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Luxembourg Fest 2020 Re-Envisioned in the Face of COVID-19
With the global pandemic dropping a gigantic question mark on the safety of this summer’s large-scale festivals and events, the Board of the Luxembourg American Cultural Society has made the difficult decision to suspend all in-person events relating to the 34th annual Luxembourg Fest August 6-9, 2020; with some activities going virtual and others postponing. Please read on for details regarding each element of this year’s Fest.
The celebration typically boasts a week’s worth of Luxembourg-related events, culminating in a weekend-long festival in Belgium, Wisconsin. Luxembourg Fest traditionally takes place the second weekend of August.
The 2020 Virtual Cultural Conference, “Votes For Women: 100 Years of Women’s Voting Rights in Luxembourg and the United States” is being held online August 6th and 7th. All registrants will receive a recording to view the conference at their leisure if those dates do not work for them. Click HERE for more details and to register.
BLUE HARBOR RESERVATION REMINDER:
The LACS wishes to remind guests that room blocks at Blue Harbor are still being held and if any guests wish to cancel their room reservation, it is their responsibility to do so.
This year’s celebration of Luxembourg Fest looks a little different, due to the pandemic. Here is the revised plan of what is happening with each element of our week-long celebration:
This year’s Cultural Conference, “Votes For Women: 100 Years of Women’s Voting Rights in Luxembourg and the United States,” will allow attendees to gather from around the world as it is held this year as a webinar August 6-7, 2020. CLICK HERE for more details and to register.
Many of the weekend festival activities that were planned to take place in Belgium’s Community Park in 2020 will be rescheduled for the weekend of August 13-15, 2021, including the parade, live music, car show, Luxembourg Street Market, Kids Zone, Ansay International’s “Taste of Luxembourg”, World’s Largest Treipen Contest, Vern Arendt Photo ID station, and other activities. Headlining act, Star Six Nine, has already been rebooked for 2021.
“We plan to take advantage of having additional time to plan our 2021 Luxembourg Fest to ensure we burst out of the gates with a Fest that is bigger and better than ever before,” says Operations Director Sara Jacoby.
* Green Heart Gala- postponed- Click for more info on the virtual benefit concert that took its place
In lieu of the annual Green Heart Gala, which is the LACS’s only annual fundraising event, the Luxembourg American Cultural Society teamed up with a popular Luxembourg band for “Live from Luxembourg: Featuring the Music of Luxembourg’s Zero Point Five”- a virtual benefit concert that premiered via www.lacs.lu and the LACS’s YouTube Channel on Luxembourg’s National Day- Tuesday, June 23rd.
“During this isolating time, it is more important than ever to create a sense of community, and what better way to bring people together than through music,” says Patricia Lutz, Executive Director at the LACS.
“We also hope that this concert will serve as a preview for next year’s Luxembourg Fest, as we are keeping our fingers crossed for Zero Point Five to join us for our 2021 Fest.”
This year’s Luxembourg Fest Polka Mass will be rescheduled for Sunday, August 15, 2021.
2020 MEMBERSHIP MEETING POSTPONED:
The annual LACS Membership Meeting will be rescheduled for a different time of year with details yet to be determined.