L-R: Sam Tanson, Minister of Culture; Lydie Polfer, Mayor of the City of Luxembourg; Credit: MCULT

Preparations have begun for the 25th anniversary of Luxembourg City becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On Wednesday, the Minister of Culture, Sam Tanson, the Mayor of the City of Luxembourg, Lydie Polfer, and the President of the Luxembourg Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO, Simone Beck, presented the preparations for the 25th anniversary of the inclusion of the "City of Luxembourg: its Old Quarters and Fortifications" in the UNESCO World Heritage Register.

During a press conference at the Luxembourg Town Hall, the speakers unveiled the label "25 years Lëtzebuerg World Heritage" (in four languages) and launched a public call for projects related to this milestone. In this context, the public is invited to submit cultural, educational or tourist projects which will then be evaluated by the Selection Committee, composed of representatives of the City of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg City Tourist Office, the Luxembourg Commission for Cooperation with the UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture. Labelled projects will be promoted as official programme events, which will run during the period from 17 December 2019 to 17 December 2020.

The jubilee year will be organised around five themes: UNESCO World Heritage and Education; UNESCO World Heritage and Artistic Expression/Diversity of Cultural Expressions; UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Development; UNESCO World Heritage and New Technologies; UNESCO World Heritage and Intangible Heritage.

Guided tours, conferences, publications, performing arts, tourist and gastronomic offers, scientific research, development of digital promotion applications of the UNESCO site and many other proposals can be submitted through the form published on the new bilingual site (English and French) www.patrimoinemondial.lu for labelling.

Municipalities, non-profit associations, public interest foundations, collectives, companies, cultural awareness-raising groups, as well as individuals, schools, private or public cultural institutions, legal entities under private law, commercial companies and representatives from the tourism industry are welcome to submit their project ideas.

Simone Beck concluded that "once approved by the Selection Committee, projects will be advertised in the print and digital media as part of the official programme".