The newsletter In Geneva In English presents cultural activities that can be enjoyed by English speakers without any knowledge of French.

April 2018


What's on at the MEG in April

What's on in at the MEG in April

Geneva’s Museum of Ethnography – the MEG  – is buzzing with activities suitable for  English-speaking visitors and their families this April. Tiny tot music workshops, a totem pole workshop using light and shadow, a concert of Turkish music, and four fascinating films in English await you in Geneva’s house of world cultures and traditions. Don’t forget to check out the MEG’s great food and beverage facility! All activities free of charge and many are family-friendly.

April - Musée d'ethnographie de Genève

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 © Nicole Zermatten - Ville de Genève



A performance/exhibition created as part of an ongoing collaboration between Hannah Black, Bonaventure (Soraya Lutangu) and Ebba Fransén Waldhör. Previous iterations took place at MoMA PS1, ICA London, the Chisenhale Gallery, and at the 9th Berlin Bienniale. This time around, the concept/figure of Anxietina the anxiety superhero becomes a utopian-dystopian-notopian biosphere, running at a loss and gradually falling apart as Nxietin, now become a kind of atmosphere or womb, recalls and attempts to reproduce the external world of which she is now a partial ersatz.


"NXIETIN" - Performance at 7PM and 8PM

Limited seating, reservation required

30.03 - 22.04 Centre d'art contemporain

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© Sam Nightingale

The Goldfish and the Inner Tube

The Goldfish and The Inner Tube

Following in the steps of her aunt Lucinda, the young American dance artist Ruth Childs is back at the ADC for a burlesque-inspired duet with musician and performer Stéphane Vecchione. Their installation of forty inner tubes becomes a playground of sound, symbol, movement and metaphor where the two artists present a collection of abstract, absurd and ingenious situations.


11.04-15.04  - ADC, Salle des Eaux-Vives

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© Grégory Batardon

Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain

Local theatre school Simply Theatre Academy’s production of one of the greatest movie musicals of all time hits the Casino-Théâtre on Rue de Carouge with a splash! This faithful and loving adaptation by the original award-winning screenplay team is exuberant, funny, and filled with a downpour of songs you know and love — plus live, on-stage rain!


14.04, 21.04 : 2:30PM and 6:30PM

15.04, 22.04 : 11:30AM and 3:30PM

20.04 : 7:30PM

14.04 - 22.04 - Casino-Théâtre

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© Simply Theatre Sàrl


NOETIC/ICON, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Festival STEPS

When a cheeky dance genius meets a master of contemporary sculpture, the results are pretty amazing. Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Sir Anthony Gormley (of The Angel of the North fame) come to Geneva for two nights only in the Migros STEPS dance fest, with NOETIC and ICON, the first for the Gothenburg Opera Dance Company of Sweden, and the second for Cherkaoui’s own company Eastman. This double bill will balance two complete opposites. NOETIC: lucid, classy, light and elegant as a feather on the breeze, and ICON moving on stage with 3.5 tonnes of clay.



19.04-20.04 - Bâtiment de Forces Motrices

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© Bengt Wanselius, GöteborgsoperanDanskompani/STEPS


European Artistic Craft Days

Over three days, the craftspeople and artisans of some of Geneva and Switzerland’s rarest and most exceptional trades open the doors of their workplaces to the public. Set decorators, watchmakers, art restorers, props masters, shoemakers, bookbinders… The list of these exciting and highly creative professions just goes on and on! All activities are free of charge but previous online registration is compulsory via the Swiss Arts Crafts Association website.


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© Association suisse des métiers d'art


King Arthur or The British Worthy

King Arthur or The British Worthy

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) was a keen composer for the theatre and supplied the playwrights of his time with expressive, ingenious and stirring stage music. For John Dryden’s long-winded historical fantasy about King Arthur trouncing the Saxons, he supplied an hour and a half of his best and most inventive airs, choruses and dances. The Frost Scene, with its eerie, trembling baritone line, has become famous in our time, after several pop music covers. Leonardo Garcia Alarcon’s brilliant baroque conducting should give an interesting Mediterranean twist to this most English of early musicals.

26.04, 28.04, 30.04, 06.05, 08.05, 09.05 : 7:30PM

29.04 : 3PM

26.04-09.05 - Opéra des Nations

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© Grand Théâtre de Genève

Count Basie Orchestra

Count Basie Orchestra

There aren’t many people left who remember seeing the Count himself at the Victoria Hall decades ago. No matter: the legacy of the kid from Red Bank, New Jersey is kept alive by the Count Basie Orchestra led by Scotty Barnhart from the trumpet. Their one-night stop in Geneva promises a trip down memory lane to the great years of jazz, with Basie’s characteristic piano innuendos, sassy brass ensembles and swinging guitar rhythm section as young as they were in 1938 at New York’s Savoy Ballroom for the One O’Clock Jump.


27.04 - Victoria Hall

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