returning items are asked to place them in the boxes provided. These items will then be disinfected before being put back on the shelf.
  • Registration is still possible via www.bimu.lu
  • Users can still reserve items via the online catalogue (www.a-z.lu).
  • School groups (no more than 12 pupils) can once again visit Cercle Cité (contact: tuffi@vdl.lu ).
  • Children's activities on Saturday mornings are suspended until further notice.
  • The "Mardis littéraires" series will be held in the Cercle Cité's auditorium.

The Cité Bibliothèque is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:00, and on Saturdays from 10:00 to 18:00.

Photothèque

Due to a cluster of COVID-19 cases, the Photothèque will be closed to the public from Thursday, 22 October 2020 until further notice.

Staff members will be available by telephone (4796-4700) and email (phototheque@vdl.lu) to answer any questions.

Cercle Cité and CeCiL’s Box

The RatskellerCercle Cité's space for temporary exhibitions – reopened to the public on 13 July 2020. Masks must be worn and access is limited to 20 people at a time.

With its CeCiL’s Box project, Cercle Cité is once again showcasing a variety of original works in one of its windows on Rue du Curé as a way to support local artists. 

Programme: www.cerclecite.lu

Luxembourg City Conservatoire

As part of the measures introduced to halt the spread of COVID-19, the 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.

The Conservatoire's auditorium was once again made available for use as a concert venue 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).

With the ActArt series of concerts scheduled to resume in October, the Conservatoire reopened to external organisers at 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 are open to the public and sports clubs:

  • Josy Barthel Stadium
  • Boy Konen sports pitches
  • Football pitches
  • Pétanque courts (clubs only)
  • Tennis courts
  • Archery range.

Swimming pools and learner pools

The Badanstalt Aquatic Relaxation Centre, Bonnevoie Pool and Belair Pool reopened to the public on Tuesday, 15 September 2020.

In order to ensure user safety, the following public-health and organisational measures apply:

Waste collection 

  • The preventive measures that apply in enclosed spaces also apply in the swimming pools. This means that face masks, or other face coverings that cover the mouth and nose, must be worn between the main entrance and the changing rooms.
  • Facilities such as saunas, steam baths, hot tubs, fitness rooms, shower rooms and baths, as well as mixed changing rooms are closed until further notice.
  • Group aquatic activities held indoors are suspended until further notice.
  • Changing rooms and shower facilities will be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

Reservation 

  • To prevent queues from forming, a two-hour session (e.g. 8:00–10:00, 10:00–12:00) must be booked in advance. Anyone who has not made an advance booking will not be allowed entry.
  • Capacity per two-hour session is limited as follows: 20 people at the Badanstalt Aquatic Relaxation Centre; 32 people at Bonnevoie Pool (24 in the large pool and 8 in the small one); and 30 people at Belair Pool (20 in the main pool and 10 in the small one).  
  • Bookings are to be made by telephone:
    • Badanstalt: 4796-2550
    • Bonnevoie Pool: 4796-3471
    • Belair Pool: 4796-4982
  • Bookings can only be made on the week in question, except for Monday sessions, which can be booked on the Friday before. Only one session can be booked at a time.
  • Bookings can be made for up to four people, including the person making the booking.

Opening hours

  • Badanstalt Aquatic Relaxation Centre (pool only)

 

Opens

Closes

Monday

Closed

Closed

Tuesday–Saturday

8:00

20:00

Sunday

8:00

12:00

  • Bonnevoie Pool

 

Opens

Closes

Monday

16:00

20:00

Tuesday

12:00

20:00

Wednesday

Closed

Closed

Thursday

12:00

20:00

Friday

16:00

20:00

Saturday

8:00

20:00

Sunday

8:00

12:00

  • Belair Pool

 

Opens

Closes

Monday–Friday

Closed

Closed

Saturday

10:00

18:00

Sunday

8:00

12:00

Multi-use sports halls

Multi-use sports halls have been open to sports clubs according to their usual 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 has been open according to its usual opening hours since Monday, 15 June 2020.

Cultural and community centres

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) and the National Health Directorate (Direction de la Santé). Associations must also provide all the equipment and products needed to adhere to these measures.