Welcome to the weekend! Listen to Cape Verdean vibes with Sara Tavares, walk around Kirchberg's fortifications, and watch more of CineEast. Our top tips.

1. See Sara Tavares at the Philharmonie

What: World music icon
Philharmonie, 1 Pl. de l'Europe, 1499 Luxembourg
When: Saturday, 16 October at 7pm - info & tickets

Sara Tavares is one of your editor's favourite roots and world music artist. Combining Portuguese, Cape Verdian and African rhythms and melodies, her musical style is truly iconic and a reflection of her identity and family past. She's joined on stage by a great band, so this will be a night to remember - even if you don't necessarily understand the lyrics! Here's a lovely video of her live performance.


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2. Donate to "Christmas In A Shoebox" project for children

What: Surprising children with a Christmas gift
Donations online, shoe boxes also welcome
Anytime before Christmas - info here

Michele and Robert from the English-speaking Community of the Parish of Luxembourg Notre-Dame are organising a wonderful project ahead of Christmas to help deprived children in Eastern Europe, mainly Romania and Moldova. They're packing shoe boxes with necessities and small luxuries for the festive season, which will then be transported to the countries. This is typically German, where often school children do these projects in the fall season. The price of one box is €30, and they are all packed with great care and good quality items. Donations can be sent to the church's bank account (LU10 0019 5155 8196 2000). Get in touch with michele.foley@cross2.lu for any questions.


3. Walk around Kirchberg's fortifications

What: Back to 1684
Dräi Eechelen Museum, 5 Park Dräi Eechelen, 1499 Luxembourg
Sunday, 17 October at 2.30pm - info here

Ever wonder how Kirchberg's fortifications were planned and constructed? The impressive system, which almost entirely disappeared since the Treaty of London of 1867, defended Kirchberg and protected the fortress city. The first military constructions on the heights of Kirchberg date back to the time of Louis XIV. The engineer Vauban, who directed the work of the siege in 1684, received the mission to develop a project for the strengthening of the fortress. Now the Musée Draï Eechelen offers a two-hour guided tour of these fortifications.


4. Hear Thomas Fersen at Opderschmelz

What: A new take on the French chanson
Opderschmelz, 1a Rue du Centenaire, 3475 Dudelange
When: Friday, 15 October at 8pm - info & tickets

In his 30-year career, storyteller and melodist Thomas Fersen has taken the time to build an extensive catalogue that occupies a special place in the "chanson française" genre. Fersen has performed both solo and with a quintet over the last decades, producing a theatrical adventure that is filled with storytelling. The stage name "Thomas Fersen" comes from the names of Tomas Boy, a Mexican footballer, and Hans-Axel de Fersen, Marie-Antoinette's Swedish lover.

5. Feed animals at Esch animal park

What: Enjoy a family day out
64 Gaalgebierg, 4142 Esch-sur-Alzette
Anytime, open 24/7

Located at Gaalgebierg, a few steps from downtown, deer, goats, rabbits and many other species share a living space of around 2 hectares. A total of 150 animals (25 species) can be found here, along with two playgrounds and a relaxation area. Head over to the food dispenser and grab some delicious nuts to feed to the animals, before heading to the three house-like cafe for something to eat or drink. Our favourite American Mike explored the park this summer!

6. Attend second weekend of CineEast Festival

What: For true film lovers
Different cinemas, and online
Between 7 October - 24 October

CineEast is Luxembourg's famous cinema festival showcasing Central and Eastern European films across Luxembourgish cinemas, as well as online. A programme from 7-24 October includes over 100 screenings of 55 features and 35 short films, numerous accompanying events, concerts, exhibitions and debates. Some directors and writers will attend and share stories and background with the public. The 2021 edition puts the spotlight on Slovenian cinema and culture. Passes are available for physical screenings, as well as online, however they must be watched from Luxembourg.


7. Spend Sunday morning strolling through Glacis market

What: 3rd Sunday of the month
Champ du Glacis, Luxembourg City
Sunday, 17 October between 10am-5pm - info here

The famous monthly market takes place between 10am and 5pm, offering fruits and vegetables, food products of all kinds, flowers and plants, textiles, household items and various accessories. This market, held every 3rd Sunday of the month also hosts a flea market. The weather is set to be chilly but dry, so the ideal start before heading into a cafe for a delicious cup of hot chocolate to warm up the soul. Have a lovely weekend!

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