20,000 residents now in Nyon/ First Class carriages on St Cergue-Nyon train.

Living in Nyon has been skimming through the back copies of La Côte newspaper to catch up with the local news. Here is a small and eclectic selection of news items and information from the last few months. Don’t forget, there is a Living in Nyon English column every Wednesday in La Côte newspaper. It can be found in the inside of the front page of the newspaper

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In December 2014,  a small ceremony was held in Nyon to welcome its 20,000th resident. The ceremony, attended by Mayor Daniel Rossellat and Mr Claude Uldry, (municipal in charge of contrôle des habitants), welcomed Filipe Mathez, the 20,000 resident to the town.

Nyon has seen a substantial growth in its population over the past few years. In 1989, there were just 13,306 residents and 15,000 in 1995. According to the local authorities, Nyon is expected to have 24,800 residents by 2020.

Passenger Submarine under the Lake! 

Did you know that at la grande Expo 64″ (the 5th national exhibition in Switzerland in 1964), one of the main attractions of the exhibition was a massive mésoscaphe/ submarine ? This submarine took paying passengers and members of the public on trips under Lac Léman!  Sadly, this submarine is no longer operational, but you can discover more about it, see the publicity posters for these underwater trips, see the inside of a mésoscaphe and learn lots more about life on and in the lake itself at the museum.   See website here (info is in English)

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Note –  there will be a presentation to the public on Monday 2nd March 2015  at 2015 to show the plans for the projected extension to this museum.  There has been some controversy over the design of this planned extension. Take a look at the designs entered into the competition here  and see the proposed winning design here. What do you think of this design? You can have your say at the presentation.

First Class Carriages due on Nyon – St Cergue train line

First class carriages are planned to be installed on the Nyon- St Cergue train line by December 2015.

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“Aunt Agatha” biscuits now made in Nyon! 

“Tante Agathe” biscuits, the  Swiss biscuit company, celebrated its 60th anniversary last year and has now moved its production from Lonay to a factory on the route de Stand in Nyon.

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With the ski season well and truly upon us, Swiss Info (the international service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation) asks the question “Are Swiss Ski Slopes too fast?” See video here. 

 Go Junking/ Brocante hunting with Lisa!

Are you a collector of brocante/ antiques and do you enjoy enjoy bargain hunting when looking for second hand items?  Looking to meet some new people?

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Then you might be interested in Lisa’s “junking+ mornings and days out in Geneva. See details here

 The Nursery and Playroom at Geneva Airport

The website called Lausanne Mom has recently updated one of its articles on the Nursery and Playroom at Geneva Airport. This is a useful article for parents who are travelling with young children and flying out of Geneva!

Nyon girl appearing in Royal Opera House production in London- live streaming Wednesday 21st, 20:30

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From the Elastique Citrique to Circus Space and beyond….

Lili Parson, a Nyon native has joined the troupe of the Royal Opera House’s latest co-production- a modern version of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, one of the first operas ever made.

Part of the Elastique Citrique, Nyon’s circus school since she was 5, training, performing and teaching there until last year, she left for London in August to join the National Center for Circus Arts (aka Circus Space) with the aim of becoming a professional circus artist. She is currently doing a year’s preparation course before auditioning for several Circus schools across Europe and the world (Brussels, Stockholm, Quebec, London…).

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Although she has already had some pretty impressive experiences, performing this year in Denmark at the European youth circus festival, and participating in 2013 in Labo’Cirque, a three week program aiming to give a near-professional experience to promising young Swiss circus artists through the creation of a show, the Orfeo performance is of another scale.

Produced by the Royal Opera and the Roundhouse, this daring new version of Orfeo uses an English translation of the original text, is performed on the circular stage of the Roundhouse and features a collaboration with the East London Dance Company. Lili is one of 14 young artists from dance or circus backgrounds chosen by the Company to support the singers throughout the play in a series of acro-dance pieces, giving the Opera a grounded and embodied bonus.

Lili performing on the Cyr wheel at Labo’Cirque

Although Lili’s main discipline is the Cyr Wheel- a huge ring in which she turns and performs acrobatics (you can see her in action here) she is a multi-talented artist and has been taking dancing and theatre classes as part of her year at Circus Space. She auditioned alongside some 30 people and was chosen to perform in this great experience! The rehearsals- a whole day a week since the end of October, and some more intense work over the Christmas holidays- were added to her already full schedule of training and getting ready for the Circus auditions at the end of the year, a pretty spectacular achievement!

Orfeo started on the 13th of January, to appraising critics acclaiming the freshness and directness of the production. The Royal Opera has decided to offer a free live streaming of Wednesdays the 21st’s performance, on its website. The Opera will begin at 20:30 Swiss time, at this location.

You can read a review of the Opera here.

You can catch a glimpse of Lili in this sneak-peak video.

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

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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