Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg, Taller de Músics and Acción Cultural Española aim to provide spaces for musical creation and to promote the international careers of emerging jazz and improvised music artists. The program includes a period of gestation during an artistic residency and the presentation of the show in Barcelona and Luxemburg during autumn 2023.

The main premise of this call is to select one emerging musician from Luxembourg and one emerging musician from Barcelona to create a quartet of experienced and emerging musicians for a residency programme that will take place from November 18th to 21st, 2023.

For four days, two musicians from Luxembourg and two musicians from Barcelona will meet and share their compositions, cultures and musical visions. The project will be co-led by Marc Demuth, established and talented bass player and composer from Luxemburg, and Irene Reig, saxophonist and composer representing one of the standard-bearers of the new generation of Catalan jazz musicians.

After an initial concert to mark the end of the residency at Barcelona’s Club Jamboree, the quartet will set down roots in neimënster (Luxembourg) for a second concert.

This residency project is supported by Taller de Músics, Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg, neimënster, Jamboree in collaboration with Fabra I Coats – Fabrica de Creació. This project is part of Acciones para Músicos Noveles, a co-production between Taller de Músics and Acción Cultural Española, AC/E.

About Taller de Músics

Taller de Músics is much more than a pioneering school in the dissemination of jazz, flamenco and modern popular music. In its more than 40 years of history, it has built up its own system of education, creation, production and dissemination of music. In the field of education, it is a unique and complete project of artistic accompaniment that consists of creativity and spontaneity accompanying their students on their paths from the classroom to stage.

Actions for New Musicians is a collaborative project between Taller de Músics and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E). Since 2019 it has been providing spaces for musical creation and promoting the international careers of emerging artists from the Taller de Músics community. The actions it carries out include periods of gestation in artistic residencies with national and international figures, the promotion of shows, co-productions with festivals, digital publishing and attendance at seminars and festivals.

Conditions for participation

The call is open to emerging jazz musicians from Barcelona and Luxembourg. Applicants from Luxembourg must fit the following criteria:

The applications should be submitted by August 31th, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

The names of the selected musicians will be published on mid-september 2023.

Material and financial terms

The selected participant will receive a fee for each concert.

Kultur | lx will cover all the expenses related to the residency of the Luxembourgish participants :

Taller de Músics will cover the expenses related to the production costs of the residency.

Jury and criteria

A committee formed by the two band leaders (Irene Reig and Marc Demuth) and the two venues bookers (Jamboree and at neimënster) will evaluate the submitted applications.The jury will select one emerging musician from Luxembourg, and one emerging musician from Barcelona.

The jury’s decision is final.

Required documents

Kultur | lx, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Mudam Luxembourg, is launching a call for applications for Luxembourg’s national participation at the Venice Biennale – 60th International Exhibition of Contemporary Art.

The 60th edition will take place from 20 April to 24 November 2024. Appointed in December 2022 by the Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, the Brazilian curator and current artistic director of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – MASP, Adriano Pedrosa, will be the General Curator of the 2024 Biennale. The theme of the general exhibition is not yet known.

By supporting Luxembourg’s regular participation in the Venice Biennale, the Ministry of Culture ensures the presence of Luxembourg artists at one of the most important contemporary art events, thus contributing to the international influence of its artistic scene.

Artists applying must be of Luxembourg nationality or reside in Luxembourg. In the case of a collective of artists, at least one of the members must meet this criterion. In addition, they must have a track record of professional activity as visual artists. Artists’ collectives or artists with a multidisciplinary orientation are also invited to apply.

A single jury will follow the entire selection process. It will bring together several national and international experts:

Applicants will be selected in two stages:

1. Shortlist applicants
Deadline: 26 February 2023
Shortlisted applicants notification : The week of 6 March 2023.

2.Project selection
Deadline: 23 April 2023.
The winning project will be announced on the week of 1 May 2023.

More information HERE.

2022 laureates of the Global Project Grant (Pop/Rock division), Francis of Delirium, have already had a pretty impressive year so far. Following their nomination, interview, and performance at this year’s Music Moves Europe Awards (presented by ESNS), the band embarked on their first ever North American tour in support of The Districts, hitting roughly thirty dates across the USA and Canada including a debut headlining NYC show at Baby’s All Right.

In the midst of their tour, Francis of Delirium finished off an EP trilogy with The Funhouse, released on April 27th via Dalliance Recordings (Gia Margaret, HighSchool), receiving praise from the likes of Stereogum (“a sharp, purposeful piece of alternative rock…”), Paste, KEXP, Jack Saunders BBC Radio 1 (“This is one of my favourite tracks we’re playing tonight…absolute goosebumps”), and The Fader’s 20 Best Rock Songs Right Now.

Now with the summer underway, the band continues on the road, soon opening for Briston Maroney across Europe. The Fall will bring the band another headlining UK tour with confirmed slots already at the annual Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavík, and Les femmes s’en mêlent festival in Paris, among others. 

