Welcome to the weekend! Despite chilly temperatures there are some lovely outdoor activities planned, but you're well-supplied indoors too!

1. Maintain pollarded willow trees in Bous

What: Nice outing for nature enthusiasts
Where: 
École Centrale Bous, Rue de Luxembourg, 5408 Bous - Google Maps
When: Saturday, 8 January at 9am - info here

I hear you say: "Pollarded willows? What?" Exactly, this editor asked that too. Pollarding is the process of removing the upper branches of a tree, which improves growth and tree health. Interestingly, the municipality of Bous has Luxembourg's most pollarded willows. In order to maintain the trees sustainably, some of them are cut back once a year together with the Environment Commission. You're invited to come along, learn about these trees and offer a helping hand. Call Robi Bour at 23 69 99 18 or email robert.bour@education.lu for registration.

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2. Learn songwriting with Claire Parsons

What: For Differdange music school students
Where: 
Bâtiment Aalt Stadhaus, 38 avenue Charlotte, 4530 Differdange - Google Maps
When:
Saturday, 8 January between 1-6pm, Sunday, 9 January between 11am-6pm - more info here

Songwriting is all about conveying emotions through music, and some may have a natural talent for it - but just need a little guidance or a push in the right direction. Others may not want to pursue it fully, but are just intrigued by how it works. If you are a student of Claire Parsons' modern vocals class, you can attend this free workshop on Saturday and Sunday.

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3. See women in resistance exhibition

What: Minorities, social issues, women's rights
Where:
Neimenster, 28 Rue Münster, 2160 Luxembourg - Google Maps
When: Runs until 6 February - info here

The Institut Français du Luxembourg has invited curator Marie Pierre Mol to present an exhibition of the Burmese artists Nge Lay, Mayco Naing and Chuu Wai Nyein. In a time when freedom of expression is threatened in their country, these three question the place of women in Burmese society as well as the situation of ethnic minorities in general. Worth seeing before it ends in early February.

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4. Go on Philharmonie family tour

What: Behind the scenes
Where: 
Philharmonie, 1 Pl. de l'Europe, 1499 Luxembourg - Google Maps
When: Saturday, 8 January at 4pm - info & tickets

The tours of the Philharmonie have been in high demand this past year, and now there's another package. Philharmonie’s Family Tours offer fascinating glimpses behind the scenes, and a playful view of all the things that are necessary to make a concert happen. How do things develop backstage before a gig? What challenges do the musicians face? All these questions the youngsters may have will be answered.

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5. Watch animation film Encanto

What: Colombian tale
Where:
 Kinepolis, 45 Avenue J-F Kennedy, 1855 Luxembourg
When: Saturday, 8 January and Sunday, 9 January at 1.30pm - info & tickets

The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift - every child except Mirabel. However, she soon may be the Madrigals last hope when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger...

6. Relive the life of entertainer Joséphine Baker

What: Paris, mon amour!
Where:
Cube521, 1-3 Driicht, 9764 Marnach
When:
Sunday, 9 January at 6pm - info & tickets

Joséphine Baker was one the most impressive American singers and dancers in the early 20th Century, who received French nationality in 1937. Baker was a great figure in the resistance against Nazi Germany in the Second World War and was a strong figure in the fight against racism and for the emancipation of the black population. This weekend, the Contraste and Magali Léger ensemble want to bring this artist, who shaped post-war Paris through her music, her closeness to the audience and her political commitment as a resistance fighter, to life again.

7. Sign up to guided winter walk in Wiltz

What: Refreshing Saturday
Where: 
Departure point is 25 Salzbaach, 9542 Wiltz
When:
Saturday, 8 January at 1.30pm - info here

Hop on this lovely winter walk around Wiltz with a tour guide, choosing either the 6km or 12km route. Dogs are welcome, and the tour is cheap, with only a small participation fee of €1.50 per person asked. For more info call 95 74 44 or email info@touristinfowiltz.lu.

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