Monsieur Culture

By Pascal SteinwachsLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

In three weeks' time, Jo Kox, who has played a key role in shaping cultural policy in Luxembourg for decades, will officially retire. It goes without saying that someone like him has a lot to tell. An attempt at a portrait.

What bad luck. We have an appointment with Jo Kox on the very day that the world is threatening to end in Luxembourg. This time, the meteorological services are warning of so-called supercell thunderstorms, but such warnings are no longer taken seriously since they are issued on a weekly basis.

Nevertheless, we almost cancelled our rendezvous because by the time we leave our house in the late morning, it is actually dark as night and pouring with rain, but by the time we arrive in the city centre ten minutes later, the weather has calmed down again and the sun has even made an appearance. Jo Kox receives us not at the Ministry of Culture, but at the premises of the Fonds Culturel at the fish market, of which he is president.

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