New fun website on Switzerland, Save WRS petition, Spring fair, Intercultural weekend and more

Photo above: Ceramic pots on sale at the Nyon Spring Market in 2008

The weather has finally warmed up and there’s lots going on here over the next few weeks in the Vaud area and a selection of events are listed below.

Firstly though, Living in Nyon is delighted to announce that from time to time it will be collaborating with the website “Newly Swissed” with a joint exchange of articles and information. The logo of “Newly Swissed”  is now on the sidebar of this site for you to click on after you have checked out the Living in Nyon news!  There is lots of fun and useful info on the site, from “Cool Facts, Design, Language, and Oddities” to “Politics, Tourism” and more. The site is run out of Zurich by a team of writers and you can find out more and how it came about by listening to a radio interview with the founder Dimitri Burkhard on World Radio Switzerland here.

Save WRS

Incidentally, if you enjoy listening to World Radio Switzerland for its coverage of news, for the music and information it provides on all manner of subjects such as: business, features and interviews etc, then do read the section on the WRS website  called “The Future of WRS, The Facts, Your Comments” . You can leave your own comments about the station there too.

As you will read, the station is threatened with closure, so you might like to know there is also an online petition for the public to sign to protest against this closure – note, this has been created by a listener, an individual who is independent of the radio station. See 

Local News / Events happening  this weekend

On Saturday 2nd June, it’s the Spring Fair which will take place in the streets around the town, the commercial shops will remain open until 18:00. There will be artisanal stands, live music, the opportunity to buy and sell second hand bikes (it is also Journée du Velo – Day of the Bike more info here), a bouncy castle for children in Place du Midi and other fun events for the family.

Then from 17:30 onwards in the Salle Communale, the  first event of the “Intercultural” weekend begins.

The Fête de l’Interculturelle is an annual celebration for all the different nationalities that live in the region. On Saturday there will be a potluck supper from 18:30 at the Salle Communale in Nyon.  Take along a dish or speciality from your region or country, and share it with others from around the world. This will be followed at 21:00 by a Brazilian evening with samba music and dance. On Sunday 3 June there will be music and traditional dance and food from around the world at the Place des Fêtes down at the Rive from 11:30 onwards.

Also, a reminder that on Saturday 2nd June there will be a big Caribbean party happening in Eysins near Nyon to celebrate 50 years of  Jamaican Independence.

“Reggae, dancehall and Jamaican vintage music as well as calypso and Latin American beats will be provided by US based DJ team “Wyclef Refugee All Stars”, flying in to Switzerland especially for this premiere event”. Tickets will be available at the door. See link here

 Sunday 3 June  – Archaeological event in the castle of Prangins – 10:00 -17:00

“Visit a Gallic village in the Roman times and watch a real battle between the Roman legionnaires and Gallic warriors. Lots of free activities for the family. Free entry”.  This info in English on this event was provided by “Know it All Passport” a site where you can find details of lots of other events happening in the Geneva, Vaud and Pay de Gex area. Click on the logo of “Know it All Passport”  on the sidebar of this site.

Caribana begins next week!

Still on the music theme, also a reminder that Caribana, the first of the summer music festivals in the area begins next week on the 6th June.  There are still tickets available for this 5 day event, performers include Kasabian, Gossip, Lou Reed, The Specials and more. See Caribana here

Finally, an apology to readers due the fact this site was temporarily unavailable for two days due to a technical and an admin hitch in the system!



Tennessee Williams, American Clubs in Switzerland, Schwarzenegger to speak in Geneva

An eclectic mix of events and information for readers from Tennessee Williams to Expat Clubs, to Health Courses in English! 

Firstly, the Glass Menagerie by Tennesse Williams will be performed by GEDs ( Geneva English Drama Society) from the 13- 17 March 2012 at the Théâtre du Centre de l’Espérance in Geneva. This play is billed as “a deeply American play which demonstrates that hope and love are understanding as well as tragic”. This play was Tennesse’s William’s first successful play before he went on to become one of America’s most highly regarded playwrights and has not been played in Geneva in English for nearly 30 years. Full details on the GEDS website. Click here.

Expat business, voluntary and professional associations in Switzerland

The Connectors, the weekly programme “by expats for everyone “on World Radio Switzerland has recently started to feature professional and voluntary expat clubs, associations and groups across Switzerland. Members and representatives of these clubs are interviewed on the show and on Thursday the 23rd February, the American International Club of Geneva was featured.

Click here  to listen to the interview. You can hear what the club does, the activities it organises throughout the year, and hear all about the speakers past and present who have been invited to speak at an AIC event.

One such event coming up is a luncheon on the 8th March in Geneva featuring Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. His talk will be ” R20  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s contribution to the low carbon energy model shift”.  For full details of this event and how you can attend Click here.  Note: the American International Club has a membership of approximately 30% American and 70% other nationalities from all over the world ie: you don’t have to be American to join! 

Would you like your club or association to be featured on World Radio Switzerland?  If so, email for more information. 

Health Courses in English in NyonFirst Aid for Child Injuries

HealthFirst is running this course on two different dates in Nyon, 1st March and 13th March 2012 from 18:30-22:00. The course is packed with practical advice, hands on training, lively discussions and lots of information.  Along with other topics, you can expect to:

  • Learn how to deal with burns, scalds and electrocution
  • Understand the importance of head injuries and what to do
  • Practice how to deal with major bleeding, cuts, bites, broken bones and sprains
  • Get advice on what you should have in your first aid kit and how to use it

 The cost is 100 CHF per person and this includes a comprehensive course booklet.  

Second hand English Books in Nyon .

There is a stall selling second hand books in different languages (including English) in the La Combe shopping centre today Friday 24 and Saturday 25 The stall is run by volunteers of Nyon hospital.

Sunday Flea Market

Flea market this Sunday the 26th February “Les Puces de Nyon” – The monthly flea market will take place down by the lake side in Nyon.