Connect

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Welcome to the Connect page of Creative Living Geneva, where you’ll find links to organizations and events that will help make your stay in this region a creative and enjoyable one for you anad your loved ones. Please note that at various intervals some links may be out of service while websites are being updated to reflect seasonal changes.

As you scroll down, you’ll find links to:

  • Events & Cultural/Tourist Organizations in Geneva and Vaud Canton;
  • Out & About for Adults in Geneva and Vaud Canton;
  • Out & About Elsewhere in Switzerland.
  • For information on Creative courses, activities and events for families, teens and tots, please click here.

Events & Cultural/Tourist Organizations in Geneva & Vaud Canton

Throughout the year, residents and visitors to Geneva, Vaud Canton and neighboring France are spoiled for choice between an abundance of regular and one-off festivals and fairs, cultural, social and sporting highlights, and a multitude of activities, services and events to interest you and all members of your family. I hope you find something helpful here, and if you have anything to add, don’t hesitate to drop me a line  and let me know about it.

Vaud Canton in the spotlight

Rolle Tourist Office – monthly calendar of upcoming events for Rolle and its surrounding area
Morges Tourist Office – activities, excursions, news and events in and around Morges
Coppet evening market – beneath the arches every Thursday from 4pm – 9pm
Nyon Region Tourism – comprehensive agenda of events and activities in and around Nyon
Lake Geneva Region Tourist Office – complete guide to events, festivals, culture, heritage, gastronomy and more in the Lake Geneva Region

 

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Ciné Transat – a free, open air film festival in Geneva. Photo ©Ciné Transat.

Geneva in the spotlight

Arts & Culture in Geneva in English – for English residents and visitors, an overview with links to the main cultural (theater, film, music, dance) and social events (fairs, festivities, seasonal events) to see, hear, and do, in and around Geneva
Geneva Department of Culture – to download a variety of cultural guides for adults, and for children, with listings of local events and resources
Geneva Cultural Trails from Museum to Museum – Walking guides and (occasional) guided tours for making your way from museum to museum by district, taking in monuments, public works of art and historical anecdotes along the way
Maison des Arts du Grütli – a cultural hub for theatre, film, a library, workshops, lectures and dance studios
Geneva Tourism and Conventions – responsible for organizing some of Geneva’s major cultural events; info and tickets available online
City of Geneva official Sports page – to access links to Geneva sports events and facilities (pools, rinks, etc)
Commune de Carouge – comprehensive information on services, events and activities in Carouge

Geneva and Vaud for disabled persons

The Geneva Welcome Center- People with Disabilities – Find out about the facilities, associations, and opportunities available to people with disabilities in Geneva and Vaud Canton.
Publications on Handicap and Culture in Geneva –  Download “Handicap et culture” by the City’s department of culture and sport, which is intended for people with disabilities and respective associations. Find links to info on access plans and special services for handicapped individuals at cultural institutions in Geneva.
Handicap and Culture in Geneva –  Find out more about what the city and associations for the handicapped do to enrich the cultural experience for disabled individuals.
Sports associations for Handicapped Individuals  – City of Geneva listing of sports associations for the handicapped.

 

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Every spring, go behind the scenes at cultural institutions and ateliers during Les Journées Européennes.

Fairs, Festivals, Lectures, and Special Events

City of Geneva – up-to-the-minute listing (in French) of cultural and social events in and around the city
Creative Mornings Geneva – monthly breakfast lectures for creative people. See timely updates on Facebook.
Lake Geneva Region Tourist Office – agenda for special events and festivals occuring in the region during the year

Art and Culture – Ticket outlets

Ticket booking – City of Geneva ticket booking outlets
Regart – cultural agenda (in French) for Swiss Romandy
Temps Libre – cultural agenda (in French) for Swiss Romandy
Guide Loisirs – TV, cinema, exhbitions and cultural offerings (in French)

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Enjoy musical revues in French at this Belle Epoque Geneva theatre.

Theatres – French Theatre Companies

La Comédie de Genève – Belle Epoque theatre near Plainpalais featuring sketches, music and song
Théatre Am Stram Gram – theatrical productions and activities for adults and children
Théâtre Alchimic – small theatre in Carouge featuring dynamic productions
Théâtre St Gervais – experimental theatre company mixing productions, “projections et expos” on Rue du Temple
Le Poche – dynamic, small theatre in Geneva’s Old Town
Théâtre du Loup – 200-seat theatre in Vernets-Acacias; ten productions per year and a school for teens and children
Théâtre du Léman Genève – varied programme of artists featuring plays, dance and music at the Quai du Mont Blanc
Théâtre Forum Meyrin – theatre, dance, circus, music with a programme for families
Théâtre de Carouge – theatre and “atelier de Genève” in the heart of Carouge
Uptown Geneva – “Business and Arts Center” with a diverse mix of stage entertainment
Théâtre T/50 – A 50 sq.metre theatre that holds 50 people for small theatre productions

