On Stéitsch: celebration of Luxembourg’s young talent
The “On Stéitsch” festival is about to launch into its fourth edition. This coming Saturday, in and around the Carré Rotondes in Hollerich, music, dance, exhibitions, fashion, videos will be the order of the day from 2:15pm until midnight.
It's the showcase event for Luxembourg's youth to proudly show off their talent to the general public in a totally free and unique event organised by Luxembourg's youth service SNJ (Service National de la Jeunesse).
In an interview with wort.lu/en, Kim Schortgen SNJ event organiser for On Stéitsch explained just what the event and indeed SNJ are all about.
“SNJ is a state administration organisation with its objective being the promotion and and help for youth creativity in the Grand Duchy” began Kim, “we support youth projects in Luxembourg and have funds available to help them”.
"What you could say is that SNJ builds a house and young people have to decorate it and fill it with life", she reflected.
So what's the idea behind the On Stéitsch festival?
The idea was to create a space for youths to show their work that they've been working on throughout the year within a professional setting without cost to them. We put young people in the spotlight. If they are young musicians for example and don't have any technical know-how, we can provide the experts needed.
When you say “young people” what does that mean exactly?
The youngest age we support is 12 and the oldest 30
How long has On Stéitsch festival been going?
Saturday September 24 will be the fourth year. It started in 2007 when Luxembourg was the European City of Culture and at the end of the year an event took place demonstrating just what Luxembourg's youth had achieved during the year.
After 2007, we realised there was a real need for a festival of this kind, so we created On Stéitch in 2008 and now here we are in the fourth year.
What has changed in those 4 years?
The biggest change is the back office. Now there are so many acts wanting to perform, proving the popularity of the festival and that you don't need international bands for it to be popular.
In the past it started at 4pm but now its moved back to 2pm to fit more acts in the programme.
What's special this year?
We've always had music, dance etc, but for this year we have a new category: fashion. Also this year one of the bands, Anx74 has a CD release during the festival that we supported.
What else is going on an On Stéitsch?
There will be lots of stands at the festival such as a responsible young drivers stand with go-kart simulations, exhibitions and games as well as Diekirch youth centre who will be serving non-alcoholic cocktails. Local scouts are putting on a barbecue with money going towards a project in Bosnia.
Its important to mention that we will have an age control system. All those under the age of 16 will get a red bracelet and will not be served alcohol, while those above will get a green one.
How many people help organise On Stéitsch?
200 young people are involved in the organisation: backstage, coordination etc. There are always young people in the production office. We try to give them an introduction into everything involved from the event planning right up to completion.
Kim Schortgen concluded the interview by stating that all new ideas for SNJ are welcome. “Contacts us by Facebook or on our website” she added.
On Stéitsch takes place from 2:15pm on Saturday with a whole array of different acts from Luxembourg's youth. For full details visit the On Stéitch website.
Event location and contact
1, rue de l’Aciérie,
Tel : +352 2662 2007
Fax : +352 2662 2020
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Service National de la Jeunesse
138 boulevard de la Pétrusse; L-2330 Luxembourg
BP 707; L-2017 Luxembourg
Tél: +352 247 86465
Fax: +352 46 41 86