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

Night Time Skiing and Fondue, Flea Market and Music – Events this weekend


Photo above – A  “sitting room” alongside the lake, part of Nyon flea market.

A selection of weekend events  chosen by Jonas Parson – Living in Nyon guest writer

Night-Time Skiing and Fondue in St-Cergue

Enjoy skiing down St-Cergue’s two  slopes lit up after dark, with unlimited access to both ski-lifts. Once you’re done with the snow, treat yourself to a fondue in one of the restaurants associated with the offer.

Special offer costs 33 CHF  per person for skiing and the fondue. Available Tuesday to Saturday, from 18:00 to 21:30. Booking a table at the restaurant is advised. Telephone numbers of all the restaurants and more information on the St-Cergue tourism office website: Click here


Photo above –  Fleamarket stall in the old town of Nyon, courtesy Jonas Parson

Flea Market in Nyon on Sunday 24th February

Every last Sunday of the month, there is a traditional flea market that takes place along Nyon lakeside. Walk along the lakeside, stroll by stalls full of (sometimes intriguing artifacts it’s and fun for everyone, even if you’re not looking for anything in particular. From 08:00 to 18:00

Sons of Noel and Adrian” at La Parenthèse

British band “Sons of Noel and Adrian” will be playing at La Parenthèse this Saturday night. Critically acclaimed for their second album, this new-folk band based in Brighton are know for their epic live performances, sometimes bringing on stage a number of their musician friends. Their music is powerful and light at the same time, with haunting vocals similar to alternative band Beirut. Check their website for a video of the band.Click here  and read an interview here. Click here   The concert is free.


“Living along Lac Léman” book is now for sale! – The perfect gift for everyone.

Tuesday evening in Nyon saw the official launch of  the book “Living along Lac Léman”. Thankyou so much to all those who came to the Villa Thomas at the COV for the vernissage/launch.

Photos above. Happy book fans!

The venue in the stunning lake side setting made it the perfect place to launch the book. It also gave readers of this site,  La Côte newspaper, and other members of the public a chance to mingle and enjoy a glass of local Swiss wine, along with tasting some British cheeese from the British Cheese Centre of Switzerland. 

Photo above: the Villa Thomas along the lake side. Note – there will be a jazz concert at the Villa Thomas on Friday 7th Oct see COV for here for full details

There were also representatives at the event from the various local festivals (Paléo, Caribana, Visions du Réel etc),  from Nyon town council and Nyon tourism giving those there the opportunity to find out more about the three festivals and local issues.

Photo above – Checking out the book at the vernissage

About the book –  The perfect company gift, birthday or Christmas present.

Packed with columns articles and photos the book is is a light hearted look at life along the shores of lake Geneva and contains a selection of columns which have been published for the last two years in English every Friday in La Côte newspaper.  This weekly column is a conversation is about the people, places and events in Vaud as seen through the eyes of a British expatriate.

Photo above: left C. Nelson-Pollard author of “Living along Lac Léman”, right Contessa Pinon – editor of La Côte newspaper

With observations on unusual Swiss customs and on the peculiarities to be found in both the French and English languages, it also comments on other subjects such as the jargon that estate agents use when advertising houses for sale, the difficulties of making a fondue, or trying to say a telephone number in French.

Image above – article from book called  “Figuring it out”

With other articles on local festivals, the Désalpe and more, and packed with photos that capture the colour and essence of the Léman region, the book makes a perfect gift for someone who has just moved to the area. It  will also delight those who have lived here for a while, whether expat of Swiss, in recognising  the slightly side quirky side of Swiss life whilst acknowledging the beauty of the Léman area.

Image below – Article from book called “A saisir!” (on estate agents’ jargon)

At just 29 CHF, the book is available to order through this site, just click on “Living in Nyon” book on the top side bar to order.  Free delivery in the Nyon, Coppet, Rolle and Prangins area.  

From  Tuesday 11th October, the book will also be for sale at Nyon tourist office  Opening hours  Monday-Friday 08:30 -12:30/ 13:30 -17:30

Special book signing – The author will be signing copies of the book at Nyon tourist office on Friday November 4th from 16:00- 18:00.  An ideal opportunity to pick up a copy and find out about events and winter activities happening in the Nyon and St Cergue region.

Photo above and below – Selling the books left to right. Anna Hiller Bedlington, Suzy Nelson-Pollard, Nicola Bedlington.

All photos of the vernissage –  Catherine Lewis photography see site here

Villa Niedermeyer is now officially open – Events on this weekend

The sound of jazz and classical music drifted over the lake on Tuesday evening as pupils from the Conservatoire of Nyon (COV) played at the official opening of the Villa Niedermeyer. This villa, which is situated next to the Villa Thomas (the current home of the Conservatoire) had remained empty for many years and it was becoming increasingly dilapidated. It was given a new lease of life when in 2010, the municipality gave the green light for the COV to renovate it and to use the premises. 

This Sunday there will be a “Fête d’inauguration” (opening party) for the public at the Villa Niedermeyer with events  taking place on the lake side and in the building itself.  Click here for the full programme  beginning at 10:00 and continung right through until 18:00. The weather is predicted to be sunny and hot on Sunday, a perfect opportunity to sit by the lake side and listen to music in this lovely setting. Louis Nidermeyer was a composer and musician and was born in Nyon in 1802 and died in Paris in 1861.

Flea market and country music

Meanwhile, for all brocante lovers on Sunday 26 June and further along the lakeside, it is the monthly flea market in Nyon.  See site here.

Also on Sunday over in the square by the Roman columns in Nyon, country music band “Tex Mäx” will be playing from 11:00 to 13:30 as part of the summer Sunday lunch concerts of the Association de la Place ds Maronniers. See their site here

Brazilian music tonight Friday 24 June

On Fri 24 June Brazilian music is on the programme at the 1306 club (the small private night club in the old town) with  “Miriam do Rio e convidados”.  More details here.  Entry is free – note there is a hat passed around for contributions for the performers at the end the evening.

On Saturday 25 June at the Usine a Gaz, it’s the end of year fete of ADAC (Académie des Art Creatifs) with performances by its pupils.  It’s an opportunity to find out more about the courses offered by the association. You can also read about them on their site (section here in English).

Sailing regattas on Tuesday nights in Nyon

The photo in the banner was taken from the lakeside on Tuesday night. Did you know that Tuesday nights are also “regatta nights” for Nyon’s sailing club?  On these nights in the summer season, you can see the yachts sailing and competing in competitions on the lake.  To find out more about Nyon’s sailing club see their site here

Open day weekend at the Clinique de Genolier and in the Commune of Trélex

The private hospital La Clinique de Genolier is having an open day weekend on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June. This hospital is situated above the village of Genolier and overlooks the valley below. You will be able to visit the operating theatre, see the rooms that are available for patients and observe workshops. For more information and times see here.

It’s also open day on Saturday in the commune of Trélex. From 13:30 to 16:00, the administrative offices and the salle de reception wil be open to the public.

Photography exhibition

The small photography gallery Focale  (in the corner of Place du Château), will be holding a vernissage on Friday  evening  24 June with a new exhibition at the gallery called ” Insomnies: rencontre en Palestine”. The vernissage will be at 17:30 in the presence of the photographer Reto Albertalli. The gallery is then open Wednesdays to Sundays 14:00-18:00.

Nyon’s Capitole Cinema

Finally this weekend, “Midnight in Paris” the film directed by Woody Allen (shown in the original version in English), is still on every day at 19:00. Films in French  are  “Handover Part 11″, “Kung Fu Panda 11″,  “Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides” and “Rio”.