Music, Cinema, Rugby: what’s on in Nyon next week


Looking for something to do next week? Here are a few things going on in the area over the next ten days.


Both Cinéma Capitole in Nyon and Cinéma Rex in Aubonne offer special English speaking screenings. The next English films you can go and see in these two cinemas are:

Cinema Rex, Aubonne:

Gravity – 3D Monday 28th October, 20:30 part of the English Movie program

With Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine space-walk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone, tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the blackness…

You can watch the trailer here.

Cinéma Capitole, Nyon


Monday 21st October, 20:30

With Naomi Watts

A film about cult icon Lady Diana.

Watch the trailer

Blue Jasmine

Thursday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday, 18:00

With Cate Blanchett

The latest Woody Allen film

 Watch the trailer


From Schubert’s Lieder in Gland on the 24th to metal and pop rock this weekend at the Usine à Gaz with the 6th edition of Nyon’s On Fire, but also Fado in Bonmont abbey and the traditional Thursday night Jazz apéro under the Chateau in Nyon, the music offer in the area will please everyone’s tastes.

Thursday 24th October, 17:00, Théâtre de Grand Champ, Gland: Schubert’s Lieder performed by the Atelier à Coeur Joie.

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Usine à Gaz, Nyon: For the sixth year running Heimathome, an association which promotes alternative music from the area, is organising Nyon’s On Fire at the Usine à Gaz. After the success of the last few years, and a 100% Swiss headline, they have decided to tackle larger game this year. Friday night will be aimed at metal and hardcore lovers, whilst Saturday night will see the venue resonate with the electro-pop tunes of We Have Band, as well as other rock and electro bands. This will be We Have Band’s third time in Nyon, after a gig at Paléo Festival and another one in the Usine A Gaz. You can check out an interview Living In Nyon did with the band last time they came here.

More info and line-up on the festival’s website

Sunday 27th October, 17:00, Abbaye de Bonmont: Katia Guerriero will play Fado (traditional Portuguese music) in this 12th century Cistercian abbey with wonderful acoustics. Tickets cost 40.- for adults, 30.- for students and pensioners, and 20.- for children (8-15 yrs). Book on

Thursday 31st October, 18:00, Chateau de Nyon: Provinyon’s traditional jazz apéros. Come and enjoy a nice Swiss apéro with local wine whilst listening to the Geneva Boogie Woogie Trio. Entrance costs 5.-, please book on



The Swiss rugby championship will be held in Colovray on Sunday the 27th of October. Entrance is free.

The ecological association “Sol à Tous” regularly organises walks in the area to clean up the nature and pick up rubbish. Their next expedition will be in Duiller on Saturday the 26th. The rendezvous is fixed at 14:30 at the “Duillier, centre communal” bus stop. (You can take the n°820 bus to St-George in Nyon which leaves at 14:21).

A new cookery school, “Les Papilles à la fete”, has opened in Nyon, and classes are available in English! Check out the website for more information, or read a more detailed account in English on

“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

Events coming up plus Living in Nyon book launch!

Listed below are a few musical, sports and other events coming up in the area, plus news of a Living in Nyon book launch on the 4th October!  

Music –  On Saturday 24th September Canadian singer/ songwriter Ian Kelly will be playing at the Parenthèse in the centre of Nyon. His second album “Speak your Mind” sold over 40,000 copies and he is currently on an European tour. This is his only concert in Switzerland.  See his website here and details of his concert here

Jam Sessions at the Plug and Play Studios – Friday nights – From the 23rd September the Plug and Play studios in Route de Champ-Colin 10 in Nyon will be holding jam sessions on Friday nights and members of the public are invited to bring their instruments to jam with an existing studio band. This is the first time this venue is opening its doors for such an event.   See Facebook page for more details.

Jazz Concert –  Note for your diary. There will be a Jazz concert at the Salle Mingus on October 7th at 20:30 at the COV (Les Concerts du Conservatoire)  with the Michel Tirabosco Trio. The programme includes   Tango pour Claude -Richard Galiano, Suite Buenos Aires – Diego Pujjol, Suite Espagnole  – Joaquin Nin,  Aria Bourré-Badinerie – Jean Sébastian Bach and more. See COV for more details. Read more about the Michel Tirabosco Trio here

Male “trailing spouse ” Beer Night.  The next  event for male trailing spouses will be held at the Brasseurs pub in Nyon on the 27th September at 20:00. See here for details of previous beer nights. 

Rugby Match this Sunday 25th September – The Rugby World Cup is in full swing right now and if you are a fan of the game, then why not go down to the Colovray sports ground in Nyon this Sunday to see  R.C Nyon 11 Vs play  R,C Tcino  at 15:00. See Nyon rugby club site here

LIVING IN NYON  BOOK LAUNCH – TUESDAY 4th OCTOBER!  – Regular readers of this site will know that since February 2009 La Côte newspaper (the local newspaper of this region), has carried a Living in Nyon column in its Friday pages. This column is written in English and is a light hearted look at living in the region.  A selection of these columns, together with photos and other articles has been complied into a book called   “Living along Lac Léman”.

 This book will be launched on Tuesday 4th October at the Villa Thomas in Nyon at 19:00 and readers are invited to attend the launch, where there will be an opportunity to purchase the book.  More details to follow about the book itself and the retail outlets that will stock it  here on this site soon. If you would like to attend the launch, please email cnp at to register your attendance ( please note – space is limited in the venue).

Theatre, Comedy, Sport, Music and Community events in March

Cleaning up the Toblerones, Barn dance, Arthur Smith at comedy night, Climate Conference, English Theatre, Rock at Usine, Next male trailing spouse meet up and Big Rugby match

Photo above – Rock group Bench playing down at the Usine à Gaz tonight.

