Basile et Bertrand

Geneva Out & About: Week of August 27, 2012

Like every year at this time, I hear a lot of people complain that summer is over and that there’s nothing left to do in Geneva. Although I agree it’s a pity that a lot of fun events are spread over 8 weeks only, I can say for certain that there is still a lot going on in town! Just take a look at my selection for this week: whether you want to take a trip to the theatre, go to a music festival or rollerblade, the list is long!

Participatory Theatre:

Have you ever dreamt of being an actor? I know I have! Well, this is your chance! “Basile et Bertrand jouent au PAV” is a great concept. PAV stands for “Praille-Acacias-Vernets”: there is a huge project to turn this industrial area into a real neighborhood by improving housing and mobility. The city is also building new playgrounds and parks to make it more pleasant for living and hanging out. The artistic community of Geneva definitely wants to be part of this transformation!

Basile and Bertrand are shooting a movie to show how they see the PAV. The idea is to include people in their movie who actually live there. So, you just have to show up and start acting! (Probably the easiest audition any actor has ever had, right?) This week they are shooting at Chemin de la Gravière. They change places every week until September 15, so make sure to check their website for all of the details.

Bains des Pâquis 140th birthday:

If you haven’t been to the morning concerts yet (Aubes Musicales), this is your last chance for this year. They end on Sunday, September 2.

While you are there, you may want to hang out at Bains des Pâquis a little longer than just at dawn since this weekend they are celebrating their 140th birthday! There will be live music, DJs and … jousting battles? Surely that’s something you don’t get to see very often! So why not chill out there, have a swim, enjoy some good food and have fun!


Biubstock Festival:

If you like rock-metal music, then this is the place to go this weekend. The festival starts on Thursday. They have a main stage and an acoustic stage with groups from the UK, the US and also Switzerland (they aim to promote local artists). Festivities will end on Saturday, late at night, with Silent Circus. More information here.

All of the concerts are free. To get there by public transport you can take tram 14 to Petit-Lancy and then bus K to Chancy Raclerets. You can also take the train to La Plain and then bus X to Chancy Raclerets.


Monniati Festival:

If you prefer a bit of countryside with your music, this is the perfect festival for you. Rock, jazz, and reggae are on the schedule, so there will be music for all tastes. They also have jugglers, fire-eaters and dancers! All of this in a very good atmosphere on Friday and Saturday, from 6:30pm to 2:30am. Cover charge is CHF 15. More information here.

The festival is located at route de Monniaz in Jussy. (about 15kms from Geneva centre). To get there, you can either take a shuttle from Moillesulaz (the end of the line for tram 12), cycle or drive. I am planning to cycle, as apparently you get a small gift if you do!


Open Air cinema – POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER 7 due to bad weather

I am still mourning Cinetransat and desperate to see a movie outside…and guess what, I have found one! The association Pré en bulle will be showing Le Tableau a French-Belgian animated movie on Place des Grottes on August 31.



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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!