20,000 residents now in Nyon/ First Class carriages on St Cergue-Nyon train.

Living in Nyon has been skimming through the back copies of La Côte newspaper to catch up with the local news. Here is a small and eclectic selection of news items and information from the last few months. Don’t forget, there is a Living in Nyon English column every Wednesday in La Côte newspaper. It can be found in the inside of the front page of the newspaper

20,000 residents

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In December 2014,  a small ceremony was held in Nyon to welcome its 20,000th resident. The ceremony, attended by Mayor Daniel Rossellat and Mr Claude Uldry, (municipal in charge of contrôle des habitants), welcomed Filipe Mathez, the 20,000 resident to the town.

Nyon has seen a substantial growth in its population over the past few years. In 1989, there were just 13,306 residents and 15,000 in 1995. According to the local authorities, Nyon is expected to have 24,800 residents by 2020.

Passenger Submarine under the Lake! 

Did you know that at la grande Expo 64″ (the 5th national exhibition in Switzerland in 1964), one of the main attractions of the exhibition was a massive mésoscaphe/ submarine ? This submarine took paying passengers and members of the public on trips under Lac Léman!  Sadly, this submarine is no longer operational, but you can discover more about it, see the publicity posters for these underwater trips, see the inside of a mésoscaphe and learn lots more about life on and in the lake itself at the museum.   See website here (info is in English)

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Note –  there will be a presentation to the public on Monday 2nd March 2015  at 2015 to show the plans for the projected extension to this museum.  There has been some controversy over the design of this planned extension. Take a look at the designs entered into the competition here  and see the proposed winning design here. What do you think of this design? You can have your say at the presentation.

First Class Carriages due on Nyon – St Cergue train line

First class carriages are planned to be installed on the Nyon- St Cergue train line by December 2015.

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“Aunt Agatha” biscuits now made in Nyon! 

“Tante Agathe” biscuits, the  Swiss biscuit company, celebrated its 60th anniversary last year and has now moved its production from Lonay to a factory on the route de Stand in Nyon.

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With the ski season well and truly upon us, Swiss Info (the international service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation) asks the question “Are Swiss Ski Slopes too fast?” See video here. 

 Go Junking/ Brocante hunting with Lisa!

Are you a collector of brocante/ antiques and do you enjoy enjoy bargain hunting when looking for second hand items?  Looking to meet some new people?

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Then you might be interested in Lisa’s “junking+ mornings and days out in Geneva. See details here

 The Nursery and Playroom at Geneva Airport

The website called Lausanne Mom has recently updated one of its articles on the Nursery and Playroom at Geneva Airport. This is a useful article for parents who are travelling with young children and flying out of Geneva!

Nyon girl appearing in Royal Opera House production in London- live streaming Wednesday 21st, 20:30

A dramatic scene from Orfeo- Courtesy of Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

 


From the Elastique Citrique to Circus Space and beyond….

Lili Parson, a Nyon native has joined the troupe of the Royal Opera House’s latest co-production- a modern version of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, one of the first operas ever made.

Part of the Elastique Citrique, Nyon’s circus school since she was 5, training, performing and teaching there until last year, she left for London in August to join the National Center for Circus Arts (aka Circus Space) with the aim of becoming a professional circus artist. She is currently doing a year’s preparation course before auditioning for several Circus schools across Europe and the world (Brussels, Stockholm, Quebec, London…).

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Although she has already had some pretty impressive experiences, performing this year in Denmark at the European youth circus festival, and participating in 2013 in Labo’Cirque, a three week program aiming to give a near-professional experience to promising young Swiss circus artists through the creation of a show, the Orfeo performance is of another scale.

Produced by the Royal Opera and the Roundhouse, this daring new version of Orfeo uses an English translation of the original text, is performed on the circular stage of the Roundhouse and features a collaboration with the East London Dance Company. Lili is one of 14 young artists from dance or circus backgrounds chosen by the Company to support the singers throughout the play in a series of acro-dance pieces, giving the Opera a grounded and embodied bonus.

Lili performing on the Cyr wheel at Labo’Cirque

Although Lili’s main discipline is the Cyr Wheel- a huge ring in which she turns and performs acrobatics (you can see her in action here) she is a multi-talented artist and has been taking dancing and theatre classes as part of her year at Circus Space. She auditioned alongside some 30 people and was chosen to perform in this great experience! The rehearsals- a whole day a week since the end of October, and some more intense work over the Christmas holidays- were added to her already full schedule of training and getting ready for the Circus auditions at the end of the year, a pretty spectacular achievement!

