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Geneva Out & About: Week of September 17, 2012

Highlights of the week: cycle for charity, go dancing in a theater, see how great cultural projects can involve the local population, discover a fantastic singer and more!

Tous en Selle with the Red Cross

How about doing a bit of sport for a good cause? Why not join this cycling event organised in the Geneva countryside, in the villages of Presinge and Jussy? The more 10 Km tours you do, the more money you will raise to support local kids, by helping to pay for their education and holidays. You can register online or on-the-spot when you go on Sunday. They even have a daycare if you want to drop off your kids! If you don’t like cycling, you can also go in order to support the riders and enjoy the concerts and other activities in the village. Presinge, from 9am to 5pm on September 23.

Le grand bal de l’Orangerie

This is your last chance to enjoy a great cultural event in the middle of Parc La Grange. This summer theatre is having a closing party from 6pm to 3am. There will be all kinds of music – disco, funk, rock and electro. A lot of people get lost in this park, so here’s a tip:  Parc la Grange is the first of the two parks when coming from Eaux-Vives, and l’Orangerie is located just behind the main lot of houses. My advice is to enter through the gate on rue William Favre. Free entrance. September 22



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If you are interested in great participatory, cultural projects, or if you just want to learn what Geneva is doing to preserve and improve the neighbourhood of Acacias, Praille and Vernets, you should go to the preview of this movie. They have been shooting a large number of scenes, with local people like you and me (no real actors involved), and the result is quite good. Be ready to walk around the neighbourhood so that you can see each scene in the place where it has been filmed. Meeting point is in Parc des Acacias at 7pm, on September 20

Licia Chery at Chat Noir

A must-see pop rock concert by a local artist! Licia Chery is a singer with two cultures; she was born in Geneva, but her parents are Haitian. This diversity, along with soul and jazz influences, make her a great artist. As soon as I went on her website I was seduced by her music. She opened Kimbra’s concert in Lausanne last week! This concert is a good opportunity to rediscover Le Chat Noir –  one of my favorite bars in Carouge –  since it was completely renovated a couple of months ago. They now serve food, so you can enjoy a bite to eat before going to the concert. Tickets available on the website for CHF 20. Rue Vautier 3, 10pm on September 21


Save the date

Don’t worry if you missed the wine harvest festival in Russin last weekend – there are other opportunities in Neuchâtel and Lutry on September 28-30!

Wine tasting is involved, of course, but parades and concerts also await you! Neuchâtel is about 120 Km from Geneva. It’s a beautiful city and region to discover. Lutry is just beyond Lausanne and is also a pretty area with the vineyards of Lavaux, and a view of the lake. It’s hard to choose which one to attend, so I think I will go to Lutry on Saturday and Neuchâtel on Sunday! What about you?


Monday Night Skate

This is the last one of the season, so don’t miss out – this is a great way to enjoy Geneva in a unique way!  Join the group to take over the streets of Geneva. This event is secured by the police, but please note that it is not suitable for beginners and you should come with proper safety gear.  Check out this video for a better idea of what awaits you. Meet at Uni Mail at 7:45pm for a departure at 8:00pm, on September 17

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 documentaries) from all over the world. I think it’s worth checking out the program. Grütli Cinema, September 21-30


Microcosme Festival

Debates and music with local bands (rock, reggae and electro) are on the program of this small festival near Saint-Julien en Genevois in France. All the details are on Facebook. September 22

Tarantino Night at L’Usine

If you like Quentin Tarantino’s movie soundtracks, you will have a good time at this event. Disco music from 1950 to 2012. Cover charge: CHF 10. L’Usine. September 22.


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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!