Luxembourg is a diverse melting pot of different nationalities and is rightly proud of this. So much so, they even have a festival for it! City Savvy gives the lowdown on Le Festival des migrations, des cultures et de la citoyenneté.
The population of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is made up of over 46% foreigners and in all, the country has more than 150 different nationalities*. The festival is a celebration of this diversity, covering not just the arts, literature and popular culture but allowing visitors to discover and exchange food, music, languages and ideas. And the best news? It’s FREE!
The festival: then and now
The CLAE Festival has historically been where big issues were debated and changes set in motion. It’s where the first demands were made for immigrants to obtain the right to vote, where campaigns for the right for children born in Luxembourg to have Luxembourgish citizenship and where the intermingling of cultures was first explored in speeches. If you want to understand the burning issues surrounding citizenship and migration, this is where to go. This year, in 2017, communal elections will be held and it’s a great chance to speak to people about registering on the electoral rolls and then voting and contributing to the choice of local policies.
It’s also just a great day out. Among the many displays, there will be performances of Russian ballet, fado, Central and West African dancing as well as readings by authors and talks on topics such as ‘The stakes of the elections in France and Germany’ and ‘Citizen Engagement – why, how!’ There will also be the chance to debate on pertinent issues such as the role of the EU and the situation of applicants for international protection in Luxembourg. Not to mention all the music, poetry and FOOD!
For children, there is storytelling from around the world, as well as shows and workshops.
For the full programme, click here (French).
Address: Halls 2 & 3 at Luxexpo, 10 Circuit de La Foire Internationale, 1347 Luxembourg
Dates: From Friday 3 March 2017 to Sunday 5 March 2017
*Figures taken from statec.lu
Photo with kind permission from CLAE