A black and white photo of the abattoir in Hollerich, among the buildings that will be open to the public during Luxembourg's heritage days
Photo: Journées du patrimoine
Go behind the scenes of old cinemas, an abattoir and several of Luxembourg’s oldest public buildings during the 2019 Heritage days.
From 21 to 29 September, people will be able to visit places not normally open to the public as Luxembourg marks European Heritage Days with 36 guided tours and open door events.
The aim of the festival is to raise awareness about the country’s wealth and cultural diversity and help protect it. In Luxembourg it is coordinated by the culture ministry, which this year has pulled together a packed programme of visits that touch on the theme of arts and entertainment.
“While the protection of heritage through legislation is one of my political priorities, raising public awareness of this heritage is a fundamental element that is reflected in actions such as the Days. Safeguarding heritage also means living it, touching it, reusing it and filling it with life,” culture minister Sam Tanson said on Wednesday at a conference to announce the programme.
Among the sites participants can visit are the historic Villa Louvigny, which originally served as a fort then later home of the RTL orchestra. There will be several walking tours explaining the history of the capital but the events are not only limited to Luxembourg City.
Esch-sur-Alzette’s historic Ariston cinema will show a series of films and offer tours on 28 and 29 September, beer fans can take a tour of the Diekirch brewery on 28 September, and there will be a chance to see folk dancing and hear original folk songs at the agricultural museum in Peppange on 29 September.