Extra Muros Event  |  Special Event our archive. your story In the framework of Esch2022, European Capital of Culture

6 municipalities from the Esch 2022 region
From 2022.03.26 12:00
to 2023.01.01 18:00
Esch 2022 - European Capital of Culture

our archive. your story

The ‘our archive - your story’ project pays tribute to the south of Luxembourg and its emblematic sites highlighted by Esch 2022. Due to its location in the heart of Luxembourg’s south, the Centre national de l’audiovisuel (CNA) has naturally received over time numerous documents relating to the towns and villages of the mining basin. These documents testify to the rise and the gradual fall and disappearance of the steel industry, but they also more generally trace the economic, social, cultural, family and daily life of the region.

The objective of the project entitled ‘our archive – your story’ is to raise awareness among a wide and diverse audience of the importance of Luxembourg’s audiovisual heritage and its conservation by reaching out to people and meeting them where they live, in their towns and villages. This will allow us to raise new funds for the CNA's archives, help enrich our collections and thus preserve the audiovisual memory of Luxembourg’s southern regions.

Following the Esch 2022 program, emblematic locations have been chosen in six selected municipalities of the ‘bassin minier’ in order to create a roadmap around the images and sound archives of the CNA. These landmark sites will serve as the basis for the organization, in collaboration with local partners, of a series of events over a limited period of time in each of the municipalities. A special effort will be made to collect recent documents from young people and newcomers to the region in order to reflect the plurality of experiences both over time and across different populations.



Stëmme vun der Schmelz


Waassertuerm + Pomhouse, CNA

March 26, 2022 – January 1, 2023

As part of the ‘our archive - your story’ project and on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of our iconic site ‘Waassertuerm + Pomhouse’, the CNA presents the exhibition 'Stëmme vun der Schmelz' in homage to the former industrial site and its workers.

The CNA is teaming up with artist Michel Feinen and scenographer Anouk Schiltz to carry out a project based around eyewitness accounts of the former steel plant in Dudelange. The project aims on the one hand to bring together testimonies, objects and historic documents to create a (non-exhaustive) inventory of everyday life on the site during its days as a fully functioning steel plant. On the other hand, the project pays tribute to the steel mill’s former workers by allowing them to share their stories and installing durable audiovisual traces on the site. Numerous historical documents as well as interviews with former workers form the starting point for a multimedia immersion in the past of the Waassertuerm + Pomhouse site - a symbolic place in the south of Luxembourg.



Esch2022, European Capital of Culture

In 2022, together with 10 PRO-SUD municipalities, and 8 municipalities in France, in the Communauté de Communes Pays Haut Val l’Alzette (CCPHVA), Esch-Alzette, Luxembourg’s second largest city, will be European Capital of Culture. Each year this label is awarded to a different city or area within the European Union.

Under the slogan REMIX Culture and its four sub-sections REMIX Art, REMIX Europe, REMIX Nature and REMIX Yourself, Esch2022 aims to create synergies, guarantee sustainable development and, most importantly, ensure that the general public gets actively involved.

Esch2022 creates a new perception of the region as an attractive cultural and city trip destination, creates new offers and attractions, strengthens regional identity and increases international popularity.


Visit the website of Esch 2022