Museums

Geneva Museums Guide – links to the city’s fourteen publicly financed museums
Geneva Museums Exhibitions Guide – a listing of Geneva’s publicly and privately funded museums
Geneva-area Independent Art Institutions – Listing with links of Geneva-area private museums, foundations and art centres
Musées d’Art et d’Histoire, Genève – Cultural agenda for families and young adults at Geneva’s Museum of Art & History
Domaine de Penthes – A museum, research center & archive exploring Swiss emigration & its impact on the world, the museum is housed in a lovely manor house set in stunning gardens with a view over Lake Geneva.
Château de Prangins, Nyon – Swiss National Museum and garden located near Nyon, celebrating Switzerland’s culture and history with exhibitions, public tours, and events including some for children
Hermitage Foundation, Lausanne – a guide to current and upcoming exhibitions and events, including art & gastronomy evenings
International Museum of the Reformation – the history of the Reformation from its inception as well as the work and influence of Jean Calvin both in Geneva and abroad.
Swiss National Museums – National Museum Zurich, the Castle of Prangins in Vaud, and the Forum of Swiss History in Schwyz, as well as the collections’ center in Affoltern am Albis. Permanent and temporary exhibitions present Swiss cultural history from its beginnings to the present.

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Geneva’s home of high culture.

Music

Grand Théâtre de Genève – Geneva’s preeminent venue for opera, ballet and dance
Conservatoire de Music de Genève – agenda for the Geneva Conservatory of Music
Victoria Hall – programme for Sunday and evening concerts to June 2014
Geneva Opera – Productions with the participation of the Geneva Opera Company
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande – information about the OSR & programme details for 2014-15
L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève – Geneva Chamber Orchestra information and programme details for 2014
Ensemble Contretemps – Orchestra promoting XXth, XXIst-century and contemporary compositions and activities for adults, children and students

Geneva Public Libraries

Listing of Geneva’s public libraries – Addresses, hours, publications and online resources. A helpful article about how to register to borrow books and about Geneva’s “bibliobuses” is: Geneva Libraries: Quality books in many European languages.
Bibliothèque de Génève – Geneva’s Main Public Library
The Library in English – Adult and children’s books, holds second-hand book sales twice a year.
Bibliothèque Musicale de la Ville de Génève – Geneva’s Library of Music
Institut et Musée Voltaire – Voltaire Institute, Museum and Library
Centre d’iconographie genevoise – Iconography Centre of the Geneva Public Library and the Museum of Art & History

Food and wine festivals, farmers’ markets and outdoor events

OPAGE – Office for the promotion of agricultural products and events in and around Geneva

Out & About: Adults in Geneva and Vaud Canton

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Geneva area

The Geneva Welcome Center
Geneva Tourism
City of Geneva Information site
City of Geneva Department of Culture – English info with links to main cultural and social events in and around Geneva
Commune of Carouge – comprehensive info on services, events and activities available in this beautiful Geneva suburb

Vaud canton

Ville de Nyon – official website for the City of Nyon
Nyon Region Tourism – Nyon Tourism Office
Living in Nyon – articles, news, and events relating to Nyon and the surrounding area
Rolle Tourist Office – information, events and activities in and around Rolle
Morges Tourist Office – information, events and activities in and around Morges
Region du Leman – complete guide to events and festivals, culture and heritage, gastronomy, sports, leisure and more in the Lake Geneva Region

Neighbouring France

Pays de Gex Tourism Board – all you want to know about activities between the Jura Mountains and Lac Leman

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Art and Culture

Ticket booking – City of Geneva ticket booking outlets
Regart – cultural agenda (in French) for Swiss Romandy
Temps Libre – cultural agenda (in French) for Swiss Romandy
Guide Loisirs – TV, cinema, exhbitions and cultural offerings (in French)

Clubs and Organizations

AIWC – American International Women’s Club of Geneva
AIC – American International Club of Geneva
IWCN – International Women’s Club of Nyon
GEDS – Geneva English Drama Society
BSCC – British Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Geneva Chapter

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Lost Pets / Pet Care and Services

STMZ – Switzerland-wide online databank and support service that works with vets, animal protection agencies and local cantons to return lost pets to their owners. Also provides useful links to cantonal offices for animal welfare; vets, hospitals and emergency services; as well as local services  dedicated to caring for animals. Also, for lost pets call: 0900-357-358 (SFR1.95/min from a fixed line) or found pets call: 0848-357-358 (local tarif from a fixed line) or for info relating to animal services call: 0900-357-357 (1.95/min from a fixed line).

Social networking

Glocals – for expat and international locals

Working in Switzerland

SWI – SwissInfo.ch directory with links to information about working in Switzerland: permits, applications, salaries, self-employment, etc.

