Geneva Out & About: Week of December 3, 2012
This week highlights include the European Outdoor films tour, the Percussion festival, the Escalade and also a Bogeyman parade, a special indoor Christmas market, music for everyone and the trees and lights festival!
European Outdoor Film Tour : if you need some adrelanine, don’t miss this evening. 8 short movies about extreme sports and adventures ! And a special film with the singer ZAZ at the top of Mont-Blanc. For the first time in Switzerland, this tour is the biggest festival of outdoor films in Europe. Movies will be shown in 200 cities. Enjoy some crazy performances, beautiful images and human adventures ! Tickets are 22 CHF if you buy them in advance, 25 CHF on the spot. Salle Centrale de la Madeleine, rue de la Madeleine 10. December 8. 8pm
Percussion Festival : Concerts, films, workshops, audio performances, dance creations for the 4th edition of this festival – Silence Must Be – with the great composer Thierry De Mey. CHF 25. Le Galpon. Routes des Péniches 2. December 6-8
Fête de l’Escalade : A celebration of the victory of the Swiss over the Duke of Savoy in 1602. The Fête includes a parade with 60 horses and 800 people in costumes on Sunday, guided tours of the Old Town where you can enter some secret passages, muskets firing, smaller parades with music all weekend, special markets, accompanied by lovely mulled wine. Also a great opportunity to break and eat the chocolate marmite ! More historical facts on the importance of this event and the full program of the fête are here. December 7-9.
Bogeyman Parade : A fun initiative by the Jonction Maison de Quartier . Scary imaginary characters, music and theatre. Mulled wine, tea and bonfire. Parc Courgas. December 7. 5 :30pm.
Piano recital: Once a month, treat your ears with a real treat in a magical place with Alternatives Classiques. In December, Nikolaï Lugansky, a real virtuoso, from the Russian School. Tickets are between 30 and 90 CHF. Victoria Hall. December 6. 8pm
Bal des Créateurs Christmas Market: If you are in need of original ideas for gifts, head to Bal des Créateurs, Rue de l’Arquebuse 25. Acoustic concert on December 6 at 7:30pm; Market everyday. Perfumes, candles, jewels make-up and many more surprises! Details on the Facebook event page. December 6-8
Musical Aperitif: If you are missing the sun, go to the Tropical Delight concert and enjoy the Brazilian and Jamaican atmosphere for one evening in a warm setting. Suite 115. Rue des Eaux-Vives 61. December 5. 7pm
Stephan Eicher Concert: A Swiss artist who has managed to seduce several generations. The song ‘Déjeuner en Paix’ is still on my mind. Tickets are between 59 and 69 CHF. Available on Fnac and Ticketcorner. Salle des Fêtes de Thonex, Av Tronchet 8 in Thonex. (Tram 12). December 9.
Les jeudis de la guitare – Guitar Thursdays: This is a great, monthly guitar concert to attend! This Thursday, they will host the amazing Soloduo will be performing. Make sure to book in advance: 022.328.99.94. Théâtre les Salons. December 6. 8pm.
Trees and Lights Festival: 11 pieces of art spread in and around the Old Town – illuminated trees. It’s great to walk around and this event makes a good combination with the regular Christmas lights in town; Geneva will be beautiful. I just can’t help saying ‘wow’ whenever I see one of these, I love it! We just need some snow now! You can find a brochure explaining the art aspect and a map to guide you from one piece to another here. Until January 6
Save the date: December 25- January 1st. Don’t worry if you are not going anywhere for the holiday. You can go and party on Bateau Genève almost every night with La Teuf s’amuse. DJs and fun fun fun with a special festive menu on December 31. Book now!