Ville de Genève


Mise à jour: 12.11.2018


This is a listing of festivals and entertainment venues with performances that may be enjoyed by those not fluent in French -primarily visual entertainment such as dance, opera, multimedia presentations, and circus.

Theatres with occasional English content

Grand Théâtre de Genève –

Geneva's opera house, the largest performing arts centre in French Switzerland, provides an annual season of world-class opera and music recitals and all the premieres of Geneva Ballet Company. Almost all Grand Théâtre opera performances have still surtitles in English and French.

Bâtiment des Forces Motrices -
The Bâtiment des Forces Motrices, a masterly transformation of a decommissioned hydropower-plant, has become an popular venue for the performing arts and special events.

Association pour la danse contemporaine (ADC) -
The ADC is an organization that promotes contemporary dance in Geneva and presents about 15 productions per season by in-house and guest performers.

Théâtre du Galpon -
The Galpon features various forms of stage craft - puppet, theatre, dance, and sound productions from the four corners of the earth.

Théâtre Forum Meyrin -
In a contemporary glass and grey-brick building, Théâtre de Meyrin presents a varied programme of dance, music, and circus performances, together with exhibitions.

Théâtre de l’Usine -
L'usine, an alternative music and performance venue spaciously housed in a former precision instruments factory, occasionally stages locally-produced dance and performance art shows in its intimate theatre space, the TU (Théâtre de l'Usine).

Out and Around in Geneva

There’s no better way to get the feel of the city of Geneva, its rich history and unique natural environment, than to join the friendly locals in the many outdoor festivities that dot the year or enjoy the city’s parks and open-air areas. Let us share our traditions and heritage with you and give you a taste of our long tradition of welcoming visitors to our beautiful town.

Geneva - December and January
Before and during the Christmas and New Year celebrations, public spaces and landmarks across the city become a creative medium for artistic expression, combining light, colour and sound.

Festival du chocolat - - April
Chocolatiers from all over French Switzerland and nearby France come together in the town of Versoix to celebrate the art of chocolate. Why not join them and let yourself be tempted by their specialitie?

Samedi du vélo - - From April to October
Informal bicycle tours around town happen every Saturday. Join the ride and find out all that is being done to make Geneva safe for this sustainable and healthy way to get around.

La Ville est à vous (It's your town too) - - From May to September
"It's your town too": weekend street-party get-together in public spaces throughout various Geneva neigbourhoods.

Opération chaises longues - - June to August
"Getting out the deckchairs": Every summer in Geneva’s public parks, the deckchairs are out and social activities are organized to help people enjoy just being outdoors together in the fresh air.

Pointe de la Jonction - - From June to August
The Pointe de la Jonction, where the Rhone and the Arve rivers meet, is one of the most magical green spaces in the city. In the summer, deckchairs are available and various activities take place.

Fêtes de Genè - August
Geneva's summer carnival of high-spirited, lakeside entertainment culminating in a stunning son et lumière fireworks finale.

Marché de Noël des - December
Christmas market organized by and for children in the Parc des Bastions.

The Escalade - December
Commemorating the attack on Geneva by the Savoyards during the night of 11/12 December 1602, an annual torch-lit procession in period costume through the Old Town.

Archaeological site under Saint-Pierre - All year
Archaeological remains from early Christian and pre-Christian times.

Old   - All year
Hidden away in the Old Town's picturesque narrow streets are a multitude of art galleries, antique shops, bookshops and charming cafés. Cobbled streets and alleyways around the Cathedral lead into the Bourg-du-Four square, to the Promenade de la Treille and the Terrasse Agrippa d'Aubigné.

Parkland and - All year
Geneva's incomparable setting of lake and mountains unfolds before you, when you take a walk round the lakeside starting at the Botanical Gardens and Perle du Lac Park, across the Mont-Blanc Bridge past Ile Rousseau, the Floral Clock and the Jet d'Eau all the way to the beautiful rose gardens in Parc de la Grange and Parc des Eaux-Vives.


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