Luxembourg. Last Saturday the youth festival “On Stéitsch“ (organised by SNJ – Service National de la Jeunesse) took place during the season opening of the Rotondes in Luxembourg. Several organisations presented themselves and offered information, entertainment and also workshops for the teenagers. By sunny weather and such program many people came to visit the festival in the opening time from 2pm to 11pm. The stage offered several performances: during the day one could see dance, rap or even magic shows before the stage was taken by DJs in the evening.
Numerous projects were presented and invited the visitors to participate: for example our project partners of the project to the topic World War II (https://grrrrr.uni.lu/projekt-zum-thema-zweiter-weltkrieg/ ), the Maison des Jeunes d’Esch, offered a t-shirt-painting-workshop which should show the personal meaning of the festival. Words like art, music or dance were written by the young participants. Next door one could hear rap and self- produced music. Other projects, like the youth newspaper “SLAM!” were presented as well. The newest edition of the newspaper and further information were offered for reading and take-away. All in all the teenagers could experience many different things: Parcours, spraying Graffiti, create technological handicraft work and much more.
In the evening especially the stand of the European Voluntary Service was visited by many people. Interested Luxembourgish visitors could inform themselves about the possibilities of the Voluntary Service and in the same time get in touch with the current volunteers who spend a year in Luxembourg and for whom the stand offered a meeting point. The wall of the stand was showing in one word what a voluntary year means for each volunteer. Paint and brushes were used to write in Swedish, German, English, Arabic or French words like dedication, freedom, exchange, communication or integration. A European Voluntary Service cannot be described one-sided; one realized this while talking to the volunteers in the meeting corner. One thing had all of them in common: they were in a good mood and full of energy.
Party-like feeling was created in front of the stage in the evening hours. Even though it got quite cold, many visitors used the later hours to dance and to party. All in all a really nice atmosphere. When you are going to have the possibility to visit the festival next year, I can totally recommend to check out the program, visit some stand and to have a lot of fun in the evening.
photos: Luisa Schulte