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The 677th edition of the Schueberfouer, to be held from 23 August to 11 September 2017, will welcome 180 fairgrounds and 80 rides in the Glacis carpark.

Next Wednesday 23 August 2017 will mark the start of the 677th edition of the Schueberfouer, transforming the Glacis area in Luxembourg City once more into a giant funfair for all members of the public. Each year, the fair attracts around two million visitors, making it one of the most popular in the Greater Region and Europe.

This year, however, the Schueberfouer has been revamped to adapt to current national and European standards. This has meant that Glacis has undergone important infrastructure works over the past few months, including the modernisation of certain establishments and the modification of electricity networks. As such, this year has seen the first reorganisation of the annual funfair event since 1990.

Following the official opening of this year’s edition, at 17:00 by the Mayor of Luxembourg City Lydie Polfer, visitors will have the chance to enjoy 20 days of attractions, entertainment, rides and carousels, as well as restaurants, and confectionary, every day from 11:00-01:00 on weekdays and Sundays, and from 11:00-02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

New attractions for the 2017 edition include the "Jules Verne Tower", "Laser Pix", "Big Splash Surf Tiki", “Musikexpress", "Fuzzy's Lachsaloon", "Giant XXL Toboggan", "Ring Renner", and "Mais Man". Meanwhile, the following ever-popular attractions will return to the fair this year: “Circus Circus”, “Power Tower 2”, “Eurocoaster”, “Rotor”, “Happy Sailor”, and “Tornado Power”.

In terms of gastronomy, a new restaurant, the "Taverne op der Fouer", is being introduced this year, whilst "Friture Kugener", "Friture Armand", "An der Flesch" and "Am Stall / Stübli" have expanded their terraces and exteriors. In total, food and drink establishments can now accommodate some 6,500 people at one time. More information on attractions and gastronomy can be found online at www.fouer.lu.

Following 20 days of fun, the Schueberfouer will close on Monday 11 September 2017 with a firework display organised by the Ville de Luxembourg and the International Committee of Festivities of the Schueberfouer on the Grande-Duchesse Charlotte Bridge.

Key dates & times:

- Wednesday 23 August @ 17:00: Formal Opening at the main gateway

- Tuesday 29 August @ 16:30: Journée des Bourgmestres (Mayors’ Day, where a number of mayors from throughout the Grand Duchy serve meals at certain restaurants)

- Wednesday 30 August: Family Day (reduced prices for rides)

- Thursday 31 August @ 17:00: Journée des Reines (Queen Day) at the main gateway

- Sunday 3 September: Fouer Sunday

- Monday 11 September @ 11:00-20:00: Half-Price Day; @ 22:00: Fireworks from the Grande-Duchesse Charlotte Bridge

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Airline Ryanair has launched a new dedicated booking platform in partnership with Erasmus Student Network (ESN), offering Erasmus students fare discounts and other travel benefits.

On 17 August 2017, Ryanair launched the new ESN platform for Erasmus students as part of the airline’s four-year “Always Getting Better” programme.

The partnership offers Erasmus students a dedicated ESN booking platform where they can avail of a range of benefits, from 15% flight discounts on the Ryanair.com website to one free checked-in bag with every flight booked.

Other travel benefits on offer include weekly travel offers to enable Erasmus students to move more easily across Europe, and tailored Ryanair in-journey offers on the mobile app. Moreover, a new community forum to share travel hints and tips is set to launch soon.

Photo from ESN 

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To mark the end of the summer holidays and the return to work, Casino 2000 has announced its autumn events programme.

The first event will see Claude Arena return to the stage on 10 September 2017 with his tribute to Mike Brant, after more than five performances at Casino 2OOO. The next event will take place on 28 September, when the four singers René Cavallini, Claude Daleiden, Tom Lehnert and René Macri, members of the Bluebird association, will perform at the casino.

Then, on Sunday 8 October, Casino 2000 will host an unprecedented show with the biggest hits by Adriano Celentano, performed by Italian singer Angelo and his musicians in a 100% live concert. The following week, on 15 October, will see Olive Enscène, who won three prizes at the Festival Flavors & Legends, sing and play the most beautiful songs from Sting.

