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Luxembourg’s top French language and culture centre TEXT: LIDIJA LIEGIS | PHOTOS: INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DU LUXEMBOURG
The Institut français du Luxembourg offers a wealth of French classes, French cultural events and frequent social gatherings. Christelle Creff, head of the Institut français, says its aims are to promote French language and culture. “We offer a diverse range of activities: classes, including intensive and extended courses, as well as individual, tailored and business-focused courses. There are also many social and cultural events throughout the year.” Conversation classes and summer programmes are also on offer. Another important part of the Institut is ‘le Club France Luxembourg’, a group of former students who live in Luxembourg and meet up to socialise and network. To stay up to date with all current events, please sign up to the Institut’s newsletter online. The Institut is always open to opportunities to develop cultural and artistic relations between Luxembourg and France.
Upcoming events 24 November 2017 – 14 January 2018: Institut français is a partner in the Lucien Clergue exhibition at Cercle Cité. 8 December 2017: Lecture by François Sarano on the ocean depths and the white shark (Neumünster Abbey). 9 January 2018: Lecture by Professor Steve Masson, specialist of Neuroeducation at the University of Quebec, on understanding the brain for improved learning (partnership with ALPF). 23 January 2018: Lecture by Françoise BriquelChatonnet, director of research at the CNRS (Paris) on the Syriac culture and world. 25 January 2018: La Nuit des idées (Night of Ideas) at MUDAM. An exceptional event comprising stimulating lectures and discussions about imagination and power. 30 January 2018: Study and careers fair at the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. 6 February 2018: Stage adaptation of Ivan Calbérac’s Molière prize-nominated Venise n’est pas en Italie at Neumünster Abbey.
A Jazz festival across Belgium in tribute to swing music TEXT: BETTINA GUIRKINGER
Jazz fans will rejoice in 32 jazz concerts spread over 31 locations across Belgium from 13 - 31 January. For the 24th consecutive time, the association ‘Amis de Brosella’ initiates an exceptional ‘birthday celebration’ that pays tribute to the genius of jazz musician Django Reinhardt. In the words of Waso de Cauter: “Django created something that few of us could have created. His influence has been so great that a whole new musical style was born – Hot Club Jazz, or Gypsy Swing. He was a virtuoso guitarist with a sharp sensitivity to melody, balance and structure. He is considered one of the greatest musical reformers of the 20th century for his original and timeless fusion of elements of jazz, musette and gypsy music.” Expecting around 6,000 visitors this year, the organising committee of the festival has thoroughly selected a palette of artists and bands that meet their very selective criteria 72 | Issue 48 | December 2017
to provide the highest quality of jazz music to their audiences. The collaboration between the different cultural centres and partners, coordinated by Brosella, guarantee a successful event on a national level – featuring bands such as the Jazzy Strings, Dorado & Sonny Amati Schmitt, Jokke Schreurs quartet, Lollo Meier & Rares Morarescu quintet and many more! Honouring the life and work of such a unique artist is what brings together this plethora of artists who celebrate him by sharing their artistic skills and love for music with their public. Have a look at the full programme on the festival website for an exceptional experience.
Minor Sing. Photo: © Jean-Luc Goffinet
Samson Schmitt Trio. Photo: © Djangofolllies
Jokke Schreurs. Photo: © Maurice Van Bavel Quadri
Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.