Geneva Out & About: Week of September 24, 2012

There is a lot  to look forward to this week; including outdoor movies, festivals in Pâquis, Oktoberfest, an Australian festival and more!

Ciné Chaises Longues: If you like outdoor cinemas, then grab your sweaters and blankets, and get ready to join this great initiative by Pré en Bulle – an association created to reinforce the community bond in Les Grottes. They will be showing 3 movies from the Soviet Union, from the 1920s. Films start under the stars at 8.30pm. I will be there early to grab a drink and to taste some pirojki (a Russian and Ukrainian specialty). The bar opens at 7.45pm on Rue de la Sibérie (Square Berger). The good news is that they will show the films even if it’s raining, but please note that there will then be a change of location. (Rain Location: Ilot 13 on rue de Montbrillant). Les Grottes. September 26-28.


Sonopack Festival and Les Pâquis sont à la rue: two big events in Pâquis this weekend!

Sonopack aims to support local artists, while also collaborating with International ones. Fantastic DJs will be mixing all styles of music at Salle du Môle, Silencio, La Petite Reine, L’Aiglon and other venues (check out the full program here). They will also have music outside on the main stage of Les Pâquis sont à la rue, a big garage sale event that is worth going to – even if just for the atmosphere. Lots of people will be selling their stuff in the streets of the neighbourhood; some interesting, some not-so-much. But you’re almost guaranteed to get good deals on clothes and random CDs or other objects. Make sure you bring your patience so that you’re able to take time looking through things carefully!

The most unusual event of the Sonopack Festival is probably the Silent Party, on Saturday night, on Place de la Navigation. Have you ever been to one of these? The concept is simple: participants wear a headset to enjoy the music, rather than creating noise pollution for the entire area! This could be the next big thing when it comes to keeping merry-makers and local residents happy at night! Weird? Or fun? Why not give it a try, and then let us know what you think? September 28-30.

Oktoberfest Party: for those of you who can’t make it to Munich this year, then you won’t want to miss this alternative option! Traditional Bavarian Music until 11pm, followed by regular party music after that. There is a special happy hour from 8pm-9pm, with free Pretzels and Bratwurst – not tot mention a pint of Spaten beer for 4 CHF. Be sure to dress in Bavarian clothes if you’re feeling inspired! Lady Godiva. September 28 at 8pm.


Australia Festival: Whether you are Australian and homesick, an Aussie fan, or simply want to know more about this beautiful country, then head to Divonne-Les-Bains this weekend. Aussie contemporary art, creative workshops, movies, theatre, music, poetry and more! Be sure to check the dense program to see which languages the performances are in. If you like football, then don’t miss the projection of the grand final game of the Australia Football League competition, on Saturday morning. They have quite a lot of activities that are tailored for kids as well – especially on Sunday. You can learn how to play the didgeridoo, take a fun history lesson and even play cricket! 

Tip: It’s better to buy your tickets in advance, online. You can get to Divonne by public transport. Esplanade du Lac. September 28-30.

Save the date: Terre des Hommes organizes this fun event every year. It’s a short and fun walk that is great  to do with your friends and kids. The walk goes from Pâquis to the botanical gardens (and back again), as many times as you want! Each time that you do the walk, you will be helping street-kids, orphans and earthquake victims in Haiti. A lot of schools are taking part in this charity walk, but you can register as an individual too. You need to find sponsors who will donate money for each tour you walk (or you can sponsor yourself as well – after all, it’s for a good cause!). You can sign up online, or even on the day itself, on-the-spot. If you don’t want to walk you can sponsor somebody or volunteer to help the NGO with the organisation. The more the merrier, and the more funds raised! This event takes place in all weather conditions, so be sure to watch the weather forecast so you’re prepared! Marche de l’Espoir. October 14 at 11am.


Désalpe: a traditional Swiss event that everybody should see at least once! Watch the parade of costumed cows coming down the mountains for the end of summer! You will get a taste of the full Swiss tradition with Alp horns and some good food from the market. My favourite takes place in Saint-Cergue. You can get there by train via Nyon. Another good location is in Charmey, near Gruyère. September 29.

International Comedy Club: In need of a good laugh? Want to see something in English? Once a month, Uptown hosts the International Comedy Club. Stand-up comedians Simon Day and Tom Crain are in town this Tuesday! Tickets are 35 CHF. Uptown (rue de la Servette, 2) on September 25 at 8.30pm.

Physique Improv Show: If you prefer to see something funny in French, check out this improvisational theatre performance as part of the European Researchers Night at Cern. Reservations are compulsory: 022.767.76.76. Cern. September 28 at 8.30pm.

Everybody’s Perfect: This is one of the biggest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual film festivals in Europe. The festival includes all sexual orientations and gender identities, with more than 80 movies (fictional and documentary), from all over the world. I think it’s worth checking out the program. Grütli Cinema, until September 30.

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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!