EVENTS FOR YOUR DIARY

UPCOMING EVENTS IN GENEVA

Get yourself organised for months to come and don’t miss anything! Book now with our listing of future events in Geneva and the surrounding area. (We also cover ongoing events in this section).

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UB40’s ANNIVERSARY TOUR 

World-famous reggae stars UB40 are set to mark their 40th anniversary with a 2018 tour and first album release in over four years.

The band will play many of their seventeen Top 10 hit singles, including ‘Kingston Town’, ‘Food For Thought’, ‘One In Ten’, ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’, ‘Don’t Break My Heart’ and ‘Sing Our Own Song’ and, of course, ‘Red, Red Wine’, amongst many other fan favourites.

WHEN 

Monday, 10th of DECEMBER

8.30 pm

PRICE

60 – 105 CHF

WHERE

Theatre du Leman

MORE INFO 

On this site

 


CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DAYS CAROUGE

Best Christmas markets in Geneva 2018ON THE SUNDAYS IN DECEMBER leading up to Christmas, more than 180 shops in Carouge will be open, ideal for some Christmas shopping.

The Italian quarter of Geneva, Carouge has many cute boutique shops and restaurants More than 180 shops are open every Sunday for four weeks prior to Christmas, starting this Sunday, December the second, making this an ideal Sunday afternoon Christmas shopping experience. The streets are beautifully decorated, there will be live music performances.   There will be an ‘advent calendar’ with daily openings of the ‘windows’ to reveal surprises – which promises to delight young and old alike.

WHEN

Open Sundays: 2, 9, 16 and 23 December 2018.

WHERE
Rue Saint-Joseph, Place du Marché, Place de l’Octroi, Place du Temple, Rue Ancienne and surrounding area.

MORE INFO

https://www.carouge.ch/noel-carouge-0

 

A MILLION STARS – FOR CHARITY

ON SATURDAY, THE 15th OF DECEMBER don’t miss Un Million d’étoiles 2018 in Place du Molard in Geneva when millions of candles will be lit in support of Caritas.

 

 

 

 

WHEN

Saturday, 15th of December from 16h30 till 18h30.

WHERE

Place du Molard

MORE INFO 

https://www.facebook.com/events/360714187808057/


STAND-UP FOR MIGRANTS – Comedy night in English and French

ON THURSDAY, THE 20th OF DECEMBER don’t miss Stand-Up for Migrants, featuring top comedians sharing perspectives on migration, identity and Human Rights at the magnificent Victoria Hall.

The United Nations Human Rights Office, supported by the city of Geneva, will host this event in celebration of International Migrants Day, featuring top comedians performing stand-up comedy in French and English

The event, Stand-Up For Migrants, will be opened by the United Nations Human Rights Office and Geneva Mayor Sami Kanaan. It will feature a panel discussion between the comedians and each comedian will perform a stand-up comedy set sharing their own experiences and perspectives related to migration, human rights and identity.

The event will be hosted by US-based comedian Hari Kondabolu, an ongoing partner of the United Nations Human Rights Offices’ Stand-Up For Migrants initiative. Hari Kondabolu was recently recognised by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his “ability to unite people of all backgrounds and belief in laughter while raising awareness about important matters of justice and equality.”

Stand-Up For Migrants will feature Swiss comedians Thomas Wiesel, Charles Nouveau, Bruno Peki and international comedians Deborah Frances-White, Evelyn Mok and Noman Hosni.  Hari Kondabolu will be joined on stage by his mother Uma Kondabolu, who emigrated from India to the United States.

The event is free and open to the public. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at the entrance of Victoria Hall and will also be available for download from their website.

Migration has drawn increasingly negative attention in the public sphere. Anti-migrant discourse is often used for cheap gains in a time of rising xenophobia. The United Nations Human Rights Office believes we need to focus on what unites us, not what divides us. Stand-Up For Migrants creates a space for a broader audience to come together in shared creativity, discussion and laughter in order to celebrate migrants and build a narrative based on our shared values and humanity. The event is also part of the UN Human Rights Office’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

#StandUp4Migrants, #StandUp4HumanRights, and #InternationalMigrantsDay.

WHEN 

Thursday, 20th of December at 8pm.

WHERE 

Victoria Hall.

MORE INFO 

To sign up for Stand-Up For Migrants on Facebook please see here.

