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



Latin music tonight and “Free Running” in Nyon


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.


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.

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. 

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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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Nashville Night in Nyon. Weekend events plus “Rush”, film on 1976 Formula One season,Monday Movie in English

Here are selection of weekend events in the Nyon area, plus, the Monday night movie (in English) on the 30th September at the Capitole in Nyon is “Rush”.  The film focusses on the 1976 Formula One season and the rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.  Details below.

Tonight Friday the 27th September, it’s Nashville Night in Nyon at La Parenthèse, the underground music venue in the old town with two performers from the U.S  Erin Rae McKaskle and Analisa Nutt.  See an extract of an interview with the performers on Nyon region TV  below ( partly in French/ English  and singing in English) and hear how they like Switzerland!   They will be on stage at 22:00

ART O’ BAZ du 26 septembre 2013 par nyonregiontv

Désalpe in St Cergue, Jazz at Conservatoire, Fleamarket,

Saturday 28th –  

Tomorrow  it’s the Désalpe in St Cergue, the annual ceremony when herds of decorated cows are brought down from the mountain and paraded through the village. If you are new to the area and haven’t been before, it’s a “must see” event,  but get there early, the first herd of cows come though the village from 08:30. There will be flag twirling, traditional Swiss music, food and more. Parking can be tricky at this event so it’s a good idea to take the little red train from Nyon.  Click here for info

Desalpe 3

Also on Saturday, don’t forget the Autumn Fair at the Salle Communale in Crissier from 10:00- 17:00   20 stalls with lots of good quality items for sale. Harry Potter, Children’s Games, Tombola, Hot Food and more!  Click here for info

Sunday 29th   

Sunday afternoon concert at 17:00 Jazz at the Conservatoire in Nyon on Sunday with the Marquise de Saxe (see poster below and website here)


Also on Sunday its the Fleamarket in Nyon  along the lake side, hundreds of stalls with a variety of  second hand goods on offer.

 Monday 30th September 

Monday Movie “Rush” at 20:30 at the Capitole Cinema in Nyon. See site here

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La Côte Personality 2012 Award, Les Hivernales Rock’n’Beat Festival this Weekend

Courtesy lacô

The La Côte  “personality of the year” Award 

At the end of last year, the local newspaper La Côte decided to host a competition to elect the most influential personality of the year in the la Côte region. This competition was part of  the newspaper’s aim to establish its role as an important player on the local scene. The final round of the competition was narrowed down to  five people – see below. Readers were  invited to vote for their favourite “personnalité de La Côte 2012”.

Sport, Politics and Music

The finalists selected by La Côte readers come from various sections of society and regions, from Morges, Jura, Nyon and Gingins.

Ellen Sprunger – Olympic Athlete living in Gingins

Youngest of the lot, and probably the one with the most international exposure is Gingin’s own Olympic champion, 26 year old heptathlete Ellen Sprunger. She won the title of “feminine athlete of the year 2012″, and competed in the London Olympics last summer, where she finished 19th. Alongside her athletic achievements, she is also studying for a Masters degree in sports.

Benjamin Zumstein – Music promoter

The next finalist is Benjamin Zumstein, whom Living in Nyon readers might recognise as the owner of La Parenthèse (see here for article on La Parenthèse), the music venue in the centre of Nyon. Benjamin Zumstein lives a double life: financial investment counsellor by day, he becomes the programmer of La Parenthèse by night, turning Nyon into an important place on the musical scene, helping discover rising bands- many of which then go on to play at the Paléo Festival.

Nurria Gorrite, Yves Defferard and  André Rosé – from the political scene

The next two finalists share in common their socially committed political engagement- even though not on the same level.

Nurria Gorrite, ex-”syndique” (the Swiss equivalent to a mayor) of Morges, is now a member of the Conseil d’Etat. From a working-class background, she continues to fight for the development of the region, especially when it comes to public transport.

Yves Defferard is something of a local hero in the events that took place last year when Novartis decided to close down its factory in Nyon. Trade unionist for Unia- one of the big Swiss trade unions- he was one of the people who managed to make Novartis backtrack and stay in the area. Passionate about travelling-as a way of opening up to different cultures and sensibilities, he is also part of Amnesty International.

Last but not least, André Rosé. Employee of  Nyon municipality for 16 years, this ex-swimmer has always been extremely involved in organising all of the sports events- one of his nicknames is “Monsieur Manifestation”- ie “Mr Event”. Impossible to name all of the events he helped organise over the last few years; he was in charge of the big screen on the lakeside during the Euro 2008, he helped organise the first Fête de la Vigne in 2011 and many other events, such as the Swiss wrestling competition in 2001, or the numerous events at the Stade Nyonais and the Nyon Triathlon.


Courtesy Samuel Fromhold – André Rosé and Nuria Gorite, winners of the award

A joint victory

The awards ceremony was held at the Usine à Gaz-  another important venue on the local scene, with a host of local personalities, and a series of concerts by local bands. Appreciated for their commitment to their respective towns and region by the readers of La Côte, Nurria Gorite and André Rosé were jointly elected Personality of La Côte 2012, with a shared total of 370 voices, thus linking Morges and Nyon ever closer. Quite a coup for the first instalment of what looks ready to become a new tradition in the area! Benjamin Zumstein also received a prize from the Commercial School of Nyon.

Les Hivernales- Nyon’s Newest Music Festival

Nyon deserves its title of the “Town of Festivals”, and in the past four years has added another to its list – “Les Hivernales”. Thsi festival is spread out throughout Nyon in several different venues, and shakes the hibernating city out of its stupor for a week of frenzy and dancing through the night. Dedicated to the electro-rock universe (and its multiple and expanding sub-genres), the festival presents big headlines in its two main venues, the Usine à Gaz and the Salle Communale. But its success is due to the conviviality and proximity with the artists you can get in the multitude of satellite venues across town. From the Villa Niedermeyer on the lakeside to La Parenthèse, there are more than 9 different venues in which you can discover a rich line up of electro and rock bands.

This year, Puppetmastaz, Naïve New Beaters or South Central will help you chase the winter away dancing. Les Hivernales Rock’n’Beat Festival takes place from the 28th February to the 3rd March.

Check the line-up with this video, and get more information, including the full line-up, location of all the venues and ticket prices here.



Apero Jazz at The Caveau de Nyon

The Caveau de Nyon, situated under the Castle, is hosting a Jazz concert and “apero” on Thursday 28th February, with clarinettist Gilbert Rosman and guitarist Marc Vittoz. Enjoy some nice music while discovering some good local wine in a nice setting in the cellars of the Nyon Castle.

Booking Required.

More information here