Hotel de Ville, Geneva

Geneva Out & About: Week of July 16, 2012

Summer Music Festival- Musique en été Festival

I don’t know about you, but I will be in Parc La Grange on Wednesday and Friday, chilling out and

Hotel de Ville, Geneva

enjoying some live music.

The concerts in the park (Scène Ella Fitzgerald) are free and start at 8.30pm.

  • Eric Legnini performs Wednesday. He is an incredible pianist and he will be with his band ‘The Vox’ to play some good rhythms of jazz and blues.
  • On Friday, there will be Angolan music with Bonga.

Musique en été is more than just free concerts in the park! People often forget that there is also jazz and classical music in the courtyard of the City Hall. It’s a great venue, with pretty good acoustics. I was there last year to see an opera and had a wonderful time!


Benny Golson 4Tet is on tonight for jazz, and some pieces by Beethoven and Mozart will be played on Tuesday and Thursday.

Tickets for these concerts are between CHF 15 and 40, which is still very cheap compared to any other concerts in Geneva. Tip: concerts will take place at the Victoria Hall if it’s raining.

More information on here.


Our favorite open-air cinema started again last week at Perle du Lac, and it’s definitely a nice way to spend the evening. It’s a great atmosphere, and it’s free…what’s not to love?

The movies start at sunset, but come earlier with your picnic to enjoy the lake view. Bring some blankets, as it can get quite chilly in the evening. Relax and enjoy!

This Friday, don’t miss The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. You can even dress up for the occasion; these special nights are the best!

CineTransat is on every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening until August 19 (weather permitting). All films are in original versions, with subtitles (except for French movies). They sell chairs for CHF 5, but it’s strongly recommended to bring your own as they don’t have very many.

More information can be found here, and also here.


If you are wondering why there is so much traffic between Geneva and Nyon this week, here is the answer: everybody is off to Paléo music festival!  You should probably take the train to get there if you don’t want to be late, or stuck on the highway. There will be special late trains and shuttles every night, and the system is very well-conceived, so you have no excuse!

The line-up is pretty amazing this year, with Brigitte, The Cure, Lenny Kravitz and Sting, amongst others. If I were you, I wouldn’t miss Rodrigo y Gabriela on Friday – I saw them in Montreux and they are breathtaking! in fact, they can pretty much do anything and everything with a guitar!

Don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket yet, because they sell an additional 1,500 tickets for the evening concerts, everyday at 9am on their website. You’ll have to be fast, though, so don’t miss out!

Travel in your neighborhood – Voyager dans son Quartier

Don’t worry if you are stuck in Geneva for the summer.  There is no way that you can be bored with this new concept offered by the city of Geneva. The concept is to offer plenty of free activities, for adults and kids! Who’s in? From yoga to concerts, chess, dance lessons, and more, you’re guaranteed to find something that interests you. You can also enjoy some readings by the city’s librarian, or just chill out and have a drink. It’s really up to you!

More information and detailed programs are listed by neighbourhood, and can be found by clicking on the links below:


Champel /Eaux-Vives



Geneva Art Festival

This eclectic festival is replacing Orange Cinema this year. Movies, concerts and other performances will take place in Port Noir (just before Genève Plage) until August 26. It’s a nice setting right on the lake. They have built a brand new structure that makes it more pleasant in case of rain. It’s also much bigger and looks like a proper venue.

There is a unique musical performance tonight and tomorrow, with Musicycle, a funky band that gets its electricity from a group of cyclists! Clever and earth-friendly!

The location also has a nice restaurant and café that is open from 12pm to midnight, with some music every day from 5pm. A few parties are even planned throughout the summer.

Tickets are between CHF 20 and 40, depending on what you want to see. Visit their website for more details.

La Barje

Salsa or Tango? Pick one!

If you like dancing, then you will love this place! La Barje organizes tango nights every Monday near the Musée des Sciences (Perle du Lac) at 7pm, and salsa nights at La Lavandière every Wednesday at 6pm. It’s free and fun!

If you are more of a fan of sitting down while sipping a beer, then go there on Thursdays or Saturdays, when La Lavandière always has some good DJs. They also offer family activities on Sundays. For more information, check out their website, or their page on facebook.

La Parfumerie

This is my favorite place to go out, and a great location to meet locals. Everything is free of charge, and drinks are super cheap. La Parfumerie is a former factory (an actual perfumery) that has been converted into a theatre and a nightclub. In the summer they have DJs, a big bar with the biggest terrace in town, some plays, performances, and other shows during the week and parties every weekend. Usually the music is more 80s or 90s. They keep it simple and efficient. No showing off here, just go as you are and have fun! Visit their website for more information!


About the Author

Originally from the UK, I have a legal background. I have been in the Geneva area since 2005 and love the mountains, the lake and the quality of life here. The Winter snow sports are fantastic and the Summer season is full of festivals, outdoor sports, picnics and barbecues. I have met some great people here from all of the world. Geneva is a cosmopolitan city with lots of cultural events and good restaurants and bars and I hope that through Biskotti I can share a few hidden places I have discovered…