The Migrations Festival, or officially called in French, Festival des migrations, des cultures et de la citoyenneté, is an annual event celebrating Luxembourg’s multiculturalism, mutilingualism and the diverse identities that exist and coexist in Luxembourg.
As you may already know, Luxembourg is a small country with around 45% of its inhabitants coming from abroad, bringing along different traditions, ideas, languages and lifestyles. Well, while Luxembourg remains fairly unknown on a global scale, things are set to soon change, as the only remaining Duchy in the world sets the examples in the very same areas of diversity, multiculturalism and multilingualism (besides banking, technology and research).
This being said, it doesn’t come as much surprise for locals and residents of the small country that authorities have founded the Migrations Festival over 3 decades ago, in an attempt to encourage everyone to discover, explore and celebrate the country’s past and present, its multiple identities and heritage.
Of course, Luxembourg is no heaven, but unlike in many other countries in the world, foreigners, migrants, immigrants or expatriates, however you may want to call the, find the Grand Duchy to be welcoming and cosy, a good replacement for their home countries, if not for a lifetime, then, surely for a while.
Arguably, the festival is not for everyone, despite being open to the general public, as some people still prove to be disengaged or too conservative. Nonetheless, if they ever change their mind, the next festival will be there in March 2016 to welcome and guide them through the modern Babylon that Luxembourg has become and is planning to stay.
All photos were taken on March 14 and 15, 2015 and belong to © Roxana Mironescu.