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Performances of Alfred de Musset’s theatre piece “Il faut qu'une porte soit ouverte ou fermée” are currently being held at the Théâtre National du Luxembourg, starting yesterday and between 27-29 April and on 2 and 7 May 2017.

One of the last plays by the French poet and playwright Alfred de Musset, “Il faut qu'une porte soit ouverte ou fermée” (literally “A door must be opened or closed”) tells the story of a marquise and a count who try to hide their love for each other.

One day in winter, the marquise leaves her door "open" to those who want to visit her, when her neighbor, a count, arrives for no apparent reason. Banalities, disappointments and speeches of seduction are going to be exchanged. But it is a kind of duel. And the door can open at any moment.

The marquise and the count try to conceal from each other a reciprocal love, with the former setting out to test the latter’s fidelity. The count sees his replies cut off: castration of the word-seduction which offers to this piece a double movement. The door will open and close several times, until it finally closes...

Alfred de Musset is now regarded as one of the great romantic writers of France, whose theatre and lyrical poetry show an extreme sensitivity, an interrogation on purity and debauchery, an exaltation of love and a sincere expression of sorrow. Sincerity that refers to his tumultuous life that emblematically illustrates his relationship with George Sand.

The play is led by Sophie Langevin who has proved to be a director who, while working with unfailing precision and commitment, is willing to "open the door" to bring the spectator's imagination into the picture.

The show starts at 20:00 on each day.

Tickets cost €20 for adults, €8 for under 26s and €1.50 with a Kulturpass.

Tickets are on sale online at: www: or www: or via tel.: 352 470 8951

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An April Craft and Small Business Fair is being organised by on Sunday 30 April 2017 from 11:30 to 16:30 at the Brasserie Benelux Strassen (Route d'Arlon). has organised an April Fair supporting the local craft and small business community of Luxembourg. 

There will be product and service stands for all ages, tastes and interests, as well as a range of tapas and refreshments by Brasserie Benelux.

Free Entrance.

To reserve a table, email:

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Registration is now open for the STEP Benelux conference organised for Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September 2017 in Hotel Le Royal in Luxembourg-ville.

The programme will include:

  • Luxembourg regulations in the global environment
  • Privacy: Where are we now? Thoughts on very recent court cases
  • Luxembourg focus: Trends in fund and corporate solutions for high net worth individuals
  • Luxembourg and European touchpoints with other jurisdictions
  • Wealth planning in the Netherlands and Belgium
  • Exchange of information: What has been happening and what happens next?
  • Private insurance solutions for global families
  • EU succession regulation
  • What trends in trusts and foundations?
  • Luxembourg competitiveness from a US perspective
  • Crypto currencies now & the rest when?• Trends in trusts and foundations

Speakers will include:

  • Keynote speech from the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel
  • Serge Schroeder, Premier Conseiller a la Cour Administrative
  • Jean Schaffner TEP, Partner and Head of the Luxembourg Tax Practice, Allen & Overy
  • Alain Steichen, Bonn Steichen & Ptrs.
  • Serge Krancenblum TEP, Group Chief Executive Officer, SGG SA
  • Paolo Panico TEP, Private Trustees SA

Registration costs €680 for members and €795 for non-members before 31 July 2017. After this date, it costs €795 for members and €910 for non-members.

Registration is open online at

For all queries, please email:

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Applications are now open for the European Microfinance for Housing Award 2017, the prize of which is €100,000.

The European Microfinance Network, who operates the European Microfinance Award and is run out of Luxembourg by ADA, has launched a call for applications for this year’s Microfinance for Housing Award.

The 2017 Award "Microfinance for Housing" is intended to highlight the role of microfinance in supporting access to better quality residential housing for low income, vulnerable and excluded groups, with no or limited access to housing finance in the mainstream sector. It aims to recognise institutions that respond to the complex housing needs of their target clients by providing them with a variety of financial and non-financial services.

The €100,000 prize will be awarded to the winner on 30 November 2017 during European Microfinance Week.

All applications must be supported in writing by an e-MFP member. The closing date for applications is 22 May 2017 at 23:59 CET.

To apply and for further details, visit the European Microfinance Award website.

The European Microfinance Award is granted by the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs – Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs and is jointly organised by the Ministry, the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) and the Inclusive Finance Network Luxembourg (

Photo by Julius Mwelu

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Veeam Software has experienced huge growth in the first quarter of 2017 due to increasing demand for professional and hybrid cloud solutions and the success of digital transformation.

Veeam Software, the solutions provider for Availability for the Always-On Enterprise, has achieved record results in the first quarter of the year due to explosive growth in revenue generated by large companies and the cloud.

Total first quarter revenues increased by 33% compared to the same period last year. Revenues from new large enterprise licenses increased by 50% over the same period. Moreover, cloud revenues increased by 59% compared to the same period last year thanks to Veeam Cloud and Service Providers (VCSPs). With this service, large companies can transform their operational management and offer 24/7 availability.

In Luxembourg, Veeam recorded a 22% increase in sales for the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year.

Peter McKay, President and COO of Veeam, commented that: "We expect to continue our growth for the remainder of the year, with new Veeam products, common solutions with our Alliances partners and a growing market share in the large enterprise and cloud solutions segment Veeam. "

Veeam has a total of 822 customers and 86 ProPartners.

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Pictet-Digital has organised an event dedicated to digital investment to take place of Thursday 27 April 2017 at Hotel Le Place d'Armes, Luxembourg, from 12:00.

The Pictet-Digital Fund, which invests in the "digital revolution", will host an event dedicated to presenting the benefits of innovation for investors.

