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The International Bazaar: a celebration of the cultural diversity of Luxembourg

Every year, Luxembourg hosts one of the most awaited cultural events of the year. Nearly 30,000 visitors gather around the many international stands run by more than 1,500 volunteers, representing the communities present in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. 

A must-attend event to find little Christmas presents that is fast approaching. And above all a great opportunity for residents and newcomers to Luxembourg to discover new cultures in one place. The objective? Sell typical products to raise funds to finance social and humanitarian projects. Last year, 600,000 euros were raised and donated to more than 70 charities!

This year, the 59th International Bazaar will take place on the weekend of 30 November and 1 December 2019 at LuxExpo the Box in the Kirchberg district with more than 60 stands.

History of the International Bazaar in Luxembourg

Following a big political change about welcoming foreigners in Luxembourg, the number of foreign residents has not stopped growing since 1960. Small fairs organised by the Church have become a significant event: the International Bazaar, whose purpose has always been to raise funds for charity .

Over the years the creative energy of this event has generated a real sense of multiculturalism: more and more volunteers and residents of all nationalities take part in this event making the Bazar an occasion where cultural diversity has not stopped growing over the years.

After starting with 8 stands from different nationalities in 1963, the< International Bazaar now brings together over 60 nationalities with the aim of sharing their culture, local specialties and crafts.

Cultural diversity present at the International Bazaar of Luxembourg

According to the organisers,< the Bazar “provides the opportunity to discover new cultures without leaving Luxembourg”. During your visit, you will see many countries, listen to music and taste different specialties.

“Luxembourg is enriched by the mix of local culture with that of the foreigners living in the country. It is a country where everyone benefits from the cultural richness of others”.

Many stands of different nationalities will be present at LuxExpo The Box in Kirchberg to showcase their culture.

Expats in Luxembourg tell us about the reasons to come to the International Bazaar!

“At the Italian stand you will find local handmade Italian handicrafts, this is the main feature. People go there to find bags and the stands find artisans in Italy who produce beautiful bags of good quality.  There are also gloves, scarves, home decoration, tablecloths, silverware! And a raffle where everyone is a winner with the possibility of winning Italian food. And of course Italian culinary specialties.”
Monica, Italy

“The Argentina Stand, which has been participating for many years, is waiting for you with open arms to welcome you warmly in a Tango atmosphere. They present you the design craft industry, all the flavours of Argentina, the good Argentinean wine… Always a lot of surprises! We are waiting for you!”
Natalia, Argentina

“Every year, the Japanese booth participates in the Bazaar. There is a large selection of Japanese goods, such as paintings, fashion clothing and accessories. Food and drinks are offered, such as sushi, sake, tea, and much more. In addition, things will be provided to entertain the little ones! “
Tomoko, Japan

“All the senses are put to the test on the French stand. A real tactile, visual, gourmet and olfactory journey, all the traditional French know-how is put to the test. The stand is placed under the sign of elegance and French savoir-vivre. Similarly, you will find leather goods (bags, gloves, belts), silk from Lyon, but also gastronomy made in France (champagne, foie gras, cheese and other delicacies). All of which is obviously offered for the benefit of charities.” Elisabeth, France 

“As a country with more than 5,000 years of history, China provides a rich variety of cultural and material products. The “4 Treasures of Study” (Chinese brush, encore, paper and India ink) represent the principle of the ancient tools of Education. Quality silk articles decorated with Chinese prints are also present on our exhibition tables.  Different dishes, according to the different geographical areas of China are proposed and illustrate the cultural richness of the country and the cultural differences between its inhabitants. It is almost impossible to fully describe the 56 ethnic groups present in China on a small stand, but in any case, a part of our culture and its products are present”.
Sherry, China

Do you want to know the stands participating in the International Bazaar? Consult Bazar International’s website.

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