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The southern part of Luxembourg and the directly adjoining area on the other side of the French border have a story to tell. A deeply European story, a story we would love to bring as far as Europe’s borders – and beyond. For it is here, in Europe’s old industrial heartland – where important foundations were once laid for European integration – that today over 120 different nationalities live together in close proximity. Here we get a sense of how Europe might look in the future. A Europe that sets great store by its melting pot of cultures, a Europe that can deal creatively and courageously with the transition from being an industrial society to a becoming a knowledge-based society. A Europe that is also well aware of the challenges of becoming an increasingly heterogeneous society and a Europe that takes a stance against nationalism and all forms of xenophobia. We would like to become Capital of Culture because we want to draw on the potential our region offers and we are convinced that this will have a long-lasting impact both on the development of our region and further afield.

The City of Kaunas, in central Lithuania, will also be a European Capital of Culture 2022. We went there in December 2016 to get to know the city, its people and its ECOC team. Straightaway we came up with exciting opportunities for working together and we are looking forward to the many long years of collaboration which now lie before us.

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“The furnaces are finished. We need alternatives. I believe in the creative powers of the people from the south”.

Théid Johanns, artist

Candidate City

For European Capital of Culture

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The artistic programme is the beating heart of a Capital of Culture year. There are now more than sixty projects which are taking shape and already fifteen or so will be up and running in 2018, such as for example the preparations for a European Theatre Festival, as well as the research for our Alzette project. To be eligible for inclusion in the programme, each project has to meet a clear list of criteria: European, cross-cutting and also financial criteria. And of course all the projects must respect our four pillars and focus on the REMIX theme.

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Aarbechter REMIX

These workers’ housing estates are typical of our region and its industrial heritage ‒ especially when also seen from a cross-border perspective. By using artist-run initiatives we would like to raise the profile both of the historical development of these estates as well as the phenomenon of their social diversification. Here we envisage having digital…

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Esch-sans-Alzette

The Alzette is a symbol for our nation – and yet for a long time it has been leading a sad existence, hidden away below the surface of the City of Esch. The Alzette lies at the source of our city’s history; moreover it is this river which provides a direct connection with the people…

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Romulus and Remus / Fatima Remix

Community life plays an important role in the south of Luxembourg – a very exciting phenomenon can also be observed here: many cultural associations and sports clubs as well as religious groups are enjoying ever-increasing popularity. That they are successfully integrated into society is often thanks to the commitment made by the volunteers in these…

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V1 THIL REMIX Centre / Lithuania 1 (V1 Fort 9)

Thil, a small village in the CCPHVA, has a heavy legacy to bear from its past. In the summer of 1944, the Allies bombed the production site for the German’s miracle weapon (V1 and V2 rockets) at Peenemünde on the island of Rügen. Consequently, in a cloak-and-dagger operation, an underground factory and concentration camp were…

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REMIX Centre / Lithuania 2 THE SECOND CITY

Kaunas and Esch share the same fate of being the second city in their country. In times gone by, both cities could rely on greater wealth, so the temptation is great here to indulge in nostalgic dreams. Our project aims to draw upon the potential of these memories of the past to focus on our…

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However large our team for the European Culture Year (ECOC) might be – without support from the population and civil society our project would not stand a chance. Our Capital of Culture year is designed to be a project where everyone can get involved. A project which does not simply aim to appeal to everyone and create opportunities for people to come along to cultural events but which seeks to involve as many as possible in preparing and developing the projects. Whether it be schools, clubs, local authorities, institutions, groups of artists or individuals: each person is a potential partner. Everyone can actively help to make Esch2022 a success. And a success for everyone.

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"Our aim is to become the 2022 European Capital of Culture!"

Mars di Bartolomeo, President of the Chamber of Deputies

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