Through their steel and mining legacy, the city of Esch-sur-Alzette and Luxembourg’s entire southern trans-border region have played a central role in the viability and growth of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. Time and again, this region has been at the heart of the country’s economic expansion. After years of industrial decline, it now occupies a crucial position once again as a developing hub for research, innovation and higher education.
Esch is a concentrate of hearts beating to many different rhythms.
As a city and a region, these hearts join together to form a mesmerizing tune of life; an essence of different cultures, capable of uniting in ever new ways, so that in 2022 they can make the most of each other and reinvent themselves every day.
In this sense, Luxembourg’s southern trans-border region has always been a true heartland of culture. As European Capital of Culture, Esch2022 aims to set the stage for an orchestra of life, allowing the region to build an ever brighter future with room for everyone to coexist, cocreate and express themselves both individually and collectively.
The development of Esch-sur-Alzette and the surrounding area was initiated long before the application for European Capital of Culture and will go forward regardless. Our nomination would however help shed a different light on our region and prompt a higher commitment of our population in less time and on a larger, more inclusive scale.
Love embodies many things and has a very broad scope. Just like the arts, it’s a universal language. We want to use it to create dialogue across borders, cultures and barriers, to encourage people to get involved and to help them understand each other better.