Strong Winds and Sirens today! Ferries cancelled

There is a strong Bise wind forecast for today Wednesday 4th February and tomorrow Thursday 5th February 2015.  CGN, the lake Geneva ferry company have cancelled all ferry crossings for these two days. See here

Nyon in the ice 2012 Bench



The strong wind can often whip up a storm across the lake and create some interesting ice formations!

Sirens today at 13:30

A reminder that as this is the first Wednesday in February, it’s the day when all Sirens across Switzerland are tested. This will happen at 13:30 today.You are not required to  do anything during this time. You can read an explanation of this annual testing on the Swiss government website here



Nyon girl appearing in Royal Opera House production in London- live streaming Wednesday 21st, 20:30

A dramatic scene from Orfeo- Courtesy of Tristram Kenton for the Guardian


From the Elastique Citrique to Circus Space and beyond….

Lili Parson, a Nyon native has joined the troupe of the Royal Opera House’s latest co-production- a modern version of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, one of the first operas ever made.

Part of the Elastique Citrique, Nyon’s circus school since she was 5, training, performing and teaching there until last year, she left for London in August to join the National Center for Circus Arts (aka Circus Space) with the aim of becoming a professional circus artist. She is currently doing a year’s preparation course before auditioning for several Circus schools across Europe and the world (Brussels, Stockholm, Quebec, London…).

Lili performing in Nyon

Although she has already had some pretty impressive experiences, performing this year in Denmark at the European youth circus festival, and participating in 2013 in Labo’Cirque, a three week program aiming to give a near-professional experience to promising young Swiss circus artists through the creation of a show, the Orfeo performance is of another scale.

Produced by the Royal Opera and the Roundhouse, this daring new version of Orfeo uses an English translation of the original text, is performed on the circular stage of the Roundhouse and features a collaboration with the East London Dance Company. Lili is one of 14 young artists from dance or circus backgrounds chosen by the Company to support the singers throughout the play in a series of acro-dance pieces, giving the Opera a grounded and embodied bonus.

Lili performing on the Cyr wheel at Labo’Cirque

Although Lili’s main discipline is the Cyr Wheel- a huge ring in which she turns and performs acrobatics (you can see her in action here) she is a multi-talented artist and has been taking dancing and theatre classes as part of her year at Circus Space. She auditioned alongside some 30 people and was chosen to perform in this great experience! The rehearsals- a whole day a week since the end of October, and some more intense work over the Christmas holidays- were added to her already full schedule of training and getting ready for the Circus auditions at the end of the year, a pretty spectacular achievement!

Orfeo started on the 13th of January, to appraising critics acclaiming the freshness and directness of the production. The Royal Opera has decided to offer a free live streaming of Wednesdays the 21st’s performance, on its website. The Opera will begin at 20:30 Swiss time, at this location.

You can read a review of the Opera here.

You can catch a glimpse of Lili in this sneak-peak video.

Latin music tonight and “Free Running” in Nyon


Despite it being wet and miserable today, there will be a tropical feel to Nyon tonight (16th January) as “Nolosé” a salsa/ latin  band will be playing at the Usine a Gaz and bringing the sounds of Cuba and Puerto Rico to the town. Free entry  – doors open at 2100. See here    See their video below.


If you prefer your live music to be less energetic (and to sit down to listen to it!) there will be ballad/ guitar music at the 1306 club in the old town of Nyon. See here

If you prefer your music in the style of 80’s electronic/ pop, then check out British artist C.A.R. playing at the Parenthese tonight See here

For those who like classical music, there will be a Sunday afternoon piano recital at the Conservatoire next weekend (25th  January) See here 

Finally, take a look at this video of the Flow Movement Crew, “Free Running” around Nyon.  Living in Nyon will be interviewing these guys at some stage in the future, they obviously don’t let the dark winter days stop them from getting out and about!  You will see some familiar local sights in the video.

Happy New Year from Living in Nyon!

A Very Happy New Year to Living in Nyon readers and a big thank you to all our advertisers: Ecole Moser (a German, French and English teaching school in the centre of Nyon), the Geneva English School with its new nursery and library, Brillantmont School, an international school in Lausanne for 11-18 years olds,  Falaque restaurant in Nyon (healthy food – from their kitchen to your dining table), Rock my Baby nanny and babysitting agency, COV, the Conservatoire of Nyon – musical tuition in English and French, and finally the Usine a Gaz, Nyons’s own music and theatre venue. This site would not continue without their support. If your business or company would like to advertise with the site in 2015 and reach thousands of readers, contact to find out about our reasonable rates.

New Year’s Eve

If you are looking for somewhere to head off for New Year’s Eve, to dress up in costume and dance, the Usine a Gaz, Nyon’s own music venue is holding a masked ball on the 31st December. See here

usine new year

Alternatively, here is what’s happening in Geneva  – dancing in the Plainpalais area of the city from 22:00 to 03:00.

Over in Lausanne, gather in the streets with a bottle of champagne and watch the “burning of the cathedral”, at midnight, a tradition since 1904. See video from the RTS website.

And finally, next on the Nyon agenda is the “Three Kings” ceremony on the 6th January. The “three kings”, parade through the old town in the early evening and distribute cake to adults and children.  The timing of this event has not yet been advertised so keep watching this space.




Local Christmas Church Services/ / Misc News

WRS Christmas day Heidi's  Cup cakes 2

If you are looking for an English speaking church service in the Nyon area over the Christmas period, there are several options.

On Weds 24th Dec 2014 at 15:00 at  La Côte Anglican church in Gingins there will be a Crib service for children and at 17:00 there will be Holy Communion.

Also on Christmas Eve at 17:00 at Westlake Church in Nyon there will be carols by candle light.

In Geneva there is always a big carol service at the cathedral in the old town. Arrive in plenty of time as this is a popular service!

Holy Trinity

Miscellaneous News

Here is a selection of miscellaneous local news taken from article from La Côte newspaper over the last few months.

Firstly, La Côte has launched its annual competition to find  “La Côte personality of 2014″. From local film maker Lionel Baier, to Stand Up paddle champion Steeve Fleury, to Jean-Claude Biver, president of Hublot watches and pianist vituoso Mélodie Zhao there is an interesting selection of 12 individuals on  the list. See here

In December the company Tupperware celebrated its 50th birthday. The company has been present in the Nyon area since 1988.

First Class on the Nyon/ St Cergue Train Line.

In December 2015, passengers will have the opportunity of choosing first or second class carriages on the NStCM line. Also on the horizon (for 2016) is a train service running every quarter of hour between Nyon and Genolier.

Opposition to new McDonalds in Gland

There have been over 120 signatures on a petition to protest against the building of a McDonalds in  the Mauverney area of Gland