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Nature, Fitness and Sport

Campagnon-terroir & nature – complete guide to walking, river and fitness trails, trails for the handicapped, as well as campgrounds, swimming pools, vineyards, artisanal beer producers, and farms that sell produce on site
Geneve Roule and Rent a Bike – for bike rentals
PRO VELO Genève – Association for biking in everyday life
La Suisse à Vélo – Cyclotourism in Switzerland
ATE – Association of Transport and the Environment (biking maps, insurance, trips, etc)
TCS – Touring Club of Switzerland
Rent a Bike – Rent a bike anywhere in Switzerland
To download a detailed map of bike trails in Geneva and the surrounding area click here and look under “A télécharger”.
To park your bike near the main train station, Cornavin, see: Vélostation près de la gare Cornavin
For information about renting and loaning a bike and reporting a stolen one) in Geneva, see Le Vélo à Genève.
Le Tour – info and agenda for runners
Welcome to Geneva/Geneva Tourism – Horse riding, pony clubs and stables in the Geneva area
Region du Leman Tourism Board – Horse stables, riding rings and schools in Canton Vaud
Direction Générale Nature et Paysage – Geneva cantonal office responsible for sustaining Geneva’s flora, fauna and countryside for the enjoyment of its population
Swiss Alpine Club – for lovers of alpine sports

News and Information

Essential Edge online magazine for the Lake Geneva region and global community
AngloInfo – Geneva’s global expat network
GenevaLunch – community newspaper online
Geneva Communicators Network for communication professionals
Know it all – guide to Geneva, Vaud and neighboring France, with current events agenda
The Local – Switzerland’s news in English
Xpat Xchange – Expat info at your fingertips
Newly Swissed – online magazine about Switzerland, covering the latest trends in Swiss culture, design, oddities and tourism, as well as tips on how to settle in Switzerland.

Property Search

Homegate – real estate portal

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The annual CGN naval parade is a spring highlight on Lac Leman.

Transport

Geneva Map Search – map of Geneva (and Switzerland) with a route planner
TPG – Transport Public Genevois (Geneva-area bus, tram and “mouettes” transport)
CGN – Compagnie Génerale de navigation sur le lac Léman, ie, boat travel on Lac Léman (Lake Geneva)
Swiss Boat – tourist cruises, boat rental, and shuttle
TPN – Nyon/West Vaud regional bus transport
SBB/CFF/FFS – Swiss rail network
Swiss International Air Lines – SWISS
Geneva-Cointrin International Airport

Switzerland – From near and far

Swissart – art exhibition guide of Switzerland
Kulturagenda – cultural agenda for Switzerland (in German)
Events.ch – cultural agenda for Switzerland (in German)
ProHelvetia – Swiss Arts Council: promoting exhibitions abroad
Glocals – social network for expat and international locals
Fodor’s travel intelligence – travel guide to Switzerland
Lonely Planet – travel guide to Switzerland
My Switzerland – official tourism website
swissworld – Swiss Federal Dept. of Foreign Affairs: Your gateway to Switzerland
swissinfo – international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC)
Swiss News – international magazine of Switzerland
expatica.com – news and info for the international community

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Vineyards on the road to Bougy-Villars, home to the famous Tristan chocolatier.

Terroir: Celebrating local food, wine, and sustainable agriculture

OPAGE – Office for the promotion of agricultural products and events in and around Geneva.

 
Out & About: Elsewhere in Switzerland

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Zurich Old Town – Photo ©Pamela E. Grimaud

Art & Culture

Swissart – art exhibition guide of Switzerland
Kulturagenda – cultural agenda for Switzerland (in German)
Events.ch – cultural agenda for Switzerland (in German)
music.ch – for music lovers (in German)
Swiss National Library – Swiss National Library in Bern

Museums

Swiss National Museums – National Museum Zurich, the Castle of Prangins in Vaud, and the Forum of Swiss History Schwyz, as well as the collections’ center in Affoltern am Albis. Permanent and temporary exhibitions present Swiss cultural history from its beginnings to the present.

Music streams

Radio Swiss Pop – pop livestream
Radio Swiss Jazz – jazz livestream
Radio Swiss Classic – classics livestream

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Lakeside at Lugano

Social networking

Glocals – for expat and international locals

Business networking

BSCC – British Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Zurich Chapter
BSCC – British Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Berne (Fribourg and Solothurn) Chapter
SACC – Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, Zurich

News and information

swissinfo – international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC)
Swiss News – international magazine of Switzerland
The Local – Switzerland’s news in English
expatica.com – News and info for the international community
Xpat Xchange – Expat info at your fingertips
Newly Swissed – online magazine about Switzerland, covering the latest trends in Swiss culture, design, oddities and tourism, as well as tips on how to settle in Switzerland.

Property search

Homegate – real estate portal

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The Matterhorn viewed from the Gornergrat

Sports and hobbies

Swiss Alpine Club – for lovers of alpine sports

Tourism

My Switzerland – official tourism website
Lonely Plant – Guide to Switzerland
Fodor’s travel intelligence – travel guide to Switzerland
Google maps of Switzerland

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Swans at Ouchy (Lausanne) Image: ©Pamela E. Grimaud

Transport

SBB/CFF/FFS – Swiss rail network
Swiss International Air Lines – SWISS Air Lines
Mobility International Switzerland – Travel info for the disabled and for the tourism industry
Search.ch – map of Switzerland with a route planner

Weather

Meteo Switzerland – local weather forecasts

Switzerland from abroad

ProHelvetia – Swiss Arts Council: promoting exhibitions abroad
swissworld – Swiss Federal Dept. of Foreign Affairs: Your gateway to Switzerland abroad