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June; Festival season kick-off!

April 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The start of the summer season announces numerous activities and events to look forward to in and around Geneva. Music is definitely an integral part of the summer ambiance…

The first festival of the season in the Geneva area is the Caribana Festival, which takes place in June in Crans-sur-Nyon (more commonly known simply as Crans), a 20-minute drive from Geneva.



Free concerts all summer in Parc de la Grange

April 01, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Contrary to popular belief, not everything has a price in Geneva. Yes, it is still possible to be entertained for free – and even by the same high quality standards as with a paid ticket or entry fee. And the setting is beautiful, in Parc de la Grange in Eaux-Vives, not far from Baby Plage, hidden away in a clearing surrounded by trees.



Geneva Out & About: Week of November 26, 2012

November 25, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Lots of music festivals and concerts this week! Styles for everyone! Highlights also include the Escalade race in the Old Town, the circus and the Humanitarian career fair. Barkavin: A great opportunity to do something different this week and taste local wine on a boat. 20CHF. Meet local producers from Geneva countryside, learn about the wine, try it and why not buy some? Jardin Anglais pier. November 29-30, 6pm-10pm Festival Face H:  Creative and innovative music festival to promote unknown talented  artists. Started in 2006, usually taking place at l’Usine, this year it’s been moved to another place we love and can strongly recommend: Théâtre de la Parfumerie. Don’t miss Moondog project and the Ghanaian start Ebo Taylor! November 30 – December 2. Vents de l’Est: Music from Slavic countries. Lithurgical songs but also festive music from the country, popular music, lectures and films. Cité Bleue. Check the full program here. Avenue de MIremont 46. 35 CHF. November 29 – December 2. Tambour Battant Festival: Let’s learn more about African culture! There will a fashion show, theatre, exhibitions, debates, workshops and story telling. I went last year and saw a great play with lots of humour. Don’t miss the concerts of […]



Geneva Out & About: Week of November 19, 2012

November 18, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

This week, head to AMR for some jazz, enjoy the Akouphene Festival, observe the skies, listen to some good stories and don’t miss Les Créatives Onex Festival! The South American film festival is still on as well; Akouphene Festival: 10th edition for this very special electro music festival. 20 CHF per concert. Don’t miss Rue du Nord / Sinlab “The Flying Dutchmen” on Friday, an interaction between sound and video. Most concerts take place on Bateau-Geneve at 8:30pm, on Quai Gustave Ador but there will also be a performance by Brice Catherin at the Saint Jean Library on Saturday afternoon. I am looking forward to the brunch and the trumpet concert by Mazen Kerbaj  on Sunday at the Villa Berlusconi in Grand-Lancy, a really nice setting. November 23-25 AMR Jam Session: If you like jazz, every Tuesday, the AMR (Association to encourage improvised music) has great musicians come and play together. Free entrance. They also have regular concerts on other nights (CHF 20). The place has a nice atmosphere, you can have a drink while listening to some really talented artists. Check out their website to see the full program. AMR. Rue des Alpes 10. Autumn Skies: If you like astronomy […]



Geneva Out & About: Week of October 22, 2012

October 22, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

This week, don’t miss: Stand up comedians, an afterwork concert, chocolate fair and Halloween parties of all kinds. International Comedy Club: In need of a good laugh? Want to see something in English? Once a month, Uptown (rue de la Servette, 2) hosts the International Comedy Club, and some of the best comic artists perform in Geneva! Stand-up comedians, Peter Firman and Joe Rowntree, are in town this Tuesday! Peter is recognized as the UK’s leading comedian/magician, and Joe is a famous UK comedian, actor, writer and TV presenter. Tickets are available online for 35 CHF. October 23 at 8pm. Musical Apéritif : Every Thursday, enjoy a drink with some music after work! Don’t miss Ultra Dieez, with two great guitars and a deep voice. Enjoy the raw emotions and lots of French metaphors. The café is a simple bistrot with good meat dishes, so why not stay for dinner if you’d like to try some proper game? After all, right now is the perfect season for fresh game, and this is the right place for it. Café des Sources. Rue des Sources, 8. Plainpalais. October 25 at 6 :30pm International Chocolatiers and Chocolate Fair: This is the perfect indoor activity! You won’t […]



Geneva Out & About: Week of October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

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. […]



Geneva Out & About: Week of October 8, 2012

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Jazz Contreband: Don’t miss out on this great jazz festival! Concerts are all over the region, and are spread between 18 different venues. Concerts are not only taking place in Geneva, but also in Nyon and Annecy. In Geneva, AMR and Le Chat Noir are particularly good places to check-out because of their nice atmosphere. You can also head to Onex or Meyrin (easily accessed by tram), or to Annemasse, where I, personally, won’t miss Marcus Miller on October 23! All of the details are here. Everyday until October 26. Animatou: International animated movie festival with workshops and films for all ages! They are presenting a lot of short movies, as well as some premieres and documentaries in smaller cinemas, (Grütli, Spoutnik, Bio Cinema, Scalaand Nord-Sud) and larger ones, like Pathé. In their headquarters in Les Grottes, the festival organises workshops, concerts and more! Check out the program to see the times and the venues. Or, follow them on Facebook. Everyday  until October 14.   Ethical Fashion Night: Glam, fabulous and ethical! All for free! 3 fashion shows, organic wine-tasting, circus acts, card-reading, pop-up shops and music to dance to, all through the night. The event is organised by NiceFuture – the non-profit […]



Geneva Out & About: Week of September 24, 2012

September 24, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

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). […]