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Pick of the month  | May 2019

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Festival Electron
© Festival Electron

It’s electrifying

Festival Electron is back for another year

The Festival Electron returns to Acacias for another year, championing Geneva’s nightlife culture, bringing to mind the colourful luminous signs of never-sleeping Japanese cities. Acacias is emerging as the nerve centre of Geneva’s nightlife, and the festival breathes life into the district’s electronic music scene. Day passes start at CHF 20.




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Until May 5 | L’Usine and other locations

Atelier dessin
© Bibliothèque des Eaux-Vives

Putting pencil to paper

A drawing workshop for teens

Professor T Sérafin teaches youngsters how to draw still life during a two-and-a-half hour class: how to arrange the objects, the point of view to choose, how to create a sense of balance… Sérafin delivers this art form’s basic principles in simple and accessible terms.
Supplies will be available on site, and pupils can register at or by phone (022 418 37 70).


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May 11 at 14h | Bibliothèque Eaux-Vives

Nuit des musées
© Nuit des musées

Top secret

Discover Geneva’s museums at night

In Geneva, the Nuit des Musées event creates its own new universe every year. Museums are open after hours to captivate and surprise visitors. Come discover these treasures, even in the dead of night. A pass to 24 museums and institutions plus public transport is only CHF 10.






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May 18 | Various Locations

© Bibliothpque de la Cité

Gender in video games

We could be SHeroes, just for one day

To most of us, video games offer a reality to which we can escape. Whenever we need to, we can be transported to different universes and become active characters of unique stories. This exhibition poses the question what role gender plays in these imaginary scenarios. SHeroes invites visitors to discover games in which less stereotypical female characters can come to life. The exhibition is open to the public Tuesday to Friday from 10h to 19h, and on Saturdays from 10h to 17h.

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Until July 20 | Bibliothèque de la Cité

Check this out

New kids on the block

Listen to tomorrow’s composers today

Discover the composers of tomorrow: students completing their Bachelor degrees at Geneva’s Haute école de musique (HEM) present their own mixed channel compositions at Studio 49, in collaboration with the HEM’s Electroacoustic Music Center. Entrance is free.






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May 3 at 5:30 PM | Studio 49

Brad Mehldau
© Brad Mehldau

All that Jazz

Experience the Brad Mehldau Trio at the Victoria Hall

The acclaimed Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau comes to the Victoria Hall. The 2018 Grammy nominee has performed around the world since the mid-1990s, with his trio and as a solo pianist. His music has appeared in various movies, including Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and Wim Wender’s Million Dollar Hotel. Joined by Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums, this concert is a must-see for Jazz enthusiasts. Ticket prices start at CHF 30..


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May 16 at 8:30 PM | Victoria Hall

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Photo Exhibition
© Giles Dudley

A walk to remember

Outdoor photography exhibition

The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights will showcase the outdoor exhibition “Disability and armed conflict” along the Quai Wilson. Photographer Giles Dudley’s moving images on large displays are sure to lead you to a moment of reflection.



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April 30 to May 30 | Quai Wilson

© António Martins (rainbow flag)

Giving tolerance a chance

Celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Since 2013, May 17 marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, an opportunity for Geneva to raise awareness about discrimination. A gathering on Place de Bel-Air aims to celebrate our rich local LGBTQI history at noon on May 17. A campaign on this theme is being rolled out from May to October, including meetings, workshops, round table discussions, film screenings and exhibitions.

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May 17 at 12 AM | Place Bel-Air

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The secret garden

How well do you ever know your plants?

Are you ready to change the way you feel about plants? This programme explores the fascinating relationships that we have developed with flora, based on our symbols and feelings. The exhibition is on every day from 8h to 19h30, and the entrance is free.

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From May 23 | Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques

Secret Garden
© Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques
We're inspired
Amour & Psyché
© Théâtre de Carouge

What’s love got to do with it?

See Moliere’s classic tale in Carouge

The Teatro Malandro company presents the timeless story of Cupid and Psyche by Molière, at the Théâtre de Carouge.
The tale of Cupid and Psyche remains one of the most captivating in our culture: when the beautiful Psyche replaces Venus in the heart sof mortals, the latter sends her son, Cupid, to avenge her. Cupid and Psyche fall in love, and must face a series of trials to stay together.
A subtitled version on tablet will be available to viewers on May 2 and 3.


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May 2 & 3 at 7:30 PM | Théâtre de Carouge

Théâtre des Marionnettes
© Théâtre des Marionnettes

The name is Z

Puppets and revolution in Latin America

You must be asking yourself: Z for what? Zorro? Zapata? Will this be a story of masked vigilantes, duels and phantoms, told through marionettes? Take a journey to Latin America, where tiny horses will gallop, and heroes will emerge, moved by stories of resistance, revolt and freedom.







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Until May 12 | Théâtre des Marionnettes

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Ariana - A la table de l'arti moderne
© Musée Ariana


Modern and utilitarian plates from the Weimar Republic

Under the Weimar Republic (1919 to 1933), Germany experienced a new artistic effervescence, coinciding with the rise of modern art and the emergence of avant-garde trends across Europe. The Musée Ariana presents a private collection of ceramics, both beautiful and useful, reflecting the innovative artistic movements of the time. Fun fact: most pieces were gathered from flea markets in the Geneva region.



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Until September 8 | Musée Ariana

© Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève

The life and times of fairy tales

You’ll never see these stories the same way again

Crack these stories wide open: the Musée d’ethnographie explores the magical universe of the fairy tales we all know so well. The exhibition is designed as a sensory experience that takes you to the heart of eight little-known stories, reimagined through mirrors, dioramas, and optical illusions. Just a word of warning: these tales are not as innocent as they seem…





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From May 17 | Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève


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