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Friday, 26 May 2017 22:50

And Go to Innisfree: Drama Review

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This year's FEATS entry by The New World Theatre Company (NWTC) is being put on in the Cultural Annexes of the Chateau de Bourglinster this week for a run of 5 performances.

The Festival of European Anglophgone Theatrical Societies (FEATS) takes place annually over Pentecost week-end, with this year's event scheduled for Frankfurt and featuing no less than 12 productions from amateur dramatic groups from throughout Europe.

The Luxembourg Chronicle got the opportunity to sit in on the performance on Friday evening; the first floor cultural space being the ideal setting for an intimate production featuring Niamh Huggard, Lisa Burke and Rachel Lloyd as Old Anna, Anna and Young Anna, respectively, in front of a 50-60-strong audience. With soft lighting and even softer sound effects - cue waves breaking on the shoreline - Old Anna takes centre stage.

In what can be described as a three-person monologue set on a beach in New England, Old Anna (Niamh Huggard) is approaching her 80th birthday with guests about to arrive. However, she is struggling with the dilemma of whether to sell her home where she lives alone and move into a retirement home / condominium, and have other people of her own age as company, or to remain independent and live her remaining days to the full.

While contemplating the decision to be made, she is torn between sense and being practical (Anna) and the exhuberance of Young Anna - just like a little angel and a little devil sitting on each shoulder.

In fact, the situation in which she finds herself is one in which most of us will find ourselves in at some time in the future, thus resonating at a personal level with each and every member of the audience. The story, written by Jean Lenox Toddie (and directed by Christine Probst and produced by Valerie Scott with permission by Samuel French).

Old Anna reflects on the last 50 years and recollects various anecdotes while at the same time appearing to becoming senile. Her memory is not what it used to be, but she does recollect her childhood and times with her parents when they were alive, and she does conjure up possibilities when she can do anything she wants, including talking to ants...

Her thoughts (out loud), when both confused and forgetful, as well as emotional, but most of all indecisive, are in sharp contrast to her in her fomer years, as both Anna and Young Anna are trying to convince her to take a different path. But which path shall she choose?

One of the most powerful scenes in the one-act drama occurs when they break into quite song - "Maggie" has rarely meant so much.

The 40-minute production is followed by an Indian buffet dinner held outside, opposite the Chateau de Bourglinster in the balmy May evening air.

Fur further information and reservations, see www.nwtc.lu, email: tickets@nwtc.lu or tel: 356339

Performances:

- Thurs 25, Fri 26 & Sat 27 May (19:30): Evening performances include Indian buffet (non-members €19/ NWTC members €17/ students €12)

- Sat 27 May & Sun 28 May (14:30): Matinee performances (without food) (non-members €10/ NWTC members €8/ students €6)

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The Luxembourg Moselle is less than 20 km from the capital, Luxembourg city. The centre of viticulture, the region is alongsicde its French and German neighbours, maintaining a unique style and character.  

The wines of the Luxembourg Moselle are a delight for all wine lovers: sparkling Crémants, elegant Rieslings, white and red wines from the Pinot family, exotic Gewürztraminer, ethereal Rivaner and Auxerrois, late harvests, ice and straw wines; a discovery without limits throughout the region and its terroir.  

Have you ever wanted to discover the Luxembourg Moselle, its award-winning still and sparkling wines? An ideal opportunity presents itself in the form of the Wine, Taste, Enjoy 2017 event being held over the Pentecost weekend. Owners of vineyards, wine cellars and wine bars along the Luxembourg Moselle are organising an Open Week-end from 3 to 5 June. A total of 25 winemakers and 2 distilleries will participate in this wine tourism event.  

A varied and interesting programme of activities will be offered to wine lovers, visitors and holidaymakers who do not yet know the vineyard region of the Grand Duchy, as well as to tourists passing through the region. Many activities such as tasting of wines and liqueurs, guided walks in the vineyards, and also rides in horse-drawn carriages attract young and old alike. These activities take place in a convivial atmosphere, facilitating exchanges with the winegrowers and the "Mosellans" (Moselle valley residents). Cultural events such as art and photography exhibitions and music concerts will complete the programme.  

The cellars are open from 11:00 to 20:00 during the three days and offer culinary specialties also outside normal consumption times.  

Two museums, namely the "A Possen" museum in Bech-Kleinmacher and the Wine Museum in Ehnen, are also among the participants in the largest wine-growing event in the region. From guided tours of a 19th century winegrower's house and a collection of toys from yesteryear, to oenological discoveries at the Wine Museum, the varied programme offers something for everyone.  

