Big Brocante this weekend, “Hairspray” musical next week, 1st night Luna Classics a success

It’s the annual big Brocante this  Saturday and Sunday in Nyon and it’s also the Fête des Pirates! Take a free trip on the lake on the piarate’s Nyolue boat! Stands, food and fun. Details here Note it is also the last few days of the open air cinema in Nyon. The film showing tonight Friday 22nd August is “The Giver” starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges. Details here Pirates On the 29th -31st August the Really Youthful Group’s production of “Hairspray” will be performed in Nyon. “Hairspray” is a social commentary on the injustices of American society in the 1960s. Plump teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on a local TV dance programme. When our unlikely heroine wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity  overnight and meets a colourful array of characters. She then  launches a campaign  to  break down the rules of segregation in force in American society at that time. At the heart of the struggle for civil rights is a black family who play a central role in the story and sing one of its most famous songs. Traditionally, Tracy’s mother, Edna Turnblad, is portrayed by a male actor.

The Broadway production won eight Tony Awards in 2003 and  ran for  over 2,500  performances.  In 2007 it was adapted as a musical film, starring Zac Efron and Michelle  Pfeifer, and in 2010 commenced a successful run on London’s West End. The  production is acted and directed entirely by the GAOS Really Youthful Group. More details here


 The first night of Luna Classics saw almost a full house to hear pianist Nelson Goerner, and clarinettist and conductor Paul Meyer, perform under the big Luna tent in Nyon. Founder and director of the festival Hazeline Van Swaay Hoog, began the evening by thanking the town of Nyon for agreeing to host the prestigious festival. She also remarked that even though there had been a few teething problems (getting the whole event set up in the transition between St Prex and Nyon), she felt they had pulled it off and she was looking forward to the next 12 days of music, dance and theatre.  See here for the full programme and for ticket details.

Helpful tip for those going to Luna Classics. It can be a little chilly towards the end of the evening under the tent, take a wrap, sweater or jacket to be comfortable. Photos below scenes form the 1st night under the tent!


 Photo above – director Hazeline Van Sway Hoog welcoming the audience IMG_4243 Paul Meyer and Pedro Franco-Lopez IMG_4251 Elisabeth Meyer – Soprano IMG_4262 Argentinian pianist, Nelson Goerner IMG_4269 IMG_4284 IMG_4295

Watch English Movies in Open Air Cinema, Go on a Ride with Nyon’s Pirates, Dine in White on L’Ile de La Harpe and more


Open Air Cinema in Nyon until 25th August- Some films in English!

The open air cinema has set up its screen until the 25th of August at the Promenade d’Italie. The following films will be shown in English:

Wednesday 14th 21:00: Wolverine 3D

Friday 16th, 21:00: RED 2

Sunday 18th,21:00 : Star Trek, Into Darkness 3D

Check the whole programme and book tickets here.


Mid-summer festival” in St-Cergue, Saturday 17th August

A tradition apparently dating back to the 1930’s, this day of festivities gives the cowherds a break from the alpages as everybody gathers in the village for bovine beauty contests, pig races and “toupin” (ie the huge cow bells) ringing. There will also be alphorn and rides in horse-drawn carts. The event takes place all day, in the middle of the village. Check the programme out here.

African Folk Music in Nyon, Sunday 18th August

The Compagnie Yankadiy will perform traditional and contemporary music and dances from Burkina Faso, in traditional dress. This takes place at the Esplanade des Marroniers from 11:00 to 13:30.


Barrel Organ Festival and Boat Parade in Rolle, Sunday 18th August

25 organists along the lakeside will turn the handle of their barrel organ for the pleasure of all, from 10:00. There will also be animations for children and a “Limonaire”, a huge and complex barrel organ (you can see a picture of one here). From 11:00, there will be a “canot” (small motor or rowing boat) parade. The day ends with a free concert in the Castle courtyard at 17:00


Dinner in White on the Ile de la Harpe in Rolle, Friday 23rd August

Initiated by bunch of friend in Paris in 1998, the “Diner en Blanc” is a concept where people meet up in an unknown but picturesque location, all dressed in white, with their own food and drinks to share a meal. This has now spread across the world, with more than 10 thousand participating in Paris and other cities, including Rolle. The next edition will take place on the Ile de la Harpe, just outside Rolle. This is a great way to meet new people in an exciting way and beautiful surroundings. Transport to the island is organised from the Casino. Inscriptions and more information here. momes

Kids’ Saturday, Nyon Saturday 24th August

Organised by the SIC- the commerce and industry association of the area, different events in the town centre, to have some fun before term starts.


Fêtes des Pirates” in Nyon, 24th and 25th August

The Nyon pirates organise two days of festivities, tying in with the traditional flea market that takes place every last weekend of the month. Free tours aboard the “Nyolue”, their boat, “Pirate Village” and different animations are organised. Eat fresh fera from the lake and meet Nyon’s very own Pirates!

