Ville de Genève


Arts and Culture in Geneva in English

The following web pages contain a directory of cultural activities in Geneva which can be enjoyed by English-speakers without any knowledge of French.
in English culture Ville de Genève 2013
© M. Dégerine

A dynamic, cosmopolitan city like Geneva devotes a large part of its budget to cultural affairs. Supporting creativity in the arts and facilitating public access to culture in all its forms are the principal policy objectives of the Department of Culture and Sport.

The following web pages contain a directory of cultural activities which can be enjoyed by English-speakers without any knowledge of French. Everything you need to know about a variety of presentations, from art exhibitions to all theatre and cinema productions in English is just one click away. Additionally, every municipal library has a selection of English language books, and all City of Geneva museums and art galleries provide English-language commentaries. Remember to check out the annual neighbourhood and city-wide events, like the period-costume pageant and historic parade of the Escalade in December.

We wish you lots of exciting discoveries as you explore the City of Geneva’s cultural scene!


What's on in April at the MEG

Mini-musicians meet at the Grand Bazar! L’Espace Musical, a specialized music school, sets up shop in the Atelier workshop space on the first floor of the MEG. With specially adapted instruments from around the world, little hands from 0 to 2 years old and their chaperones go exploring the wide world of sound.
Sunday 1 April 2018
2PM - 4:30PM Recess from 3:15PM to 3:30PM
Free of charge - From 0 to 2 years of age, with a chaperone
No reservations - limited space

This MEG workshop offers a playful and creative way to discuss your character and characteristics as a family, a group of friends or on your own before designing your own individual or group totem pole. Light and shadow projections play with each other as you stack the elements that build your totem. Are you more of a flexible chameleon or a perfectionist eagle?
Sunday 1 April 2018
2PM – 5PM
Admission free - All ages - familiy-friendly
No reservations - limited space

As people lead increasingly mobile lives, inter-ethnic couples have become a regular feature of life in many places, including Japan where a growing minority of hafu (mixed race Japanese) is emerging. What does it mean to be mixed-race in a country where cultural diversity used to be completely non-existent?
Film by Megumi Nishikura & Lara Pérez Takagi (Japan, 2013, 90’, French subtitles)
Sunday 8 April 2018
5PM - 6:30PM
Free of charge - 12 years old and above - suitable for English speakers
No reservations - limited space

Grup Simsek: five musicians who sparkle and bubble as they perform popular Turkish music hits and their own psychedelic rock numbers with equal talent. Taking their lead from the saz and Derya Yildirim’s charismatic voice, the other musicians of Grup Simsek hail from England, Italy, France and Germany.  This young band’s cultural mix infuses new life into the age-old Anatolian musical tradition.
Thursday 12 April 2018
9PM - 10:30PM
CHF 12 or 8 - All ages
Tickets online or at MEG welcome desk - limited space

Between 1949 and 1986, the voraciously curious founder of the legendary record label Folkways, Moses Ash, published all the sound and musical traditions he came across in his work as a music editor. From Woody Guthrie’s folk to the Selk’nam chants of Tierra del Fuego, from French Résistance fighters’ poems to frogs croaking, without any kind of hierarchy or value judgement.
Film by Stephanie Daniels & Andrea Kalin (USA, 2009, 53’, Original English version)
Sunday 15 April 2018
5PM - 6:30PM
Free of charge - 12 years old and above - suitable for English speakers
No reservations - limited space

This Ain’t No Mouse Music is a film that acts as a kind of archaeological survey of American musical traditions beginning in the 1960’s: blues to Tex-Mex, Cajun to R&B. It goes to the remotest parts of the country to document authentic American musical experiences. Full of interviews of indigenous music-makers, the film is a journey to the roots of the USA’s manifold musical treasures.
Film by Maureen Gosling & Chris Simon (USA, 2014, 92’, Original English version)
Sunday 22 April 2018
5PM - 6:30PM
Free of charge - 12 years old and above - suitable for English speakers
No reservations - limited space

This thrilling documentary takes us along the migratory paths of Indo-Caribbean music and its neo-traditional genres. The film features many different musical styles with a particulat focus on tassa percussion and covers 20 years of interviews in India, Trinidad, Surinam, New York and the Fijian communities of California. A dynamic mix of music surviving on the fringe and unique innovative genres.
Film by Peter L. Manuel (USA, 2010, 53’, Original English version)
Sunday 29 April 2018
5PM - 6PM
Free of charge - 12 years old and above - suitable for English speakers
No reservations - limited space

Living in Geneva

Culture and Art

The Arts Centre |
The Arts Centre offers, in particular, staged productions, workshops and conferences and welcomes resident professional artists.

L’Abri |
L'Abri is a space dedicated to performance, exhibitions, rehearsals, exchanges and artistic experimentation for young talents.

Useful Links |
English community online to meet expats and locals in Geneva, join local activities and share information.

