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The National Art and History Museum (MNHA) has launched an appeal for pieces from furniture designer Lou Hammerel for their upcoming Art Déco Exhibition next year.

Lou Hammerel, from Esch-sur-Alzette, was certainly one of the first interior architects in Luxembourg at the time, very modern in his day. His interior decorations and furniture a luxurious, art-deco style inspired by French models.

As early as 1928, Lou Hammerel, who was still working in Paris, organised in his father's workshop in Esch, an exhibition of his drawings and furniture. In 1929 Lou Hammerel took part in the second Luxembourger Secession exhibition in the Luxembourg Cercle municipal. Together with Michel Haagen and Michel Heintz, he represented the field of applied art.

In addition, Lou Hammerel exhibited a total of five interior displays in pastel or watercolour technique, including the project drawing for a luxurious Art Deco dining room, as well as some furniture designs.

Haagen, Heintz and Hammerel also participated in the joint exhibition of the Secession and the Cercle artistique.

Unfortunately, the fate of the designs is unknown. It is also not known whether the realized ensembles whose owners are listed in the catalogues with their initials and the place of residence are or are still being used.

Within the framework of the Art Déco exhibition planned for the coming year, the National Museum aims at completing the knowledge of this innovative furniture designer and interior designer from Luxembourg, who, despite his early death at the age of only 22 years, has decisively influenced Luxembourgish furniture art. Any drawing signed by Lou Hammerel, or even a piece of furniture, but also photographs made in the 1920s or 1930s, showing his interiors, would be of great value.

Please contact Ulrike Degen in the National Museum (MNHA), Department of Crafts and Folk Art, tel.: 47 93 30 313 or write via email:

Thursday, 25 May 2017 13:58

LGX Opens a "Social & Sustainable" World

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Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX) has presented a new universe dedicated to "social & sustainable" bonds.

After the successful launch of the LGX last September, the platform is now extended to the listing of "social & sustainable" bonds. With a growing interest in these instruments, the overall value of socially responsible investments now stands at over $ 23 billion.

This extension of the platform will allow issuers to increase the visibility of the social and sustainable projects they finance and to provide investors with all the information they need to make their investment decisions.

Through this extension of the platform, the Bourse wishes to show its commitment to social and sustainable projects, in addition to green projects, and help facilitate the financing of such initiatives.

"Since the launch of LGX, there has been a strong demand from both investors and issuers to expand the green bond market, solely related to the financing of climate actions and projects, to the" social bond " & Sustainable ", which encompasses more broadly the aspects of socially responsible investment," explains Robert Scharfe, CEO of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, on the 35th day of the stock market.

Socially responsible investments support a broader range of projects than green bonds and are likely to further expand the market. It is precisely for these same reasons that companies are more interested in issuing such instruments.

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The Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg is offering an Executive Education Programme, run by Professor Marcus Müller, on 12 and 19 June 2017 from 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00.

The Executive Education Programme provides scientific insights and practical techniques for managers seeking self-development and ways to create individual and organisational success.

Marcus Müller, who won the Teaching Excellence Award 2016-2017, works full-time as Professor of Management at the Jack Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg. He teaches courses in leadership, organisational psychology, negotiations and management.

Professor Müller has worked with Luxembourg-based companies, start-ups and NGOs such as Luxair, Handicap International and the Red Cross.

The Executive Education Programme focus on understanding individual motivators that drive behaviour in organisations, directing and navigating through organisational dynamics, and increasing communication effectiveness.

The programme, which is situated at the Chamber of Commerce of Luxembourg (7 Rue Alcide de Gasperi) costs €2,250.

Registration is now open for this programme via email:

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 08:44

Peruvian Soirée Announced

peruvian soiree 600 400 is organising a Peruvian Soirée to take place on 25 May 2017 from 19:30 to 23:00 at Bellamy- Bar & Cookery.

The event will include delicious Peruvian finger food and great entertainment.

Places are limited so for more information and to book tickets, contact Mary Rose on tel.: 352 621 342 021, or Myriam on tel.: 352 671 512 674, or email:

may fair 600 400 is organising a small business and crafts fair to take place on 28 May 2017 from 11:30 to 16:30 at Brasserie Benelux Strassen.

The fair supports the craft and small business community of Luxembourg and encourages the public to come and shop local.

There will be unique high-quality products as well as tapas and refreshments provided by Brasserie Benelux.

Entrance is free for customers.

To book a table for vendors please email

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Slovenia was once again present at global tech fair ICT Spring 2017 with its own stand, organised by the Luxembourg-Slovenian Business Club (LSBC). 

The story of Slovenian Fintech started in 2001, when Moneta started operating by using GSM technology to enable users to use their mobile phones as mobile wallets to pay for services.

Later, Slovenia emerged as a CEE Bitcoin hub thanks to many start-ups providing platforms for Bitcoin transactions and trading. Slovenia also hosted the first Central and Eastern Europe Bitcoin Conference in 2013.

