One of many highlights during my six-year stay in London had to be the proximity of prestigious art museums where the cream of 19th-century British art held pride of place. In particular I enjoyed visiting the Tate Britain on Millbank, which houses the nation’s Turner Collection in addition to beloved works by the Pre-Raphaelites and remarkable portraits by the American painters John Singer Sargent and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. So it’s a huge pleasure to learn that the Hermitage Foundation in Lausanne will continue its run of outstanding art exhibitions with the opening on February 1st of “British Painting from Turner to Whistler”.
If coffee or tea and architecture are amongst your passions, then search out the best spots in the country to enjoy them using as your guide the revised, 2nd edition of the Swiss Heritage booklet “The most beautiful cafés and tea rooms in Switzerland”. While the country cannot boast a coffee culture as rich as that of Vienna, Budapest or Buenos Aires, there’s still a surprising number and variety of spots where you can indulge yourself. This booklet introduces you to 50 of the best locales nation-wide.
When it comes to celebrating the season of lights in style, the City of Geneva doesn’t let any other city outshine its sparkle. This year for the Geneva Lux Festival 2018 it’s increasing the number of inspiring electical installations to an impressive 25, six more than last year.
The Geneva English Drama Society (GEDS) brings Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to the Théâtre de Terre-Sainte in Coppet from 20-24th November. In the role of Holly Golightly actor Geneva Holloman brings the necessary training with a degree in theatre arts and success in an award-winning acting ensemble. But it may be what she calls “the hardest year of my life” that most informs her portrayal of New York’s most famous High Society wannabe.
Christa de Carouge, “the lady in black”, left a lasting impression on Swiss fashion and made the Geneva suburb of Carouge, whose name she adopted, famous well beyond its borders. Her multifunctional clothes made with graphic designs in luxurious and innovative fabrics bestowed upon those who wore them elegance, freedom and comfort. Celebrated for her professional skills and loved for her personal warmth and humanity, after her sudden death last January the Musée de Carouge decided to recognize her creativity and generosity and to express the gratitude of the city she loved so much with a comprehensive new exhibition.
Geneva-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Mathews has played on stage and in clubs across Switzerland and Europe with the groups “Exphase” and “The Exciters”. His first solo album “Promised Land”, released in May 2016, received extensive air play on Radio Swiss Pop, Rete3, Radio Chablais, TVM3 and Leman Bleu. Matt’s new 4-track EP will arrive early in 2019 and he’s booked for a series of live concerts with his band in Carouge through November. His intimate, sensitive lyrics, sung in both English and French, connect with listeners through the memories, feelings and hopes they inspire. In this Q&A he talks about where he finds inspiration and what’s important to him in life.