Moreover,  dance lovers are welcome to the Live Music & Dance show on 8 and 22 September, whilst the dinner-concert concept will return to the Purple Lounge with a Crooner's Night on Sunday 24 September 2017.

Other exceptional nights on the autumn agenda include the first Salsa Night of September, which will take place on 9 September and welcomes Isabel Wuairy, renowned teacher and choreographer. Then on 16 September, Casino 2OOO welcomes Käpt'n Ändä feat. Matrous K1000 & The Huëttes for its traditional Oktoberfest.

Finallt, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, the casino will pay an exceptional tribute to the star with performances by three great artists on 7 October, as well as a performance by Nicolas Reno for Michel Delpech fans on 22 October.

 

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The Diplomatic Council Luxembourg has organised a DC Executive Club meeting and dinner event for Wednesday 27 September 2017 at Hotel Parc Belair, starting at 16:00.

Francis Hoogewerf and Noelle van Lonkhuyzen, the permanent representatives of the UN-accredited, non-governmental global Think Tank Diplomatic Council Luxembourg, have issued an invitation for the upcoming DC Executive Club meeting and dinner event this autumn.

The DC Executive Club Meeting “DC Luxembourg Summit 2017 - Freedom in a Digital World” will begin at 16:00, followed at 18:30 by a networking cocktail and dinner, along with a keynote speech by Georges Schmit.

For more information, contact Amao Dong/ Tudor Fedeles Diplomatic Council Luxembourg Asbl via tel.: 352 460 025, email: francis@diplomaticcouncil.eu, or fax: 352 460 027.

Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:34

Visit and Dinner at Cercle Munster Organised

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The Luxembourg-Romania Association has planned a visit of Cercle Munster, followed by a dinner, to take place on Tuesday 5 September 2017, from 19:00-22:00.

After the success of the visit of the Chamber of Deputies last June, the Luxembourg-Romania Association has organised the visit of the private club Cercle Munster, also attended by the entrepreneur Daniela Clara Moraru, followed by a gourmet dinner.

Those who are passionate about art will have the opportunity to admire the paintings of the Ukrainian artist Ivan Marchuk.

 The dinner includes grilled lobster fillet with lime, rice and creole ratatouille served with Pinot Blanc 2014 Wormeldange Weinbour Caves Pündel-Err wine, and followed by chocolate and vanilla crème brûlée and coffee.

The menu costs €40 per person to be paid before 1 September to the following account:

Beneficiary: LUXEMBOURG-ROMANIA asbl

Bank: CCPLLULL

Account number: LU08 1111 0580 3933 0000

The guided tour will be given in French.

For more information and registration, email luxrou@gmail.com

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The UK government has published a new position paper on Northern Ireland and Ireland in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, pledging to protect the Belfast Agreement and Common Travel Area (CTA).

The position paper, which has been published ahead of the August negotiating round, states that the UK government aims to protect the CTA and associated rights for UK and Irish citizens, and pledges to put upholding the Belfast or ‘Good Friday’ Agreement at the heart of its Exit negotiations.

As such, the paper proposes no physical infrastructure at the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland and continued trade between the UK and Ireland after Brexit. The paper also put forward plans to preserve the wide range of institutional cooperation between Northern Ireland, Ireland and Great Britain, including the energy market.

Secretary of State for Brexit, David Davis, commented that: “The UK and Ireland have been clear all along that we need to prioritise protecting the Belfast Agreement in these negotiations, and ensure the land border is as seamless as possible for people and businesses.”

The policy document is the fourth formal position paper to be shared with the EU on matters related to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. It will inform the ongoing dialogue between the UK and EU negotiating teams on the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland and Ireland in light of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

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The 10th edition of LuxFLAG’s breakfast seminar will take place on 27 September 2017, on the topic of ‘How disruptive technologies accelerate the evolution of impact investing’.

This edition of the LuxFlag breakfast seminar, hosted by Innpact, will welcome Cyrille Antignac, Founder and Managing Director of UBERIS Capital, who will shed light on how to back the growth of innovative enterprises using disruptive technologies (digital, biotech, fintech) to create measurable impact. He will share his lessons learned out of impact investing in the most dynamic emerging market regions in the world.

