BCC Talk on Social Media in the Workplace Tuesday 18th September


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The British Chamber of Commerce is hosting a lunch and what should be an interesting talk next week open to both members and non members alike, entitled Social Media in the Workplace: Managing Digital Natives
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 11:45 AM  –  2:00 PM
Zunfthaus zur Meisen
Münsterhof 20
Zurich 8001
Event Registration
Members and guests  CHF 105.00
Non-Member  CHF 120.00
SAMBA Member  CHF 105.00
STEP Member  CHF 105.00Social Media technologies take on many different forms including magazines, internet forums, weblogs, social blogs, wikis, social networks, podcasts, visual imagery and social bookmarking. The world of Social Media, although a relatively recent phenomenon, has changed our lives, both private and work-related, irrecovably. A recent artice in the UK press suggested that texting is now th emost popular medium for contacting within families, event when under the same roof!

Robert Bond, solicitor and notary, Speechly Bircham,  will highlight the pros and cons of social media in the workplace and share his thoughts on how to manage the new digital natives. Using concrete examples he will bring the subject to life and hopefully provoke a stimulating debate.

For full event summary and to register click here.


Züspa 2012 in Oerlikon – Shopping, Food, Wine and lots more

From 21st September – 30th September Zuespa is once more in town.

This annual event which takes place at the Messe in Oerlikon, next to the Concert hall,  is like a cross between the “Ideal Home Show” and an English Country Fair.  Not only do they usually have live animals such as sheep and goats and sometimes lamas on display outside, but they also have 1000s of square metres of shopping opportunities of all varieties on the inside, with wine tasting, delicatessen and food tastings as well as a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Züspa is open:

Monday – Friday from 12 till 9pm, Saturday from 10 till 7pm (with the food halls staying open till 9pm) and on Sunday all Halls are open from 10 till 7pm.

Tickets cost CHF 12 for adults and CHF 6 for children. You can buy a special rail and Züspa card online  giving discounted entry if you arrive by public transport and for more information click here.

Alpabzug – Cows Descending the Mountain in Elm, Engelberg, Flumserberg, Brigels, Urnasch…

Fancy going to watch an Alpabzug or Alpine procession with all the cows coming down the mountains?

It’s around this time of year that the cows make their way down the mountains having spent the Summer months up on the Alpine pastures. The villagers get ready to greet them by dressing in traditional costumes and preparing a celebration in the village. You can hear the cows bells ringing from afar as the herd makes the descent adorned with beautiful flowers.

The Alpabzug in Engelberg takes place on 29th September at 10 – 12 at Viktoriagärtli with the market going on from 10 till 5pm. To see a video of what an Alpabzug can look like click here.

The Alpabzug in Elm takes place on 7th October at 14.30pm in Elm. Again lots of traditional costumes, decorated cows and plenty of fun. More information can be found on Elm’s website.

These are just two examples but there are Alabzüge going on all over Switzerland this time of the year.

There are several going on this weekend (15 September) – one in Brigels  and one in Urnasch 

And only about an hour away from Zurich, there is the Alpabfahrt in Flumserberg on 15th September, beginning in Flumserberg AlpTannenboden around 10 am and arriving in Bergheim around 11am.

On Saturday 22. September 2012 there is another Alpabfahrt in Flumserberg from the Panüöl & Fursch Alps followed by a festival in Flums Dorf.

With many thanks to Patricia Wilders for sharing her photos from her visit to the Elm Alpabzug.

Video courtesy of Str4hler, Youtube.

Zurich Voted Number 1 for Public Transport

Zurich has just come top in a poll of 53 cities throughout Switzerland for public transport. It has jumped from previously being in third place to joint 1st with St Gallen in the latest findings.  Although it is acknowledged that the trams could run faster, the reason for the lack of speed is due to the density of traffic in the city. For full details of the report (in German) click here.

Photo: Keystone for Tages Anzeiger

Irish Folk Festival at Volkshaus in Zurich 26th & 27th October

If you missed the Irish open air concerts last weekend in Toggenburg you might be interested to know that there is an Irish Folk Festival coming to Zurich on 26th and 27th October, playing at the Volkshaus.  For tickets and more details click here.

Photo: Irish Folk Festival

Weltmarkt in Oerlikon this Friday 14th September

Fancy a market with a difference? Why not visit the “Weltmarkt” which is taking place on the Marktplatz in Oerlikon this coming Friday 14th September?  It’s open from 11am till 8pm and promises a vast array of exotic food, spices, clothes, craft, pottery, jewellery, music and more from all over the world.

