After having been guest of honour at the 39th Marché de la Poésie, Luxembourg returns to the 40th Marché de la Poésie, the largest poetry event in France. Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg will honour the richness and diversity of Luxembourg poetry from 7 to 11 June at the Place Saint Sulpice in Paris on booth 515, a meeting place for poets, publishers, professionals and the public.
The stand, shared with Redfoxpress, will showcase the diversity of Luxembourg poetry and will be a meeting place for poets, publishers, professionals and enthusiastic audiences from all walks of life during the five days of the Market.
Luxembourg poetry will be honoured on the stage of the marquee on Sunday 11 June:
3.15 pm / Paroles d’éditeur#4
on the occasion of the publication of Tout battement est secret /
Poésie de Cuba 1959-2022 (Éditions Caractères) Jean Portante
4:30 pm / Poetry from elsewhere#5 / Luxembourg
Moderation: Florent Toniello
organised with Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg
6.15 pm / Tribute to Anise Koltz
by Jean Portante and his publisher friends
The Kulturfabrik will host one of the Périphéries du Marché on 19 June: Literary encounter with Ulrike Bail, Florent Toniello, Laure Limongi and Guillaume Artous-Bouvet
Musical accompaniment: Triana y Luca
Discover the complete programme on the Marché de la Poésie’s website.
Relive the 2022 edition of the Marché de la Poésie in our aftermovie below:
For the second year in a row, Kultur | lx coordinated a Luxembourgish presence at the jazzahead! trade fair, an essential meeting point for the professionals and artists that are part of the international jazz scene. Through its Jazz from Luxembourg booth, Kultur | lx settled a significant meeting point for the Luxembourgish delegation and contributed to increase the identification of the Luxembourgish jazz scene.
On 28 April, Kultur | lx had the pleasure to welcome jazzahead! visitors to a networking reception aimed at networking and exchanges between the international and local jazz scenes.
A Clubnight organised by the group OZMA, led by French and Luxembourgish drummer Stéphane Scharlé, also featured two Luxembourgish artists close to the group, including saxophonist Maxime Bender. As a participant to the emerging artists programme Propulsion, trumpet player Daniel Migliosi also took part in this terrific night. (OZMA being at the origin of the Propulsion programme)
The participation of Kultur | lx to such events is a necessary tool to inform international professionals on Luxembourgish artists, and to deepen their identification abroad. It is also a significant networking opportunity for all professionals and artists taking part in the Luxembourgish art scene.
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As part of its mission to promote and disseminate the Luxembourg arts scene, Kultur | lx has joined forces with Rotondes and Spektrum to invite professionals from the international digital arts scene to discover the projects of Luxembourg artists who will be exhibiting at the next edition of Multiplica, which will be held from 24 February to 5 March at Rotondes.
On the programme: on the site of the Rotondes and elsewhere, the public of all ages will be able to discover international and local digital and multimedia art creations, workshops for children and adults, audio-visual performances, concerts and meetings with artists, including:
Andrea Mancini – MINERALS: performance, installation, meet the artist / 24.02-26.02.
Steve Gerges – TOWERS: installation / 24.02-26.02.
Slumbergaze : concert / 25.02
The Multiplica festival is a cultural and artistic project initiated by the Rotondes which started in 2015 with a first conference entitled “What is digital art? Driven by the will of some members of the team to create a festival around digital and multimedia arts in Luxembourg, the project has grown through its biennial editions (2017, 2019, 2021) and has become an important meeting point for everyone who is interested in arts that use current technologies and in the many themes related to the digitalisation of our daily lives, such as the impact of technologies on our environment or digital exclusion.
Discover the complete programme of Multiplica here.
“Music, performing arts, literature and visual arts – in addition to cinema, which is strongly represented at this year’s Cinémania festival, Luxembourg has a rich and diverse culture, which I am happy to see exported this autumn in several venues in Montreal“, highlights Sam Tanson.
Within the framework of Luxembourg, the country of honour of the CINEMANIA festival, Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg invites to discover other aspects of Luxembourg’s creation between music, performance, dance and literature. Beyond the highlight at the PHI centre on November 3, Kultur | lx is expanding its programming and allowing artists to present themselves at major platforms and festivals on the Montreal scene. The establishment of a new partnership with the Centre des auteurs dramatiques de Montréal opens a three-week residency to two authors.
