Welcome to the weekend! Take a tour of the Esch blast furnaces, hone your comedy craft, see EDSUN, exchange plants or go on a group bike trip.

1. See exhibition on Irish writer's visit to Luxembourg

What: How Luxembourg inspired James Joyce
Where: 
National Library of Luxembourg, 37D Avenue John F. Kennedy, L-1855 Luxembourg - Google Maps
When: Tuesday - Friday between 10am-8pm, Saturdays between 10am-6pm - info here

On 16 August 1934, Irish writer James Joyce and his wife Nora landed as tourists in Luxembourg and settled for a week at the Grand Hôtel Brasseur, near the old town. During his stay, Joyce wrote a dozen letters and postcards, allowing us to retrace his steps and perceive the city of Luxembourg through the eyes of the author of The Dubliners. The exhibition highlights the importance of Radio Luxembourg, Joyce's reception by local journalists, and how the Grand Duchy inspired the famous novel Finnegans Wake. One of his famous quotes in his writings? "This is a lovely quiet rose-growing part of dirty old Europe."

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2. Take a tour of the blast furnaces

What: Modern vs industrial quarter
Where:
5, avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux, L-4362 Belval - Google Maps
When:
Sunday, 8 May at 3.30pm - info & registration (limited)

They are the emblem of Luxembourg's steel industry: blast furnaces. Take an English tour this weekend, exploring the Belval site and marvel at the modern architecture's contrast to its industrial heritage. Of course this all includes a safe ascent to the top of the furnace, with a view 40m high across Esch Belval. Not to be missed, registration in advance.

3. See local R&B talent EDSUN

What: Michael Jackson vibes
Where:
Rockhal, 5 Av. du Rock'n'Roll, 4083 Esch-sur-Alzette - Google Maps
When: Friday, 6 May at 8pm - info and tickets

EDSUN combines R&B, hip-hop and contemporary dance in his performances. Flanked by a tight band and co-dancers, EDSUN's show is a breathtaking journey through his love for art and creativity. This show is in fact the grand finale to a year-long residency at Rockhal, so this will definitely be a tightly choreographed banger.

4. Visit plant exchange at Rotondes

What: Green fingers unite
Where: 
Rotondes, 3 Place des Rotondes, 2448 LuxemburgGoogle Maps
When: Saturday, 7 May between 10am-6pm - more info

This plant fair at Rotondes not only allows you to buy organic vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers, but you can also donate your own plants or seeds. Several local producers and associations are involved, so this is a real community gathering for everyone with green fingers or simple curiosity. Remember to bring crates, boxes and trays to transport the plants.

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5. Watch Strangers on a Train

What: Psychological thriller
Where: Cinémathèque, 17 Pl. du Théâtre, 2613 Luxembourg - Google Maps
When: Sunday, 8 May at 8pm - info and film programme

This weekend Alfred Hitchcock's classic Strangers on a Train is screened at Cinémathèque. Bruno, a psychotic male, meets Guy, a tennis player. During the train journey, Bruno realises that both wish to kill someone. He puts forth an idea where they both exchange murders to evade the cops.

6. Hone your comedy craft

What: Festrogen 2022
Where: CID Fraen an Gender, 14 Rue Beck, 1222 Luxembourg  - Google Maps
When: Saturday 7 May and Sunday 8 May, times vary - more info

Whether you are a comedian who wants to further hone her craft, try out stand-up comedy for the first time, or just have a blast, this comedy workshop for women is just the right place. On Saturday, participants are guided through joke writing and getting those punchlines tight. Then, on Sunday, the workshop covers performance techniques and personal branding. There's also an optional open-mic on Saturday. Participation costs €25 for one day, or €40 for two. All information can be found on this website: https://bit.ly/festrogen-workshops.

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7. Go on gravel bike trip

What: Real off-roading
Where: Velocenter Goedert, 140 Rte d'Esch, 1471 Luxembourg - Google Maps
When: Saturday, 7 may at 9am - info here

After the last successful group bike trip, the team of the Goedert bike centre are organising another gravel day this Saturday. Enjoy a nice coffee upon arrival at 9am, before starting out on a 40-55km route, departure and arrival at the Goedert shop. All levels welcome, and the trip is free. Of course you should bring your bike and a helmet. A fun day trip with a bunch of fun people! Any questions? Call 488 766 217.

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