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RIFF a.s.b.l.

National Network: 
Luxembourg
Address: 
14 rue de l'égalité
1456 Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Telephone: 
661 862 166
Organisation Type: 
Other
Year of Establishment: 
2015
General Information: 

THE CONCEPT OF RIFF IS SIMPLE: TO GATHER
PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN A COZY VENUE AND, CREATE
A FRIENDLY INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH PEOPLE MEET AND
MAKE NEW FRIENDS WHILE DISCOVERING NEW CULTURES!

NINE PEOPLE ARE WORKING ACTIVELY  ON ORGANISING WORKSHOP EVENINGS ONCE A
MONTH (FROM JANUARY TO JUNE) , IN COLLABORATION WITH ASSOCIATIONS FROM THE COUNTRY PRESENTED. AND IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR, RIFF ORGANISES A CONCERT NIGHT, WITH NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BANDS.

FOR NOW WE ARE TOTALLY AUTONOME, CAUSE WE DON'T RECEIVE ANY FUNDINGS. OUR ACTIVITIES FINANCE THE NEXT ONES.

Mission and Objectives: 

RIFF, IN MUSIC IS A KIND OF REPEATED MELODY, PLAYED BY THE RHYTHMIC INSTRUMENTS. THE TERM COINCIDES WITH OUR IDEA OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND PROMOTION OF AN INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE. WE STARTED PLAYING RIFFS IN 2010 WITH FIVE YOUNG PEOPLE FROM FOUR DIFFERENT COUNTRIES THAT WERE PASSIONATE ABOUT ARTS, MUSIC, MEETING NEW PEOPLE AND THAT HAD THE WILL TO DO SOMETHING NEW IN LUXEMBOURG - THE COUNTRY THEY ALL SHARED AS THEIR NEW HOME. THE PROJECT THAT STARTED IN AN INFORMAL WAY, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S PROJECT “YOUTH IN ACTION AND LATER PROGRESSED TO AN A.S.B.L. THE PROJECT GREW AND MORE PEOPLE JOINED THE TEAM AND OUR EVENTS GOT MORE AMBITIOUS,
ALL AROUND THE GOAL OF UNITING PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND CULTURAL BACKGROUNDS DISCOVERING NEW CULTURES THROUGH ARTS, MUSIC, FOOD, CINEMA AND INFORMATIVE ACTIVITIES. FOR 7 YEARS WE HAVE PROUDLY TRAVELLED AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE ORGANIZATION OF OVER 30 WORKSHOPS DEDICATED TO DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND REGIONS, WE HAVE ORGANIZED 7 MUSIC FESTIVALS, CONNECTING ARTISTS FROM LUXEMBOURG TO THOSE FROM THE REST OF EUROPE AND THE WORLD AND WE HAVE TESTIFIED THE IMPACT OUR FESTIVALS HAD IN THE LATER COOPERATION THROUGH THIS NETWORK. LASTLY, WE HAVE BEEN ORGANIZING THE RIFF WORLD VILLAGE FOR THE LAST 2 YEARS GATHERING NEARLY 800 PEOPLE AND OVER 100 ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS. WE HAVE MET, INCLUDED AND COOPERATED WITH MORE THAN 3000 PEOPLE, VOLUNTEERS AND ARTISTS IN OUR ACTIVITIES AND WE CONTINUE TO CULTIVATE AND EXPAND OUR CREATIVITY IN THE ORGANIZATION OF THESE EVENTS.

Main Projects / Activities: 

RIFF WORKSHOPS (fROM JANUARY TO MAY) OFFER PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES THAT AL LOW THE PARTICIPANTS TO DISCOVER SEVERAL ASPECTS OF A COUNTRY’S CULTURE, LIKE ITS GENERAL CULTURE AND TRADITIONS, ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS, CULINARY AND CINEMATOGRAPHY. PARTICIPANTS CAN ENJOY ENTERTAINING/ARTISTIC MANIFESTATIONS L IKE DANCE, L IVE MUSIC, PLASTIC ARTS, THEATRE, POETRY, ETC. , TAKE PART IN A QUIZ CREATED AROUND FUN FACTS OF THE COUNTRY PRESENTED, TASTE A DEL ICIOUS TRADITIONAL MENU PREPARED WITH LOVE BY THE RIFF TEAM AND END THE EVENING WITH A MOVIE ABOUT, OR FROM THE COUNTRY PRESENTED. PEOPLE ALWAYS COME BACK FOR MORE!

THE WORLD VI LLAGE (JUNE) IS ANOTHER RIFF INITIATIVE THAT STARTED TWO YEARS AGO WITH THE INITIAL GOAL OF REUNITING EVERYONE THAT HAS PARTICIPATED IN AL L THE OTHER RIFF EVENTS AROUND A FIRE OF ACCEPTANCE, THE EVENT WAS CREATED IN ORDER TO SHARE THE DIFFERENT CULTURES, ABI L ITIES, AND TASTES JUST BEFORE THE SUMMER BREAK. THIS IS A FREE ENTRANCE UNIQUE EVENT WHERE RIFF INVITES AL L PEOPLE TO COME AND PRESENT THEIR ART AND CRAFT, AND MEET US AT THE ROTONDES VENUE. OVER THE YEARS, WE HAVE MANAGED TO GATHER AL L DIFFERENT KIND OF ACTS (ON A VOLUNTEER BASIS) : MUSIC, DANCE, STAND-UP COMEDY, PAINTING, YOGA, MASSAGE THERAPY, FASHION, PHOTOGRAPHY, POETRY, CHI LDREN ACTIVITIES, AND MANY MORE. OF COURSE, ALL OF THIS IS ACCOMPANIED BY GOOD WORLD FOOD, PREPARED BY RIFF. IN THE RIFF WORLD VI L LAGE, ONE CAN BREATHE THE LOVE FOR ART AND FOR PEOPLE, THE TOLERANCE AND CURIOSITY ABOUT DIFFERENCE AL L SPRINKLED WITH FUN AND LAUGHS!

WE END THE YEAR WITH THE RIFF FESTIVAL (CONCERTS' NIGHT). IT WAS TRULY WHAT STARTED THE EXCITING RIFF ADVENTURE! THIS ELECTRIFYING EVENT IS A CONCERT NIGHT WITH THE IDEA OF BRINGING INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL BANDS TOGETHER ON THE MULTICULTURAL LUXEMBOURGISH STAGE, AND GIVE THEM A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THEIR MUSIC AND CULTURE WITH THE PUBL IC. WE CHOOSE THREE TO FIVE PERFORMANCES WITHIN THE REGGAE/SKA/PUNK/GYPSY/ WORLD MUSIC STYLE, RARELY REPRESENTED IN LUXEMBOURG'S FESTIVAL

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

RIFF HAS ALONG ITS SEVEN YEARS OF EXISTENCE CREATED A LARGE NETWORK WITH NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS IN LUXEMBOURG. WE CAN THEN HELP IN GETTING THE ALF BEST KNOWN IN LUXEMBOURG AND CONNECT THE FOUNDATION TO NEW ACTORS. THUS ACTIVITIES CAN BE MORE VARIOUS.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

THE REASON WHY RIFF WANTS TO JOIN THE ALF NETWORK IS FIRST BECAUSE OF THE VALUES OF THE FONDATION THAT WE ALL SHARE.

THE SECOND REASON IS THAT WE THINK THAT WE COULD REALLY GAIN ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS COLLABORATION

Additional Information: 
Contact (1) Full Name: 
Anne-Laure Gérard
Head of the organisation: 
Irma Hadzalic
Contact (2) Full Name: 
Marcelo Marques