 


HE MISANTHROPE BY MOLIÈRE – CAROUGE LA CUISINE

FROM THE 9th TILL THE 8th OF FEBRUARY 2019 don’t miss the Misanthrope, by Molière, directed by Alain Françon at the amazing temporary theatre structure La Cuisine in Carouge, which seats ove 500 people.

 

 

 

Age: 12 and over

Subtitled in French and English Friday and Wednesday 6 February 2019
► Audio description
 Friday 18 to Sunday 20 January 2019

Alceste, the misanthrope, loves Célimène who loves the court… And as he was the most loyal and upstanding of men, except for one small fault – his complete lack of tolerance for the behaviour of others – Molière couldn’t help but create this masterpiece.

“The ‘court society’ had become the primary elitist institution in France at the time Molière was writing his plays. The need to establish and maintain one’s position in this social structure meant people related to one another by imposing and enduring the bizarre constraints of a rigid hierarchy and rigorous etiquette. In TheMisanthrope, Molière denounces the cynical appetites of a society in which climbing the social ladder means pushing someone else down, and the game of ambitions and agendas shatters the thin veneer of politeness. The murkiness of the courtly world sullies all human interactions and undermines the very foundation of poetic art!” Alain Françon, director

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With David Casada, Pierre-Antoine Dubey, Pierre-François Garel, Gilles Privat, Lola Riccaboni, Régis Royer, Dominique Valadié, Marie Vialle,  (casting in process)

Set design Jacques Gabel, lighting Joël Hourbeigt, costumes Marie La Rocca, music Marie-Jeanne Séréro, hair and makeup Cécile Kretschmar, sound Léonard Françon

Produced by Théâtre des Nuages de Neige

Alain Françon is a famous classical French director. He directed many of Tcheckov and Molière with award-winning effect. 

WHERE

La Cuisin, Rue Baylon 2, Carouge.

WHEN

9 January – 8 February 2019

Duration to be confirmed, La Cuisine – rue Baylon 2

Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Sunday at 5pm

MORE INFO

http://tcag.ch/informations-pratiques/english-1819/

 

 

 


ON-GOING EVENTS: 

LOOK UP  – GENEVA LUX FESTIVAL

It may be cold and dark outside, but thanks to the annual Geneva Lux Festival a series of festive and fantastic light displays will allow the city to sparkle and shine and lift our collective spirits from the 30th of November until mid-January.

Initiated in 2014, the festival features contemporary light displays especially created for Geneva by Swiss and international artists showcasing Geneva’s heritage.

Some of the highlights of this year’s event include rings of lights on the Promenade de l’Observatoire, which constantly changes colours, created  by English artist Chris Plant.  The Encor Studio installed a new type of video mapping on the facade of the Hotel Des Bergues and watch out for a shoal of fish swimming above the Rue des Eaux-Vives, created by Mourka Glogowski.

TOP TIP:  Geneva Tourism offers guided tours in English and French to the light works.
Accompanied by a professional guide, visit ten or so contemporary works of art which have been lit up throughout the city streets.
Let yourself be transported to the magical world of the Geneva Lux Festival.

Dates for the guided tours: Saturdays 1-8-15-22-29 December and Saturday 5 January 2019.

Wrap up warm and take the family for an evening stroll to admire these amazing modern light ‘sculptures’ adorning public squares and streets around Geneva. The event is free.

 

WHEN

29 November – 13 January

WHERE 

Jardin Anglais, Rue de Rhône, Place Bel-Air, Place Longemalle, Ile Rousseau, Rue de Mont-Blanc, Place Simon Goulard.

For a complete map and details of the light installations see below.

MORE INFO

https://www.ville-ge.ch/genevaluxfestival/index_en.html


CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DAYS IN CAROUGE

FBest Christmas markets in Geneva 2018or the four Sundays leading up to Christmas more than 180 shops in Carouge will be open, ideal for some Christmas shopping.

The Italian quarter of Geneva, Carouge has many cute boutique shops and restaurants More than 180 shops are open every Sunday for four weeks prior to Christmas, starting this Sunday, December the second, making this an ideal Sunday afternoon Christmas shopping experience. The streets are beautifully decorated, there will be live music performances.   There will be an ‘advent calendar’ with daily openings of the ‘windows’ to reveal surprises – which promises to delight young and old alike.

WHEN

Open Sundays: 2,  9, 16 and 23 December 2018.