03.11.2022 | PHI Centre
17h : Networking Event
Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg invites professionals from the Quebec cultural scene to come and exchange ideas about Luxembourg’s creation and to share their desire for cooperation.
6pm – 9.30pm: Performances
Free registration HERE
A/V performance (duration 33′)
MINERALS | Andrea Mancini (creation 2022)
An exploration of the fascinating world of minerals in an audiovisual and sound performance.
Concert (duration 40′)
THIS IS KARMA
Pop, folk or electro, the musician draws from a multitude of influences to build dense, soft and yet powerful pieces.
Dance performance (duration 30′)
ART. 13 RUNWAY / EDDI VAN TSUI COMPANY
In “Art. 13 Runway” the theme of migration merges with that of fashion. A hybrid form created and adapted for the PHI centre that integrates its architecture, consciously playing with the audience’s perception to move and exceed the limits of the stage.
Continuing the discovery…
04.11 | 18h | Darling Foundry, Montreal
Open Studio With Suzan Noesen
As part of her residency at the Fonderie Darling (September-November 2022), Suzan Noesen opens the doors of her studio to discuss her project and her research.
fonderiedarling.org | suzannoesen.com
07.11 – 12.11 | Luxembourg delegation at the CINARS Biennial
Every two years since 1984, CINARS has organised one of the most important international meetings of the performing arts in Montreal with more than 1900 professionals from 54 countries, including 433 of the most important presenters in the world. This year, the artists invited to the PHI Centre and the Machine Room Festival will be accompanied by Kultur | lx to meet international professionals.
07.11 – 28.11 | Centre des auteurs dramatiques
Author in residence: Sophie Langevin and Ian De Toffoli
Founded in 1965 by six authors, the CEAD now has over 290 members. An association of authors serving authors, CEAD is a centre for the support, promotion and dissemination of French-language drama in Quebec and Canada. It occupies a unique place in the theatrical landscape, both in terms of the number of its members and the objectives of research and excellence that it pursues. The CEAD is involved in collaborations with other countries. Luxembourg is invited for the first time to benefit from these programmes.
17.11 | 4pm | Quai des Brumes + 10.45pm | Casa del Popolo
C’est Karma – M for Montreal Festival
For the past 17 years, M pour Montréal has acted as an essential catalyst for the Quebec and Canadian music industry, both for emerging artists and those developing their careers outside of Quebec. The event offers a series of conferences where local and international music industry professionals gather. For this first Luxembourg participation, the artist C’est Karma will be honoured.
19.11 | 5pm | Centre du théâtre d’aujourd’hui
Perspectives d’auteur-rices: l’écriture en chantier. With Sophie Langevin and Ian De Toffoli
Festival la Salle des machines
La Salle des machines is a unique event organised by the Centre des auteurs dramatiques. As part of this festival, authors offer the public dramaturgical meetings around their texts in progress. Ian De Toffoli and Sophie Langevin, in residence at CEAD, will discuss writing in progress and their respective practices.
Kultur | lx would like to thank its partners for the opportunity and the realisation of this programme: the Film Fund Luxembourg, the Cinemania Festival, the Phi Centre, the Fonderie Darling, the M for Montreal Festival and the Centre des auteurs dramatiques de Montréal.
In November, let’s spread our imaginations and meet around the artists and creations of Luxembourg!
The Künstlerhaus Bethanien is organising a group exhibition from 30 September to 23 October (opening on 29 September, 7 PM) presenting the work of 5 of its residents: François Lemieux (Canada/Quebec), Lisa Kohl (Luxembourg), Nicole Rafiki (Norway), Yun-Pei Hsiung (Taiwan) and Thomas Schmahl (France).
Focus on the work of Lisa Kohl, laureate of the 2022 call for applications offered by Kultur | lx, in residency from 01 July to 31 December.
