- 2022 European Capitals of Culture, Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg
Under the "REMIX Culture" leitmotif and its four subcategories – "REMIX Art", "REMIX Europe", "REMIX Nature" and "REMIX Yourself" – the Esch2022 non-profit association thus aims to create close synergies, to ensure sustainable development and to encourage the public to actively participate in such initiatives. A challenge to the European idea, to drive it forward through to the promotion of transnational projects and partnerships. Esch2022 brings together numerous artists and institutions from all over Europe, offering a platform for sustaining the diversity of European cultures in their many artistic disciplines that can materialise here.
Sustainability is a very important issue for Esch2022, especially if we consider the historical legacy of Esch-Alzette and the neighbouring municipalities between Luxembourg and France which, for decades now, have been living the transition from the steel and coal industry to a new era. In such a post-industrial context, sustainability must inevitably play a leading role, clearly seen in the region's drafting of a sustainability charter, the "Charte Développement Durable". A charter born on the initiative of citizens, in a synergetic exchange between the local actors of the 11 Luxembourg municipalities and 8 French municipalities and Luxembourg’s Ministry of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development. The Charter ties into the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN and defines a total of six goals to shape a sustainable future: from tourism, to food, the local economy, waste disposal, mobility and accessibility, going as far as to include transparent communication.
We are curious to see the many initiatives planned, a number of which have in fact been developed together with the other two 2022 European Capitals of Culture, Kaunas in Lithuania and Novi Sad in Serbia. Certainly, as far as architecture lovers are concerned, a number of highly anticipated initiatives are in store, including the opening of Micheville's new cultural centre, L'Arche, an alternative space for art, music and new technologies designed by the French studio K-Architecture. The building is inspired by the famous Villa Malaparte in Capri, the setting for Jean-Luc Godard's classic film Le Mépris. Of course, there is no shortage of post-industrial locations, including the Massenoire, a former foundry where, from February 2022 to March 2023, three documentary exhibitions on the industrial past, present and future of the region will be open to the public.
The official programme opens on February 26 and includes over 160 projects. All information and updates can be found on the Esch2020 website: https://esch2022.lu/
Esch2022 European Capital of Culture
Images: courtesy of Esch2022, see captions
1) espaces verts
2) Emile Hengen
3) Gemeng-a-Kiirch, (c) Commune de Schifflange
5) HME_Belval (c) Project_Musique et Acier
7) heure bleue, Dimitri_Mallet (c)Blaise_Adilon
8) KBN (c) Commune-de-Mondercange
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11) credit Fonds Belval
12) Entrance, (c) Amaze Design
13) REMIX DANSE
14) Credits_50-Joer-Frauenfussball_zu_LetzbeuergMore information: https://esch2022.lu/