WHERE 
Rue Saint-Joseph, Place du Marché, Place de l’Octroi, Place du Temple, Rue Ancienne and surrounding area.

MORE INFO

https://www.carouge.ch/noel-carouge-0

 


LA PETITE FORÊT

La petite Foret - KempinskiFROM MID-November you can splurge on a luxury experience in the “La Petite Forêt” at the Grand Hotel Kempinski as part of their winter offering.

What does it entail? A magical setting with a ‘forest of sparking Christmas trees’ and an unusual meal designed around a Champagne and black truffle fondue accompanied by Dom Pérignon Champagne.🍾🥂

• Fondue moitié-moitié “AOP” with Champagne and black truffle
• Selection of Swiss cold cuts and condiments, potatoes in their jackets and green salad
• A glass of Champagne Dom Pérignon Brut

At CHF 89.- per person this is not the cheapest option, but if you’re flush with cash or looking for a special treat – why not?

The patio features contemporary artworks by French artist Richard Orlinski.

WHEN

From the 16th of November every day

WHERE

Grand Hotel Kempinski

MORE INFO 
+41 (0) 22 908 91 61 or fb1.grandhotelgeneva@kempinski.com


APÉRO MARKET – VILLAGE DU SOIR 

ON THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS, visit the weekly apéro market at Village du Soir: LES HALLES DU VILLAGE – a covered market, which will take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the start of the evening from 17h-22h.  Choose some delicious local food to accompany your apéro in a convivial, relaxed atmosphere with concerts, DJs and entertainment.

The idea is to compose your own aperitif from a variety of local products. You can even choose to fill your empty fridge after work!

LES HALLES DU VILLAGE will feature 10 local gastronomic influencers, including:  g🍷 1 Caviste & Bar à vin
🥖 1 charcuterie & cheese provider
🧀 1 tartare bar
🍺 1 local Brasserie
🎣 1 oyster bar
🥂 1 champagne bar
🍰 1 bar ‘tartelette’ sweet and salty
🍅 1 provencal deli
🐔 1 roast chicken and potato provider

🎸 Animations & concerts (different programme every time)

 

WHEN

Open: every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 17h – 22h.

WHERE

VILLAGE DU SOIR – 24, route des Jeunes – 1227 Carouge

COST

Free entry

MORE INFO

On this site. 

 


PARC DES BASTIONS LIGHT SHOW 

Things to do in Geneva for familiesFROM the 29th OF OCTOBER every night witness a light show in Parc Bastions.
The Sound and light show organised by the Wright Foundation is coming back for the third time and will be projected on one of the oldest buildings of the University of Geneva.
Theme this year: Gravity
So to illuminate the grey month of November with a feast of light and music. Open to all.
Free.
WHEN
Monday 29th October until 21st of November daily from 6pm.
WHERE 
Parc des Bastion
MORE INFO

On Facebook 


PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPO – PERUVIAN FAMILIES’ PAIN

From the 7th till the 25th of November, a photographic exhibition featuring the work of artist LAIA ABRIL – SUYAY highlights the plight of Peruvian families waiting for news of missing loved ones.  The expo is organised by the Centre for Photography of Geneva in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross. (ICRC)

Thousands of people in Peru are in limbo, waiting for news of their missing loved ones. They are suspended between life and death: not able to mourn or move forward.

For these families, absence is a suffocating presence. Twenty or thirty years may have passed without them being able to breathe.

This exhibition makes their pain visible, exploring the memories, resilience, and creativity of families when a loved one goes missing. Through Laia Abril’s work in Peru, it digs deep […]

WHEN

7th till 25th of November

WHERE
Centre de la Photographie de Genève

Batiment d’Art Contemporain, 28 Rue des Bains

MORE INFO   

https://www.centrephotogeneve.ch/en/


RECYCLED BACKPACK EXPO 

FROM THE 1st TILL THE 30TH of NOVEMBER visit Café Viverra for an exposition of 100 coloured backpacks made from recycled materials.

Yvan Mermod is a graphic designer from Geneva who created/designed these backpacks from recycled materials and then decorated them with beautiful screen print ink drawings.

WHEN

From 1st till 30th of November

WHERE

Café Viverra

22 rue du Môle

Geneva

MORE INFO

The artist’s website is: www.biju.ch


 

STREET LIGHT ORCHESTRA – SOUND AND LIGHT INSTALLATION 

The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande celebrates its First Century !

