Victorian tour of Geneva by Diccon Bewes Sat 28 March – Win Paléo Tickets

On Saturday 28th March, Diccon Bewes will be giving a guided Victorian tour of Geneva. The tour begins at 15:00 (meet at Payot bookshop in Cornavin railway station at 14:30). Diccon is the author of the very successful books  “Swiss Watching”,  (“a best book of 2010″ – Financial Times) and  “Slow Train to Switzerland

Diccon comments on all things Swiss related and will be dressed up in Victorian costume for the tour itself!  Details here

For non-English speakers, a simultaneous French translation will be provided by Hadi Barkat. A unique opportunity to discover a new outlook on the city.  This should be an  entertaining stroll! Diccon  will end this tour with a signing of his books in English and in French.

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 Nyon events –  Win Paléo tickets

Other events, tonight (Friday 27th March) there will be Celtic music at the 1306 Club ( ruelle de la poterne in Nyon) starting at 2030. Entry free, hat distributed for the artists at the end of the evening.

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 Win Paléo tickets

The weekly competition to win Paléo tickets has now begun on the festival’s website and it continues until the 25th May. To play, click here 

The full Festival line-up will be announced on Tuesday 14 April! Tickets will go on sale at midday on Wednesday 22 April

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 Photo above – Paléo in 2014

New outdoor fresh food market at railway station for Gland

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New Market in Gland.

From the 22nd April until November there will be a weekly outdoor fresh produce market situated next to the railway station in Gland.

This market, is scheduled to be open every Wednesday from 16:00 – 20:00. This schedule has been timed to coincide with rail commuters returning home after work. Initially there will be around 12 stands, including a fishmonger, a butcher, a baker and a market gardener. Other fresh produce businesses will be invited to join the market in the future.

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Visions du Réel film shown in Gland this year

Other good news for residents of Gland is that this year, Visions du Réel, the annual documentary film festival in Nyon (17th April -25th April), will screen some  of the fesitval’s films in Gland. All films under the section “Grand Angle” at the festival, will be shown not only in Nyon, but also at the Théatre de Grand-Champs in Gland. Free “navette” buses will shuttle between Gland and the Village du Réel central area in a new partnership between the two towns. The shops and commerces of Gland will also participate in the festival’s annual competition for the best “film related” decorated window. Members of the public and festival goers are invited to participate in the competition.

Decorated fountains in Nyon

Meanwhile, over in Nyon, check out some of the town’s fountains which have been decorated for the Easter season by volunteer groups and local associations. At the moment, there is no water in the fountains and sadly one of the fountains has already been vandalised, however there are still a few around the town to see!

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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

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

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

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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.

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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

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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

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Green Film Festival begins in Nyon – Traders, Mining in Zambia, Glaciers and more

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The Green Film Festival (Festival  du Film Vert) begins in Nyon this Thursday 12th March and continues until Sunday 15th March 2015.

This festival features a variety of films focussing on “green” ie: environmental issues. There is an interesting selection from Traders, a film investigating the world of  traders who deal in raw materials (to be shown Friday the 13th March at 18:30) to L’Afrique, le cuivre et les Vautours  a documentary that asks the question, “How much profit is fair?” investigating the world of Glencore and mining in Zambia (to be shown on Friday at 20:30), to Diesel, le Scandale Francais on the consequences of diesel fuel which was originally championed as good for the environment but now seen as causing health problems.

The festival tours various towns and cities in Swiss Romande and it now in its 10th year. Most of the films to be shown in Nyon will be in French with the exception of one film – Chasing Ice – which will be shown on Sunday 15th March at 14:00 in English, with subtitles in French and German.

Synopsis of Chasing Ice - Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change and a cynic about the nature of academic research. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

All films will be screened in the Ferme du Manoir, in the Place du Château, (this building is on the corner of the square and Rue Maupertuis ).  All films will be followed by a 30 minute discussion.  For the full programme and timings of all films – see here

Videos below – excerpts from Traders and L’Afrique, le cuivre et les Vautours

Cardigans to play at Caribana, Ben l’Oncle Soul, Parov Stelar and more

Caribana has announced the line up for this year’s festival which will take place along the lakeside near Crans près Celigny from the 3rd to 7th June 2015.

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Photo above – Caribana, by the lake and under the trees. C Nelson-Pollard

Among other artists scheduled to play at this summer festival are Swedish band “The Cardigans”, see video below of their 1998 hit “My Favourite Game” from their album Gran Turismo.

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Photo above – The Cardigans, courtesy Caribana

Also on the programme are Kill it Kid, Marilyn Manson, Metronomy, Ben l’Oncle Soul, see video below of track “Hallelujah!” and Austrian band Parov Stelar with a mix of pop, soul, jazz and swing. See video below with their track “Jimmy’s Gang”.  Full line up here.

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Photo above – Parov Stelar Band, courtesy Caribana

Tickets now for sale. Note: There are early bird prices on offer for Feb/ March and in April/ May.

Let’s hope the weather is warm and cardigans won’t be needed to watch The Cardigans!   More on Caribana and the other bands coming up on this site.

The Cardigans – “My Favourite Game”

Parov Stelar – “Jimmy’s Game”

Ben l’Oncle Soul – “Hallelujah!”