The work of Lisa Kohl (b. 1988 in Luxembourg) can be understood as a conglomerate of digital media, installations, field research, documentation, staging and narration. Her artistic excavations revolve around the ephemeral, the absent and the imaginary. Aesthetic phenomena of absence, migration and situatedness play a central role in her work. In the field of tension between material presence and actual events on the one hand, and the realm of the possible, the fictitious and the invisible on the other, she finds near-endless artistic possibilities to merge both instances into simulations.
The video THE GAME (Bihać | Bosnian-Croatian Border | 2022) highlights the struggles of migrants through the aesthetics of gaming. Escape routes are shown on a smartphone from the perspective of a young Afghan man. The device is reminiscent of a VR game console. In the voiceover, the protagonist can be heard describing the different forms of escape and pushbacks that he personally experienced. A subtle sense of menace and tension underpins his account.
The photo series BLINDSPOT (Bihać | Bosnian-Croatian Border | Calais | France | 2022) metaphorically embodies the presence of the absent and the visibility of the invisible. The elements it depicts, such as the shelter, the mihrab carpet and the body cast, symbolically allude to the notion of refuge and the appropriation of anonymous spaces of living and prayer. The sacral mood here refers to belief and hope in relation to identity and strangeness, intimacy and home(lessness).
The series HALIDOM (Canary Islands | Spain–North Africa | 2022) represents sainthood on an iconographic level – as a pictorial metaphor for life and death, presence and absence, limitation and expanse, height and abyss. Sculptural figures in barren areas and border zones become symbolic monuments and representatives of the unseen. The veil is synonymous with concealment, protection and camouflage. The relief and the folds of the cloth suggest notions of divinity, heroism and inviolability. This series confronts us with spaces of transition – an allegory for the longing for freedom and redemption.
The video installation ACROSS (2022), created during the artist’s stay at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, confronts us with brutalist window architecture and a view of a vast sky lined with dissolving clusters of clouds. Concrete and air these two materials could not be more different and yet here they form a harmonious entity that calls to mind countless images, from medieval Annunciations to window depictions in German Romanticism and famous film scenes. They all have one thing in common: the window serves (in various ways) as a threshold between this world and the hereafter that not only separates the two but also establishes a contact between them. The artwork was created in collaboration with the sound designer Sören Schenk.
Kottbusser Straße 10
Tue – Sun: 2pm – 7pm
Invitation – Guided Walk
A guided walk in Lyon—from place Sathonay to 8 Bis Quai Saint-Vincent—will mark the launch of a new book by artist Yann Annicchiarico, De papillons de nuit et de l’échelle de Muybridge. The Contemporary Art and Temporalities of History (ACTH) research department at the Lyon Ecole des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) and Kultur | lx invite you to join the conversation between curator Sofia Eliza Bouratsis and the artist along the way.
This walk through the city is Yann Annicchiarico’s last stop after his recent travels between Kosovo and Greece. It is an exploration that began in Luxembourg, the artist’s birthplace but by no means his only base. Part Luxembourger, part Greek, part Italian, the artist’s archipelago of identities has influenced the work presented in this new book. This perpetual sense of externality allowed him to question our sense of perception and our sensory organs, to examine their potential suspension. It shall also serve as a way to approach his work in De papillons de nuit et l’échelle de Muybridge during the walk. This brief encounter will be an opportunity to explore all that is not contained within the book, yet determined the content.
De papillons de nuit et de l’échelle de Muybridge by Yann Annicchiarico is the third title in the collection published by the ACTH research department. It received a Kultur | lx Portfolio Grant in 2022 and is part of the ACTH’s project to publish essays by contemporary artists. These reflections include visual and audio content, movement, dialogue, and dialectical explanations.
De Papillons de nuit et de l’échelle de Muybridge brings together reflections and accounts from exhibitions in Germany, Luxembourg, France and Italy. The book reflects on a unique state of perception. It is not active conscious perception, but rather the state of the senses when they are exposed to a void—the suspension of attention, a key element in Yann Annicchiarico’s research.
Walk through Lyon
Tuesday 13 September at 4 p.m.
Meeting point at the old Café de la mairie, 4 place Sathonay Lyon, 45,76893° N, 4,83010° E.
Walk & Conversation between Sofia Elisa Bouratsis and Yann Annicchiarico at Les planches by Tadashi Kawamata on the banks of the Saône, 45,76810° N, 4,82238° E.
