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Esch22 - European Capital of Culture

Esch-sur-Alzette is carrying the title "European Capital of Culture 2022".

The region involved comprises the ProSud alliance (eleven municipalities) as well as the bordering French CCPHVA (Communité de communes du Pays Haut Val d'Alzette)









The southern part of Luxembourg and the directly adjoining area on the other side of the border in France have an industrial heritage which has made this region a place where people meet from all over Europe. North and South come together here; migratory movements from Italy and then Portugal have left behind their unmistakable marks in the region’s development within a multicultural society, marks which continue to have their effect. Marks which will continue to impact on our future. The economic and social changes, the transition from an industrial society to a knowledge-based society, as is reflected in the University’s move to Belval, present our region with new tasks. Here is our country’s future and it is our job to shape this future together. From red earth to grey matter. A Capital of Culture provides the perfect opportunity for rethinking the great challenges for our future and for opening up far-reaching perspectives, and to reach well beyond the idea of culture in its narrower sense. Culture has to be rethought, reformulated and regarded as a core part of social development. Culture is a citizens’ right, which everyone helps to shape together. For this reason the application from Esch and south Luxembourg is first and foremost a project which aims to get the people involved – regardless of origin, age, education or gender.


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What is a ECoC?

The European Capitals of Culture initiative is designed to:

  • Highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe
  • Celebrate the cultural features Europeans share
  • Increase European citizens' sense of belonging to a common cultural area
  • Foster the contribution of culture to the development of cities

In addition to this, experience has shown that the event is an excellent opportunity for:

  • Regenerating cities
  • Raising the international profile of cities;
  • Enhancing the image of cities in the eyes of their own inhabitants
  • Breathing new life into a city's culture
  • Boosting tourism


Since June 2019 the University of Luxembourg has established a specific working group aiming to stimulate the collaboration in between the ECoC management and the University. Esch 2022 provides a great opportunity to demonstrate that Belval is on its way to become a vibrant place, and culture is one of the key instruments to reach that goal. By participating in the Esch 2022 project, the University shows that it is a strong cultural actor with strong roots in the region.

Esch2022 Information session and Incubator Day @ UniLu

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