Book now for “jazznojazz 12” in Zurich 31st October to 3rd November

Calling all Jazz Fans! The 14th Zurich “jazznojazz” Festival is starting on the 31st October. The concerts are taking place at Gessnerallee, the ZKB JazzClub and at ewz-Unterwerk Selnau. Tickets have already gone on sale so if you fancy going along book here now. As well as individual concert tickets you can also buy a “festival pass’ for all four days.

This is the programme:

Wednesday 31.10.12
19.30-21.00 Anouar Brahem Quartet (Gessnerallee) **
20.00-21.30 Mike Mainieri & Northern Lights (ewz-Unterwerk Selnau) **
21.30-23.00 Gewinner ZKB Jazzpreis 2012: Kaleidoscope String Quartet (ZKBJazzClub)

Thursday 1.11.12
19.00-20.30 John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension (Gessnerallee) **
21.30-23.00 Marcus Miller (Gessnerallee) **
19.30-21.00 Y’akoto (ewz-Unterwerk Selnau) **
22.00-23.30 Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators (ewz-Unterwerk Selnau) **
21.00-22.30 The New Mastersounds (ZKBJazzClub) **

Friday 2.11.12
19.30-21.00 The Earth Wind & Fire Experience feat. Al McKay All Stars (Gessnerallee)
22.00-23.30 Incognito (Gessnerallee) **
20.00-21.30 Larry Carlton (ewz-Unterwerk Selnau) **
22.30-24.00 Niels Petter Molvaer (ewz-Unterwerk Selnau) **
21.30/23.45 Timo Lassy Band (ZKBJazzClub) **

Saturday 3.11.12
19.30-21.00 Lizz Wright (Gessnerallee) **
22.00-23.30 Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society (Gessnerallee) **
20.00-21.30 Jazzanova Live feat. Paul Randolph (ewz-Unterwerk Selnau) **
22.30-24.00 James Gruntz (ewz-Unterwerk Selnau)
21.30/23.45 Nicola Conte Combo (ZKBJazzClub) **

Photo courtesy of jazznojazz.ch

Guided Tour of Zürich-West & Expat Career Fair in Lausanne

Today 11th September there will be a guided tour of the developing and up and coming area around West Zürich. The tour is conducted in German by employees of Stadt Zurich and is free of charge and starts at 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

Neubauten in Zürich-West

The former industrial area that surrounds Zürich-West and the Escher-Wyss-Platz and Hardturm neighbourhood is changing faster than any other area of Zürich as new buildings sprout up and fesh new open spaces are created.

Meeting Point: Technopark Zürich, Technoparkstrasse 1, 8005 Zürich

If you are interested in seeing a video (in German) from Stadt Zurich showing an overview of Zurich West please click here.

Photo: courtesy of Stadt Zurich

Also don’t forget the Expat Career Fair in Lausanne is taking place today from 10am – 3pm. Click here for details from our previous post.

8th Zurich Film Festival 20th – 30th September 2012

The 8th annual Zurich Film Festival is almost upon us! Starting on the 20th September until 30th September the festival is a great chance to see premieres, films you’ve been eagerly anticipating and lots of extra insights from the global film industry.The website is available here in English and one of our recommendations is the ZFF card which for a one-off payment of  CHF 29 allows you to see any regular film screening for a maximum price of CHF 14 per film. Holders of a kinokarte.ch, ArenaCard or the “Filmpodium’s GA or Half Card” can buy the ZFF card for CHF 24. There is also a special “Competitions Card” costing CHF 120 which allows you to see 10 of the films in the 4 competitions categories for free.

Click here to see the full programme of films on offer. Tickets can already be purchased online from either

  • www.zff.com (browse through the programme and click on ticket-links)
  • www.starticket.ch
  • or from any Starticket point of sale or from the Ticket Booth at Paradeplatz
  • From 17th September you can additionally purchase tickets from:
  • Ticket Booth at Sihl City (11.00 – beginning of last screening)
  • And from 20th September you can purchase from:
  • Festival Centre Sechseläutenplatz (11.00 – 21.30)
  • Ticket and Info tent next to Café / Bar Odeon
  • Arthouse Le Paris (13.00 – beginning of last screening)
  • Cinema Corso  (12.00 – beginning of the last screening)

Photos courtesy of ZFF.com

Knabenschiessen – Half Day Holiday in Zurich

Today is an unofficial half day holiday in Zurich to celebrate Knabenschiessen – so if you’re lucky enough be off, do enjoy the sunny weather and have a lovely day. Some of the local shops and businesses will be closing early or have reduced hours – so don’t get caught out. As well as the shooting competition In Albisgüetli (No 13 tram takes you most of the way, then you walk the last 10 minutes) there are plenty of attractions, amusements, rides, food stalls and more.  Knabenschiessen in pictures: