From free public transport to participating in the Olympic Games, 2020 will be an interesting year in Luxembourg
2020 is not just another year. From new chiefs, to important anniversaries, trade fairs and leisure activities, there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful. Delano brings offers this snapshot of what's to come.
Public transport passengers will no longer have to pay for passage on trams, buses or trains in the country starting 1 March. Also on 1 March, Luxembourg will officially bid farewell to winter at various Buergbrennen (bonfire) events taking place in different communes.
Workspace facilitator Regus expects to open its eleventh business centre in Luxembourg at the Altitude complex in Leudelange. And a mass strike for women is planned by Journée Internationale des Femmes for 7 March in a bid to shine a light on the unpaid care roles women take on.
One of Delano’s favourite music festivals, Out Of The Crowd, takes place at the Kulturfabrik on 25 April.
This month will be less generous when it comes to public holidays. While 1 (Labour Day) and 21 (Ascension) May fall on weekdays, the recently created Europe Day on 9 May falls on a Saturday so should be carried forward in workers’ holiday allowance. That extra day could be put towards a trip to Rotterdam where the annual cheese fest the Eurovision Song Contest ends on 16 May. Despite winning it five times, Luxembourg has not participated since 1994.
June will be a big month for the country’s heritage with the Echternach hopping procession on 2 June, followed by national day festivities on 22 and 23 June.
There will also be a chance to get a bird’s eye view of the capital from June to August when the City Skyliner returns to the capital. And people can catch an array of free musical events in the capital when the Summer in the City festival kicks off on 19 June.
At the time of writing, two Luxembourg athletes had qualified for a place in the Tokyo Olympic Games taking place from 24 July-9 August: swimmer Raphael Stacchiotti and Ni Xia Lian, who will be the oldest athlete in the discipline of table tennis.
The Contern comic book festival takes place from 18-19 July 2020. Photo: Maison Moderne/archives
Luxembourg’s annual funfair the Schueberfouer returns to the Glacis on 23 August for three weeks of money-burning fun. But, before then there will be a chance to see live street art, on 8 August, and free live world music at MeYouZik. Outside of the capital, vino fans won’t want to miss, the Bacchus festival in Remich, or Léiffrawëschdag in Greiveldange, both on 15 August. Traditionally a public holiday, this year Assumption falls on a Sunday and so workers can expect an extra holiday day in their allowance instead. The day before, on 14 August, it will have been 75 years since the Armistice was signed, ending WWII in Europe.
Commemorations will take place around the world on 2 September as citizens mark 75 years to the day that WWII ended after Japan officially surrendered.
Artists' impression of Luxembourg’s pavilion at the Dubai World Expo. Image credit: Metaform.lu
On 7 October, it will have been 20 years to the day since the start of Grand Duke Henri’s reign. Expo 2020 opens in Dubai on 20 October, where Luxembourg’s pavilion, which uses a curious Mobius strip design, will be among the hundreds of pavilions people can visit over the following 173 days.
For all those people who want to visit a museum but never have time, the night of the museums on 10 October provides an extra opportunity.
November kicks off with All Saints’ Day. Traditionally, a public holiday reserved for people to pay their respects to the dead, this year it falls on a Sunday so workers can expect an extra holiday day in their annual allowance instead.
People can appreciate the beauty of winter at the Wanterfeeling market and show at Sanem castle. And there will be a chance to buy books and meet authors and illustrators at the annual Walfer Bicherdeeg or book days. Those who prefer to travel at a slightly faster pace can get their thrills at the international motor show.
And then comes the annual shopping event everyone is always talking about--The International Bazaar, which returns for its 60th edition on 28-29 November at Luxexpo The Box.
Packaging-free store Ouni opens its second store in Luxembourg in spring 2020. Photo: Facebook/Ouni
People living in Belgium and working in Luxembourg will be eagerly awaiting the approval of a new amendment to the Belgian-Luxembourg tax treaty, increasing the number of teleworking days permitted from 24 to 28.