Geneva |
Everything you need for life in the Lake Geneva region

Know-it-all passport® |
English-language guidebook and community website for Geneva, Vaud and neighboring France

Things To Do In Geneva |
A lifestyle, leisure and cultural blog that keeps an eye out for trending activities and events for expats and anglophones in the Geneva area.

Geneva Tourism |
Geneva Tourism & Conventions will guide you through the city and its region. Find all th information you need: walks, events, and exhibitions.

CAGI- Geneva Welcome Center |
CAGI's web-portal dedicated to welcoming international expats in Geneva

Local media in English

WRS, Lake Geneva’s Voice |
The English-language radio station (the only English-language radio broadcasting in Switzerland and works with BBC World Service).

Le News |
Le News - Weekly Swiss News in English (Free, Le News is published every two weeks, on a Thursday).



© Sam Nightingale


A performance/exhibition created as part of an ongoing collaboration between Hannah Black, Bonaventure (Soraya Lutangu) and Ebba Fransén Waldhör. Previous iterations took place at MoMA PS1, ICA London, the Chisenhale Gallery, and at the 9th Berlin Bienniale. This time around, the concept/figure of Anxietina the anxiety superhero becomes a utopian-dystopian-notopian biosphere, running at a loss and gradually falling apart as Nxietin, now become a kind of atmosphere or womb, recalls and attempts to reproduce the external world of which she is now a partial ersatz.

30.03-22.04 - Centre d'art contemporain

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The Goldfish and the Inner Tube
© Grégory Batardon

The Goldfish and The Inner Tube

Following in the steps of her aunt Lucinda, the young American dance artist Ruth Childs is back at the ADC for a burlesque-inspired duet with musician and performer Stéphane Vecchione. Their installation of forty inner tubes becomes a playground of sound, symbol, movement and metaphor where the two artists present a collection of abstract, absurd and ingenious situations.

11.04-15.04 - ADC, Salle des Eaux-Vives

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NOETIC/ICON, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Festival STEPS
© Bengt Wanselius, GöteborgsoperanDanskompani

NOETIC/ICON, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Festival STEPS

When a cheeky dance genius meets a master of contemporary sculpture, the results are pretty amazing. Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Sir Anthony Gormley (of The Angel of the North fame) come to Geneva for two nights only in the Migros STEPS dance fest, with NOETIC and ICON, the first for the Gothenburg Opera Dance Company of Sweden, and the second for Cherkaoui’s own company Eastman. This double bill will balance two complete opposites. NOETIC: lucid, classy, light and elegant as a feather on the breeze, and ICON moving on stage with 3.5 tonnes of clay.

19.04-20.04 - Bâtiment des Forces Motrices

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Singin' in the Rain
© Simply Theatre Sàrl

Singin' in the Rain

Local theatre school Simply Theatre Academy’s production of one of the greatest movie musicals of all time hits the Casino-Théâtre on Rue de Carouge with a splash! This faithful and loving adaptation by the original award-winning screenplay team is exuberant, funny, and filled with a downpour of songs you know and love - plus live, on-stage rain!

14.04-22.04 - Casino Théâtre

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European Artistic Craft Days
© Association suisse des métiers d'art

European Artistic Craft Days

Over three days, the craftspeople and artisans of some of Geneva and Switzerland’s rarest and most exceptional trades open the doors of their workplaces to the public. Set decorators, watchmakers, art restorers, props masters, shoemakers, bookbinders… The list of these exciting and highly creative professions just goes on and on! All activities are free of charge but previous online registration is compulsory via the Swiss Arts Crafts Association website.


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King Arthur or The British Worthy
© Grand Théâtre de Genève

King Arthur or The British Worthy

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) was a keen composer for the theatre and supplied the playwrights of his time with expressive, ingenious and stirring stage music. For John Dryden’s long-winded historical fantasy about King Arthur trouncing the Saxons, he supplied an hour and a half of his best and most inventive airs, choruses and dances. The Frost Scene, with its eerie, trembling baritone line, has become famous in our time, after several pop music covers. Leonardo Garcia Alarcon’s brilliant baroque conducting should give an interesting Mediterranean twist to this most English of early musicals.

26.04-09.05 - Opéra des Nations

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Count Basie Orchestra
© Droits réservés, Count Basie Orchestra

Count Basie Orchestra

There aren’t many people left who remember seeing the Count himself at the Victoria Hall decades ago. No matter: the legacy of the kid from Red Bank, New Jersey is kept alive by the Count Basie Orchestra led by the trumpet player Scotty Barnhart. Their one-night stop in Geneva promises a trip down memory lane to the great years of jazz, with Basie’s characteristic piano innuendos, sassy brass ensembles and swinging guitar rhythm section as young as they were in 1938 at New York’s Savoy Ballroom for the One O’Clock Jump.
27.04 - Victoria Hall

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