Our vision for the future of Esch is that of a place where everyone lives together in peace and where different cultures not only coexist – which is already the case – but also exchange resources and enrich each other. Residents will identify with Esch and with its region and be proud of calling it their home, their heartland.
Visitors will not see Esch through the eyes of the past, but will perceive it as what it has become – and will truly like what it has to offer. Last but not least, all of the region’s cultural stakeholders will work closely together and nourish each other.
Love and laughter, just as their emotional counterparts, are universal experiences,
common to all.
In times of separation and insecurity, this shared emotional experience is the only language we need. Love in its broadest form is the glue that holds us all together.
While, of course, the simple mantra-like repetition of the word “love” cannot be the sole solution to Europe’s or the world’s trouble and strife, there’s little doubt it would help if we all gave and received more of it. From love springs hope, joy, understanding and creation. At the same time, their opposites are also inseparably linked to love, or the lack thereof. As a theme, it is arguably the single most important driver in literature and music, as well as the visual and performing arts.
Choosing the heartbeat with all its facets as a common thread in a significant cultural and artistic event like the European Capital of Culture not only seems natural considering the history and the people of the Luxembourg southern transborder region.
With this theme, Esch2022 can also make a valuable contribution to long-term European integration. Capitalising on the prominent image of Luxembourg as a builder of bridges, Esch2022 can help to bring the people of Europe closer together. As part of a founding nation of the European Union, it is inscribed in the Luxembourg southern transborder region forever that next to coal and steel, it was the idea of Peace that made the Europe we know today.
It seems perfectly natural that Esch’s candidature as European Capital of Culture will generate public debate about what effects the organisation of such a large event should have and who should benefit from it.
Meanwhile, the organisational team behind Esch2022 is working hard on a plan to unleash the region’s creative potential to the maximum. A plan in which artists, associations, corporations, students, children of all ages, families – everybody will find their place.
Urban planning is a major topic in almost all of today’s societies around the world and it certainly is a big subject in Esch-sur-Alzette and the the entire in the wake of a new post-industrial city-planning era.
With the planned conversion of the former industrial site of Schilffange and the further development of the hubs and campuses in Belval, Bettembourg and Differdange, the Luxembourg southern transborder region are in the throes of making a major, game-changing step forward towards a state-of-the-art, multipolar and culturally diverse reinvention of the region as a whole.