Socio-cultural programming Yves Conrardy
How did you experience the sudden end of the 19/20 season and the programming of the 20/21 season? Did it keep you awake at night or was it manageable?
At first it was a shock, like for everyone else I suppose. But very quickly, the team and the partners with whom we co-organise our socio-cultural events came together, determined to find new ways of providing events. This was absolutely necessary for our public but also for the artists and freelancers involved and to honour the work that had already been done. We didn’t manage to save everything, but we did our best.
Could any of the events that unfortunately had to be cancelled these past months be postponed to the upcoming season?
A lot! The On s’en Fish dance battle will finally take place on 22 May 2021. As for the film screening cycles, some films and discussions have been postponed to October, including Wat ass Architektur and queer loox.
Share some of the 20/21 highlight with us!
To begin with, there’s the new board and video games festival, the Game On – Lëtzebuerg spillt!, which will take place on the weekend of 7 and 8 November 2020. Then there’s also a new mini-series of lectures on the cultural history of Luxembourg that the University of Luxembourg is organising at Rotondes. And of course, the return of the Multiplica festival, the highlight of digital arts and culture!
What are your hopes for life at Rotondes in the coming weeks?
I hope we’ll manage to offer events that appeal to the public and that we’ll be able to remain relevant when challenging the themes on our minds today: racism, rise of nationalist ideals, resilience, climate, undisputed digitalisation… And that we can once again talk about something else than this damn virus!
Do you have a message for the public?
Come back! Come back with an inquisitive mind!