Manau Chao exhibition in Montricher

If you are looking for a place to visit, either to entertain guests or for a short drive out into the countryside then the current art exhibition at the Jan Michalski foundation in Mont Richer is worth a visit. The Michalski building is devoted entirely to literature, has an impressive brand new library and currently has an art exhibition called “Manwoz”, a collaboration of work by musician Manau Chao and artist Jacek Wozniak.  The building itself is an extraordinary structure high up in the middle of of the Vaud countryside! The exhibition runs until the 21st December.

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Opening times:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 14.00 to 18.00

Admission: CHF 5 (adults) 3 CHF (students, pensioners, unemployed, groups, IV)  Free for all under 18 years of age and residents of Mont Richer

Parking available.

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Christmas fair at La Châtaigneraie International School/ Jazz Carols in Nyon

There are plenty of Christmas markets on at the moment including the Marché de Saint Nicolas at “La Chât” in Founex. See details below.

Note – there will be late night shopping in Nyon on Friday 19th and Monday 22nd December. Local buses will be free on these nights see here. Local family businesses will also be open on Sunday 21st December from 10:00 -18:00

Marché de Saint-Nicolas at La Châtaigneraie International School.

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Saturday, 13 December 2014 from 11:30 to 16:00. Over 30 stalls selling artisan goods and crafts. Games/activities available for the children (Father Christmas, shopping area)

Live seasonal music provided by students of the music programme at the school. A great indoor activity for the entire family. Food and drink are offered during the entire event.

Parking is free. Event Location. La Châtaigneraie International School, 2, chemin de la Ferme, Founex VD, 1297

Jazz Carols in Nyon

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For the fourth year running La Côte Anglican Church is organising an evening of Jazz Carols in Nyon. This will be a blend of Christmas carols, played with an original jazz twist. These will be interspersed with a specially written dramatised story, bringing to life the essence of Christmas. Entry is free. However, you will need to reserve a place online to ensure a seat. There will be a retiring collection. Full details here

 

Jazz and Indie Pop in Nyon – Friday 5th Dec, Christmas Market and Mozart concert on Sunday 7th

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Jazz Concert at the Conservatoire – Friday 5th December

The Conservatoire of Nyon will hold their last concert of the 2014 season on Friday 5th December at 20:30 with the Cajón Jazz Trio.

The concert will be held at the Villa Thomas along Nyon’s lake side.This is a small, intimate concert venue so it’s recommended to reserve tickets in advance, either by telephoning 022 994 2360 between the hours of 14:00 and 17:00 emailing info.nyon@cov-vd.ch, or on the night itself from 19:30.  Pre-reserved tickets not collected 15 minutes  before the performance will be put back on sale.

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Video Below – Cajón Jazz Trio

Also on Friday at the Usine a Gaz, local band The Kreeks (indie pop) will be playing at at 21:30. Free entry!

Sunday 7th December

It’s the Christmas market in Nyon on Sunday 7th December from 08:30 to 18:30 Lots of stalls selling Christmas products, Father Christmas too for the children, food and drink! See website here – note the website for the Rive area, does not seem up to date as last year’s poster is still being shown for this event!  There are clearer details on the Nyon tourist site

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Note – there will also be a Christmas market in the château of Coppet beginning Wednesday 3rd until the 7th December. For full details and opening hours see website here Christmas cookie workshops for children on Wednesday 3rd from 14:00 -16:30, Saturday 6th from 15:00 – 17:00  and Sunday  7th from 13:00 – 15:15. Other workshops too!  See website here

Did you know that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart passed though Swiss Romandie in 1766?

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On Sunday 7th at the Château of Nyon from 16:00-17:15, there will be a Mozart recital given by Michel Kiener in the castle followed by an apéritif.

Tickets CHF 25  – free entry for under 18 email info@chateaudenyon.ch to reserve or call  022 363 8351. More details here

 

 

 

 

 

Pantomime time in Nyon – Oh yes it is!

The annual GAOS (Geneva Amateur Operatic Society) traditional Christmas pantomime (usually performed in Geneva) will take place in Nyon this year at the Théâtre de Marens! The GAOS panto is a fun way to kick off the Christmas festivities and it contains all the usual elements an audience can expect to find in a British “Panto”. From well known catch lines, audience sing alongs, fun, corny jokes and great costumes, it’s a fun afternoon or evening’s entertainment for all the family. Matinée performances at the weekend. Tickets are selling fast!  Details below.

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This years panto is called “Once upon a time” – here’s the synopsis below provided by GAOS.

