Welcome to the weekend! Go wall climbing with the kids, hear icons Mariza or Sascha Ley, prepare a little Valentine's Day gift, or see a mystery thriller.

1. Join guided tour through Villa Vauban exhibition

What: Luxembourg art from and inspired by the 60s
Villa Vauban, 18 Av. Emile Reuter, 2420 Luxembourg - Google Maps
When: Every Saturday at 3pm - more info

Take a guided tour in English through an exhibition dedicated to the works of Berthe Lutgen and Michel Daleiden, two Luxembourg artists that were prominent figures in the 1960s. In 1969, the two painters organised the first cooperative exhibition of contemporary art alongside other artists, an informal group nicknamed Initiative 69. Berthe Lutgen and Michel Daleiden followed different paths, both geographically and artistically. But in various ways their art retained a connection to the subversive force of the revolt of the late 1960s.


© Misch Da Leiden - Autobahn Notturno 2009

2. See ballet at theatre

What: Ballet company from Vancouver
1 Bd Robert Schuman, 2525 Luxembourg - Google Maps
Friday, 11 February at 8pm - info & tickets

Following residencies by the Ballet National de Marseille and Peeping Tom, the Ballet BC, based out of Vancouver, Canada, known for its audacious and innovative style, is in residence at the City's theatre. Three works will be performed, of which one is a world premiere.


3. Hear fado icon Mariza

What: Interpreting Amália Rodrigues
1 Pl. de l'Europe, 1499 Luxembourg - Google Maps
When: Saturday, 12 February at 8pm - info & tickets

Mariza is of a generation which contributed decisively to the fado renaissance. Today she herself is among the genre’s figureheads. This weekend, she pays homage to another great fadista, interpreting the repertoire of Amália Rodrigues, the «Queen of Fado» who is revered as an icon far beyond Portugal’s borders. More than 100 years after her birth, Rodrigues remains a source of inspiration for many performers – now including Mariza, who celebrates this rich heritage in her Luxembourg appearances. The show is nearly sold out, but some last tickets may free up at the front desk, so come early.

4. Prepare a little Valentine's Day gift

What: Celebrating love
When: Coming up on Monday

Ah, it's the month of poetry, roses and perfume. Valentine's Day is coming up (in case you forgot, I just saved your date night!). Book a dinner spot in advance, or get creative and put together a photo album of the last few years. Write a love letter, collect some flowers, bake cookies, whatever floats your boat...and if you're single and happy, treat yourself to something special on Monday!


5. See Death on the Nile

What: Vacation goes south...
 Kinepolis, 45 Avenue J-F Kennedy, 1855 Luxembourg - Google Maps
When: This weekend, times vary - info & tickets

This mystery thriller is based on the 1937 novel by the same name by Agatha Christie. Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot's Egyptian vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple's idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short.

6. Hear Sascha Ley's trio

What: Cosy, intimate concert
Where: CAPE, 1 Pl. Marie-Adélaïde, 9063 Ettelbruck, Luxembourg - Google Maps
When: Friday, 11 February at 8.30pm - info & tickets

Sascha Ley has a successful career as an actress and musician. She's a Luxembourgish singer, improviser, actress and multilingual poet, taking unconventional paths, both vocally and in composition, performing jazz, improvisation, folk, contemporary music and using advanced singing techniques. In an intimate trio with her colleagues Murat Öztürk and Laurent Payfert, she performs a touching mix of standards and original compositions on the themes of freedom and emancipation, with reminiscences of Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln and Billie Holiday.

7. Wall climbing day for kids

What: Have fun and develop skills
Echternach Youth Hostel, 100 Rue Grégoire Schouppe, 6479 Echternach - Google Maps
Monday, 14 February from 10am-4.30pm - info & registration

The team of trainers at the Echternach youth hostel are organising a climbing initiation course for children aged 7-9 on Monday. Between 10am-4.30pm, children will be able to discover the climbing wall. The programme includes theory and practice, learning the securing technique as well as first steps on the 14m high wall. This way, kids not only learn how to climb but also develop their motor skills and sense of balance as well as their stamina and posture. There's also lunch at the hostel. Prior registration required.


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