The Mediterranean garden in Schwebsange, with its huge diversity of exotic plants, invites members of the public to taste organic wines. In the "Haff Reimech" nature reserve, a family-oriented treasure hunt is being organised; and the new Biodiversum nature and forest centre in Remerschen offers a "Biodiversum Inside" guided tour.  

A circuit with the theme "From cellar to cellar" in the town of Remich and wine tours from Schwebsange are provided by regional guides.  

Access to the Moselle region of Luxembourg, as well as transfers between the cellars, are serviced by well-developed public transport. In order to allow everyone to enjoy the party safely and throughout the region, a free shuttle service also takes members of the public to and from the various cellars.  

The full programme of the Wine Taste Enjoy 2017 event, including all the activities being organised, can be viewed online at http://www.visitmoselle.lu/en/vins-terroir/wine-taste-enjoy

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 21:42

Lost in the Stars: Cabaret Review

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This week, Pirates Productions is putting on its new show “Lost in the Stars” at the Veräinshaus in Schifflange; on Wednesday evening, The Luxembourg Chronicle sat in on the dress rehersal, with the opening performance scheduled for Thursday evening.

This production, written and produced by Rachel Parker, tells the love story of German composer Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya and their open relationship, through cabaret-style performances of the former’s most popular songs, and through dance, narration, drama as well as photo and film projections.

Kurt Weill was known for his writing of theatre music, having started in Weimar Germany before moving to the USA where he then wrote for Broadway and the film industry. During his life, he saw some momentous events as a Jew forced to flee Germany, as well as his turbulent two marriages to the actress and singer Lotte Lenya. Such events are reflected in his music.

The production starts in Weimar Germany before the outbreak of war, then moves to the USA where Weill adapted his style for American audiences on Broadway and in film with songs such as Mack the Knife and September Song. Along the way, the audience is introduced to characters such as Bertolt Brecht, George and Ira Gerschwin from the golden age of American music.

The production is supported by a 5-piece live band with projections on a backdrop depicting the people, places and events of the show, with narration - with most of the cast taking their turn - interspersed throughout to recount the story using anecdotes and different locations, from Germany to Paris and then on to the US.

Randy Melton and Ciara Barker get the show off to a truly powerful start with their wonderful ranges of vocals; soon Kurt Weill (Alex Teligadas) and Lotte Lenya (Ciara Barker) meet and fall in love. But they are by no means the only performers to excel in this production which featured many jazz songs adapted for stage dramas and films, not by a long shot. During Rachel Parker's own performance once could hear a pin drop as she held the audience and the rest of the cast spellbound.

Some were serious and some less so, resulting a very balanced cabaret repetoire featuring the very best of Pirates, with some songs also in French. And the costumes must be mentioned too - very representative of the era and the situations / locations such as music halls.

After the interval, during which a meal is served, the music style and tempo revved up a notch, coinciding with Kurt Weill's and Lotte Lenya's arrival in America, With some wonderful clarinet playing on stage adding to the atmosphere. A large flag is used to great effect to facilitate costume changes, one by one, featuring well-known US characters, from Charlie Chaplain to the Statue of Liberty and many more besides.

The venue is new to Pirates and its productions and audiences; like the cabaret format itself, the venue is strikingly similar to the Parish hall in Gasperich more frequently used. Rest assured, the acoustics in the Veräinshaus are excellent, and the proximity of the tables to the stage area make for a truly immersed experience, particularly when part of the action and singing takes place among the audience.

The show dates are Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 May at 19:30, with additional shows on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May at 15:30.

Tickets cost €17 for adults, €12 for children and students, or €13 for food. For reservations, see www.pirateproductions.lu/Public/CurrentShow.php or contact the box office on tel: 356339 or email: tickets@pirates.lu

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The Luxembourg Poland Business Club is organising a lunch in relation to the expansion of the flight route between Warsaw and Luxembourg.

This year LOT Polish Airlines and Luxembourg Airport celebrate the 1st Anniversary of flights between Luxembourg and Warsaw.

Since the first flight in March 2016, LOT has been operating six flights weekly, providing excellent direct connection between Luxembourg and Warsaw. In response to the success of the route, LOT Polish Airlines is increasing from mid May 2017 the number of weekly flights to eleven.

To celebrate this connection between the two capitals, the Luxembourg-Poland Business Club is partnering with LOT Polish Airlines and Luxembourg Airport for a special event at the restaurant Nova Osada (2 Rue du Kiem, L-1857 Strassen) on Tuesday 13 June at 18:00.

PROGRAMME

18.00 Welcome drinks

18.15 Speech LOT Polish Airlines

18.20 Speech LUX Airport

18.25 Speech LPBC

18.30 Presentation LOT Schedule/Product/Plans

18.45 Walking diner & networking

20.00 End of the event

To reserve your place, email: lotbru@lot.pl by 29 May 2017.