Lead-singer and guitarist, Jana Bahrich, shared her excitement of being on the road, the band’s plans to come, and advice for those artists who are looking to apply to Kultur lx’s annual Global Project Grant.

“Getting the Global Project grant has opened up a lot of doors that we wouldn’t have been able to access without that financial, artistic and creative freedom to get us out and playing shows. Having this support lets us play and tour with the people we want to tour with.”

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Tour Dates
*opening for Soccer Mommy

August 31st – RESCUE ROOMS – Nottingham, United Kingdom*
September 1 – CHALK – Brighton, United Kingdom*
September 3 – TRINITY CENTRE – Bristol, United Kingdom*
September 5 – BUMANN & SOHN – Cologne, Germany*
September 6 – MOLOTOW – Hamburg, Germany*
September 8 – SLAKTKYRKAN – Johanneshov, Sweden*
September 9 – JOHN DEE – Oslo, Norway*
September 10 – LOPPEN – Copenhagen, Denmark*
September 12 – FRANNZ CLUB – Berlin, Germany*
September 13 – KULTURZENTRUM LAGERHAUS – Bremen, Germany*
September 17 – BOTANIQUE – ROTONDE – Brussels, Belgium*
September 18 – PETIT BAIN – Paris, France*
September 20 – O2 RITZ MANCHESTER – Manchester, United Kingdom*
September 21 – TRAMSHED – Cardiff, United Kingdom*
September 22 – 02 FORUM KENTISH TOWN – London, United Kingdom*
September 23 – REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL @ HÄKKEN, Hamburg, Germany
September 24 – REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL @ TBA, Hamburg, Germany
November 3-6 – ICELAND AIRWAVES 2022

Headline Tour 2023

January 25 – PRINCE ALBERT – Brighton, United Kingdom
January 26 – BEDFORD ESQUIRES – Bedford, United Kingdom
January 27 – FUTURE YARD – Birkenhead, United Kingdom
January 28 – HEADROW HOUSE – Leeds, United Kingdom
January 30 – BROADCAST – Glasgow, United Kingdom
January 31 – SNEAKY PEAT’S – Edinburgh, United Kingdom
February 1 – THE CLUNY 2 – Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
February 3 – THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE – Birmingham, United Kingdom
February 4 – SEBRIGHT ARMS – London, United Kingdom
February 5 – VOODOO DADDY’S SHOWROOM – Norwich, United Kingdom

About Global Project Grant
Created by music:LX and taken over by Kultur | lx, the Global Project Grant is awarded to a musician of each genre (pop/rock/electro/hip-hop, jazz/world, classical/contemporary). It allows to support the artist in the development of a project that aims to stimulate his/her career. Kultur|lx follows the artists and their teams in each stage of the project.

More information about Global Project Grant here
Applications to be submitted by October 16, 2022

The jury of the call for projects for the conception of the Luxembourg Pavilion at the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale met on Wednesday, June 1 and selected the three winning projects for the second jury session from among 13 applications received.

The members of the jury of the competition for the realization of the Luxembourg pavilion of the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale – 2023 would like to thank all the candidates for the interest they have shown, by participating in this competition, in the presence of Luxembourg at this international event. They would also like to pay tribute to the work they have done on this occasion.

The jury chose three projects which, while rooted in spatial, political, ethical or social themes that are highly topical for the Luxembourg territory, are directly related to the major contemporary issues facing international architecture: access to resources and raw materials, the production and sharing of wealth and the narratives that result from it, the question of the “common” and “diversity”, the ways – normative or resilient – of inhabiting the world, the sustainability of buildings and their resistance to climatic assaults, in short all the challenges facing interconnected and expanding societies throughout the planet.

The jury has therefore favoured projects that place the inhabitants at the center of their concerns in order to involve them, in a horizontal manner, in the ongoing reflections on the built environment, housing, urbanisation and cohabitation. So many subjects of major political and cultural importance for the future of societies, whether Western or not.

The theme of the 18th Venice Architecture Biennale, “Laboratory of the future,” announced on May 31, emphasizes the prospective dimension of this event and outlines two important curatorial lines through two key-words: decarbonization and decolonization, “two gifts to the canon of architecture,” “two powerful words, both local and global,” which allow us to rethink our relationship to space and to people.

Selected curatorial teams:

The jury is composed of:

The deadline for the second round is July 14, 2022 and the winning project will be announced on July 22.

Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg, is offering, for the first time, a “Portfolio grant”, set up to raise awareness of an artist’s work within the sector and among the public, and to foster knowledge of different artistic practices. The format chosen by the artist must be suited to the way in which they work and may take the form of a paper publication or digital format

Following a call for applications, two selection committees composed of Christian Mosar (Konschthal Esch), Ruud Priem (MNHA), Marc Scozzai (Rotondes), and Julie Wagener (AAPL) for the visual arts and for the performing arts Anne Legill (Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg), Stéphane Ghislain Roussel (Projeten), Laura Graser (Rotondes), Maxime Bender (Trifolion), Coraline Garnero (TROIS C-L) and Tammy Reichling (Maskénada), unanimously decided to award three grants to the projects of Anne-Mareike Hess, Vera Kox and Eric Schumacher.

Anne-Mareike Hess, choreographer
Anne-Mareike Hess works as a choreographer and performer. She performed in many countries including Germany, Luxembourg, Austria and Denmark. Winner of the Luxembourg Dance Prize (Lëtzebuerger Danzpräis) in 2015, she is the founder and artistic director of Compagnie utopic productions.

With the publication “Dreamer: sketches of an artistic process”, choreographer Anne-Mareike Hess / utopic productions, invites the reader to go behind the scenes of the creation process of her upcoming solo dance piece “Dreamer”, which will premiere on 17 December 2021 in neimënster, Luxembourg.

Vera Kox, visual artist
Vera Kox works mainly in installation and sculpture. She has exhibited her work in international institutions and galleries in Germany, England, France, Italy and Luxembourg. “…into deliquescence” is the first major publication documenting Vera Kox’s artistic career. It will feature both new and republished contributions that collide across aesthetic disciplines such as contemporary philosophy, experimental poetry and literary fiction. The book will be published by Distanz Verlag and accompanied by a digital version, available at into.verakox.com.

Eric Schumacher, visual artist
Eric Schumacher, a Luxembourg artist living in Edinburgh, produces sculptures and installations that expose an analogy between tradition and consumer society. Eric Schumacher has won several awards in the United Kingdom and has already exhibited in Luxembourg and abroad. Eric Schumacher’s artist monograph will offer a retrospective of his work and an insight into his creative process. The publication will call on external contributions, both for the perspective of the work and for its formatting. The publication will also be supported by Luxembourg’s new contemporary art space, the Konschthal Esch.

Winners will receive financial support for the design and production of their project as well as a promotion support from Kultur | lx.

Details of the call for applications: https://www.kulturlx.lu/support/bourse-publication-et-documentation-dartistes/

Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg, in collaboration with the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and TROIS C-L – Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois, is offering an artistic team based in Luxembourg a choreographic residency at La Chapelle, Annonay, to accompany it in the final steps of its creation. La Chapelle is under the joint direction of choreographers Abou Lagraa & Nawal Lagraa Aït-Benalla.

Following a call for applications, the selection jury, composed of Bernard Baumgarten (TROIS C-L), Jérôme Konen (Kinneksbond Mamer), Tom Leick-Burns (Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg) and Léa Tirabasso (choreographer and 2021 laureate of the residency), unanimously decided to grant the residency to Tania Soubry for her project DJ Whimsy or what will the climate be like?

Tania Soubry is a transdisciplinary artist, dancer, performer and choreographer, working with the body, atmospheres, text and sound. Her practice and work investigate the possibility a poetic re-enchantment of the world through sensuousness, humor and solidarity, following tensions, curiosities and desires. Preoccupied with regeneration on an individual, social and global level, she uses fictive imagination to deal with the present and create possibilities, considering the links between the economic, political, socio-cultural, ecological, spiritual and psychological. She is based in Luxembourg and London.

The laureate will benefit from a specific accompaniment offering financial support as well as networking around a choreographic creation project. She will be welcomed for a 4-week creative residency at the Chapelle Sainte-Marie and then for a 2-week technical residency at the Théâtre des Cordeliers in Annonay.

The residency, which will take place in autumn 2022, will be an integral part of the Annonay Rhône Agglo En Scènes season and the resulting choreography will be previewed at the Théâtre des Cordeliers in Annonay.

The creation co-produced by the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg will also be an integral part of the latter’s 2022/2023 programme and will be presented there as a sneak preview.

Details of the call for applications: https://www.kulturlx.lu/support/residence-choregraphique-de-fin-decreation-a-annonay-f-2/

Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg, in collaboration with the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg [Luxembourg City Theatres] and TROIS C-L – Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois, is offering an artistic team based in Luxembourg a choreographic residency at La Chapelle, Annonay, to accompany it in the final steps of its creation under the joint direction of choreographers Abou Lagraa & Nawal Lagraa Aït-Benalla.

This call is dedicated to dance companies registered in Luxembourg.

After Porsons Kashoggi a.s.b.l. / Andrea Rama (2018) ; AWA-asweare a.s.b.l. / Catarina Barbosa & Baptiste Hilbert (2019) ;  JC movement production / Jill Crovisier (2020) and Lipstick Traces a.s.b.l. / Léa Tirabasso  this year, you might be the next compagny to benefit from this opportunity !

Final registration date: 1 September 2021.

More information here