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

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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L’Elastique Citrique celebrates its 20th anniversary, Church fair this weekend and more


Started in 1994 by François and nini Pythoud, Nyon’s circus school has grown to become an important part of the cultural life in Nyon and the region. Over 300 children take circus classes there every week, and out of those half a dozen have continued to become professional circus artists. To celebrate their 20th, they have decided to re-imagine their first show ever with these professional artists and their partners. The show Rouge, will be played seven times at the théâtre de Marens in Nyon. The première is on Thursday the 25th and the show is on until Thursday 2nd of October, building up to the weekend of the 3rd-5th of October, which will be a weekend of celebration at the Caserne, next to the Perdtemps square.

Professional artists who will be part of Rouge! performing at the beginning of the Knie show in Nyon- Courtesy Eric Bakker

Four different shows will be played by the different troups of the artists who started of at l’Elastique Citrique, as well as a disco party on Saturday the 5th with Time Machine, an 70’s-80’s disco and funk cover band. There will also be an open stage showcasing acts from some of the younger members of the school, and a big brunch on Sunday morning, followed by a ballon release to celebrate in style. Food and drinks will be catered by the team from “La Roulotte”.
L’Elastique citrique also created an act which was performed at the beginning of the Knie show which was in Nyon last week.
For the whole program and to book tickets for the shows and for the brunch, head to their website.
You can check out some of the artists performing in the show here

Vaud athletics championship
The cantonal athletics championships take place on Saturday the 27th at Colovray stadium. Athletes will compete from 8:00 to 18:00, and the entrance is free

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La Côte Church Autumn fair

As a reminder, this Saturday, La Côte Anglican church is holding its  Autumn Fair in Founex. Check previous post for more information on the event.

Annual exhibition and music
L’alpage, an artist’s studio cum art school is holding it’s annual exhibition. Paintings made during lessons will be exhibited and there will be music and rock showcases. Sunday the 28th, from 14:00 to 18:30, at 4, ch. de Bonmont. More info about l’Alpage here

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New Paléo poster out!
Paléo has brought out next year’s poster. Created by an agency from Geneva, it’s actually three different posters, which link up as a big one, showcasing some weird creatures inspired by the wacky Paléo crowd. The line-up won’t be released until early April 2015, but week-long tickets will be on sale in December, and are a perfect Christmas gift.

From Rock to Jazz, a musical month in Nyon- concerts and more around town

Autumn is back, which means going back to school for the young ones (not much fun), but also the new cultural season for all venues in Nyon (loads more fun). We are lucky to have a rich cultural offer in Nyon, between the theatre and concerts at l’Usine à Gaz, the Conservatoire’s classical concerts and La Parenthèse’s edgy musical discoveries. Here are a few shows coming up in Nyon.

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Swiss band Adieu Gary Cooper will be giving a free concert on Friday the 12th, as part of the café-concert promoting local bands.

Adieu Gary Cooper- courtesy Laura Morales

Saturday 13th sees the return of the venue’s now famous DJ nights, “Coquillages et crustacés”, as part of their 20th season. Come and dance to two decades of hits through the night. The evening is free to all born in 1995.

On the 20th, Motel Tour is organising a US Car Show. The event starts at 4 pm – join with your pre-73 American creature !
The evening will continue with a movie session at 9 pm – a unique chance to see
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) on a wide screen, before ending the night with DJs The Sons of the Desert playing true rockabilly tunes.

La Parenthèse

The venue located in a reconverted wine cellar hosts free concerts twice a week. Their program is eclectic and made of the best of the new bands on the independent scene, from rock to psych-pop and folk. A lot of the bands who play in this venue then go on to play at Paléo and get quite famous. Look out for a number of collaborations with festivals and other venues during the year, which will bring some diversity and fun to the town. You can get a taste of the first of these collaborations on Thursday the 11th of september with American band Quilt‘s psychedelic grooves and pop harmonies, presented by La Batie festival, a contemporary music and theatre festival taking place until the 13th of September.

Quilt- courtesy Daniel Dorsa

Le Pulse will share their love for soul music on Saturday 13th, promoting this quartet’s latest album

On Thursday the 18th Dan Sartain, hailing from Alabama, will rock the venue before a DJ-set on the 19th.

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Canadian band The Besnard Lakes, who have played with the likes of Godspeed You Black Emperor among others, are on on Saturday the 20th. Their psychedelic pop, inspired by an eclectic aray of styles, from the Beach Boys to post-rock, has made them minor celebrities in Canada.

The next concert hosted by the Conservatoire de Nyon will take place on the 26th of September with jazz quartet Zatar, at 20:30.