“With its inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list on 17 December 1994, “Luxembourg, its old quarters and fortifications” joined the prestigious list of cultural and natural sites of a universal value so exceptional they belong to the heritage of all humans. The 25th anniversary helps us to emphasize the wealth and diversity of this heritage, which we need to preserve and promote.”

Simone Beck
President of the National Commission of Luxembourg for Cooperation with UNESCO

Joer Weltkulturierwen

On 17 December 1994, the “old quarters and fortifications” of the City of Luxembourg were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Today, ours is one of 1,121 World Heritage sites worldwide. Celebrate with us the 25th anniversary of our inscription on the World Heritage List!

17 December 2019- 17 December 2020
25 Joër Lëtzebuerg Weltkulturierwen

The Luxembourg Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO and the City of Luxembourg consider the 25th anniversary of the inscription of “Luxembourg, its old quarters and fortifications” as an opportunity to recall the vision that guides all the actions of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization: to build a lasting peace among all people. This can only be based on respect for human rights and dignity, on the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind, and respect for and enhancement of cultural, natural and intangible heritage.


Since 1972

The Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972. It underlines the importance of belonging to an international community of appreciation and concern for universally significant properties that embody a world of outstanding examples of cultural diversity and natural wealth.

Who can submit a project?

Taking a participatory approach, the Luxembourg Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO and the City of Luxembourg are launching this invitation to submit projects for approval and inclusion in the official programme for the Jubilee Year (17 December 2019 – 17 December 2020). Your enthusiasm and creativity, your commitment and passion for cultural heritage will ensure the success of the programme.

In order to allow enough time to publicize approved events in the media, we ask you to submit your projects between now and 31st October 2020 at the latest.

The call is open to the following:

  • Municipalities, not-for-profit associations, public-interest foundations, groups, collectives, companies and organizations that work to raise awareness of cultural heritage and of UNESCO’s humanitarian values and scientific programmes;
  • Individuals/natural persons;
  • Educational institutes;
  • Private or public cultural institutions such as museums, libraries, archives, etc.;
  • Legal persons under private law;
  • Commercial tourism companies as well as tourist actors in general.

5 Themes

Five themes have been defined to guide project initiators in the development of their projects and to structure the programming of the 25th anniversary of the inscription of “Luxembourg, its old quarters and fortifications” on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Which projects can benefit from approval?

All forms of projects (conferences, rallies, workshops, tours, guided tours, exhibitions, performing arts, heritage site development products, tourist amenities, gastronomic products, studies, publications, digital applications, open data projects, etc.) that demonstrate a sustainable investment can seek to obtain approval.

Proposed projects will be submitted to a selection committee. They must demonstrate a direct link with UNESCO and specifically the classification of “Luxembourg, its old quarters and fortifications” as a world heritage site.

The approval panel is made up of representatives of the Luxembourg Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO, the City of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg City Tourist Office.


Each project submitted must correspond to at least one of the defined themes acting as guidelines for the programme of this jubilee year:

  • UNESCO world heritage & education;
  • UNESCO world heritage and artistic expression / diversity of cultural expressions;
  • UNESCO world heritage & sustainable development;
  • World heritage & new technologies;
  • World heritage & intangible heritage.

Only projects to be carried out between 17 December 2019 and 17 December 2020 will be eligible for approved. The label allocation does not mean an implicit agreement for financial assistance for financial assistance for cultural projects.

Applicants must provide full details of the feasibility and management of their projects by explaining the various steps that will lead to its completion, and all offers must include a detailed budget.