“You may not realise it, but this is traditional British pantomime containing all the usual ingredients ― except that Cinderella and Snow White are now all grown up and have children of their own! Cinderella’s daughter Lottie is about to get married to Snow White’s son Prince Marvellous, which also means that evil is about to be banished from Pantoland. But the wicked queen, Evelyn, sets out to stop the wedding by transporting Princess Lottie and her two assistants, Nick and Nack, away to the furthermost reaches of the back of beyond. Prince Marvellous, his friend Jack and the cook, Gertie, set off to save them. Along the way, they have adventures with various characters from different fairy stories. You may recognize Captain Hook, Red Riding Hood and the Alice in Wonderland, not to mention the March Hare. Will the Prince and his companions succeed in rescuing Lottie? And can their wedding finally take place?”

Eight performances at the Théâtre de Marens, Nyon.   To book – click here

Saturday, 29 November and 13 December at 14:00 and 18:30
Sunday, 30 November at 11:00 and 15:30
Friday, 12 December at 20:00.
Sunday, 14 December at 14:00
Tickets: 28 francs

Ice Rink now Open, Outdoor Swimming Pool will not be covered – This site Now on Air!

News on Nyon’s Ice Rink, Swimming Pool, Drawing Competition for young artists in La Côte newspaper,  Open Day at Geneva English School,  Monday Movie in English in Nyon, Wine and Welsh Cakes evening 1st December,  Living in Nyon is now on air!

The outdoor ice rink in Nyon has now opened and will remain so until 1st March 2015 . Opening hours aren Tuesday – Sunday from 08:00 – 18:00  and 09:00 – 18:00 at the weekend.  Note: the rink is also utilised by local schools and the ice hockey club, so some hours are reserved for their use, so check the chart on the ice rink’s own website under “horaires”-  You need to look for the section “Patinage et Hockey libre” which indicates when the rink is open to the public. 

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The ice rink is situated on the lakeside on Nyon’s Rive (not far from the ferry embarkation point).  Skates are available for hire at 5 CHF for adults and 3 CHF for children. The Ice rink and buvette are available for private hire in the evenings. The Ice Rink has a sound system, choose your own music, have a fondue and invite your friends! A minimum of 20 people are required for a private party. More details here.

Nyon’s outdoor Swimming Pool  to remain a “summer” pool

On Monday night, Nyon’s council was asked to consider making the outdoor swimming pool a year round facility, by covering over the pool. However the municipality considered the cost to be too excessive considering that there is already a covered swimming pool at Le Rocher in the town, and another indoor swimming pool is planned for the future sports complex and school called le Reposoir 

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Thanks to La Côte newspaper for the above local news. Don’t forget – there is a Living in Nyon English column in the newspaper every Wednesday. It’s a light hearted look at living in this part of Switzerland from a British expatriate perspective. You will find it on the inside of the front page.

Christmas Drawing competition for children.

La Côte newspaper has launched its annual Christmas drawing/ design for children aged between 4 and 12 years old. The five best designs will be published in the newspaper itself from the 24th December onwards and the winners will receive a prize. The deadline is the 28th November  and the winners will be announced on the 11th December. Pick up a copy of La Côte for more details.

Open Day at the Geneva English School

There will be an open day at the Geneva English School on Thursday 2oth November from 09:30 to 12:00.

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Photo below the “Friendship Stop” bench at the Geneva English School – A place to make new friends!

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This Open Day is an ideal opportunity to take a look around at the school and see their fabulous new library learning centre. The school provides a British education for International Children.  More details here

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Monday Movie in English in Nyon

The Monday Movie in English at the Capitole Cinema in Nyon on Monday 17th November will be “Serena” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Rhys Ifans. Screening at 20:30

See cinema website here  Trailer below.

Evening to meet other Anglophones

A reminder that there will be a “Wine and Welsh Cakes” evening in the wine cellar of the chateau of Nyon on the 1st December. It’s an opportunity to meet other Anglophones , whether you have been here for a few years or just a few weeks!  Registration required – Full details see previous post here

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Living in Nyon on the air and on FM!

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The editors and founders of both websites: Living in Nyon and “Know it All Passport” are delighted to announce they will be on the radio once a month on Radio Cité Genève. They will be talking about events, places to go and visit in the Geneva and Vaud region from 12:00 onwards on a show called “12/13″ hosted by journalist Gilles Soulhac. The programme will be in French, however if your French is limited, still tune in, it’s an ideal opportunity to learn  the language and find out what’s going on in the area. Radio Cité Genève is on the internet and on FM and can be heard in la Côte area along the lake side and in your car on 92.2 FM

Their next show will be on 8th December 2014