Stage set for Luna Classics, FAR festival underway and Jval Rock Festival next week

The Luna Tent has now been installed alongside the château of Nyon and the stage is set for the start of Luna Classics, the prestigious classical music and arts festival which will run from the 19th – 31st August in the town. The opening night’s performance under the big “moon” tent will be Nelson Goerner on piano, Paul Meyer on clarinette with the Menuhin academy soloists and young talents of 2013 . There are still tickets available for some of the main events and for performances in the Temple of Nyon. Tickets for concerts in the Temple start at just 30 CHF. IMG_3751

Meanwhile, the annual festival of living arts (FAR) began in Nyon on the 13th August and continues until the 23rd at different venues around the town.  This year the festival celebrates its 30th anniversary. For the full programme see here Photo below  – FAR parade in the old town of Nyon. FAR 2014

Next week the last of the local summer music festivals, the “Jval” Open Air rock and music festival will take place on the 28, 29 and 30th of August in the lovely setting of the vineyards in Les Serraux Dessus (near Begnins). Free navettes (buses) will be provided from both Gland and Nyon to this festival,  parking at the festival is restricted and car sharing is encouraged!  See here for map and times of buses. affiche_jval_2014-212x300   A variety of acts are on the line up from the rock of Belgian band BRNS to Polar. See full programme here. Video below – Polar with ” I want your soul”

Jval festival starts next week – Rock in the Vineyards

Although the summer is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean the end of rock music festivals as there is another festival just round the corner to look forward to. Jval festival The Jval festival is a small three day rock music festival taking place on the 29, 30 and 31 August. The festival is set amongst the lovely Vaud vineyards in the terrain of  “Le domaine de Serreaux-Dessus” (near Begnins)  overlooking the lake. Jval fest 2 Acts include: Dead Bunny,  Evellin Trouble, Poni Hoax, Rootwords and the Block Notes, Oy, Féfé, Billie Bird, Kassette, Girls in Hawaii, and there will be a DJ at the end of each night’s concerts.   Fully details of all the bands, access, parking, free navette bus and how to purchase ticket prices see here Jval fest 3

“Living along Lac Léman” book is now for sale! – The perfect gift for everyone.

Tuesday evening in Nyon saw the official launch of  the book “Living along Lac Léman”. Thankyou so much to all those who came to the Villa Thomas at the COV for the vernissage/launch.

Photos above. Happy book fans! 

 The venue in the stunning lake side setting made it the perfect place to launch the book. It also gave readers of this site,  La Côte newspaper, and other members of the public a chance to mingle and enjoy a glass of local Swiss wine, along with tasting some British cheeese from the British Cheese Centre of Switzerland. 

Photo above: the Villa Thomas along the lake side. Note – there will be a jazz concert at the Villa Thomas on Friday 7th Oct see COV for here for full details

There were also representatives at the event from the various local festivals (Paléo, Caribana, Visions du Réel etc),  from Nyon town council and Nyon tourism giving those there the opportunity to find out more about the three festivals and local issues.

Photo above – Checking out the book at the vernissage

About the book –  The perfect company gift, birthday or Christmas present.

Packed with columns articles and photos the book is is a light hearted look at life along the shores of lake Geneva and contains a selection of columns which have been published for the last two years in English every Friday in La Côte newspaper.  This weekly column is a conversation is about the people, places and events in Vaud as seen through the eyes of a British expatriate.

Photo above: left C. Nelson-Pollard author of “Living along Lac Léman”, right Contessa Pinon – editor of La Côte newspaper

With observations on unusual Swiss customs and on the peculiarities to be found in both the French and English languages, it also comments on other subjects such as the jargon that estate agents use when advertising houses for sale, the difficulties of making a fondue, or trying to say a telephone number in French. 

 Image above – article from book called  “Figuring it out”

With other articles on local festivals, the Désalpe and more, and packed with photos that capture the colour and essence of the Léman region, the book makes a perfect gift for someone who has just moved to the area. It  will also delight those who have lived here for a while, whether expat of Swiss, in recognising  the slightly side quirky side of Swiss life whilst acknowledging the beauty of the Léman area.

Image below – Article from book called “A saisir!” (on estate agents’ jargon)

 At just 29 CHF, the book is available to order through this site, just click on “Living in Nyon” book on the top side bar to order.  Free delivery in the Nyon, Coppet, Rolle and Prangins area.  

 From  Tuesday 11th October, the book will also be for sale at Nyon tourist office  Opening hours  Monday-Friday 08:30 -12:30/ 13:30 -17:30

 Special book signing – The author will be signing copies of the book at Nyon tourist office on Friday November 4th from 16:00- 18:00.  An ideal opportunity to pick up a copy and find out about events and winter activities happening in the Nyon and St Cergue region.

 Photo above and below – Selling the books left to right. Anna Hiller Bedlington, Suzy Nelson-Pollard, Nicola Bedlington.

All photos of the vernissage –  Catherine Lewis photography see site here

Jval music festival in vineyards. Slow down for children. Interview with artist

The Jval rock and pop music festival begins tomorrow Thursday 25th and continues until Saturday 27th August. This festival is the last of the local outdoor music festivals and take places amongst the vineyards above Begnins. It’s a great venue for music lovers to end the summer season and to soak up both the lovely scenery.  There is a variety of music concerts on the programme this year including that of Lausanne funk and soul band Professor Wouassa (see Living in Nyon’s review here of when they played at Paléo this year). Free transport is provided by the festival from Nyon and Gland railway station to and from the festival. For full details and programme of Jval, see site here

Slow down for children.  No more free parking in central Nyon at midday.

