A unique cultural diversity in the field of sound and image!
A platform open to the general public as well as a professional institution, the CNA was created in 1989 and placed under the helm of the Ministry of Culture. The institute's main mission is to preserve and promote Luxembourg's audiovisual heritage and to make its large resources of moving image, photography and sound accessible to all through exhibitions, publications, screenings, conferences and other events open to a large audience.
Production, distribution, conservation, restoration, creation and education, the CNA's tasks are multiple and varied and require the participation of numerous national and international experts and creators.
The CNA supports young talent as well as established artists, filmmakers, producers and musicians by engaging in film, audiovisual and musical (co)productions. The CNA also promotes the creation of new photographic works through different grant and residency programs and photographic commissions. These encourage an artist's development, or enable the production and/or publication of their work. Such initiatives also contribute to the documentation of visually relevant subjects relating to Luxembourg’s social, environmental and urban development. While the CNA's sound and film studios, the restoration workshop and the archives further meet the needs of professionals and creators in the audiovisual field.
The CNA's education department provides various workshops and educational opportunities for children, adolescents, adults and professionals, as well as conferences and seminars, often in collaboration with international experts. The aim is to introduce the public to the knowledge and use of audiovisual media for cultural and educational purposes, and to implement specific training adapted to the needs of our various designated communities.
It is also a museum, with a permanent international collection: Edward Steichen's The Family of Man in Clervaux Castle, along with other temporary exhibitions presented at the CNA's art gallery spaces Display 01, Pomhouse and the water tower in Dudelange. Together, these collections are complemented by an extensive cultural program consisting of conferences, seminars and artist’s talks, as well as film projections in the CNA's two-screen cinema (CinéStarlight) and the services of its lending library, Médiathèque.
The CNA's missions and activities
The institutions official missions are:
- to ensure the safeguarding of the national audiovisual heritage through legal deposit, voluntary deposit, donation or purchase of audiovisual, cinematographic, sound and photographic documents, produced on the national territory and made available to the public regardless of their technical production processes, publishing or distribution, to which can be attached documents produced abroad and in particular those of significant importance for this same heritage;
- to make audiovisual heritage, as well as audiovisual documents of cultural and educational value, accessible to interested parties; to introduce the public to the knowledge and use of audiovisual media for cultural and educational purposes, and to implement specific training adapted to the needs of our various designated communities;
- to produce or support the production of works in the audiovisual field, including radio and television works of significant cultural interest for the national community or which are necessary for the accomplishment of the missions devolved on the establishment;
- to organize or promote public events of an artistic nature and which fall within the audiovisual field; to collect and make accessible to the public documentation on the various uses and techniques of the audiovisual sector as well as artistic and cultural documents relating to the field of audiovisual;
- to encourage studies and research in the audiovisual field at the national level in collaboration, if necessary, with similar institutions abroad; to advise public and municipal administrations on collection and circulation procedures, as well as the processing and archiving of audiovisual documents;
- to promote audiovisual creation in Luxembourg by distributing works in the Grand Duchy and abroad; to collaborate with state and municipal establishments and to coordinate its activities with those of other cultural institutions in the interest of enhancing the national heritage.