The Cully Jazz Festival brings music to the Vaud vineyards every Spring. Image – Cully Jazz.
Throughout the year residents and visitors to Geneva, Vaud Canton and neighboring France are spoiled for choice with an abundance of one-off festivals and fairs, and ongoing, permanent events to tempt enthusiasts of all ages and interests.
In Summer, open air festivals celebrating music and dance dot every corner of the country and many museums reveal their beautiful gardens that are closed for much of the year.
In Autumn, concert halls and theaters launch their new season of spectacles to take lovers of opera, jazz, ballet, dance, theater, film, and music of all genres contentedly through to Spring. Below, some links to connect you with some of these enticing events.
Please note that at various intervals, some of the links provided below may be out of service while websites are being updated to reflect seasonal changes.
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 and festivals, culture and heritage, gastronomy, sports, leisure and more in the Lake Geneva Region
Ciné Transat — a free, open air film festival in Geneva
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
Creative Mornings Geneva — the breakfast lecture series for creative types.
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)
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
Geneva Museums Guide – an introduction with links to the city’s fourteen museums
Geneva Museums Exhibitions Guide – to download a guide to Geneva museum exhibitions happening at the moment
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 January to April 2014 for families and young adults at Geneva’s Museum of Art & History
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.
Geneva Public Libraries
Listing of Geneva’s public libraries – Addresses, hours, publications and online resources
Bibliothèque de Génève – Geneva’s Main Public Library
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
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 and 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
Centres of photography in Geneva – links to institutions both public and private, as well as art galeries and agencies that celebrate photography
Food and wine festivals, farmers’ markets and outdoor events
Terrific Terroir 2014 magazine – excellent annual guide to Geneva’s countryside farmers’ markets, food and wine festivals, farm and vineyard open houses. Also download other publications and info sheets relating to regional food and drink
OPAGE – Office for the promotion of agricultural products and events in and around Geneva