Imagine a symphonic orchestra before you…
Street Light Orchestra is an installation that brings together five street lamps. Four of which broadcast a soundtrack from a family of instruments: brass, strings, wood, percussion. The fifth, in the center, plays the work with all the instruments as the conductor hears them.

You are in the centre of the orchestra
The visitor travels from one lamppost to another to explore the piece in all its subtleties. A light show accompanies the music.

The music was recorded by the OSR, with the help of the RTS, conducted by Maestro Philippe Béran.

Recorded works :

  • Boléro, Maurice Ravel
  • 4ème mouvement de la Symphonie fantastique op. 14, Hector Berlioz
  • The Sorcerer’s apprentice, Paul Dukas
  • The Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World”, Antonín Dvořá

WHEN

From 5th – 18th of November

WHERE 

Parc des Bastions

MORE INFO 

https://osr.ch/en/orchestra/centennial-events/street-light-orchestra

 


 

FIRE AND CLAY EXHIBITION – GAGOSIAN GALLERY

UNTIL 15th of DECEMBER The Gagosian Gallery presents a group exhibition of modern and contemporary artists working with the ceramic vessel as medium. So, clay basically. The exhibition called Fire and Clay explores teh evolution of the ceramic vessel in art from the mid-twentieth century and the California Clay Movement up to today.

Some of the artists featured include: Sylvie Auvray, Shio Kusaka, Takuro Kuwata, Grant Levy-Lucero, Ron Nagle, Sterling Ruby, Peter Voukos and Betty Woodman.

The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with the independent curator Fabienne Stephan.

 

WHEN

Until December 15th 2018

WHERE

19 Place de Longemalle

Geneva


ONE MILLION LEGO- BRICKS at PALEXPO, Halle 7

This unique exhibition is touring the world and will open its doors in Geneva on October 4th 2018. A sculptor internationally known for his brilliant and contemporary creations with LEGO bricks, American Nathan Sawaya is managing to place each brick to transform the LEGO pieces into works of art and has since raised the attention of art critics and pop culture novices alike. This exhibit is for all ages from 1-100, as it shows not only the most amazing sculptures but the artist also invites you take a journey through his life, changing his profession of being an unhappy 9-5 lawyer to making his passion his new career. Nathan Sawaya has taken the most popular toy as an art medium to new heights- A MUST SEE.
 
Ticket prices start at Chf 25.90 and can be purchased from www.Ticketcorner.ch
Opening hours 10-19:00 (last entry 17:30)
From 04.10. to 04.11. – every day
From 05.11.-23.12.- Wednesday to Sunday
From 24.12.-06.01.- every day
 
More infos : http://www.aotb.ch

MECHANICAL MOVES – SCIENCE HISTORY MUSUEM

Things to do in Geneva for familiesDON’T MISS THE MECHANICAL MOVES  exhibition in the Science History Museum. It is all about machines that help us carry weight. Come and find out how they differ, how they workand how to put them in use. The machines presented are those used to carry certain weights. Don’t miss this possibility to come and try lifting some of these weights to find out how simple machines work. Until September 15 2019

Also, don’t forget to note down the 3 dates of exhibition-related kids workshops: October 17, November 21, and February 13. If you can’t make it on these dates, the Science History Museum organises kids activities almost every Wednesday. It can make for a beautiful day with a walk by the lake, activities in the museum, and picnic in the park – or is this a bit too ambitious?

FYI: the museum is not very accessible with strollers/wheelchairs: there are steps, and no lift to take you up to the first floor.

WHERE

Musée d’histoire des sciences; Parc de la Perle du Lac; 128, rue de Lausanne

WHEN

Until September 15 2019

COST

Free entrance

MORE INFO

More info here.

PHOTO CREDIT: Museum of Science and History

 


 

NIGHT SWIM – BRRR!

night swim bains de paquisFROM WEDNESDAY, 21st OF NOVEMBER, the Bains de Pâquis offers regular Wednesday ‘night swim’ sessions for the bravest among us.  Jump into the freezing water for a refreshing dip and then relax afterwards with a lovely hot chocolate or vin chaud. You can also warm up with one of their yummy fondues – but be sure to book this way in advance! They are very popular – for good reason.

WHEN 

Wednesday, 21st of November from 18h30-20h.

Also on December 12th, January 16th, February 13th and 20th of March.

WHERE 

Bains de Pâquis

MORE INFO

On their site.