Welcome to the weekend! Looking for an exciting family event? Try Geocaching, in which you find little treasures hidden around your neighbourhood. Otherwise there are several spicy and exotic live events scheduled, along with a great Red Cross initiative. The weekend is yours.

1. Hear bossa nova and fado with Marly Marques

What: Beautiful blend of exotic styles
Where: Kulturhaus Niederanven, 145, route de Trèves
When: Friday, 20 November at 7.30 pm - tickets and info here

For her new project, Marly Marques is accompanied by some fantastic jazz musicians: Riaz Khabirpour, Niels Engel and Boris Schmidt. The singer honours her Portuguese origins and her love for Spanish and Latin American music by inviting the audience on a journey full of nostalgia, through traditional songs from the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, from fado to bossa nova and bolero. Traditional sounds thus mingle with jazz and form a very particular sonic identity, carried by the warm voice of Marly Marques and the sensitivity of her band.

© Christine Eckardt

2. Visit the Red Cross Bazar at Royal Hamilius

What: Fund-raising for children in need
Where: Royal Hamilius mall, Grand-Rue, 1660 Luxembourg
When:
Friday, 20 November - Sunday, 22 November between 10 am - 6 pm, info here

This year, the traditional Red Cross Bazar, usually held at the Victor Hugo Hall, is being replaced by a digital platform and various pop-up events, one of which is this weekend at the Royal Hamilius mall. Explore and purchase design and vintage objects, kitchen and garden utensils, jewelleries, toys and food. All proceeds of the Bazar will go to children an young people particularly vulnerable due to the current health crisis, providing social and psychological support, help them succeed at school and promote the autonomy of young individuals. If you'd like to donate directly, visit the link above.

3. See winner of LEAP20 prize

What: Award ceremony in support of upcoming artists
Where: Rotondes, Place des Rotondes, 2448 Luxemburg
When: Saturday, 21 November at 5.30 pm - info here

With the LEAP prize, Rotondes awards and supports contemporary artists, offering a springboard to greater visibility in the cultural scene. Following a call for applications in 2019, an international jury accepted the applications of Suzan Noesen, Hisae Ikenaga, Nina Tomàs, and the duo Bruno Baltzer and Leonora Bisagno.

The winner has already been announced. Hisae Ikenaga is a Mexican-Spanish artist who lives and works in Luxembourg. Her art focuses on everyday objects which she modifies to give them different meanings and usages. Her work is full of irony and absurdity, as in her recent series representing an impossible archaeological discovery.

4. Watch Cabaret Maxime of Portuguese Film Festival

What: Intriguing story
Where: Cinémathèque, 17 Place du Théâtre, 2613 Luxembourg
When: Friday, 20 November at 8.30 pm - info & tickets here

When a neighbourhood starts to become gentrified, a cabaret owner struggles to keep his club afloat. He is forced to take a stand against the powers that be to protect his family and livelihood, by any means necessary. The movie comes with English subtitles and is part of the Portuguese Film Festival in Luxembourg.

5. Try Geocaching outdoors

What: Fun outdoor activity for the family
Where: Anywhere around the world
When: Anytime, find more info here

Geocaching is a really cool outdoor recreational activity in which participants use a GPS (either separate receiver or just with their mobile device) to seek little treasure containers called "geocaches" marked by coordinates. Once found, you take out your little gift and replace it with something else. It's basically treasure hunting for young and old! Find out more about Geocaching by checking out if there are some caches located in your neighbourhood, there are quite some around in Luxembourg.

6. Hear radiant and spicy compositions by Sonambique

What: Extraordinary blend of musical styles
Where: Neimenster, 28 Rue Münster, 2160 Luxembourg
When: Sunday, 22 November at 12 pm - info here, reservation required

On the album Sonafari, released next March, Sonambique's four accomplices are going on a dynamic and lively musical safari with music anchored in jazz and latin vibes. Its composer, Rotraut Jäger, is an enthusiastic flautist who surfs over Brazilian rhythms with plenty of oddmeters (to the non-musicians out there: odd rhythm feels, basically, making it hard to play but quite entertaining). You're invited to check out this radiant and spicy compositions!

7. Prepare for an evening of opera

What: Cast of exceptional singers
Where: Grand Theatre, 1 Boulevard Robert Schuman, Luxembourg
When: Friday, 20 November and Saturday, 21 November at 8 pm - tickets and info here

To give you a taste of opera at the beginning of this season, the OPL and the Théâtres de la Ville decided to unite for an unforgettable evening. The orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Gustavo Gimeno, does not have far to travel from its home at the Philharmonie to take to the stage of the Grand Théâtre but it comes offering an elaborate journey dedicated to some of the great moments of operas by Mozart, Rossini and Verdi. You are invited to wander between Mantua and Naples, Seville and Windsor, alongside a cast of exceptional singers: the Italian soprano Rosa Feola, a renowned bel cantiste who appears regularly at La Scala in Milan, here in the guise of the overwhelming Traviata; the French mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa, acclaimed for her recent debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, who will scale Rossini’s heights; and the Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu who promises the virtuoso “Fuor del mar” from Mozart’s Idomeneo, before a final quartet from Rigoletto.

© Todd Rosenberg

Is there an event you think we'd enjoy and like to share with our audience? Feel free to let us know through audience@rtltoday.lu and we may consider it for next week's agenda.