Geneva Out & About: Week of November 12, 2012

This week don’t miss a great hip hop festival, a blues concert, board games for everyone, a fantastic film festival, Cumbia, a Christmas fair and the family village! “Les Automnales” is also still on at Palexpo.

Communes Ikation Hip Hop Festival: This festival aims at showing the true values and the multiple aspects of this rich, but too often undermined, culture. 7 communes have created an association to allow young artists to perform and emphasize creativity, non-violence, respect and tolerance. It started last Friday with a photo exhibition on Boulevard des Promenades. From November 17 onwards there will be open-dances sessions, open mikes nights, and concerts. You can also join one of the workshops and learn how to write, how to make graffiti, slam or sound sampling…Basically be creative! Full program here. Maison de quartier, Halles de la Fonderie and Espace Grosselin – Carouge Until November 24

La ville en jeux: Play with your family and friends. Go back to the 18th century and discover some great board games from that time. For all ages, even the really little ones. Also some theater performance by and for kids. Build your own puppet workshop. All free. Salle Communale de Plainpalais, November 18 from 10am

Bag Thursdays: Every Thursday the Geneva Blues Association presents great musicians. This week, it’s a jam session. The location is a bit dark but the atmosphere is always great! 5 CHF for jam sessions, 15CHF for concerts. Full program and information about the association here. Brasseur des Grottes, rue de la Servette 6. November 15. 8:30pm.

Filmar en America Latina: 14th edition of this film festival with a comprehensive program. In various theatres in Geneva and neighbouring France: Grutli cinemas, Bio Carouge, Fondation Arditi and Fonction Cinema in Geneva. Brazil is the guest of honor this year. Don’t miss the Brazilian film, Sudoeste on November 18, with the director in attendance, at the Arditi Auditorium. Another good movie is Un Cuento Chino, at CineVersoix on November 17 or Cine Saussure (Petit-Lancy) on November 22. November 17-December 2.

Fiesta Cumbia: Originally from Columbia, Cumbia music is popular in many South American countries. Dance all night long on great rhythms mixed by La Mama Cumbia. La Gravière. Acacias, November 16. 11pm.

Creative Mornings: How about trying something different this Friday? Originally started in New York, this monthly get-together is now also taking place in Geneva. Once a month, creative people get together for a short lecture and a group discussion. Croissants included. All free. Registration is mandatory and please only sign up if you are sure you can make it! This week, Pascal Meyer will talk about his company Les Scala, Rue des Eaux-Vives 23. November 16. 8:30am

Grand Christmas Fair: Gifts, cards, books, kids toys, as well as international food and attractions for all ages. Brass rubbing and crafting. Buy Christmas Crackers! Full information here. Holy Trinity Church, 14b, rue du Mont-Blanc. November 17 from 9:30am to 4pm.

Family Village: Lots of activities for kids from 1 to 12. Sports, arts, treasure hunt, et. Check out the full program for more information. Tickets online for CHF 25, CHF 29 on the spot. Morges . CFF hall. November 17-18, 21 and 24

Les AutomnalesAutumn Fair. Not only a good way to find out what’s new in the shopping world -and maybe find your Christmas gifts – but also lots of activities and shows. Three main topics for the exhibition are housing, leisure and cooking. Check out the latest innovations! The fair includes lots of demonstrations and fun activities: cooking workshops, after-work drinks with DJs, a treasure hunt, a running race, circus and theatre. 10 CHF. Palexpo. Until November 18.

Make sure to check the 3 special small fairs:

  • The Art of Movement fair: see and learn martial art but also salsa, boxing, self-defence, country, etc. (see Sport this week)
  • Art fair: Place aux Artistes. Independent painters, photographers and sculptors from the region present you their work – also jewel and clothes creation (November 15-18)
  • The Army stock fair: excellent quality material from the Swiss army at a very good price!  Sleeping bags, tents, backpacks, hiking shoes, etc.

Save the date: November 28 – December 9;

Tambour Battant Festival. African music and cinema. There will also be a fashion show, theatre and story telling. Don’t miss the concerts of Sidi Touré. The shows will take place in various venues such as Grutli Cinemas, Palladium, MàD, Maison des Associations and Salle du Môle. Details here

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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!