Schueberfouer cancelled, but rides maintained

Some rides are expected on the Glacis, next to family-fun activities and food stands. Photo: Anthony Dehez/Maison Moderne archives

Some rides are expected on the Glacis, next to family-fun activities and food stands. Photo: Anthony Dehez/Maison Moderne archives

Although the Schueberfouer 2021 cannot take place in its historic format--as was the case in 2020--thrilling rides will still have a place at the Glacis, in addition to the small fairgrounds scattered around 10 districts of the capital, the City of Luxembourg announced on Monday.

This year it won’t be the Schueberfouer, rather “Fun um Glacis”. Thrill-seeker attractions should be on the Glacis car park site from 21 August to 12 September, alongside kiddy rides and fairground food stands.

The event is one of “D’Stad lieft 2021”, running each day from 11am-11pm. The initiative was presented this Monday as an alternative programme of urban events scheduled from 18 June to 12 September in the capital.

As had been the case in 2020, children's rides will be scattered around 10 neighborhoods, with food and game stands. The latter remain paying, while access to fairgrounds dedicated to children will be free.

Like last year, the City of Luxembourg is waiving fees for ride and booth operators to do business, making spots available for free. The city allocates the locations.

"We are satisfied that something is organised, in the current context," Charles Hary, president of the national federation of fairground traders told Paperjam. "The exact programme is not yet known, because today is the last day for submitting applications.”

Three events will follow on the Glacis

In total, the programme unveiled Monday includes about 10 events spread throughout the summer such as an outdoor cinema at Glacis from 21 July to 1 August, followed on 4-15 August by outdoor and seated contemporary music concerts, and finally the arrival of the rides from 21 August to 12 September.

Other events are planned elsewhere, such as in Mansfeld Park, which should host a series of jazz concerts from 18 June to 12 August, instead of the traditional Blues'n Jazz Rallye.

The Place du Théâtre will take on a beach-like appearance from 8 July to 12 September, while reading enthusiasts will be able to stroll in an open-air library in the courtyard of the former National Library in Rue Notre-Dame, while lunchtime concerts will resume service every Friday, starting with Carlo Jans at the Protestant church on 9 July.

From 30 July to 15 August, the Kinnekswiss park will host around 20 historic fairground attractions dating from 1886 to 1960. The funfair will also be available in a miniature version in a pop-up store in Luxembourg City at 43, Grand-Rue, with a 1:87 scale exhibition of a vast fairground.

Finally, the classic street and public space decorations “Lights on!” are back in service, this year with lampshades. The "Konscht am Gronn" festival is scheduled every first Sunday of the month around the Munster bridge and garage sales, flea markets and more are also on the agenda.

Indeed, summer 2021 will be much less like the one experienced in the capital in 2020, but we will still have to be patient to relive the large gatherings of the pre-covid world. This is evidenced by the absence of fireworks and also the National Day celebrations next week, which will once again be held in minor mode.

This article was originally published in French on Paperjam and has been translated and edited for Delano.