Geneva Out & About: Week of October 15, 2012

Another busy week with a great multicultural festival, some very good musicians in town, a taste of Brazil and autumn festivals!

InteGREAT Festival: A couple of weeks ago, Biskotti published an article about multiculturalism in Geneva. This festival is a great way to celebrate and promote integration, diversity and cultural exchanges. On the menu: flamenco, tango and martial arts! Bolivian food, amongst others, debates on cultural identity, book readings, movies and art exhibitions. Full program here. Maison de Quartier de la Jonction. Avenue de Sainte-Clotilde, 18bis. October 17-20.

Les jeudis de la guitare – Guitar Thursdays: This is a great, monthly guitar concert to attend! This Thursday, they will host the magnificent Carlos Perez who has been awarded many prizes over the years. Check this video if you want an idea of what to expect. Make sure to book in advance: 022.328.99.94. Théâtre les Salons. October 18 at 8pm.

Sambafest: If you’re in need of a bit of sun during this grey weather, then head to Nyon and immerse yourself in the Brazilian culture! Try their delicacies, join a samba class, watch the carnival, attend some great concerts, learn watercolours, and more! Free activities during the day for all ages. Tickets for the evening are available online. Lots to do, and lots of fun – the Brazilian way! Usine à Gaz. Nyon. October 19-20.

Luff: Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival. Concerts, movies, exhibitions, and workshops. This is the perfect excuse to go to Lausanne! (If you head there, don’t forget to check out the Howard Greenberg exhibition at the Elysée Museum as well!) Luff program. October 17-21.

Save the Date: November 3-4. Another wine event! Local winemakers will be delighted to explain to you what the new wine “bourru“ is, and the whole process of fermentation. Walk through the vineyards of Luins, near Gland, and enjoy some food and music along the way! 15 CHF to purchase a glass and taste wine, in all of the wineries. I went last year and we had such a blast! The weather was fantastic and people were really friendly. Shuttles are  available from Gland train station, and they take you to all of the wineries. Information in French here.


Ice-skating party: The ice-rinks are officially open and the rink in Vernets organises regular parties at the weekend during autumn and winter! Why not try a unique (and cold!) dance floor and enjoy disco music with your friends? 6 CHF to get in, and you can rent ice skates for 2 additional francs. Vernets Ice-Rink, Rue Hans-Wildorf, 4, Acacias. October 20 at 8.30pm

Glenn Aitken: Another good concert. A great singer and songwriter discovered by Paul McCartney. Lady Godiva. October 19 and 20 at 10pm.

Saul Williams: Spoken words: This is an event for hip-hop and slam fans. (If you’re not sure what that means, then this may not be for you!) Cover charge is 25 CHF. Mad Genève. Rue du Stand, 20. October 19 at 9pm.


Improvisation Theatre: For those who are fluent in French, this is a good way to have a fun night. The Federation of Improvisation theatre is organizing games between 2 teams. Villa Tacchini Onex, October 16 at 8pm, or Undertown, Meyrin, October 17 at 8pm.

Autumn Festivals: For fans of good markets and traditions, why not head to Villars, a beautiful village in the Alps in Vaud? Pumpkin soups, roasted chestnuts, raclette, traditional music and games for kids awaits you! October 20, 10am–3pm.


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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!