Geenzefest A festival dedicated to the beauty of the landscape

Each Whit Monday, the city of Wiltz  in  the Ardennes region throbs for the Broom Festival. Known  as Gënzefest  or Geenzefest  in local  dialect, the festival honours the broom, a bush with yellow flowers that grows abundantly on the hills of the Éislek region in the North of Luxembourg. Thousands  of spectators  visit the city to have fun and especially to see the Broom Queen and her parade.

The festival of the golden landscape

Over the years, the Geenzefest  has  become one of the most important folk events in the Grand Duchy, attracting  nearly 10,000 visitors each year to the streets  of the main town in the Ardennes area.

The 'Geenzefest' is organised by the association 'Les Amis de la féerie du genêt de Wiltz' (the friends of  the Broom Festival of Wiltz); it is best known for  its impressive flowering broom parade: over  40 floats and national and international folk music bands parade through the streets of the town on Whit Monday.

© Fotoclub Wooltz

Entertainment for all

On top of the flowering  broom parade, the Whit  weekend features an extensive programme of entertainment: exhibitions, the crowning of the Broom Queen, a flea market, folk displays, concerts, shows and the broom dance - there is something in store for everyone.

Celebrated since 1948, the Broom Festival was an idea of photographer Tony Mander and his friends. Their objective was to celebrate the beauty of the landscape and celebrate the singing, music and folklore of the Ardennes. In fact, at this time of the year, broom bathes the Oesling's landscapes in shades of golden yellow.