Summer Festivals 2017

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Whether we get a proper summer or a, well, Luxembourgish one, there’s lots to put a smile on your face this season, from open-air cinema to musical classics, from ‘Summer in the City’ to the Schueberfouer!

Echternach International Festival

An internationally renowned music festival in the historic town of Echternach. The music ranges classical and jazz to world music. The opening night features the Luxembourg Philharmonie with artist-in-residence Daniel Hope- view the full programme here. Concerts take place in some of the towns most atmospheric venues, including the Abbey Court and St Peter and Paul Church. The festival also makes good use of Echternach’s state of the art concert hall and cultural center, the Trifolion and there are bus services from the Glacis and from Trier.

When: July 6th- 13th
Where: Various venues in Echternach.
Website

SUMMER IN THE CITY: 21 June to 7 September

Between June 21st and September 9th Luxembourg celebrates ‘Summer in the City’ with free concerts, guided tours, and much, much, more. Every day’s a party! A series of open air concerts in the city centre plus street theatre, open air cinema, art exhibitions and children’s activities.

MeYouZik

A world music festival in the centre of the City celebrating multi-cultural Luxembourg. This year’s programme includes the intriguingly named Gipsy Pigs, Fuel Fandango and La Complet’ Mandingue. Multiple stages showcasing global musical talent in the open air with free entrance – what more could you ask for?

When: July 15th
Where: Various locations in the city centre
Website

Rock um Knuelder

Urban rock festival that’s had over 15,000 people visiting each year. Great music is there to be enjoyed across the city centre and most excitingly, in the Casemates. Another free night of fun!

When: July 16th
Where: Various locations in the city centre
Website

Blues ‘n Jazz Rallye

Over 50 bands perform blues and jazz on more than a dozen open air and indoor venues in the Grund and Clausen. Hop from bar to bar, enjoying a night of brilliant free jazzy music all the way. One of the most fun nights out and a great event to bring visitors to.

When: July 29th
Where: The Grund, Clausen & Pfaffenthal
Website

Food For Your Senses

Celebrating it’s 10th year, and relocating from Tuntange to Bissen, FFYS has found a home a short bus ride from the city centre to a green spot in Kirchberg! This is a trendsetting festival and 600 people are working behind the scenes to bring keen eyes to spot future trends and most importantly, bringing you international acts representing all types of music. Marteria, Kraftklub, La Femme, Kate Tempest, XXYYXX, Bilderbuch, SOHN, Balthazar had had their first appearance on the FFYS stage and the 10th year means new opportunities for fresh talent. This year’s headline is composed of Luxembourg’s hip hop pioneers De Läb, taking the stage with their orchestra, Swedish psychedelic visionaries Goat, and German rock sensation AnnenMayKantereit, who return to FFYS after opening the festival in 2014. This  diverse festival offers workshops, activities, talks and performances.

When: August 4th- 6th
Where: Kirchberg For Full details, click here  and to follow on facebook click here.

Streeta(rt)nimation

26 international companies bring 125 free shows to the streets of the city centre. Meet stilt walkers, acrobats, jugglers, dancers, comedians and jesters. Hit the pavements and join in the fun.

When: August 11th-12th
Where: Pedestrian zone in the city centre
Website

For full details of Summer in the City click here.

Festival de Wiltz

64 years and counting, The Wiltz festival is a joy for music and theatre lovers alike. The castle at Wiltz provides a dreamy backdrop to sumptuous stage performances. There’s even a retractable roof if the weather doesn’t co-operate! Boasting the best talent, this year’s highlights include Spain’s Flamenco Dance Company, the Nouveau Cirque from Pragueand a closing night of four shows featuring José González, Dillon, Monophona & Joy Wellboy.

When: June 28th- July 23rd
Where: B.P. 38, L-9501 Wiltz
Website

Nuit des Merveilles

If weird and wonderful is your thing, then make sure you head to Bettembourg for the Nuit des Merveilles. This bizarre event welcomes professional street artists from tightrope walkers to circus poets, stilt-walkers, puppeteers, mimics, musicians, hat designers and much more. The programme includes performances from the wacky to the poetic, with a range of events for young and old.

