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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.
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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!


Living in Geneva

Culture and Art

The Arts Centre | www.ecolint-arts.ch
The Arts Centre offers, in particular, staged productions, workshops and conferences and welcomes resident professional artists.

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

Useful Links

Glocals.com | www.glocals.com
English community online to meet expats and locals in Geneva, join local activities and share information.

Geneva Angloinfo.com | www.angloinfo.com
Everything you need for life in the Lake Geneva region

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

Things To Do In Geneva | www.thingstodoingeneva.ch
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 | www.geneve.com
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 | www.cagi.ch
CAGI's web-portal dedicated to welcoming international expats in Geneva

Local media in English

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

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

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ZOOM : Discover Geneva’s Flagship Library

At the foot of the Old Town, the Bibliothèque de la Cité is the jewel in the crown of the City of Geneva’s Municipal Libraries and has many more resources for English-language users than meets the eye!
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What's on in May at the MEG

MEG
© Nicole Zermatten - Ville de Genève

The confluence of the Rhône and Arve rivers is one of Geneva’s iconic outdoor places and the banks of the Rhône leading to it, a great spot for river bathing or just to hang out. This summer, near the tip of the Jonction peninsula, the outdoor café “À la Pointe” will be hosting a listening station with playlists chosen from the Ethnography Museum’s International Archives of Popular Music. The ideal place to chill with a drink on a deckchair, between your dips in the Rhône!
1 May - 23 September 2018
1PM - 10PM
Admission Free - Family-friendly

Haven’t you always dreamed of being able to move like a samurai? Aikido, literally “the Way of Joint Energies”, is a martial art that uses bare hand or sabre techniques inspired by samurai warrior traditions. The Kyûdôsha Dôjô is the guest of the MEG to offer a crash course in this modern martial art, using the wooden training sword or bokken. Adriano Campanelli and his students will demonstrate how to receive and channel the energy of an opponent’s blow without injuring them.
6 May 2018
2:30PM / 3:30PM / 4:30PM
(duration : 45 minutes)
Admission free - All ages - family-friendly
No reservations - limited space

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 6 May 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

Today is Children’s Day in Japan, Kodomo no Hi. We will be celebrating this holiday at the MEG with this fun workshop, for kids, teens and adults to learn how to design a samurai helmet using origami. Just the thing to wear as you experiment with the wooden bokken swords of our aikido workshop!
Sunday 6 May 2018
2PM - 4PM
Free of charge -
All ages - Family-frendly
No reservations - limited space

Museum Night - Saturday 26 May

Percussions are the ideal instrument to help you reach a state of altered consciousness. Discover the meditative potential of a gong bath, a relaxation technique inspired by Asian traditions. Guaranteed to help you let go! With Sylvain Menoud.
6:30PM / 7:30PM / 8:30PM / 10:15PM / 11:15PM
CHF 10 Museum Night Pass / Admission free under 18 yo - Over 8 y.o. with a chaperone
No reservations - limited space

The amazing power of these gospel singers will bowl you over! These songs were born from the need to express human suffering, or the longing for heavenly joys, in Afro-American Christian communities. The singers will move around the MEG permanent collection and make the museum ring with music that combines traditional spiritual and more contemporary cultural influences. With: Your Gospel Team.
7
PM / 8:30PM / 10PM 10 CHF
CHF 10 Museum Night Pass / Admission free under 18 yo - Over 8 y.o. with a chaperone
No reservations - limited space

Inspired by Tibetan Buddhist rituals, this workshop will challenge not only your dexterity and meticulousness. Will you be in a sufficient state of mindfulness to experience the meditative nature of the mandala? Volunteers from Aide au Zanskar, a community-based organisation, will guide participants in designing a collective and secular sand mandala.
6PM - 11PM
CHF 10 Museum Night Pass / Admission free under 18 yo - Over 8 y.o. with a chaperone
No reservations - limited space

Time for a dream that could last all night long… if you are lucky enough to get your names on the list of those who will spend the whole night in the midst of the MEG’s exhibition on religious ecstasy in African religions “Afrique : les religions de l’extase”. Before you fall into a deep sleep, surrounded by ethnographic artefacts, performers from the Llum Teatre theatre company will examine your understanding of ecstasy.
All night long, from half past midnight (12:30PM)
CHF 10 Museum Night Pass / Admission free under 18 yo - Over 8 y.o. with a chaperone
No reservations - limited space

Ted “Tedo Azaka” Beaubrun is the heir of an age-old Haitian vodou (voodoo) drumming tradition, which he fuses with the roots music of Boukman Eksperyans, his parents’ band and contemporary modern and urban sounds, creating his own unique style of vodou pop. Tedo Azaka’s sound is going to take you on an ecstatic and jubilant journey.
10PM - 11:30PM
CHF 10 Museum Night Pass / Admission free under 18 yo - Over 8 y.o. with a chaperone
No reservations - limited space

This workshop takes the time for a different look at death and bereavement. It introduces participants to the reliquary-guardians of the MEG’s temporary exhibition and invites them to use “blind” techniques that favour a new creative approach based on touch.
Kids work together with their chaperones on creating their own memory box dedicated to a deceased loved one that is still present in their memories.
2PM - 4PM
CHF 10 Museum Night Pass / Admission free under 18 yo - Over 8 y.o. with a chaperone
No reservations - limited space

When the Museum of Ethnography closes for the night, you could be among the happy few who have registered to spend the evening following the Llum Teatre Theatre Company through the MEG’s exhibition on religious ecstasy in African religions “Afrique : les religions de l’extase”. Like the traditional believers that an intense trance-like communion with one or several divine powers carries out of themselves and reality, performers from the Llum Teatre Theatre Company will examine your understanding of ecstasy.
31 May 2018
6:30PM - 8:30PM
Temporary Exhibition
CHF 12/8, includes access to the exhibition - Over 8 y.o. with a chaperone
Tickets sold online or at MEG Welcome Desk
Limited space

Cultural trails

Exhibitions

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Publics


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