Geneva Out & About: Week of December 10, 2012

There is something everyday this week! Party on Monday and Wednesday, go shopping on Thursday or Sunday. Enjoy some Colombian music or an Opera and take your children to the English Library.

Human Rights Night Party: Who said one could not party on a Monday night? To celebrate Human Rights Day, go to Uptown. DJs such as Juliano Lopez and Luluxpo will be there. All profits are going to 6 NGOs. CHF 15.  Free if you have a wristband from the campaign. See the facebook event for more details December 10. From 8pm

Activities in Les Grottes: One our favorite neighbourhoods in Geneva – which looks like a small village inside the town –  has a lot going on this week. Special shopping night on December 13, until 10pm on rue de la Sibérie, Rue des Grottes and rue de la Faucille.  Christmas tea will be offered. On December 14, don’t  miss the concerts organized by Pré-en-Bulle from 6pm on place des Grottes. Soup and music to support Collectif 500, to save Les Grottes from being demolished.

Speakeasy de l’Escalade : What will happen on December 12, 2012 at 12 :12pm ?  We’ll see, but the evening looks promising! Gypsy Sound System is an amazing band! Don’t miss their concert! I saw them in Parc La Grange last summer and it was fantastic! They had actual circus shows on stage! Great music from the Balkans, I promise you’ll feel like dancing. Soup available. Come in costumes or make-up on to celebrate the Escalade. Motel Campo . Routes des Jeunes 13. December 12.9pm

Carouge Christmas Market : Original creations, handicrafts, mulled wine and more ! Not only is there the outdoor market, but Carouge also has some really nice little shops (that are also open every Sunday in December). Rue Saint-Jospeh – Place du Marché. December 14-16.

La Bohème: Famous Opera by Puccini at a decent price! CHF 40. Tickets available at Service Culturel Migros. More information here. Aula du Collège de Saussure, Vieux-Chemin d’Onex 9. Petit-Lancy. December 11, 13 and 15. If you are not available at any of these dates the same opera (filmed at the Royal Opera House in London) will be shown at Les Scalas on January 15.

Children’s story hour: Every Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm, the Library in English on Rue de Monthoux in Pâquis organizes story readings for kids from 3 to 7 years old. The last one of the year is this week, on December 12. They will start again on January 9.

Palenque: Colombian brass band. Cumbia, Typical popular music from the region of Baranquilla. A festive evening for sure! More information and music extracts here. CHF 18.  AMR. Rue des Alpes 10. December 14, 9:30pm

Save the date: July 3, 2013. This one is far away but it’s quite an event! The boss – Bruce Springsteen – will come to Geneva for an amazing concert at Stage de Genève. Buy your tickets now for the Wrecking Ball Tour with the E Street Band. Be ready for 3 hours of excellent music. With songs from Bruce Springsteen’s 40 year long career and 17 albums. Tickets available through Fnac and Ticketcorner.

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Originally from France, I’ve been living abroad for 15 years... My background is in Education. I’ve been in Geneva for 6 years now and I'm loving it. At first I found it boring but then I found out that most of what it has to offer is hidden. As I love going out and exploring, this big village is just like a playground for me: I'm having tons of fun and I hope I can share it with you! I head up the Out and About and Lazy Sunday sections of Biskotti so if you're organizing an exciting event, be sure to invite me!