When: July 8th
Where: Château de Bettembourg, 13 rue du Château, L-3217 Bettembourg
Website

Gaymat Festival

Luxembourg is a very open and welcoming society for the LBGT community and this festival in Esch is an open demonstration of that fact. With queer movie nights, a parade and a beach party, there’s lots of fun to be had.

When: July 1st-8th
Where: 9G, Avenue du Rock n’ Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette
Website

Blues Express

Another music extravaganza, this time in Differdange and Lasauvage; more than 40 concerts take place on 11 stages. Don’t miss this free open-air blues-music festival featuring artists from the USA – with 20,000 people attending last year, you’ll be in good company! New this year, there will be a Park & Ride at “Belval-Gare” to help ease getting around.

When: July 8th
Where: Lasauvage & Fond-de-Gras L-4698 Differdange
Website

Open Air Cinema in Echternach

Where better to enjoy a film than by the lake in Echternach? 9 movies in 9 days with catering, cool drinks and couches to sit back and relax on. Movies are usually in their original language with German subtitles and this year’s programme includes ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’ and ‘Transformers’. A summer highlight! Book here.

Details: For more information kino@cinesura.lu or 691 72 97 99

When: July 21st- 29th at 9:15 pm
Where: NEW VENUE!! Echternach School, directly next to the Basilika, in the center of Echternach
Website; bookings can be made here.

Kanner in the City

One for the whole family, the city centre is transformed into an enormous play area with over 50 workshops for 4-14 year olds. Lots of games to test skills and creativity as well as providing a great day out. Best of all, it’s free!

When: July 28th- 29th
Where: Place Guillaume II, Place d’Armes, rue de la Reine and adjacent roads
Website

Welleschter Kirmes

By the waters of the Moselle, the typical Luxembourgish village of Wellenstein sits. Each year, they have an atmospheric folklore festival where you can participate in games, concerts and dancing, whilst tasting regional gastronomic specialities with a glass of locally produced wine.

When: July 29th-31st
Where: Rue de la Source L-5470 Wellenstein
Website

Vianden Medieval Festival

A fantastic medieval romp in the beautiful surroundings of Vianden Castle. Knight camps, jousting, fire shows, birds of prey and a large medieval market. Great fun for adults and kids. There will be a free shuttle on the weekend of August 5th-6th.

When: July 29th- August 6th
Where: Montée du Château, 9408 Vianden
Website

 

E-Lake Festival

An open-air festival in a picturesque setting by Echternach lake. Live concerts, DJ sets and a 10,000 capacity dance floor. Free entrance means you’d be mad to miss it.

When: August 11th-13th
Where: Chemin vers Rodenhof, L-6479 Echternach
Website

Léiffrawëschdag Folklore Festival

An annual event in Greiveldange, where you can celebrate a Luxembourgish tradition.

In the late morning the festival starts with a church service, during which the “Wesch” is blessed. At noon, typical Luxembourgish dishes will be served, such as “warm ham, broad beans and potatoes with bacon” or a “vintner’s plate” are served. Expect art and craft stalls, local food and wine specialities and wonderful entertainment.

When: August 15th
Where: Greiveldange, L-5426 Luxembourg
Website 

Schueberfouer

We’ve saved the best for last! This has to be one of City Savvy’s favourite festivals and one you absolutely must not miss, nor can you with an enormous ferris wheel taking over the Glacis, together with the excited screams of fair goers and the smell of all that goodness wafting around the city.

When: August 23rd- September 11th
Where: Parking Glacis, Avenue de la Faiencerie, Luxembourg
Website

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Farrah Gillani
Farrah is a co-founder of City Savvy Luxembourg, making the online magazine concept a reality for tens of thousands in the Duchy. Combining a degree from Cambridge University in English Literature with marketing and sales experience at a top FMCG firm, Farrah is delighted to fuse her passion for writing and service together here.

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