From Blues to Big Fox to Burning the Bonhomme – Events this weekend

Friday 20th March – Blues concert – Zakiya Hooker (daughter of John Lee Hooker) will be singing tonight at the Château of  Coppet – Details here

Writing Workshop in English 

Saturday 21st March –  Writing workshop in Geneva in English at the Geneva Writers’ Group. The subject will be  “Writing Folk Tales”.  See how “Once upon a time… ” opens the door to storytelling. In the afternoon there will be a regular critiquing session.  Full details – click here

Also on Saturday 21st March –  Swedish singer “Big Fox” (see video below) playing at the Parenthèse bar in Nyon’s old town. Full details here

plus, “Spring Market” in the village of Bogis Bossey from 10:00 -14:00, Welsh cakes for sale at the market!  Full details here

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plus also on Saturday  “Burning the Bonhomme of Winter and Welcoming the Spring Party” down by the lake in Nyon at 17:30 Organised by the Bains de 3 Jetées organisation.  Full details here


Sunday 22nd March –  Classical recital –  Violin and Piano at 17:00 at the Conservatoire of Nyon along the lakeside. Full details  – click here

COV March 2015

Sunday 22nd March  – Easter Market in Nyon from 08:00 -18:30 

Easter market 2015

Easter Market – Stands, Easter products, local products.

Festichoc in Versoix – Fabulous festival dedicated to all things chocolate!  See here  Great day out for the family and chocolate lovers.


Jazz Apero and  Sunday Fondue Chinoise –  Two events coming up in the atmospheric wine cellar of Nyon’s castle.

Thursday 26 March  – Jazz Apero –  Duo of two guitars with  Killian Perret-Gentil and Etienne Loupo. Doors open 17:00, music at 18:30

Sunday 29th March –  Fondue Chinoise from 12:00  32 CHF for a variety of meats, sauces, served with rice and fruit salad. Reservations taken until 26th March

Full details – click here

Selma will be the  Monday Movie in English on 23rd March at Nyon Cinema screening at 20:30  – Film on the Martin Luther King civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. Video below Details here



Easter holiday suggestions in Nyon, from museums to church services, music and movies

Here are a few suggestions on what to do around the town over the next few days. 

Wander around Nyon and check out the fountains which have been decorated by local groups and associations. Also take a look at some of the lovely flowers around the area. Don’t forget the Tulip Festival in Morges.

Fountains- bird close up

Head off to the Musée du Léman by the lake side. It will be open all this Easter weekend from 10:00 -17:00 non-stop. This recently been renovated and is great for family visits. Read a review here on the Geneva Family Diaries blog. 

Fountains - Birds Close Up 1

Over at the Château de Prangins there is a new exhibition called “Paper Cuts”. This exhibition focuses on contemporary paper cuts and there will be demonstrations of paper cutting on Sundays from 14:30 to 16:30. Read all about it here (in English) on the museum’s own site.

Yellow flowers by lake

Sunday 20th April the CGN  ferry service will be offering special Easter lunches on board departing from various embarkation points on the lake. See here

Cinema  Nyon and Aubonne

The Monday movie in English at Nyon cinema at 20:30 will be “Nebraska”. This is the story of  a tempestuous Missouri father who’s convinced he’s won a million dollar magazine sweepstakes, and his son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings.


Aubonne – Saturday  19 April 17:30 and Sunday 20 April  at 20:30  The film “Her” starring Scarlett Johansson. Full cinema details here  


Folk/ Rock at the Parenthèse tomorrow night (22:00) by Californian singer Kalle Mattson

Church Services  in English

La Côte Church in Gingins –  Special services and times over the Easter Period   See here 

Westlake Church in Nyon –   See here

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Easter Market on Sunday, Decorated Fountains around town

This Sunday the 13th April, it’s the Easter market in Nyon. There will be stalls in the Rive area of town and activities. Locally produced goods for sale from 08:00 to 18:30

Easter market 2014

Also check out the decorated fountains around Nyon, an annual tradition at this time of year. Photo below of a decorated fountain in 2013




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More music this weekend. Photo opportunities at at the Bol d’Or.

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Although the Caribana festival finished last week, there is more music on the way as the first part of La Fete de la Musique will take part in Nyon on Saturday 15th June and on Sunday 16th in Prangins (part 2 will be next weekend).

Fete de la musique 2013

There’s a full programme of music on the agenda, bands and solo artists will be play in different venues around Nyon in the Place du Chateau, Place St Martin, Place de Savoie, Jardin du Conservatoire, Usine a Gaz, Rive Est and in the Temple. There will be music ranging from jazz to blues, rock , classical music, African music, funk and more. Something for everyone. Click here for the full programme and timings.  There’s a fantastic weather forecast for this week-end which is good news for those attending and for those playing in the festival!

Great photo opportunities at the Bol d’Or

The good weather is also good news for sailors who will be taking part in the 75th Bol d’Or. This famous sailing competition sets off at 10:00 from Geneva. Depending on the winds you can often see the boats sailing past Nyon around lunchtime on their way to Le Bouveret at the other end of the lake, it’s an impressive sight! There is a good overview here of the race, the trajectory the boats take on the water, and links to other information about the race itself. If you are really keen to capture more of the atmosphere of the race itself, it’s worth getting up very early and heading off to Geneva to be there at the start of it all (see photo below).

Start of Bol D'or

There are excellent views to be had of the early part of the race from the port of Corsier on the French side of the lake. This Living in Nyon photo in the header above was taken a few years ago from Corsier (and was used on the Bol d’ Or website).

Spring Fair in Nyon this weekend/Intercultural event part 2

Spring watering cans

Although the weather is not entirely Spring like at the moment, the Spring Fair will take place in Nyon this Saturday 1st June. Stall  holders selling a variety of products will be in the town centre from 08:00 to 18:00

Also this weekend, it’s the second part of  “Interculturelle” . This initiative which  this year takes place over 2 separate weekends, aims to show the diversity of the different nationalities that live in Nyon and the area.  Last week, there was a Canadian pot luck supper organised in the Salle communale  followed by an Italian/ Kosovan evening, and this Sunday 2nd June there will music and traditional dancing from different countries performed down at the Rive (by the lake side) from 11:00 onwards.

Photo below, traditional dancing at a previous “Intercultural” event.

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