Orfeo started on the 13th of January, to appraising critics acclaiming the freshness and directness of the production. The Royal Opera has decided to offer a free live streaming of Wednesdays the 21st’s performance, on its website. The Opera will begin at 20:30 Swiss time, at this location.

You can read a review of the Opera here.

You can catch a glimpse of Lili in this sneak-peak video.

Latin music tonight and “Free Running” in Nyon

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Despite it being wet and miserable today, there will be a tropical feel to Nyon tonight (16th January) as “Nolosé” a salsa/ latin  band will be playing at the Usine a Gaz and bringing the sounds of Cuba and Puerto Rico to the town. Free entry  – doors open at 2100. See here    See their video below.

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If you prefer your live music to be less energetic (and to sit down to listen to it!) there will be ballad/ guitar music at the 1306 club in the old town of Nyon. See here

If you prefer your music in the style of 80’s electronic/ pop, then check out British artist C.A.R. playing at the Parenthese tonight See here

For those who like classical music, there will be a Sunday afternoon piano recital at the Conservatoire next weekend (25th  January) See here 

Finally, take a look at this video of the Flow Movement Crew, “Free Running” around Nyon.  Living in Nyon will be interviewing these guys at some stage in the future, they obviously don’t let the dark winter days stop them from getting out and about!  You will see some familiar local sights in the video.

Photos from two recent Nyon events – Three Kings Day and Je Suis Charlie vigil

Torches, Lanterns and Candles in the Plâce du Chateau in Nyon for two very different events.

Over the past seven days, the Place du château of Nyon has been at the centre of two events in which the local population took part. The first event on the 6th January was a happy occasion: The Three Kings Parade saw families and children gather outside La Combe shopping centre on Tuesday night to light torches and lanterns and then parade through the old town following the three Kings.They arrived at the castle square and were given a slice of Three Kings cake and a chocolat chaud. The adults warmed up on vin chaud!  The first three photos in this photo essay were taken by Jarek Sikora, a Nyon resident.

The second event on Sunday 11th January was a more sobre affair. This was a gathering of residents for a vigil following the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris earlier this week. The weather was chilly and the atmosphere subdued. There was a minute’s silence in the square, candles were lit and placed on the cobbled square and it was a time to reflect.

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Photo below: Elia, a young local resident holding a torch at Three Kings Night

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Photo below: Walking through the old town with torches and to music.

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Warming up by the fire!

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A foggy Place du Château

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Below: The giant Three Kings cake baked by the local bakers and offered to the public by local societies

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Photos below: Je Suis Charlie Vigil in Nyon on Sunday 11th January.

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Rubbish/ Trash – What, Where and When to Throw It in the Nyon area

Just in case you missed it (or threw it away by mistake!) did you know there is an official brochure which explains all about what you can throw out in the official rubbish/trash bags?

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Some of the items you can still throw out! (Jan 2015) Milk cartons, plastic vinegar bottles, plastic packaging, cat litter, nappies/diapers, yogurt pots, textiles and clothes that are no longer wearable.

The brochure also lists the dates in 2015 on which some non-standard items will be collected from the kerb by the council and it explains how to recycle anything from Nespresso capsules to oil bottles, batteries and more. Note: batteries must not be thrown away in the trash/rubbish bags as they are highly toxic. They can be taken back either to the point of sale or the official eco-points, which can be found either at the déchèterie (official council rubbish/ trash dump) or at and outside many supermarkets. These eco-points are also listed on the council brochure.

Still not thrown away your Christmas tree?  Wednesday January 14th is the final date this year when natural (and probably very dry and dead!), Christmas trees will collected.

The official brochure that was distributed to all households in the Nyon area looks like this (see photo below) , but do not worry if you cannot find it, it is downloadable from the council’s website here.

Live outside Nyon or in a different town or village in Vaud? Type in “déchet/or déchets” into your local town, region or village’s website and you should be able to upload the official information. Make sure you put the acute accent on the é ! Some websites do not seem to recognise the word déchet without that accent…

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Note: The 2014 Nyon council macaron (sticker/card) which you must display on your dashboard or on your windscreen to enter the Nyon déchèterie, is still valid for 2015 until the completion of the brand new Nyon déchèterie. This new dump will be situated in l’Asse area of the town and it should be ready in summer 2015.

Photos coming up soon of the “Three Kings” night in Nyon.