New "Rotondes" site to open on June 13
(PFM) Set to open in mid-June, the newly refurbished "Rotondes" culture and arts venue behind the central train station was presented for a first glimpse to politicians and the press on Monday.
The site is currently still under construction and was visited by the Minister of Culture, Maggy Nagel, the Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, François Bausch, as well as the Mayor of Luxembourg City, Lydie Polfer, who "inspected" the progress of the construction works.
The remaining construction schedule of six weeks is a tight one, but Robert Garcia, Director of the CarréRotondes, showed himself confident that everything will be finished in time.
"We have no worries", he said, adding that visitors on June 13 and 14 will not be welcomed by an unfinished construction site.
Additionally, CarréRotondes presented its new logo, since it will change its name to "Rotondes" following the move.
The "Rotondes" site includes two large former railway roundhouses and a container city, referred to as BlackBox, a temporary building offering workshops and a room for Radio ARA/Graffiti.
The first roundhouse will host numerous exhibitions, function as a performance hall for 350 people and it will have an open square platform for conferences and workshops.
The second roundhouse will serve as a concert and event hall, offer a bistro, a bar and also host exhibitions.
Nowhere else in the world
The two roundhouses were built in 1875 and were originally used to work on steam locomotives.
Throughout time they were used for multiple other reasons, mainly repairing CFL buses.
It wasn't until the end of 2006, that the site was used to host events during the European Capital of Culture year in 2007. However, urgently in need of repair, the "Rotondes" were subsequently closed and the youth arts centre moved to its current site in Rue de l'Aciérie.
Over the past years, the "Rotondes" site was decontaminated and redevelopment works were launched.
This year marks the end of construction works that have been going on since March 2014.
Clearly excited about the project, organisers said on Monday that it is a unique site, which exists nowhere else in the world.
"Rotondes" will open its doors on June 13 and 14 with a large cultural programme, including concerts, theatre, a Sunday brunch and multiple exhibitions.
For further information visit rotondes.lu