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

Parking available.

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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 

 

Shakespeare Play in English in Coppet – Directed by UK Director, production set in Switzerland.

Play next week 11- 15th November in Coppet

On the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, GEDS  (the Geneva English Drama Society) will present “Much Ado About Nothing”, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. It contains some of the Bard’s most sparkling dialogue between Beatrice and Benedick and two hours of love, jealousy and treachery. In true Shakespearean style, love triumphs in the end, while villainy is punished.

The plot

Leonato, a kindly, respectable nobleman, lives in the idyllic Italian town of Messina and shares his house with his lovely young daughter, Hero, and his playful, clever niece, Beatrice. As the play begins, Leonato prepares to welcome some friends home from a war. The friends include Don Pedro, a prince who is a close friend of Leonato, and two fellow soldiers: Claudio, a well-respected young nobleman, and Benedick, a clever man who constantly makes witty jokes, often at the expense of his friends.

GEDS is  privileged to have Ben Crystal, an actor, author, director and educator of world-renown, as our guest director. He is staging the play using original Elizabethan rehearsal techniques. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I, the production will be set in Switzerland, as troops return from guarding the borders.

For all details/ tickets times and booking see the Theatre in English booking site

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Sunday afternoon concert at Conservatoire/ French Literary evening with renowned journalist

This Sunday 2nd November, there will be a classical afternoon concert (17:00) at the Conservatoire of Nyon by  “Quator Baggi” with Felix  Froschhammer on Violin, Andrea Baggi on clarinette, Nico Prinz on violoncelle and Virginie Falquet on piano.  These classical concerts  have become a tradition at the prestigious Conservatoire  along Nyon’s lake side and are a lovely way to end the weekend!

Ticket prices  Adults  – CHF 20 , Students A.V.S CH 15 Children and members of COV, CHF 10. To reserve a seat call  TEL. 022 994 23 60,  or email info.nyon@cov-vd.ch  See COV for details.

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Evening with Bertil Galland

On Wednesday 29th October at 19:00 La Page Cornée the local French literary association will host an “Evening with Bertil Galland”.

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Photo above – courtesy La Page Cornée.

Mr Galland is a renowned name in the world of literature in French Romandie. He will recount stories and impressions from his long career, from that of editor, essayist and journalist.   The event will take place place in the foyer of the Grand-Champ Théâtre in Gland.  Tickets CHF 15 including a glass of wine and snacks.   More details see La Page Cornée.  No reservations needed.

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