The event is free of charge and will take place on 27 September from 8:30 to 10:00 at Innpact, 5 Rue Jean Bertels, 1230 Luxembourg.

As public parking facilities are limited, it is recommended to use public transport to access this event.

Registration is via email: info@luxflag.org or online at: http://www.luxflag.org/other/conference-signup.html

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The first European aviation concept store, Aero-Design Concept Store & Gallery, will open on 23 September 2017, in Weiswampach, Luxembourg.

The first of its kind in Luxembourg and Europe as a whole, the Aero-Design Concept Store & Gallery is designed and fitted out by the artist Agnès Patrice-Crépin, and Florence Ramioul, her associate and co-founder of the decoration brand Aero-Design. The store showcases the work of ten designers, in addition to in-house creations, with the furniture, graphic art, decorations and jewellery all inspired by aviation or made from aircraft parts.

The brands at the store are carefully chosen for their originality and their story, whilst the in-house creations and aircraft parts, enhanced by Agnès Patrice-Crépin, are shown next to signature art works dear to enthusiasts' hearts.

The first artists being hosted are Lucio Perinotto, whose oil paintings of 1950s airliners have won him the prestigious title of Official Painter of the French Air Force, Jicé, painter-sculptor, and his industrial trompe-l'œil painting-sculptures, Go Jeunejean, sculptor-recycler, with his surprising and endearing robots, Olivier Stoltz, whose paintings are so sharp that it's not clear if they are paintings or photos, and Stephan Venekas, a contemporary artist fond of aircraft scenes piloted by women in urban settings.

As for the boutique, there are ornaments, photos, books and other items on sale. In particular, the boutique sells beautiful ready-to-wear and leather goods brands, all bearing the "Aviation" label, such as Aerobatix who have restyled the legendary flight jacket, Artonvel who are inspired by flight uniforms and their numerous pockets for their unique bags, and Barnstormer and their collection of polo shirts that pays tribute to aviation pioneers.

Moreover, Manolo Chrétien, visual artist and son of the first Frenchman in space, will be resident in the store as of 2018, with his Aluminations.

The new aviation concept store is located in Weiswampachau, Luxembourg, and aims to something for everyone, from costume jewellery to a monumental desk made from an aeroplane wing.

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The Luxembourg Red Cross has issued a call for donations to support the thousands of flood victims in Sierra Leone.

Torrential rains, major floods and landslides have affected several areas in Sierra Leone, including the one around the capital Freetown. In this region alone, the first estimate mentions more than 400 deaths, along with 3,000 families who have lost their homes and/or contact with relatives. These people are without electricity and cut off from all means of communication.

In light of this natural disaster, Sierra Leone Red Cross volunteers are currently in a race against time to find survivors in the murderous mudslide.

In order to provide direct support, the Luxembourg Red Cross decided to provide €50,000 from its emergency fund to meet the immediate needs of the affected populations. Moreover, in order to take a more sustainable approach, it has provided the country with a construction expert, an area of ​​expertise of the Luxembourg Red Cross, to assess the possibilities for sustainable reconstruction.

The Luxembourg Red Cross is committed to improving the quality of responses to victims of humanitarian crises, in particular by contributing to a prevention program through the construction of sustainable housing.

In order to continue these efforts, the Luxembourg Red Cross urges the public to make donations, either by bank transfer to the account CCP LU52 1111 0000 1111 0000 or by credit card on www.croix-rouge.lu, with the message "Emergency aid Sierra Leone".

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 13:29

Sparks to Perform at Atelier

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US duo Sparks are set to perform in Luxembourg on Friday 15 September 2017 at Den Atelier.

Sparks, composed of Californian brothers Ron and Russell Mael, are scheduled to release their new studio album Hippopotamus this year and as such, will be performing in Luxembourg this Autumn.

The band’s new album has more of a pop feel, making it more adventurous, whilst the band itself has been described as “the smartest, most consistently evolving band in the history of rock”. As internationally acclaimed pop pioneers, Sparks’ music has always been innovative and instantly identifiable.

More information on the upcoming show is available on the Atelier website.

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