An incredible opportunity will present itself this weekend to see the wonderful photography of Yann-Arthus Bertrand. / © Yann-Arthus Bertrand
Welcome to the weekend! Immerse yourself in the world of virtual reality, or, if 360° films are too overwhelming, stick to our extended St. Patrick's Day film celebration. Furthermore, we're celebrating Bob Dylan's first album, covering an aerial photography exhibition and touching upon a children's book launch. The choice is yours!
1. Discover virtual reality pavilion - even from home!
What: Simulated, three-dimensional experience
Where: Neimenster, 28 Rue Münster, 2160 Luxembourg
When: Starting Tuesday, 23 March at 10am (until May) - free entry, info here
Virtual reality is not just the future - it's happening right now. Thanks to the Luxembourg City Film Festival, PHI Montreal and Film Fund Luxembourg, the public will be able to discover a selection of 360° films, ranging from documentaries, animations and concerts. Immerse yourself in a new world! Also worth discovering is the innovative concept "VR to Go" which offers virtual reality headsets for hire and thus allows you to experience innovative immersive content from the comfort of your home.
2. Relisten to Bob Dylan's first album
You may be wondering: Wait, what? Indeed, listening to Bob Dylan may not be a self-evident suggestion that would make it on our "What's On" agenda necessarily. But on 19 March, 1962, Bob Dylan released his self-titled debut album on Columbia Records. Actually it didn't receive much attention at all, only charting in the UK three years after its release, but its the start of a legend. His Luxembourg show in 2018 was a disaster (your editor, along with hundreds of other listeners, walked out 45 minutes into the rambling gig), but his recordings to this day are a joy to listen to.
3. See Yann-Arthus Bertrand photography of Bangladesh
What: Stunning aerial photography
Where: Friendship Pop-Up Store, 33 Grand Rue, L-1661 Luxembourg
When: Friday, 19 March and Saturday, 20 March between 11am-6pm - info here
For the past 40 years, French environmentalist and photographer Yann-Arthus Bertrand has been travelling the world, taking shots of planet Earth from the sky. This idea of revealing the beauty of our planet would bring him worldwide fame. "Our land is art, the photographer is only the witness", he would say. In his exhibition on Bangladesh, Bertrand captures the vast water landscapes of this rich and diverse country. All of this can be discovered at the Friendship Pop-Up store in Luxembourg City.
4. Attend children's book launch
What: Poetic stories and lovely illustrations by Marina Fonseca & Lisa Junius
Where: Kulturfabrik, 116 Rue de Luxembourg, L-4221 Esch-sur-Alzette
When: Friday, 19 March between 6pm-9pm - info here
"Waking the Mountain", published in March 2021 by Éditions Zoom, is a sweet and hopeful story about friendship, solidarity and the protection of nature. The warm and colourful illustrations by Lisa Junius and the poetic text by Marina Fonseca take the reader on a journey around the world, making new friends along the way. This event at the Kulturfabrik marks the official launch of this children's book. On this occasion, a signing session will be organised and the original works of the book as well as the sketchbooks will be exhibited. The book will be available for sale, too. Note: 10 people are permitted per 30-minute time block.
5. Binge-watch Success Story
What: Luxembourg-based initiatives
Where: On RTL Play - info here
Are you familiar with the UK TV programme "Dragon's Den"? Budding entrepreneurs get several minutes to pitch their ideas to top business folk who are willing to invest their own cash, time and expertise to kick-start the business. While a little less bombastic in terms of funding and prizes, Luxembourg has its own "Dragon's Den", called "Success Story", produced by RTL. We've translated all Luxembourgish episodes into English, and they're now available on RTL Play here. Some of the candidates are still around today!
6. Enjoy lazy morning apéritif concert
What: Soothing end to the weekend
Where: Philharmonie, 1 Place de l'Europe, 1499 Luxembourg
When: Sunday, 21 March at 11am - info & tickets here
Haoxing Liang, Grigory Maximenko, Ilia Laporev and Pascal Meyer, all musicians from the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, are presenting a wonderful Sunday morning programme of Mahler, Schubert and Martinů. Of course, no Luxembourgish weekend concert would be the same without cremant, but this editor is unsure whether the Philharmonie's bar is open...so better have one cold & ready upon your return home for the big weekend brunch.
7. Extend St. Patrick's celebrations with home cinema edition
What: Beer, snacks and movies!
Where: Online from home
When: Friday, 19 March - Sunday, 21 March - info & tickets here
The British & Irish Film Festival Luxembourg has teamed up with the Irish Film Institute to bring you two Irish films to enjoy online during St Patrick's week: 'The Winter Lake' and 'Wild Fire' can be viewed online from 15 to 22 March (so this weekend is your last chance). Tickets are €9 per film screening. Each ticket allows your household to view the film, unlike in-cinema screenings when a ticket is just for one person. From the time of purchase the film will stay in your library for 72 hours. Cheers!
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