New technologies, such as big data, e-health, self-driving cars and virtual currency, are offering increasing growth opportunities for investors. Almost all traditional economic sectors are being transformed into a digital and connected economy and with this digital shift comes a wave of new competitive players, such as Uber and Airbnb.

The Pictet-Digital Fund provides exposure to drivers of the tech industry for the coming years, including the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, blockchain, the sharing economy, social media and cloud computing.

This upcoming event features a presentation by Alexandre Mouthon, Senior Client Portfolio Manager within the Pictet-Digital investment team, who will explain how digital migration impacts industries and creates investment opportunities.

The presentation will be in English and will be followed by a walking lunch.

Registrations can be made via email:

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The 7th Luxembourg Junior Squash Open will be held from 21-23 April 2017 at Top Squash in Sandweiler.

The Luxembourg Junior Squash Open tournament is part of the European and World Junior Squash circuit and this year, the European event has attracted an impressive range of participants, with 102 entries from 10 different countries in the boys’ and girls’ categories from Under 13's to Under 19's, including nine European Top 20 and three European Top 10 players.

As well as being a tournament, the event aims to promote squash and is an opportunity to raise donations to financially support the Luxembourg Junior Squash Federation Program 2017-2018, which includes 30 juniors spread over three skill levels, the most advanced of which are being introduced to and supported by the “Sport Lycee”.

Spectators are welcome to come and enjoy the squash tournament this weekend, starting on Friday 21 April at 14:00 and continuing through the weekend. The finals will then be held on Sunday from 10:00 (last finals at 14.00).

The tournament is sponsored by the Ministry of Sports, BNY Mellon, Paul Wurth, LuxAirport, Lab Group, SudGaz, Spuerkeess, Maroldt, Rooster Holding and local Squash clubs, namely Petange, Ettelbruck and Communities. Support is also provided by AMS System, Ibis, Top Squash and Voyage Emile Weber.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 13:05

Casino 2000 to Host Karaoke Contest

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Casino 2000 has announced a Karaoke contest to take place as part of the Festival Saveurs & Legendes at the Purple Lounge from 25-27 May 2017, from 22:00 to 2:00.

The Karaoke contest, led by Luca De Tommaso CL Karaoké, is open to all amateur singers. Each participant can perform the song of their choice in the language of their choice, out of the 40,000 song titles available in the organiser’s catalogue.

The selection process will take place on the evenings of Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May 2017 with the finale taking place on Saturday 27 May 2017. The jury will be made up of qualified professionals.

The prizes for winners of the karaoke contest are:

1st prize- an overnight stay in the Suites de 33 of the Maison de Champagne DeVenoge in Epernay, including visits of the caves for two people

2nd prize- a relaxing stay at Casino 2000 including one night in a hotel, a meal and spa access for two people

3rd prize- one year of free Bofferding beers

The concert will take place on each of the dates from 22:00 to 2:00.

Online registration is free at

More information regarding the contest rules is available at  

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 12:20

Emaischen Easter Markets Draw the Crowds

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The annual Emaischen Easter markets were held yesterday in Luxembourg city centre and in the village of Nospelt.

Easter Monday traditionally brings out the crowds to enjoy the Emaischen festival in the village of Nospelt in southern Luxembourg and in Luxembourg City’s Fish Market.

Collectors and other visitors had the opportunity to purchase peckvillercher, little ceramic bird whistles which are sold in Luxembourg one day a year. These little birds were traditionally exchanged between lovers but are now popular with anyone enjoying the Emaischen celebrations.

As well as the traditional bird form, potters have now added to their range of purchasable ceramics, from cats, ducks and frogs to casserole dishes.

In addition, food and drink stalls served sausages and chips, crepes, churros, waffles and ice cream.

Luxembourg City also came alive with live sets of band music, with one of the bands performing throughout the day outside the National History and Art Museum (MNHA). Young children played along with their newly bought peckvillercher.

Nospelt’s traditional Emaischen market experienced similar crowds and entertainment.

Photos by Jazmin Campbell

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Following the success of previous editions, Trois C-L has announced the fourth volume of the contemporary dance exhibition Les Émergences, to take place from 3 to 6 May 2017 at the Banannefabrik, from 20:00.

The event forms part of the programme initiated by the Centre de Création Chorègraphique Luxembourgeois (TROIS C-L) which aims to promote the professionalisation of young Luxembourg choreography and desseminate it both nationally and internationally.

The fourth edition is again the result of a collaboration between TROIS C-L and Cercle Cité, who will be inviting the public to discover excerpts of the creations in preview during a 'Prélude' evening on Wednesday 19 April 2017. The creations will then be showcased in their entirety from 3-6 May 2017 at the Banannefabrik.

Volume IV will feature:

Baptiste Hilbert, With my eyes: This creation offers the public an insight into the life of a young woman torn between the choices she must make to fully embrace her spirituality.

 Aifric Ní Chaoimh, Inside, the Wolf…: This piece explores a mysterious encounter, mixing humanity with savage instinct, in a far-away tribe.

Elisabeth Schilling, SIXFOLD: This performance combines plastic art, design and dance, based on an in-depth study of the movement between man and object.

Giovanni Zazzera, Flowers grow, even in the sand: Giovanni’s work looks at what happens when logic and imagination meet.

The 'Prélude' preview evening on Wednesday 19 April 2017 will begin at 19:00 and is free entrance. It will take place at Cercle Cité on Place d'Armes, L-1136 Luxembourg.

The performances will then be at 20:00 on Wednesday 3, Thursday 4 and Friday 5 May 2017 and at 17:00 and 20:00 on Saturday 6 May 2017. This will be at the Banannefabrik at 12, rue du Puits, L-2355 Luxembourg-Bonnevoie. For tickets, visit

Photo by Trois C-L

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