Book launch at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, under the arches of the Réfectoire Gallery.
8bis Quai Saint Vincent: 45,76792° N, 4,81731° E.
De papillons de nuit et de l’échelle de Muybridge by Yann Annicchiarico.
Published by the Contemporary Art and Temporalities of History Research Department (ACTH) at the Lyon Ecole des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), with support from Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg.
Collection Artists’ Reflections.
With contributions from Jennifer Lauro Mariani, Clément Minighetti and Bernhard Rüdiger.
Publication date: September 2022.
Available at Presses du réel.
Bilingual edition: French and English.
Graphic design by Rémi Forte.
Graphic work by Juliette Flécheux.
Lettering by Immortel Infra G2 & Immortel Acedia, drawn by Clément Le Tulle-Neyret (2021), and distributed by 205TF.
Yann Annicchiarico (1983, Luxembourg) is irrecoverably foreign to his world. Neither entirely luxemburgish, greek or italian, this state of being at a permanent exterior has given him the means to question human perception and the organs it responds to, so as to study its possible suspension. His work confronts our human nature with worlds that are inaccessible to it and explores their potential spaces. Inseparable from the still or moving body, the act of perceiving in Annicchiarico’s work prompts an awareness of the limits of our own understanding and the possibility of transcending these limits. A shift from intelligibility to sensibility occurs when we grasp the impenetrability of dimensions that are foreign to us despite the fact that we rub shoulders with them. This impenetrability is ushered in by the reoccuring irruption of moths in his artworks, which leave marks of their passage and activate the gap between two worlds.
Yann Annicchiarico has held solo exhibitions at Réfectoire des nonnes in Lyon (2021); KIT – Kunst im Tunnel in Düsseldorf (2020); Nosbaum Reding Projects, Luxembourg (2019); Centre des Arts Pluriels, Ettelbruck (2018) and has participated in group exhibitions in MUDAM – musée d’art moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2021); Museo Archeologico del Chianti Senese, Castellina in Chianti, Italy (2019) and at Villa Médicis, Académie de France, Rome (2015). He is a fellow artist-researcher with ACTH (Contemporary Art and Historical Time) since 2011.
Sofia Eliza Bouratsis is Greek and Luxemburgish. She lives between both countries and has worked in theoretical research, contemporary art, and cultural policy for more than a decade. She wrote her PhD on the Aesthetics and poetics of the body. The challenges of Bioart. in Arts and Art Sciences (Aesthetics) at the University of Paris 1 – Pantheon-Sorbonne in 2015 under the supervision of Professor Marc Jimenez. In addition to questions about aesthetics and corporality as expressed in contemporary art, her research includes the incorporation of the lived experience and the institutionalisation of the body. She is also interested in debates around public spaces, the transformation and gentrification of urban areas, the periphery (rural areas), remembrance, and fundamentally collective artistic practices. She occasionally teaches university courses (University of Québec, Montréal, 2016-2017) and prison courses (Second Chance School in Diavata Prison, Thessaloniki, 2016-2020). She has contributed to a variety of projects as a curator for public institutions, museums, galleries, architects’ offices, and local councils, amongst others. From 2014 to 2018, she worked closely with Danielle Igniti, then manager of the Dudelange City Art Centres. From 2008 to 2021, she was the social sciences editor of the transdisciplinary research review, Prétentaine, founded and run by Jean-Marie Brohm. Since 2015, she has organised exhibitions in several different countries and institutions. Bouratsis has a special interest in locations that do not usually host contemporary art (for example, prisons or remote villages).
From August 31rst to September 3rd, Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg and TROIS C-L – Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois present the great variety and diversity of the Luxembourg contemporary dance scene on a national booth in Düsseldorf (Germany) as part of the international tanzmesse nrw 2022.
Cancelled in 2020 due to the health crisis, the international tanzmesse nrw is the largest professional meeting for contemporary dance. It offers a unique space for exchange between choreographers, dancers, programmers and dance lovers and brings together up to 2,000 international exhibitors and visitors in Düsseldorf to present a broad spectrum of aesthetic expressions and artistic practices through a market space and a programme of conferences and performances.
