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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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

Rush 2


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

Courtesy lacôte.ch

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



Night Time Skiing and Fondue, Flea Market and Music – Events this weekend


Photo above – A  “sitting room” alongside the lake, part of Nyon flea market.

A selection of weekend events  chosen by Jonas Parson – Living in Nyon guest writer

Night-Time Skiing and Fondue in St-Cergue

Enjoy skiing down St-Cergue’s two  slopes lit up after dark, with unlimited access to both ski-lifts. Once you’re done with the snow, treat yourself to a fondue in one of the restaurants associated with the offer.

Special offer costs 33 CHF  per person for skiing and the fondue. Available Tuesday to Saturday, from 18:00 to 21:30. Booking a table at the restaurant is advised. Telephone numbers of all the restaurants and more information on the St-Cergue tourism office website: Click here


Photo above –  Fleamarket stall in the old town of Nyon, courtesy Jonas Parson

Flea Market in Nyon on Sunday 24th February

Every last Sunday of the month, there is a traditional flea market that takes place along Nyon lakeside. Walk along the lakeside, stroll by stalls full of (sometimes intriguing artifacts it’s and fun for everyone, even if you’re not looking for anything in particular. From 08:00 to 18:00

Sons of Noel and Adrian” at La Parenthèse

British band “Sons of Noel and Adrian” will be playing at La Parenthèse this Saturday night. Critically acclaimed for their second album, this new-folk band based in Brighton are know for their epic live performances, sometimes bringing on stage a number of their musician friends. Their music is powerful and light at the same time, with haunting vocals similar to alternative band Beirut. Check their website for a video of the band.Click here  and read an interview here. Click here   The concert is free.


Neil Young And Crazy Horse To Play At Paleo Festival !

Courtesy Paleo festival

Neil Young And Crazy Horse To Play At Paleo Festival !
Earlier this month, Paleo confirmed that this year’s edition will start with what promises to be an amazing concert by rock’n’roll legend Neil Young.  20 years after his last concert on the plain of l’Asse, he will be performing his latest album, Psychedelic Pill, with his long-time backing band Crazy Horse on Tuesday 23rd of July.
The entire line-up of the festival, which will take place from the 23rd to the 28th of July, will be revealed on Tuesday 16th of April. The ticket-office will open at midday on the 17th.
More info on Paleo website

Caribana Headlines Announced
Archive will be playing in Crans-près-Celigny on the Thursday 6th of June. This English electro-pop band will bring its American indie pop band FUN will be playing on the lake-side on the 8th of June. Their second album, “Some Nights”, came out last May, and their single “We are young” became an instant hit, topping charts in the US. They will be bringing their highly contagious energy and good mood for an evening of… fun!

Caribana has also launched the first edition of the Caribateens DJ Contest. Open to all between the ages of 12 and 17, this competition will take place ont the 1st of May at the After club in Nyon, and the three winners will get to play during the festival, on the 9th of June. You can sign up until the 3rd of March on the website by joining an mp3 file.
Tickets are already on sale here

(Very) Early Walk To See The Sun And Moon Meet!
This Sunday  an early morning hike from St-Cergue will take place to admire the sunrise. Leaving from the Archette car-park in St-Cergue at 06:15, and guided by moonlight, you will climb to a peak at 1555 metres where you will be able to see the sunrise over the Alps. After enjoying a panoramic view from the top of the Jura, you’ll stop for a coffee-break at the Ski-Club chalet, before walking back down to St-Cergue, at around 12 o’clock. A refreshing soak at the Cheserex swimming pool is planned for the afternoon, where you will be able to have a snack.
The walk will take about 5 hours, and you must be equipped with snowshoes, a frontal light, walking sticks, and a change of clothes (don’t forget your camera!) The walk is free, safe for the entry fee to the swimming pool. Please announce yourself by writing to this address: sigihaller@bluewin.ch

Courtesy Sigi Haller


“C’est la vie”: Swiss Press Photo Exhibition

If you are interested in recent Swiss history, this photo exhibition in the Chateau de Prangins looks back at 60 years of local press photography. What better way to understand the last 60 years but through the eyes of the people who lived it? Ranging from the exceptional to everyday life, these photos give us a glimpse of the past. Until the 19th of May. More info here

Caveau De Nyon Events In Late January And Early February
The Caveau de Nyon, situated under the Castle, will be hosting the following events. Booking is required for all events.
Thursday 31st January at 18:30: Apero jazz

Thursday 7th February from 19:00 : Raclette a gogo (30.-)

Saturday 9th February from 12:00 : Papet vaudois (20.-) (book before the 27th)
More info on website

*Amateurs of electronic and experimental music can discover Stade at the Usine a Gaz on Friday. This Swiss duo composed of pianist Pierre Audetaz and drummer Christophe Calpini explore the universe of experimental jazz and electronica music. On of their latest projects will also take place in Pully this weekend, involving a dance company interacting with the music via sensors.(See here) They will be playing with Mc Granite, from Swiss band Aloan, in a free concert at the Usine a Gaz at 21:00.

*Folk aficionados can go to the Parenthèse on Thursday fo a concert by folk musician Denison Witmer on Thursday. This artist from Pennsylvania has played with bands such as Cat Power or Sixteen Horsepower over the last fifteen years. French indie rock band Appletop will be playing on Friday. You can get further info and the full line-up on the Parenthèse facebook page.

*There will be a Jazz jam session at the Quai 23 pizzeria in Nyon on the 31st of January. It will be animated by a quartet formation with a guitar, double bass and sax player.