There are lots of events scheduled for March in Nyon and the surrounding area. Here is a selection of them for you. Note: there will be another chance for male trailing spouse readers to meet up again at the Brasseurs on the 9th March at 20:00. See below. 

Conference on Climate Protection in English 

Monday 7th March at 19:30 at the Beau Rivage, Rue de Rive 49, Nyon  The free presentation will last about 45 minutes.  

The DESERTEC Foundation was established on 20 January 2009 as a non-profit foundation with the aim of promoting the implementation of the global Desertec Concept “Clean Power from Deserts” all over the world.  Desertec is a comprehensive concept, combining energy security and climate protection with fresh water generation, socio-economic development, security policy and international cooperation. This is due to the fact that in most cases the best locations for producing clean power from deserts lie in less developed regions of the world. Take a look at the following link. Come along to the presentation to find out more, and to hear how you can help. Email

March 19 Texas Barn Dance to benefit Rwanda Project

If you and your friends would enjoy a good old-fashioned country-style barn dance, then book places at the Texas Barn Dance and Chili Dinner!  It will be held on the 19th of March at the Salle Communale of Chéserex from 19:00 to 22:30.In addition to enjoying a Texan meal of chili and barbecued ribs, assorted salads and desserts, you will learn real Texas “hoe-down” two-step and line dances.  You can have your partner thrown into a Wild West jail (and bail ’em out when you’re ready.  You can buy a raffle ticket to win great prizes direct from Texas.  There will also be a draw for which EACH ticket holder has a chance to win Africa-themed prizes donated by “Jardins – Esprit Cadeau” in Nyon.  At least one person in four will leave with prize!  And everyone will take home wonderful memories of an evening of fun!

Tickets are priced at 100chf per person, and tables can be reserved for groups of 8 to 10 people. For more info or to reserve places or make a donation see or send a mail to See ya’ll on the 19th! 

The event is a fund-raiser for a team of youth and adults from Westlake Church in Nyon who will be travelling to Cyeza, Rwanda this summer to build sanitation facilities for a local school.  Three additional years have been added to the national educational curriculum and these new facilities will enable the school in Cyeza to host additional students.  This project is a continuation of the “Community-to-Community” (C2C) project that Westlake started with Cyeza 2 years ago, working with the organisation “Food for the Hungry”.

Saturday 26th March – Cleaning of the Toblerones.

If you are interested in getting involved in a local  community project then why not help at the annual cleaning of the Toblerones?  The Toblerones are the line of triangular shaped stones (you can just see them as you drive on the route Suisse on the way to Gland from Nyon). These stones are actually made out of cement and steel and were erected during the second world war as an anti tank barricade. They begin at the lakeside and continue to the steepest point on the mountain side in Bassins. The path alongside the Toblerones is a very popular local hike but it does need cleaning up from time to time, so once a year so a group of volunteers get together to pick up debris and lost items, they have fun and finish off with a shared meal at the end of it.

Ed note: I have been told by someone who has participated that this is a good day out for everyone, children included!

If you want to take part please register here  or call Estelle Divorne (she speaks English) on 022 354 04 30 or email her

19th March – European Nations Rugby Cup match between Switzerland and Andorra at Nyon’s Colovray stadium. Match starts at 15:00 For more details see Nyon rugby club

Comedy Nights

“Funny Laundry” Comedy nights 8th March with  – Australian comedian Matthew Hardy and Marlon Davis at 20:30

and 22nd March with British Comedian Arthur Smith and the Provocateers, also at 20:30  Doors open at 19:30

Theatre – Play  – Equus by Peter Shaffer from the 15-19 March at the Theatre du Centre de l’Esperance (Geneva) performed by GEDS

Play synopsis – The play fold as a who dunnit as a psychiatrist tries to find out why a teenage boy blinded six horses. As the play progresses we find out as much about the psyche of the psychiatrist as the young boy. This production reflects the imaginative staging of the original production in London with abstract horses heads being rented from the National Theatre.  Book tickets at Theatre in English here  or see GEDS.

9th March –  Evening for male trailing spouses.

 After last month’s (Living in Nyon organised) successful get together of male trailing spouses (see post here), another will go ahead at the Brasseurs pub in Nyon on Wednesday 9th March in Nyon at 20:00. (note : later time). Didn’t manage to get to this event last time  or want to go to this next one?  Send an email to  and your name will be added to the list for all future events.

Rock Music  – 4th March in Nyon

Rock down at the Usine a Gaz tonight March 4th with “Bench” . This band from Berne say their influences are a mixture of Creedence Clear Water Revival, The Kinks and Neil Young.  You can here some of their music here on their My Space site

Free entry (hat passed round for the performers). Doors open at 21:00 Concert at 22:00

Fancy yourself as the next Jonny Wilkinson? Nyon Rugby Club welcomes new members – male and female

If you enjoying playing rugby did you know that along with being a very successful club (the club has won various competitions), Nyon Rugby Club runs two senior men’s teams, has a ladies’ team as well as a junior section?


The club is a member of l’Association des Sociétés Sportives Nyonnaises. (this is the association of sports clubs in this area). The 1st XV play in the National League and were Swiss champions in 2008 and in 2005 they completed the double by winning the Swiss cup for the third time!  The 2nds play regularly in a reserve league and also play many friendly matches.The junior section welcomes children from the age of 6.

The club plays at Nyon’s Colovray sports complex (the new home of football’s UEFA).


Training sessions for the senior men takes place at 19:00 – 21:00 every Tuesday and Thursday. English is widely spoken and the club has players who have some from all corners of the world. See the club’s own website for full details and contact info. The main info section on the site is in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.