This week saw school children return to school in the public system. Most private schools open their doors next week.  Here in Switzerland, many children walk to school or take public transport and drivers may have noticed the posters along the roadside in the public information campaign “Merci de t’arrêter pour moi” – ” Thankyou for stopping for me”.  This is a reminder from the police to drivers to slow down and take extra caution.  On Monday in Morges, a local police officer was handing out car screen wipes to the public to remind drivers to take extra caution and to ensure they have clear visibility and to keep a safe distance from children walking and cycling to school.  

Note: Parking in Nyon – From the 1st September there will be no more free parking over the lunch time period at the Place Perdtemps car park in central Nyon. Parking fees will also be increased. 

Below – Interview with artist Christine Collet.


Here is the first in a series of interviews with local artists who either live in the Vaud or Geneva area. These interviews are being held by Stephanie Fonteyn, an artist herself who lives in Duillier and who runs creative art classes (see previous post on Stephanie here).

Stephanie begins this series with an interview on artist Christine Collet. Christine will be exhibiting her work at the Clinique de Genolier from the 5th September to the 5th November 2011.

 Christine is Swiss (born in Bern) and lives in Montreux. She lived in South Korea and Mexico before settling back down in Switzerland. She has a studio in Montreux and gives art courses to adults and children. 

Christine entered the world of painting at a very young age thanks to her grandfather, a painter, who she lived with during part of her childhood. For Christine, the paintbrush is a magical tool that allows her to enter into her imaginary world. She is like a storyteller who uses a paintbrush and colour versus one who uses words.

Stephanie: “Could you describe a little bit more about your work?”

Christine: “ I use two different techniques; Stucco (a material made of an aggregate, a binder and water) to create organic looking coloured abstract monochromes, and acrylics to create dream-like imaginary worlds. I both mediums I am searching for a sense of harmony.”

Stephanie: “How would you describe your style?”

Christine: “Free, figurative versus abstract, metaphoric, expressing a personal vision that is suggestive rather than imposing.”

 Stephanie:  “What made you decide to use Stucco as a medium?”

Christine:  “I like the organic feel that stucco can give. I saw a painting in a gallery that used stucco and I knew that was the material I wanted to use in my paintings, and so I trained in this technique.

Stephanie: “When did you decide to become an artist?”

Christine: “I knew I wanted to paint at the age of 8 years. Due to various circumstances, I started painting later on in life and didn’t have the possibility to study art at school as I would have liked.”

Stephanie: “When did you decide to become an artist?”

Christine:  “A friend gave me my first box of paints in her garden in 1997.”

Stephanie:  “What’s your strongest memory of your childhood that has influenced you as an artist?”
Christine:  “My grandfather was a painter, and I was fascinated by his studio and his paintings. We were not allowed to touch anything, just watch, and for me it was a magical world. The theme of houses and imaginary worlds in my acrylic paintings are influenced by my childhood association to home; which is a place where you receive love, a place of exchange, where you can grow physically and emotionally. It’s about the heart of the home rather than the appearance of the home.”

Stephanie:  “What do you like about your work?”

Christine:  “It’s like a sound coming out of my mouth, I don’t know what sound is going to come out, but it comes out. There is a feeling of happiness and freedom of expression,”


Stephanie:  “What do you dislike about your work?”

Christine:  “The impression that I sometimes cannot transmit on canvas the feeling I want, it is as if the canvas resists. This sensation is very frustrating.”

Stephanie:  “How do you overcome this?

Christine:  “I put the painting aside and later on, try again and again. Using with time, or a maturation process, I can later get to the expression I was looking for.”

Stephanie:  “Where do your ideas come from? Would you tell us something about your artistic process?”

Christine:  “My paintings are stories, colours and imaginary worlds. My ideas come from all the things I have seen on my travels, living in different countries.”

Stephanie:  “What is your greatest ambition as an artist?”

Christine:  “I would like to paint an enormous painting that is bigger than me, at least two metres by two metres. It would be an abstract painting that gives me the sense of entering a story or another world.”

Stephanie:  “Like Alice in Wonderland?”

Christine:  “Yes!”

Stephanie:  “Have you won any artistic awards?”

Christine:  “Yes, I won the second prize for a metaphoric painting in May 2011 at the Forum in Hotel de Ville, Lausanne.”

Stephanie:  “What are you working on at present?”

Christine:  “I have two upcoming exhibitions that I am preparing a series of stucco paintings called “Aspects végétales” one of which will be at the Montreux Art Gallery in November.

Stephanie: “When and where can we next see your paintings?”

Christine: “At the Clinique Genolier from the 5th of September until the 5th of November 2011 or MAG (Montreux Art Gallery) from the 10th to the 14th of November 2011″.

Music festival, Learning Languages and Photo Exhibition

The weather remains warm here in Nyon and if you want to go to one more outdoor music festival, then the Jval festival held in the vineyards above Begnins is in a lovely setting and a great way to round off the summer. On the programme tonight (Friday) is punk Evelinn Trouble from Zurich, (she performed at Paléo this year). Check out the full programme, tickets available from Disques Service in Nyon.

Learn a language

The new Migros Ecole club brochure is out now with a full listing of all the courses that it runs at its further education centre in the centre of town (just below the supermarket and where you can pick up a brochure). There are classes in French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Russian and other languages. There are also classes held in English such as drawing and painting, art history, and gourmet cooking. There are even various walks offered under the sports section such as a walk to see the sunrise on Mont Blanc and there are classes in information technology too. Check out the site

Photo exhibition

Over in Prangins at the Swiss National Museum, the exhibition of Swiss photography from the 1930s continues until the 25th October.