Community at the heart of 'Letz Go Local' success
By Alix Rassel
The weekend marked the seventh edition of the ‘Letz Go Local’ market at the newly reopened Rotondes centre. The Wort caught up with organisers Linda Bos and Karolina Szatna to find out how the event has evolved since its launch in October of 2013.
“We had initially planned for the market to take place once a year,” explained Karolina, “However there was an overwhelming demand for additional events, so we introduced the spring market and the smaller “Kleeschen” market just before Christmas time.”
The market is open to professional businesses/individuals registered in Luxembourg who want to promote their services in a collaborative environment. It is that sense of ‘family’ that has been the key to the events success. “ Over the years the ‘family’ feeling has developed,” Linda commented, “ Now we have some people asking to be next to one another and ‘manning’ their stools if they are away.”
That sense of community was something that many exhibitors were keen to comment on, “ When we first exhibited we didn’t really know anyone here,” noted Keven of La-La Photography, “Now we all know other another and are happy to welcome newcomers.”
Over the two days, the market not only allows visitors to purchase local produce but also take part in workshops. “The workshops add to the uniqueness of the event,” Karolina remarked, “We are always asked what the workshop will be in advance, but we don’t want to give too much away, the spontaneity keeps things fresh.”
Anna of Essential Factory has been at Letz go Local since it’s beginning. “ Overtime we have definitely become more like a family,” she agreed. “However the market still isn’t very well known in the local Luxembourgish community. I hope that we will become better connected in the Luxembourg arena in the future.”
For organizers Karolina and Linda spreading the word and introducing a platform to showcase local services has always been the goal behind the project.
Whilst the Spring 2015 market held at the Grand Theatre attracted approximately 3,000 visitors, numbers has never been the events primary focus.
“We don’t have aims to fill the Lux-Expo in the next couple of years,” said Karolina, “Our wish is to grow and develop the community feeling further.”
“We have already seen collaborations between our members and we would like to see that continue in the future,” added Linda, “Watch this space!”
The Letz Go Local market continues on Sunday 4th October from 10am – 18.00 at the Rotondes, Bonnevoie.
The “Kleeschen market” will be held on 5th and 6th December at the Pomhouse,Dudelange.
For more information visit www.letzgolocal.luor www.facebook.com/Letzgolocal
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