After 12 years of Luxembourg’s presence accompanied by the TROIS C-L, the booth “Dance from Luxembourg” (booth n°7), result of a collaboration between the TROIS C-L and Kultur | lx, brings together 7 companies to represent Luxembourg’s creativity: AWA As We Are (Catarina Barbosa & Baptiste Hilbert), Sarah Baltzinger, Jill Crovisier, Anne-Mareike Hess, Elisabeth Schilling, Simone Mousset and Léa Tirabasso.
This booth will be an essential meeting point for all actors of the Luxembourg scene who will have the opportunity to make contacts, exchange knowledge, dialogue with international professionals and present their current and future projects. Support modules and communication tools (visuals, brochures, presentation videos, etc.) have been developed for each choreographer in order to assist the artists in the promotion and dissemination of their work.
“das blaue sofa”, a must-see programme at the Frankfurt and Leipzig book fairs, has been maintained despite the cancellation of the Leipzig book fair, which was scheduled to take place from 17 to 20 March.
“Many authors welcome the opportunity to present their current books to a wide audience in this way,” says Karin Schlautmann, Bertelsmann’s Director of Corporate Communications.
45 authors will take their seats on the famous blue sofa to present their new novels. Among them, we will note the presence of the Luxembourgish Guy Helminger for his new novel Lärm, published by Capybarabooks on Thursday 17 March from 5.20 to 5.40 pm as well as Julia Holbe for her novel Boy meets girl published by Penguin on Friday 18 March from 3.40 to 4 pm.
The programme will be broadcast on livrestream, but also on ZDF, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and 3sat.
About Guy Helminger
Guy Helminger was born in Esch/Alzette (Luxembourg) in 1963 and has been a writer in Cologne since 1985. He writes poems, novels, radio plays, theatre, screenplays and acts as a presenter at literary events.
In 2002 he received the youth theater sponsorship award from the state of Baden-Württemberg, and in the same year the Prix Servais for »Rost«. In 2004 he was awarded the 3sat prize at the 28th Days of German-language Literature in Klagenfurt. In 2006, the city of his birth awarded him the Prix du mérite culturel de la ville d’Esch. In 2016 he was awarded the Dresden Poetry Prize and just recently the Gustav-Regler-Prize 2020.
The capybarabooks publishing house has so far published the collection of plays Venezuela (2015) and the play Jockey (2019), the new editions of the collection of short stories Rost (2016) and the novel Neubrasilien (2020), the children’s book Eng Taass fir d’Nefertiti Nilpäerd (drawings by Manuela Olten, 2015), the travel reports The Avenue of Teeth. Notes and photos from Iran (2018) and The clay buildings of light. Notes and Photos from Yemen (2019) published. Guy Helminger’s lastest novel The Lombardi Affair has been published in November 2020. His most recent novel is Lärm.
About Julia Holbe
Julia Holbe, born in 1969, is from Luxembourg. She lives between Frankfurt am Main and Brittany. For twenty years she worked as a reader of international literature for the publishing house S. Fischer. Fischer publishing house. Her first novel, Unsere glücklichen Tage, reached the top 20 of the SPIEGEL bestseller list.
Since its inception in the 1970s as an underground movement in the Bronx area of New York City, Hip-Hop has massively influenced the way pop music (i.e. popular music) is crafted and continues to push popular culture forward around the world. Fast forward half a century to 2022, Hip-Hop is thriving as one of the most popular genres in Luxembourg among the younger generations, and remains one of the main genres in the country where the Luxembourgish language is widely used.
The preservation of Luxembourgish within the music scene remains very important, however, it also presents several challenges from an export perspective. Several neighbouring countries, despite the close cultural or language connection (i.e. Germany, France and Belgium), still find it difficult to import Luxembourgish rap. Even among older generations locally, the knowledge of the scene is still very limited and therefore Kultur lx has sought out ways to promote this very diverse and active scene both locally and internationally.
