Welcome to the weekend, and happy New Year! Enjoy a relaxed start to 2022 with an eye-opening exhibition, music and theatre, a film or outdoor activities.
1. See original Broadway musical "The Pajama Game"
What: Musical comedy on labour dispute and woman in the workplace
Where: Grand Theatre, Rond-point Schuman, 2525 Luxembourg
When: Friday, 31 December at 7pm - info & tickets
This musical comedy is based on the 1953 novel 7½ Cents by Richard Bissell: A strike is imminent at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. The union, led by Babe, is seeking a pay rise, but the superintendent, despite being in opposite camps, falls in love with her. The original 1954 musical opened on Broadway during the McCarthy era, when its labour dispute story might have seemed more provocative. But the battle-of-the-sexes struggle of the downtrodden women in the workplace still resonates today. The sparky comedy remains fresh and catchy tunes, in English, add to the energy.
© Michel Cavalca
2. Take in photography exhibition on past and present of Iran
What: Personal insight into culture and people
Where: National History and Art Museum, Marché-aux-Poissons, 2345 Luxembourg
When: Between now and 11 September 2022 - info & tickets
Alfred Seiland, a well-known Austrian photographer, is exhibiting 60 photographs from his Iran series, which he began in 2017. Similar to his previous project, Iran Between Times draws on the interplay between past and present and the ways in which people relate to it. The selection encompasses landscape photographs, illustrating the rich and complex history of Iran, as well as photographs of unadulterated scenes from everyday Iranian life. With this project, the photographer aims to challenge the viewer to critically think about how Western media oftentimes fail to represent an unprejudiced and unbiased view of the former Persian Empire, and to reflect at the same time on the major socio-political topics that are at the forefront of Iran's society today.
Tip: A program of educational events is planned alongside the exhibition, including workshops, themed tours and a lecture series. Check out the agenda online.
© Iran Between Times - Alfred Seiland
3. Hear classical/hip-hop fusion concert
What: New Year's Concert
Where: Escher Theater, 120 Rue de l'Alzette, 4010 Esch-sur-Alzette
When: Saturday, 1 January 2022 - info & tickets
Launching into the new year with a bang, Gast Waltzing connects two different worlds: on the one hand the classical orchestra Estro Armonico of Namur, and on the other hip-hop dancers and rappers from Luxembourg (EDSUN, Maya Maunet, Maz). No challenge is too great for Waltzing, who manages to fuse these musical and performance styles into one concert.
4. Watch The Matrix Resurrections
What: End-of-the-world-type comedy
Where: Kinepolis Kirchberg, 45 Avenue J-F Kennedy, 1855 Luxembourg
When: Times vary - info & tickets
To find out if his reality is a physical or mental construct, Mr. Anderson, aka Neo, will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. If he's learned anything, it's that choice, while an illusion, is still the only way out of - or into - the Matrix. Neo already knows what he has to do, but what he doesn't yet know is that the Matrix is stronger, more secure and far more dangerous than ever before...
5. Take a moment to self-reflect
What: Become a better person
When: A quiet moment in the day
It's the time of the year when we promise ourselves to go to the gym more frequently, save up more of our salary, read a book a month, visit a place we've never been before, learn a new skill or quit smoking. Truth is you can do all of it! You just have to find the willingness and passion to go for it with 200%. Take an afternoon to reflect on the past year and the year ahead, and jot down some things you'd like to change - often old school pen and paper works much better than your phone.
6. Enjoy last weekend of Winterlights/Christmas Market
What: Lights, exhibitions, food, concerts
Where: Across the city centre
When: Sunday, 2 January between 11am-10pm - info here
The festive programme of Luxembourg City comes to an end on Sunday, 2 January. So make use of this last day to check out some of the wonderful stalls at the Christmas market, go ice skating, say cheers to a couple of Glühweins, take a selfie at the red heart, or enjoy concerts on the many squares. Open between 11am and 10pm on this final day.
7. Go for winter walk in the Our nature park
What: Hilly region
Where: Our nature park, 12 Parc, 9836 Parc Hosingen
The Nature Park "Our", officially created in 2005, is located in the North-East of Luxembourg and has a common border with Germany and Belgium (home to Vianden, Clervaux, Bourscheid...). This place is filled with lush greens, rolling hills with majestic castles and picturesque villages. A wonderful place to discover for a walk, run or bike ride. For the full list of trails, look here.
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