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

May 2018


What's on at the MEG in April

What's on in at the MEG in May

May at the MEG will be particularly busy as Geneva’s Museum of Ethnography does overtime on 26 (Museum Night) and 31 May. As usual, the MEG plans a lot of activities suitable for English-speaking visitors and their families during the merry month. Tiny tot musical playtime, samurai helmet design and aikido workshops, memory box remembrances, and, on Museum Night, a whole evening of Haitian voodoo music, ecstatic African theatre and an ethnographic slumber party await you in Geneva’s house of world cultures and traditions. Some activities will charge for materials and the Museum Night Pass is CHF 10, but many are free of charge and family-friendly.


May | Musée d'ethnographie de Genève

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 © Nicole Zermatten - Ville de Genève

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.


Until 09.05 | Opéra des Nations

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South Pacific

South Pacific

The Geneva Amateur Operatic Society (GAOS) hits the Casino Théâtre’s stage with one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s best-loved musicals, South Pacific. Based on James A. Michener’s prize-winning book the story takes place on an exotic Pacific island during WWII, where a French plantation owner, Emile, and a US Marine lieutenant, Joe, must leave their girls Nellie and Liat to set off on a secret mission to an enemy-held island. Full of memorable show tunes (“Honey Bun”, “Bali Hai”, “Wonderful Guy”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”), Geneva’s light opera enthusiasts celebrate their 47th year with what promises to be “Some Enchanted Evening”. Directed by Sue Lloyd and John Fox
Musical director: Allardyce Mallon (with a live orchestra).

05.05 - 13.04  | Casino Théâtre

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Questioning methods of production and inhabitation of institutional spaces, to CAMP invites 17 artists from different bodies related practices to bring performative proposals at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève and relate them to the specificities of the space. Spread on three floors of the Centre, the group will set up a base-camp as a platform where they live, cook, share and influence each other.


Open Residence : 7-13 May 11AM - 6PM

Opening Performances : 11 May 6PM - 10PM

Performances : 12-13 May 11AM - 6PM

07.05 - 13.05 | Centre d'Art contemporain

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Stacey Kent/Orchestre de chambre de Genève

Stacey Kent / Orchestre de Chambre de Genève

A crystal-clear voice that becomes as smooth as velvet when the words demand it. American jazz vocalist Stacey Kent effortlessly moves from Broadway standards to her beloved bossa nova, but also touches the banks of the Seine with the impeccable diction of a near-native French speaker. The Orchestre de Chambre de Genève joins her band, led from the sax by her musical and life partner Jim Tomlinson, offering an exquisite accompaniment to her shimmering delivery.



14.05 | Victoria Hall

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How To Proceed - Dance

How to Proceed - Dance

Swiss choreographer Thomas Hauert is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his company ZOO this year. In How To Proceed, he invites his closest collaborators to gather the manifold threads of their dreams and utopias and generate a dramatic display of expanding and jubilatory anger, inspired by Maori hakas or Ancient Greek dramatic choruses. His dance is a theatrical surge of energy, between the creative and the representative.


Thursday - Friday at 8:30PM; Saturday at 7PM

24.05-26.05 | ADC- Salle des Eaux-Vives

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Museum Night in Geneva

Museum Night in Geneva

For the 6th year running, Geneva’s public and private museums keep open house on an evening in May and for 10 francs (free if you’re under 18) you can be their guest and enjoy an astounding variety of activities and visits (and free shuttles between venues), that in some cases will literally take you through the night. The theme this year is travelling: crossing borders, navigating the cosmos, exploring language, time and the frontiers of consciousness. English-speaking visitors will be pleased to notice that this year’s Geneva Museum Night programme features activities specifically designed to take place in English.




26.05 | Geneva

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