Community: The 30th Festival of Migration, Culture and Citizenship showcased not only Luxembourg’s diversity, but its strength in union.
Photo: Steve Eastwood
Thousands of people from Luxembourg travelled to Mali, Brazil, Nigeria, Cuba and other countries over the weekend, taking the express route to the sites, sounds and tastes of these places by attending the 30th Festival des Migrations, des Cultures et de la Citoyennete.
The crowds wove in and out between some 400 stands, many clutching a mojito or a savoury bite to enjoy on their tour around the LuxExpo halls from Friday through Sunday.
Many stands were run by groups serving specific needs of a community within Luxembourg or serving them all, like multicultural radio stations and political parties.
Those manning the stands often broke into dance and laughter, enjoying the event as well as working hard to represent their countries and their causes.
The heartbeat of the festival is music; no matter when visitors came through, they were sure to be treated to live music.
The accompanying book and art salons were seamlessly located at each end of the main event--a bit like the foreign communities within Luxembourg. Distinctive, with their own admirable qualities, but ultimately part of a larger whole made even better by their inclusion.
Over 100 authors as well as publishers and bookstores were represented at the Salon du Livre, an integral part of the Migration Festival for 13 years now.
Sufi portraits, Romanian iconography, Brazilian landscapes, African nudes and photos of Belgrade--the very first Salon des Cultures et Des Arts Contemporains brought a huge variety of art and artists to the festival.
Whether they were hungry for information, assistance, food, drink or company, visitors to the immigration festival left satisfied.