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Thanks to its cultural infrastructure and music festivals, Luxemburg is also firmly integrated in Europe’s cultural and artistic life. Since Luxembourg City served as a European Capital of Culture in 1995 and 2007, an increasing number of international artists and performers have been attracted here. In addition to new concert houses, the Grand Duchy has added a number of remodeled and newly built museums to create a fitting home for its large collection of artworks. The collection includes works of classical art, as well as a substantial number of contemporary pieces that are augmented by private galleries and showings.
 
 Information on culture and the arts in Luxemburg, including extensive listings of establishments and venues (and their contact data), can be found in the following brochures:

Cultural establishments and venues:
http://www.gouvernement.lu/publications/download/AP_infrastruc_culturelle_UK_2004.pdf

Information about literature:
http://www.gouvernement.lu/publications/luxembourg/apropos_litterature/AP_litterature_2008_EN.pdf

Information on current cultural events:
http://www.culture.luxweb.com  

Additional links to important cultural establishments and venues are provided by topic below (some websites only offer information in French):

 

Classical Music and Theater

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The Grand Théâtre de la Ville du Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Festival offer eye-opening opera, theater and dance performances. In addition, the widely acclaimed Festival de Wiltz is a popular summertime attraction.

Information on theater:
http://www.gouvernement.lu/publications/luxembourg/ap_theatre/ap_theatre_2008_EN.pdf

Theater portal of Luxembourg City:
www.theatres.lu

Performances and events of the Luxembourg Festival:
www.luxembourgfestival.lu

Festival de Wiltz:
http://www.festivalwiltz.lu/Default_en.htm

Aficionados of classical music will get their money’s worth in the modern Philharmonie concert hall, which was designed by Christian de Portzamparc and opened in 2005. The program of the Festival International in Echternach also features classical music concerts.

 

Information brochure on classical music:
http://www.gouvernement.lu/publications/luxembourg/a-propos-musique-classique/a-propos-musique-pdf-e.pdf

Philharmonie:
http://www.philharmonie.lu/en/home/home.php?PHPSESSID=eeq4o8o6mnoclql9oc5khhok67

Festival International Echternach:
http://www.echternachfestival.lu/default_en.htm

 

Other Music Genres and Festivals

Since its opening in 2005, the Rockhal in Esch-sur-Alzette has served as a live venue for top acts from the contemporary music scene. Also in Esch-sur-Alzette is the Kulturfabrik, whose diverse program ranges from rock and pop concerts through to theater performances and conferences.

Information about the contemporary music scene:
http://www.gouvernement.lu/publications/luxembourg/ap_musiques_amplifiees/ap_musiques_amplifi__es_2007_EN.pdf

Rockhal:
www.rockhal.lu

Kulturfabrik:
www.kulturfabrik.lu

A similar spectrum of performances and events is offered at the Neumünster Abbey in the capital’s Grund Quarter.

Neumünster Abbey cultural and meeting center:
www.ccrn.lu

den Atelier:
www.atelier.lu

In addition, a number of established music festivals dedicated to a variety of different music styles are held throughout the year: e.g., Blues’n Jazz Rallye, Rock um Knuedler and Fête de la musique.

Luxembourg City Tourist Office (organizer of several festivals):
http://www.lcto.lu/en/index

Fête de la musique:
www.fetedelamusique.lu

Modern and Contemporary Art, and Photography

The Musée d’art moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM) was purpose-built for contemporary art. Designed by star architect Ieoh Ming Pei, the museum is home to a large collection of works by many different artists and also features regularly changing special exhibitions. A forum for modern art is the Casino Luxembourg, which additionally offers an attractive program of cultural events.

Musée d’art moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM):
http://www.mudam.lu/en/accueil/?menu=19&cHash=f9d6eccf34928667572fea7a0aeb411e

Casino Luxembourg:
http://www.casino-luxembourg.lu/content_en.htm

The town of Clervaux in northern Luxembourg is the permanent home of Edward Steichen’s photography exhibition “The Family of Man,” which was inscribed in the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2003.

The “Family of Man” photography exhibition:
www.family-of-man.public.lu
 

Museums

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The National Museum of History and Art features numerous collections and exhibition pieces from various epochs, among them paintings by artists from Luxembourg that date from the 18th through 20th centuries.

Information on the National Museum of History and Art:
http://www.gouvernement.lu/publications/download/AP_MNHA_UK.pdf

National Museum of History and Art:
www.mnha.public.lu

In the heart of the old town lies the Luxembourg City History Museum, where visitors will learn many interesting details about the city’s development and eventful past. On the other hand, the museum in Fort Thüngen is a must-see for anyone with a primary interest in the history of the capital’s fortifications.

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Luxembourg City History Museum:
http://www.musee-hist.lu/en/NEW.html
 
 
 The history of evolution can be traced in the National Museum of Natural History, where many interesting finds are displayed.

National Museum of Natural History:
www.mnhn.lu
 

The museum in the Abbey of Echternach sheds light on the history of the abbey, which was founded by St. Willibrord. The far reaching importance of the scriptorium of Echternach during the 7th through 11th centuries will not be lost on visitors once they see the facsimile manuscripts on display.

Information about the Echternach Abbey Museum:
http://www.willibrord.lu/spip.php?rubrique4

The bygone days of iron ore mining in Luxembourg are brought to life in the National Mining Museum of Luxembourg in Rumelange. Most of the exhibits are located in the galleries of the former mine.

National Mining Museum of Luxembourg:
http://www.mnm.lu/accueil-en.html
 

 Other addresses:

Luxembourg City Association of Museums:
www.statermuseeen.lu    

Additional useful Web addresses

Ministry for Culture, Higher Education and Research:
www.mcesr.public.lu
 Official information website of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg:
www.luxembourg.lu
 Information on current cultural events:
www.culture.luxweb.com
 Luxembourg National Tourist Office:
www.ont.lu
 Luxembourg City Tourist Office:
www.lcto.lu
 Luxembourg City Association of Museums:
www.statermuseeen.lu