Introducing, “|lx finest : Hip-Hop” presented by Kultur | lx in collaboration with den Atelier, Eldoradio, Unison Studios and Konektis, highlighting some of the most notable Luxembourgish Hip-Hop acts in 2022 through a multi-part audio-visual series and showcase event. Produced by the team from Unison Studios, this four-part web series will offer a rare insight into the lives of Hip-Hop artists in Luxembourg, how artists and their respective producers craft their songs collaboratively, how they see their role in the local music scene and how Hip-Hop and Rap are thriving in Luxembourg.
“We have had the pleasure to follow two generations of Hip-Hop artists and producers, each with individual styles but the same values and goals…to do their own thing!” says Max Hochmuth of Unison Studios. “Between a home studio in a shed to actually making a living off of music, you’ll get a glimpse into the diversity that our local scene has to offer.”
Kultur lx has also brought in Luxembourg’s Hitradio station Eldoradio in order to promote the scene through on-air interviews, airplay and in addition, to promote the Hip-Hop showcase event taking place at Den Atelier on Friday, April 29th.
“Eldoradio is proud to collaborate with Kultur|lx, den Atelier, Max Hochmuth and David Galassi for the “lx finest: Hip-Hop” series. As the largest hit radio station in Luxembourg we constantly continue our efforts to support the local music scene. This will be a good opportunity to also put the focus on the Hip-hop community” said Tony Ewen, director of Eldoradio.
Also reflecting on the initiative, De Läb co-founder David Fluit noted that ;
“For a long time, Hip-Hop has been the most ignored and neglected culture in our society. Today, it’s one of the most present and active forms of music shaping the modern music industry with its rich, diverse and thus unique cultural background.”
“|lx finest” will feature some of the most active players from the scene including : Magestick, Turnup Tun, Tommek, De Läb, Corbi, Maz, Nicool, Culture The Kid, and Denis Schumacher. Stay tuned for the “|lx finest” webisodes launching end-of-April 2022 and look forward to seeing you on Friday, April 29th at the Atelier!
As part of its mission to promote and disseminate Luxembourg culture, Kultur | lx organised two evenings in partnership with the Luxembourg embassy in Belgium and the Jazz Station to present Luxembourg jazz musicians. With the |lx jazz nights, Kultur | lx wishes to get closer to the musical ecosystem and professionals of a given territory in order to facilitate the export of Luxembourgish artists.
The |lx jazz nights featured Reis/Demuth/Wiltgen and Claire Parsons on 12 November, and the Arthur Possing Quartet and the Michel Meis Quartet on 13 November. In front of a sold-out Jazz Station on Friday, filled with an enthusiastic audience, each artist had an occasion to present excerpts and compositions from their latest albums.
The Reis/Demuth/Wiltgen Trio (Michel Reis, piano, Marc Demuth, double bass, Paul Wiltgen, drums) once again showed the extent of their talent for musical interpretation through compositions from Sly, released in 2021 (Cam Jazz).
“The role of double bassist Marc Demuth, who has a very nice momentum in his playing and who never stops driving the trio, was particularly striking. Either melodically complementing the piano lines or pushing Reis and Wiltgen to give a little more flavour, energy. It’s nice to see that.”, Written in music
Claire Parsons, surrounded by her quintet (Jérôme Klein, piano, Niels Engel – drums, Pol Belardi – bass, Eran Har Even – guitar), inspired the audience and rounded off the first evening in style with her ambitious songs and compositions from the album In Geometry’, released in 2020.
The second chapter of this weekend dedicated to Luxembourg jazz was opened by Michel Meis’ quartet (Alisa Klein – Trombone, Stephan Goldbach – Double Bass, Antoine Spranger – Piano) who, led by the drummer, delivered a beautiful performance of their album Kaboom.
“In the course of the show, the quartet shows what it is capable of when drummer/conductor Meis, (…) leads the musicians and the sound thickens. This is exactly what the quartet needs to end the set on a high note”, Written in music
Finally, Arthur Possing, supported by the talented Pierre Cocq-Amann on saxophone, Niels Engel on drums, Sebastian ‘Schlabpe’ Flach on double bass and special guest trumpeter Thomas Mayade, closed the evening with tracks from the critically acclaimed album Natural Flow.
Kultur | lx would like to thank the musicians, the Luxembourg embassy in Belgium and the Jazz Station for the success of these two |lx jazz nights!