Theatre show in English at the Usine a Gaz – 4 pairs of tickets to be won.


There are four pairs of tickets (2 pairs per night) to be won to see “Western Dramedies” at the Usine a Gaz in Nyon on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th February.

This show will be performed in English and the production is based on a travel trip which the actors took along Highway 66, between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City.

You can read more here (in French only)  To be in with a chance to win tickets, email, and specify which night you would like to attend (Thursday or Friday).  Note: please do not email Living in Nyon for the tickets.

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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


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.

Swiss scenes by local artist – Ideal for a gift or a souvenir

If you are looking for a a souvenir of Switzerland, a gift for a friend or colleague, or simply a work of art for your own home, then it’s worth taking a look at the work and gallery of local artist Rita Mancesti.  This gallery, named Artiswiss is located under the lovely old arcades in the village of Coppet and Rita welcomes both expats and English-speaking tourists interested in acquiring an original painting of the area.

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She  also accepts orders for specific scenes; whilst incorporating her own personal style,  if required she  can integrate some of the client’s personal history within the painting.  Plus, there is no upfront fee at the time of ordering the painting!

Rita Mancesti Gallery close up

 One of the key advantages of Rita’s workshop is that you can meet the artist and watch her working on-site. If you are a regular visitor you may even see a painting develop from very start to completion. This usually takes around  three weeks.   

Rita told Living in Nyon  I like this direct exchange: creating an artwork in front of visitors’ eyes. We share stories, and it then turns to be a living art, in the sense that I can explain how I am working and which ideas inspired me. Often children are the first being attracted by the gallery, and encourage their parents to come inside”.

Photo Rita Mancesti

Photo above – Rita Mancesti  – Rita was born in 1970 in Geneva, and has lived in Vaud since 1994.

Future plans for the gallery include representing locally-famous painters, bringing diversity in the interpretation of Swiss scenes  particularly the beautiful Leman area. 

Rita Mancesti front door gallery

The opening of Artiswiss Mancesti Art Gallery coincides with the launch of her book called “Coquille de Lumière – an interesting 25 years-retrospective covering 450 paintings and some sculptures – in a high quality 110-page book. It can be purchased at the Artiswiss Gallery in Coppet or ordered on the website. An English version will be made available in 2015.

You can find the  Artiswiss Mancesti Art Gallery – Grand Rue 28b, Coppet  Telephone  079- 216 5599.  The gallery is open daily from 09.30-12.30 (except Wed and Sun), or via appointment.  Rita speaks English, German, Italian spoken and the gallery accepts credit cards.  There are also monthly highlights and updates on Rita’s own website 



L’Elastique Citrique tours lakeside aboard ancient sailing boat next week- daily shows in ports.


“Famille de cirque” performing last year at Paléo

A year after performing at Paleo, L’Elastique Citrique, Nyon’s circus school will be going on tour next week down the Vaud lakeside. The circus troupe, made of about 20 artists who train at the circus school several times a week will be on tour for a week, but there’s a twist: they’ll be touring aboard a boat!

La Demoiselle is a replica of an old sailing ship that used to transport rocks from quarries on the lake during the 19th century. There are for ships of her kind sailing on Lake Leman, including the Neptune in Geneva. The boat is run by an association called “La barque des enfants”, and it is used for pedagogical outings and camps on the lake. La Demoiselle was built over 15 years in Montreux and Villeneuve by workers on the dole, and is now used by schools and groups. As the association has quite strong social values, the boat is offered to associations and groups for half the price it actually costs to sail her for a week (which is 10 000 francs!), and they make the missing money by also renting the ship out for private venues and corporate outings.

The ship itself is 30 meters long, weighs 75 tons, and has two large Latin sails. It is fully equipped with a kitchen, toilets and 24 beds.

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Courtesy- Samuel Schlapbach


You may have seen the artists from L’Elastique Citrique at Paléo last year, clad in red, or performing in the streets of Nyon for Vision du Réel. This is part of their new project, “Famille de Cirque”, which is a much lighter project than past shows, and involves a lot of improvising and street theatre. For the tour, they have created a 40 minute show which they will play in the ports they land in along the lake. Using very little material (a large red circle, some juggling balls and two unicycles), they will offer a 360° show to the people come to see them. In the spirit of street performances, the show will be free, and the audience will be able show their appreciation of the show by slipping a few notes in the hats passed round at the end of the show. The show, called “La Vie en Rouge” [life in red, a pun on “La vie en Rose”, by Edith Piaf] will be all about relationships and passion. Why red, might you ask? Well, it’s the colour often associated to circus, and to different passionate feelings like love, anger… It is a recurring colour for L’Elastique Citrique.

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Courtesy- Samuel Schlapbach


The tour will start on Sunday across the lake in France, in the private settlement of Port Ripaille, on the 14th of July. La Demoiselle will then slowly make her way down to Nyon via La Tour de Peilz, Morges, St-Prex, and Geneva. You can find all the informations about the tour (dates, locations and time of the shows) below. Nyon Région TV, Nyon’s local television chain has done a video on the tour, which you can watch here. (first five minutes)

You can come and see L’Elastique Citrique on the following dates:

15th July  – La Tour-de-Peilz – 20h30 at theBains-des-Dames
16th July – Morges – 20h30 at the Port du Petit-Bois
17th July – St-Prex – 17h et 20h30 at the  Place d’Armes
19th July – Genève – 20h30 near the Jet d’eau opposite the Pierres du Niton
20th July – Nyon – 17h and 20h30 near the crane (east side of Rive)

“Some Like it Hot” at Outdoor Cinema. Wine, Art and Music events coming up


Picture above – the Bol D’ Or – Art by Rita Mancesti, see more about this artist below.


The film showing tonight (20 August) at the Open Air cinema in Nyon is the classic (and digitally restored) film comedy  “Some Like It Hot” directed by Billy Wilder starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.  A most appropriately titled film for the current weather that we are experiencing right now!  The film begins at 21:00, there is a bar and small café on site for pre-dinner  snacks and drinks. See

Wine Tour in English in September

Interested in finding out more about  local Swiss wine?  Then you might like to go on this wine tour on the 1st September which will take place in and around the vineyards above Morges. See flyer below for details.

Autumn and Winter Music events coming up.

Even though summer is still with us, many of  the local arts and music venues have now released their new Autumn/Winter programmes. The Usine a Gaz is Nyon’s own permanent arts and music venue and their programme (which is scheduled right up until May next year) can be found here. 


La Parenthèse, the small underground bar in Nyon’s old  town, has also released its programme of  music  for September.  Bands from Australia, Canada and Switzerland are on the line up, see their site here and a previous article on this music venue.


There are two local artists who have ongoing projects at the moment. Firstly, Rita Mancesti who runs her own gallery in Coppet (and has previously been featured on this site), currently has an exhibition in the Clinique Genolier gallery called  “Du coté de la Lumière” .

The Clinique regularly features art exhibitions in its gallery space and is open to the public from approx 07:30 to around 19:00 each day. This exhibition is due to end on the 1st September and you can see and hear more about it in this video below from Nyon Regional TV (from approx 09.21 minutes onwards).

Art O’Baz du 21 juin 2012 par nyonregiontv

Have your portrait painted in an art project! 

Stephanie Fonteyn, another local artist who has also been featured on this site, has recently launched a new art project called The 100 Faces Project in which she will paint 100 portraits in 360 days.

 Image above – Crystel – One of the faces in the “100 Faces project”.

When she has finished painting the 100 faces, they will be exhibited as a collective giant portrait mosaic measuring 4m x 4m.  If you would like to find out more about this project (or your face be part of it!) see the website here for more details.