Country and Rockabilly music with Rocky Sandona, Nyon Sunday 25th August

This band of accomplished musicians will take you back to the 50s with their music inspired by Johny Cash, Elvis Presley etc… From 11:00 to 13:30 at L’Esplanade des Marroniers

Return of “Monday English Movie Night” in Nyon. Open Air Cinema launches tonight in Rolle – Moves to Nyon on 30 July – Open Air in Gland

New  Head of Programmes for Nyon Capitole cinema – “Monday English Movie Night”  returns to the town
Nyon Cinema  has a new head of  programmes – Mr Patrick Dentan.
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Photo above: Patrick Dentan in the seat of David Lynch! All the seats in the Aubonne cinema have been named after a famous name in the film world.
Mr Dentan is also responsible for the programming of films at the Rex cinema in Aubonne. If you haven’t been to the Aubonne cinema before, it’s definitely worth a visit, many films are shown in English and there is an interesting choice of films on offer, from blockbusters  to documentaries to films from around the world.
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This 125 seat cinema was renovated  in 2011 and many of its original features have been retained, the cinema is in the heart of the old town, there is even a restaurant next door to partake in a pre-cinema  meal or drink!
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Photo above: The original wallpaper design and lights have been kept in the cinema.
The town and the members of the public supported the renovation and created a real community spirit behind it, the town even has its own ciné club..
Old reels light adjusted
Aubonne Cinema Film box
Photos above – Behind the scenes of the cinema  Storage for old cinema reels – Storage for digital films today in a box no bigger  than a magazine!
Patrick Dentan – Cinephile
Patrick Dentan is a true cinephile and has worked within the  cinema industry for many years. He is also responsible for programming at the cinemas in Bex and  Châtel- St Denis. He is also a film critic for Rouge FM radio and Rouge TV.  His plans for Nyon cinema include holding special events and evenings at the cinema and he has reinstigated the return of the “Monday English Movie Night”.
The Capitole cinema has two screening rooms, the Leone can seat 219  and is equipped to show 2D, 3D and 35 mm films. The Fellini room  seats 89. Mr Dentan told Living in Nyon  that it’s not just the anglophones who like to see  movies in English, the Swiss too prefer to see films in their original language. Mr Dentan is also keen to encourage  the young public to all the cinemas as he says  “they are the cinema going public of the future”.   Watch this space for more news on Nyon cinema in the next few months.
Summer Outdoor Cinema in  Nyon, Rolle and Gland
The weather has finally warmed up in the Nyon region which is perfect for the start of the open air summer cinema season which begins tonight 2nd July in Rolle. This temporary outdoor cinema will be located in the idyllic setting  of the Place du Château in Rolle and the season begins with the screening of the film “Le Grand Méchant Loup” to be shown at 21:30.  The summer programme in Rolle continues right up until the 21st July with a wide variety of programming. Some films will be shown in English in V.O (version originale)

Films for the following seven days in Rolle are –  Wednesday 3rd July, “The Life of Pi” (in French), Thursday 4th “Moi, Moche at Mechant 2″ (in French), a comedy animation for all the family, Friday 5th  “Les Profs”, the very successful  French hit comedy, Saturday 6th “Man of Steel” (in English) Sunday 7th “Demi- Soeur”, (in French)  Monday 8th, “The Great Gatsby” in English, on Tuesday 9th July there will be a special viewing of the Rigoletto opera by Verdi transmitted live from the Euro Mediterraneo Festival of Taormina!   

See here for full Rolle programme    See here for ticket info

The outdoor cinema then moves onto Nyon on the 30 July  see here for full Nyon programme

Note: Date for your diary – On the 1st  August ( Swiss National Day) there will be the screening of the film “Some Girls”  a live concert film by “The Rolling Stones” which was filmed  during their US tour of 1978  at the Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas.

Note you can buy tickets at the cinema itself on the night or in advance online at

You can also buy tickets at Rolle Tourism office  (cash only) and in Nyon at the Ticket office in Migros in La Combe shopping centre

Open air cinema in Gland! 

The town of Gland will also have an open air cinema from the 17th to the 20th July  in the courtyard of the collège des Perrerets in Chemin de la Perroude 1 in Gland.

See programme here 

Photo below: Outdoor cinema in Nyon in 2012

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Hello Switzerland magazine now out, Events – Fashion event, Monday film in English, Christmas Market, Trad Jazz, Nativity Service


There are a lot of activities going on in the Nyon and Geneva region at this time of year. Read on for a selection of these below.

Winter issue of Hello Switzerland now out.

The image above and in the banner on this post, is taken from the winter issue of  “Hello Switzerland” magazine. This magazine is free to subscribers and contains a wealth of useful articles. This latest issue features an interview with a mountain guide (he gives advice on how to remain safe in the mountains), to an article on the night watchman of Lausanne cathedral. There is a dedicated section for the Romandie area too.

Whether you have been here living in Switzerland for just a few months, or for many years, it makes interesting reading.  Click here to find out more about this magazine and to subscribe. You can also read the articles in the magazine on line by clicking here

Events coming up in the area

Saturday 8th December – Olivia Pedroli will be singing at the Usine a Gaz in Nyon at 20:30.  For full details of concert click here  For more info on the singer (in English) click here

 Thursday 6th December – Fashion event to celebrate 10 years of Karen Millen in Geneva plus – 20% discount of Autumn winter collection plus champagne and canapés will be served!

Monday 10th December –  Movie in Nyon in English, the comedy  “Ted” at 20:30. 

Short synopsis –  “As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John’s side ever since – a friendship that’s tested when Lori, John’s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship”.

La Côte Anglican Church

Sunday 9th December   La Côte Anglican Church – Nativity Service performed by children at 16:00

10.00 Holy Communion in Divonne celebrating Advent 2  and then 16.00 Nativity Service in Gingins

See here for more details

Morges  5th-9th December  Christmas Market. 

The biggest covered Christmas market of French-speaking Switzerland in the  wooden hall at Morges railway station. More than 190 artisans  displaying their wares.  More details click here  Free entrance.

Photo above  courtesy – Morges Tourism
Nyon 7th December – Trad Jazz  at 20:30 at club 1306  in Nyon
Group – The Fats Boys, an homage to Fats Waller. Full details see here


“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.