Comtrade Digital Services with over 25 years of hands-on experience in numerous projects has been attending ICT Spring for the second time. They introduced a new solution Banking Chatbot, which has been developed together with one of the leading SEE financial groups. It is operating on one of the world's leading messaging apps, Viber and enables users to manage their finance within instant messaging platforms.

Netis and Silver Bullet Risk were representing Slovenian innovative and vibrant FinTech community; Netis specialises in crypto-currency and blockchain technology development, consulting, mining and implementation of new applications based on this breakthrough technology while Silver Bullet Risk enables users to have a comprehensive overview of all risks within their organisation.

Slovenian companies seized the opportunity to present themselves at the ICT Spring 2017. Igor Zgonc, CEO, Silver Bullet Risk commented: “Financial industry is, beside governance and energy sector, one of our target industries.  At ICT Spring we got a number of promising contacts of clients and partners, which has been our primary goal. The next steps are follow-up and expansion our business to this promising country”.

According to CEE FinTech report by Deloitte Central Europe there is a strong potential in the entire CEE market. New entrants have a chance to succeed in providing innovative solutions to either the financial sector itself or directly to end-users.

ICT Spring had 5000+ attendees, 72+ countries, 500+ companies and 100+ speakers.

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Luxembourg pianist and composer Michel Reis has begun his new Japan Quartet Spring Tour, taking place from 3 to 10 May 2017, with his Japan Quartet organised by the Japanese promoter Mocloud Promotion.

Hailed as a ‘tremendous pianist’ by Downbeat Magazine, Michel Reis has paved his way into an artist of international acclaim. Performing mainly with the Reis Demuth Wiltgen Trio as well as the Michel Reis Quartet, the Luxembourgish pianist has appeared in many of the world’s most famous venues and festivals.

During this tour, Michel Reis will play with fellow musicians whom he has known for many years, composed of Akihiro Nishiguchi on saxophone, Takashi Sugawa on bass and Shun Ishiwaka on drums. Together, they have been touring extensively in Japan.

They will take advantage of this tour to record a new album, that will be released on the Japanese label Mocloud Records (JP) in August 2017.

Finally, the Quartet will come to Luxembourg for a special concert at the Like A Jazz Machine Festival on 28 May 2017.

For more information, see

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Gast Waltzing will conduct the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra (OPL) for two special concerts on 24 May and 21 June 2017.

For the first concert on 24 May, the OPL will perform together with master bassist and composer Avishai Cohen and his Trio, featuring pianist Omri Mor and percussionist Itamar Doari. The programme includes Cohen’s arrangements for his Trio augmented by a full concert orchestra. The concert will begin at 20:00 at the Philharmonie’s Grand Auditorium.

Tickets cost between €25 and €45 or €15-€27 for under 27s.

On the 21 June, on the occasion of the 'Fête de la Musique’, Gast Waltzing and the OPL will return to Place Guillaume in Luxembourg for the traditional appointment for the Music Day concert, this year featuring singer China Moses.

Free admission.

For more information and to reserve tickets, see or or tel.: 2632 2632.

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On the occasion of the re-publication of a book on Batty Weber, the Centre national de littérature (CNL) has launched a bottle of limited edition wine with a portrait of Weber on the label.

This exclusive bottle (Sylvaner 2015) produced in limited series with a quotation from Batty Weber on Luxembourg wine (Abreißkalender, 26/05/1928), will be offered with the purchase of two works on Batty Weber made by the CNL:

-Batty Weber. Werk und Wirkung. Ed. By Anne-Marie Millim. With contributions from Ian De Toffoli, Fabienne Gilbertz, Samuel Hamen, Paul Lesch, Daniela Lieb, Anne-Marie Millim, Josiane Weber. Mersch: CNL 2017. €25.

-Batty Weber: Fenn Kaß (BD.9). Der Roman eines Erlösten. Commented and annotated by Josiane Weber. Mersch: CNL 2001. €10.

The double portrait of Batty Weber on the label was created by Anne Mélan and Rose de Claire signs the design.

It should be noted that the bottle stamped 'Batty Weber' are to be collected in person at the CNL in Mersch. The CNL does not send the bottle by mail. This offer is also valid for any purchase of the two books in bookstores (on presentation of a recent receipt).

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The latest edition of the 1,2,3 Go competition will offer prizes between €4,000 and €10,000 for finalists at the award ceremony on 21 September 2017.

In this 1,2,3 Go edition, 10 finalists will be chosen for having handed in the best business plans. The three finalists out of these 10, having convinced the jury of entrepreneurs coming from all over the Greater Region, will then be awarded prizes from €4,000 to €10,000.

The winners will be known and the prizes distributed on stage during the annual evening which will be held in Luxembourg in September and which will put into the spotlight the most innovative entrepreneurs of the Greater Region.

Apply online at

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