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Fleet Night 2017 will take place in Tramsschapp, Luxembourg-Limpertsberg, on Tuesday 13 June 2017 from 16:30 to 22:00.

The aim of the Fleet Night 2017 is to bring together all the key players in car leasing in Luxembourg. More than 300 people are expected - Fleet managers, leasing and mobility professional, CFOs, HR Directors - all to discuss issues in the sector.

Te event will begin with a conference on the subject 'The Future of Women, Power and Mobility' and will include a friendly and exclusive networking dinner and the Luxembourg Fleet Awards Gala Dinner.

Awards to be given on the night include:

- Fleet Manager of the Year:

Recognizes a fleet manager as an individual for his vision, his initiatives, his contribution to improving the management of his park on financial, environmental and social aspects.

- Fleet Car of the Year:

Rewards the car that won the majority of votes in terms of ergonomics, design, comfort, and which by its visual and functional appearance has attracted most users.

- Customer Experience Award:

Rewards the company with its strategy and proactivity which has greatly improved the customer experience within its structure.

- Mobility Innovation Award:

Rewards the best mobility project, which, thanks to its innovative nature, has brought added value to the automotive industry.

- Digital Leadership Award:

Rewards the company making significant use of digital innovations to transform the traditional market with the creation of mobile applications, social media campaigns, web-based management systems ...

Attendance costs €150/€300 htva; sector endusers are free. To register, see www.fleetnight.lu  (code: EML6925).

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On Friday 30 June 2017, Luxembourg will welcome an exclusive event to be broadcast live across 191 countries, representing not less than 8,000+ articles and 7+billion media impressions and the opportunity to reach 150,000+ participants.  

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has proclaimed that International Asteroid Day will be observed globally on 30 June every year. The decision was made during the 71 st session of the UNGA on 6 December 2017 after a proposal by the Association of Space Explorers was endorsed by the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) during its 59th session in June.

The Luxembourg event is being organised at the National Museum of Natural History in Luxembourg city by Farvest.

Among the speakers confirmed are:

- Ed Lu, 3-time US astronaut, B612 co-founder

- Etienne Schneider, Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy

- Nicole Stott, 5-time US astronaut

- Dorin Prunariu, First and only Romanian astronaut, Asteroid Day ambassador

- Michel Tognini, French test pilot and 3-time astronaut

- Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut, Asteroid Day co-founder

- Patrick Michel, Asteroid Expert

- Pete Worden, Chairman, Breakthrough Prize Foundation, Former Director, NASA Ames Research Center

For further information, see www.asteroidday.org  #ASTEROIDDAY

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The 2017 edition of the BGL BNP PARIBAS WTA Luxembourg Open will be held at the CK Sportcenter Kockelscheuer from 14-21 October 2017, as announced at a press conference on Tuesday.

The theme for the tournament is to be “Feel at Home” and the family atmosphere of the tournament has been a key factor in attracting some of the best WTA players. There is a reshuffling underway in the WTA for the reclassification of tournaments and Director Danielle Mass views this as positive for the WTA Luxembourg tournament.

The first player to be announced is WTA ranked #60, 23-year old Canadian, Eugenie Bouchard. "Genie" will be making her third appearance in Luxembourg; she failed to reach the 2nd round in her earlier attempts. She has started off the 2017 clay season with some impressive wins, including her first over former No. 1 Maria Sharapova, and will be looking to continue her winning form.

32 players will battle in the qualifications for 4 places in the main draw that will be made up of 32 players including 3 wildcards. The doubles field will be made up of 16 pairs.

The tournament will be broadcast for the first time over WTA Media with a distribution in 170 countries and a potential 660 million households.

Further information can be found on the tournament website www.bglbnpparibas-open.lu , Facebook page Tennis-Womens-Tournament-Luxembourg and Twitter IWTP_LUX.

Tickets are available through luxembourgticket call-centre at tel: 470895-1 from Monday to Friday 10:00 to 18:30, and associated sales points across Luxembourg.

Photo by Jan McIntyre

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The Young Transatlantic Leaders Initiative (YTILI) is a programme of the U.S. Department of State in partnership with the German Marshall Fund of the United States; Luxembourg resident Katarzyna Kolodziejczyk, co-founder of #BRAVEYOUTH, is to represent the Grand Duchy at the forthcoming event in the US.

In 2017, the YTILI Fellowship will engage up to 100 young European leaders in a series of professional development and leadership activities that are designed to support the growth and development of commercial and social business ventures in their home communities.

