The Great Disruption (2020)

In 1340, John I of Luxembourg, King of Bohemia and Count of Luxembourg, founded the Schueberfouer as a market in Luxembourg city. Over the next 679 years the event transformed into one of the largest travelling funfairs in Europe, attracting up to two million visitors. The fair has since then been cancelled only in 1915, during the First World War.

The fair is one of the cultural highlights in Luxembourg and has been proposed for inclusion on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage.

As a preventive measure against the viral disease COVID-19, Schueberfouer had to be cancelled in 2020. The council of Luxembourg City replaced the festival with decentralised small funfair attractions in nine different neighbourhoods of the city.

I decided to photograph all of these sites: Place de la Constitution, Rue de Strasbourg, Merl Park, Place Jeanne d’Arc, Place de Roedgen, Laval Park, Place August Laurent, Place Thorn and Kinnekswiss Park.

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