Zurich Opera House’s Open Day Sat 22nd September – free entry for all

Have you visited the Opera House in Zurich? If not, this Saturday you have the opportunity to explore both the public areas and “behind the scenes” as the Opernhaus invites you all to an “open Day”.

From 1O.OO-21.OO the Opera House is yours to explore. There will be special events (with tickets available at the front of the building) and the whole day will be a celebration of the start of the season 2O12/13 –  one great big Opera House Party! There will be food, music and theatre for you all to enjoy and an opportunity to get to know Zurich Opera House at close quarters. What’s even better is that entrance is free!  Enjoy!
Picture: Zurich Opera House

Zurich Multimobil 2012 – Zurich goes green

You’ve probably seen the posters plastered all over Zurich this week – but what exactly is  “Zurich Multimobil”? It’s a series of over 70 activities taking place in Zurich from the 19th – 23rd September to show how mobile you can be in Zurich without needing a car.

The city of Zurich is highlighing these days of action as part of its contribution to “European Mobility Week” and to address the following questions:
Can you live in Zurich without a car?
What happens when there is no more oil?
How fast and easy is an E-bike to use?
All sorts of ideas and suggestions are on hand to look at ways of making Zurich more enviromentally friendly and Multimobil hopes to make you think about the part you can play. There are free bike tours with music and entertainment as well as free bike hire with Zuri Rollt, information about e-bikes and help for pedestrians an commuters alike. And please note that the centre of Zurich will be closed to cars all day Saturday 23rd September. For more information please click here. There is also an English section on putting pedestrians first if you click here. On Sunday there is also a free film showing at 19.30 at the Literaturhaus, Limmatquai 62 62, 8022 Zürich for more information click here.

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

Beautiful Weekend in Zurich

A beautiful weekend in Zurich – here is a short roundup. Great weather for the Knabenschiessen event in Albisgüetli which continues till Monday.
Photos: Knabenschiessen.ch and MySwitzerland.com

A lovely weekend too for the Irish Open Air Concert near Togenburg which started on Friday and continues till Sunday.

Photo: Irish open-air.ch

The Jungfrau Marathon has already started today and continues on Sunday. It is often referred to as the “toughest marathon in the world” and we wish one of our guest bloggers,  Rachel Dale, who is running in aid of Room to Read, all the very best. Participants will be running at altitude through the most stunning scenery.

Photo: Verein Jungfrau-Marathon

And if you fancy Swimming here is a website with information (in German) listing swimming pools all over Switzerland. And here is a list of the Badis in Zurich. Don’t forget it really might be the last chance for a swim as many of them start closing down from this Sunday onwards. The water temperature today is around 20 degrees – very inviting! Have a great weekend!

Photo:  NewInZurich

Irish Openair Festival in Ennetbühl, Toggenburg this Weekend

Fancy a weekend of Irish music and dancing in Switzerland? Why not head along to the Irish Openair Festival in Ennetbühl in Toggenburg this weekend? The festival begins on Friday 7th and ends on Sunday 9th.

Ticket are still available from Ticketcorner and a variety of other outlets and for more information click here.

Photo: Irish Openair

Viadukt Event Friday 7th September Food, Music, Entertainment and more

If you haven’t yet visited the Viadukt in Kreis 5 in West Zurich, then Friday 7th September would be a great time to go!  They are having a special day and night of events and entertainment when they will stay open late till 2am. 64 shops, restaurants, and bars will be opening their doors on the day. There will be amazing food from all the delicatessens – local and international culinary delights for gourmets and gourmands of all ages. From sushi to Swiss specialties like bratwurst and raclette, to a Fontaine d’Absinthe – there will be lots of variety!  There will be music from the Flying Carrots, Ben Johnson and Ruedi Burkhardt and more, a photo exhibition, book reading, dancing under the stars in the form of tango taster sessions, a big fashion workshop and plenty to keep you busy. All shops will stay open till 11pm but the entertainment will carry on till 2am! Entrance free! For more information and a programme of events (in German) click here:

Photo courtesy of Viadukt

Impressions of the Doerfli Faescht

Well there was sunshine and then showers in Zurich this Saturday and sometimes the rain was more than a light shower!  However, there was a great atmosphere at the Doerfli Faescht  – lots of stalls, with jewellery, drinks, raclette, bratwurst, thai curry, noodles and lots more.  There were also live bands playing and karaoke which all added to the fun.  And if you missed out – it’s still going on today!

Photos © NewInZurich

Busy Weekend in Zurich

Lots on this weekend. From the  “old timer” trams along the Burgwies – Esslingen route on Saturday, the Dorfli Faescht in Niederdorf all weekend, the Theater Spektakel in Landiwiese which goes on till 2nd September and the Pistenfest not far away in Birrfeld till Sunday. For more information on all these events just scroll down on the home page. Watch out for all the “Chilbis” in the villages and towns around Zurich which are starting around this time of year too.

Have a great weekend whatever you do!