YTILI empowers young European entrepreneurs and innovators with the tools, networks and resources they need to grow their enterprises and contribute more fully to economic development and job creation, security and good governance in the region. YTILI is also a vehicle for building a transatlantic network of innovators that can contribute to an ongoing policy dialogue that strengthens the transatlantic relationship.

Katarzyna Kolodziejczyk (Kasia Kolo) relocated from Vienna to Luxembourg in 2011. Katarzyna has a tremendous sense of empathy, which makes her recognise factors that other people oversee; her distinctive courage, energy as a self-starter in combination with her technology savvy nature have led to many solutions and creative ideas during her career.

Since mid-2013 her life has been filled with exciting tasks; from co-founding a tech startup, building online & offline communities, she has found enormous enthusiasm and devotion in creating innovative organisations, conferences to keep meeting courageous and inspiring people who make things happen!

About #BRAVEYOUTH: a network of hundreds of brave talents which connects the disconnected with creative vision and meaningful campaigns, promoting bravery in all endeavours. #BRAVEYOUTH's mission is to build a global community of talents, influencers, entrepreneurs, mentors and business partnerships through a whirlpool of visionary vibes: history, culture, art authenticity, design, technology and innovation.

Some of #BRAVEYOUTH's events have included: InspiBrunch, SpeedNetworking, House of The Braves, Brewing Bravery.

In March 2017, #BRAVEYOUTH opened a first foreign chapter #BRAVEYOUTH ALGERIA

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The internationally operating logistics services provider Logwin has moved premises and opened their new logistics facility in Perth; this marks a further expansion of Logwin in Australia enhancing their service capabilities to their customers by providing complete management of national distribution and logistics services in Australia.

The facility is located in Kewdale. This is due to its ideal geographic location close to the airport and just 10 km to the Perth CBD as well as providing fast access to the Western Australia’s regional and far northern hubs.

Logwin has been continuously expanding its presence in economically important markets. The company’s customers benefit from the dense, worldwide logistics network that enables fast transportation times and high service quality. The new logistics facility in Perth provides a keystone in Logwin’s regional strategy to deliver a complete range of skills and services to our customers. These include vertical E commerce fulfilment solutions, ship parts logistic, remote mine supply chain services as well as end-to-end freight and logistics solutions to customers in the Fashion + Lifestyle, Industrial, Consumer goods, Retail, and light commercial goods markets.

The 1,200 m2 facility provides storage for pallets in high bay racking locations, ample bulk goods area and is fully bonded. Like all Logwin warehouses, the facility is controlled by the company’s global state of the art Warehouse Management System (WMS). The operation is fully paperless by deploying handheld devices exchanging data with the WMS in real-time. Therefore, Logwin’s customers can stay in control of their inventory and warehouse processes by verifying real time online inventory control via the Logwin WMS.

The opening of the Perth distribution centre provides a milestone in enhancing the national network of strategically located logistics facilities. It will allow Logwin to provide supply chain solutions to the Australian and global customer base fully within the companies own network of office and warehouse facilities, thereby improving speed and accuracy of the company’s service delivery.

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As announced on 3 May 2017, the National Danish Performance Team will visit Luxembourg once again on their 2016-2017 World Tour to perform their show IMANI on Sunday 28 May 2017 in the Centre Atert in Bertrange (1 rue Atert), as well as hosting two workshops at the European School in Bertrange.

Details of the performance have now been revealed.

The National Danish Performance Team is a group of 28 talented young gymnasts who travel the world every two years doing workshops with children and performing their world-class show, IMANI. They are great ambassadors for healthy living and an active lifestyle with an important message: Sport is for all, for life and for fun!

They have travelled to 12 countries on 6 continents, performed 126 shows and done 160 workshops and are now on the last leg of their tour before returning to Denmark.

IMANI is a world-class show with a dynamic mix of tumbling, vaulting, dance and acrobatics put together to form graceful and colourful choreographies. IMANI means believing in Swahili: Believing in yourself, in one another and in the community. The three different dimensions: I - WE - US, is the revolving theme in this year’s show.

All proceeds of the show will be donated to Trisomie 21 Lëtzebuerg, a Luxembourgish association committed to helping people with Down’s Syndrome as well as their families.

The event is being organised by the Danish Association and the Danish Church in Luxembourg. Doors open at 14:00 and the display starts at 15:00.

Cost: €15 (adults); €5 (children, 3-15 years). Tickets can be purchased at ByDK, Dania, The Fairy and Scanshop, or via email: ndptlux@gmail.com

In addition to the show, the team will host workshops at the European School II, engaging with over 600 students. During their visit to Luxembourg the gymnasts will be staying with host families.

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