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 March at the MEG

Busy times for tiny tots 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 4 March 2018
2PM - 3:15PM & 3:30 PM - 4:30PM
Free of charge
From 0 to 2 years of age, with a chaperone
No reservations, limited space

In association with the ADEM - Spirit of Brazil festival.
Long before telenovelas existed, the working and middle classes of Brazil got their entertainment from the cordels, cheaply printed illustrated chapbooks with epic ballads of Indians, slaves, rebel bandits, musicians or plantation farmers. This is your chance to discover the fascinating world of Brazilian street literature and try your hand at composing and engraving your own cordel.
Sunday 4 March 2018
2PM – 5 PM
Free of charge
All ages, family-friendly
No reservations, limited space


In association with the ADEM - Spirit of Brazil festival.
Both dance and martial art, capoeira blends the ancestral rhythms of African slaves in Brazil. with wrestling and camouflage. Antonio Braga comes from Rio de Janeiro and is a member of the famous Capoeira Angola School of Master Pastinah in Salvador de Bahia, as well as an ADEM teacher. He presents a demonstration of this art through movement, song and the sounds of the famous birimbau, a musical bow.
Wednesday 7 March 2018
Free of charge
All ages, No reservations


In association with the ADEM - Spirit of Brazil Festival.
This film offers a poetic journey through the different spiritual communities of Brazil. From huge Catholic processions to Afro-Brazilian candomblé, via the indigenous ceremonies of Mato Grosso and neo-shamanic rituals, Hibridos takes us to the heart of the many colours and voices that form the Brazilian soul.
By Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon (France, 2017)
Wednesday 7 March 2018
Free of charge
14 years old and above
Suitable for English speakers

A guided tour in English of the Geneva Museum of Ethnography’s permanent exhibit “The Archives of Human Diversity”: a unique collection of artefacts and objects from all over the world, which celebrates humanity’s infinite resourcefulness and creativity.
Saturday 10 March 2018
From 4PM to 5PM
Free of charge
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).



Cendres ("Ashes") - Puppet Theatre
© Claire Leroux

Cendres ("Ashes") - Puppet Theatre

International residents of Geneva often miss out on the Geneva Puppet Theatre for language reasons, but no words are used to recount this psycho-thriller from darkest Scandinavia. An arsonist terrorizes a tiny village in Norway and Franco-Norwegian company Plexus Polaire shows how spine-chillingly realistic puppets can be when they represent human beings losing their mind.


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BBC Symphony Orchestra
© Prestige Artists

BBC Symphony Orchestra

English music at its finest with the BBC Symphony and its musical director Sakari Oramo presenting Britten’s D minor violin concerto, with young Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang in charge of the piece’s impressive central cadenza, and the Swiss première of English composer Anna Clyne (b. 1980)’s piece This Midnight Hour. The programme ends with Beethoven’s beloved Sixth Symphony in F major  “Pastorale”.

26.03 - Victoria Hall

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Cultural trails


Agenda juillet - décembre 2017



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