Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Guillaume and Stéphanie at Joy Caravan Esch-sur-Alzette

Photo: Alfonso Salgueiro Lora / Cour grande-ducale
On Tuesday, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie attended the closing concert for "Joy Caravan Esch-sur-Alzette" at Kulturfabrik d’Esch-sur-Alzette. This concert, supported by Fondation Ecouter pour Mieux s’Entendre (EME), or Listen to Better Understand, was the sequel to the previous "Joy Caravan Troisvierges" and "Joy Caravan Echternach".

This particular project, which falls under the Foundation of the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess, is part of the distribution effort for donations received on the occasion of Guillaume and Stéphanie's wedding. This concert at Kulturfabrik d’Esch-sur-Alzette aims to unite the seniors from CIPA Servior and children from Le Foyer Sainte-Elisabeth in a musical performance led by percussionist Robert Bjoda. The goal is to promote intergenerational understanding through the power of beautiful music.

The Fondation Ecouter pour Mieux s’Entendre is organizing further concerts between October and December of this year, with the goal of reaching out to those in hospitals and nursing homes. Musicians, many from the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, will perform classical and jazz selections. The Foundation of the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess has set aside €15,000 for this project.

The Foundation of the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess initially received more than €150,000 for the Hereditary Grand Ducal couple to distribute to the social causes of their choice. Guillaume and Stéphanie specified that the money be used for social entrepreneurship and to better the lives of the elderly and those living in isolated circumstances. See here and here for more information about how the couple chose to donate the gifts of money they received for their wedding. The concerts organized by the Fondation Ecouter pour Mieux s’Entendre, which reach out to those in hospitals and nursing homes, are among the beneficiaries, as is the CONNECT project, in conjunction with the University of Luxembourg, to educate the families of those suffering from dementia. There is still around €100,000 to still be distributed from the trust, and it is expected that similar social projects will receive funding in the upcoming year.

More photos of the closing concert are available at the Cour website.

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