What’s On In and Around Zurich

There’s lots on in and around this coming week – so here are a few ideas:

1. Joanne Finnegan’s Mountain Paintings at the AWC – Vernissage 2nd February

British painter Joanne Finnegan is exhibiting her paintings at the  American Women’s Club Zurich from February 2nd to March 30th. Don’t miss the Vernissage is on Saturday February 2nd from 6:30 to 9pm. www.joannefinnegan.com
Joanne Finnegan
2. Laura Heselton, International psychic medium and motivational workshop leader is now in Zurich. Join her for her Workshop on Wednesday February 6th and learn to become your own guru. She is also conducting readings and more so why not  contact her now to arrange a consultation via email here.
Laura Heselton International Medium and psychic3.  There will be amazing ice skaters as well as Leona Lewis performing at Art On Ice at the Hallenstadion on 2nd and 3rd February. If you are lucky enough to be going check our previous post for information and photos.
Art On Ice 2013
4. Why not learn all about the “Giant Trees” at the a photo presentation lasting 110 minutes with Michael Brunner (in German) at the Volkhaus, Stauffacherstrasse 60 in Zurich on Sunday February 3rd at 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. It costs CHF 25 entrance and tickets can be bought (subject to availability) just before the event. For more information in German please read here.
Baumriesen
5.  Comedy in English: Missing humour in English? Laugh along with American actress/comedienne Sylvia Day and her special guests in “50 Shades of DAY!” Don’t miss this unforgettable variety/sketch comedy show which runs March 15 and 16 in Zurich. “A hilarious and thought-provoking look at the crazy times we live in.” For details and to buy tickets go to the website.
6. Pure Beauty Spa in Seefeld is now open!  It’s conveniently located in Zollikerstrasse 82, 8008 Zurich and  Georgina and Alex have a Special Introductory Offer for NewInZurich readers offering 10% discount off your first treatment. Simply quote NewInZurich when booking. Appointments can be booked via our website or by sending an email to: info@purebeautyspa.ch  or by calling: 043 544 31 31 or 078 640 71 78.
Alex ad Georgina Georgiu, Pure Beauty Spa
7. **** FREE TICKETS **** for John Thade
There is still time to enter the free prize draw for 5 sets of double tickets to see the American tenor John Thade sing at the Jecklin Forum in Zurich. Please note the date of 9th February has been changed to 13th April (due to illness) but the second date remains 9th March. For more infromation read here.
John Thade Concert
8.. The 29th International Country Music Festival is coming to town and is being held at the Schutzenhaus in Albisguetli from 1st February – 24th March. Full details of the 38 day line up and the schedule can be viewed here.
International Country Music Festival Albisguetli
9. Fonds ’13 – the Funds Fair takes place in Zurich on 6th and 7th February at the Kongresshaus near Burkliplatz in Zurich. February 6th is the “Professional Investors Day” and 7th February is the Public Day. For more information and for tickets go to the website.
10. Valentines Masquerade Dinner and Ball at Schloss Sihlberg on Thursday February 14th for singles and couples. For more information go to the website.
Valentine's Ball at Schloss Sihlberg in Zurich
11. FESPO – travel and holiday fair continues and concludes on Sunday 3rd February at the Messe in Oerlikon in Zurich. It is open from 10am till 6pm and tickets cost CHF 14 but you can get  reduced entry of just CHF 8 by showing a valid public transport ticket. Children under 12 are free. For more information please visit the website.
12. Golfmesse.ch is part of the FESPO holiday fair and is geared at golf lovers. Just like the FESPO exhibition, it continues and concludes on Sunday 3rd February from 10am till 6pm. For more information read on.
golfmesse.ch
13. Tauchmesse.ch is also part of the FESPO holiday fair,  concentrating on all things to do with diving.  For more information click here.
Tauchmesse.ch
Whatever you do, have a great weekend and a fabulous week ahead!
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Are you an Expat in Zurich? Why not go and see “Expats” at Theater Neumarkt in Zurich?

Expats Play at Theater Neumarkt

Photo © Philipp Ottendörfer

There is a new play showing in Zurich at the moment which is bound to have a lot of resonance with many of Zurich’s English speaking population.  The play is called “Expats”, by Barbara Weber and is in English and German, and as the name suggests all about expats in Zurich.

Expats in Zurich

Photo © Philipp Ottendörfer

From the reviews so far it looks like an interesting work, sure to play on both the virtues and vices of the expat lifestyle. The play is at Theater Neumarkt, 5 Neumarkt, 8001 Zurich and the performances are as follows:

Wednesday 6th February, Friday 8th February and Saturday 9th February at 8pm. There are also further performances in March on Friday 15th March and Saturday 16th March at 8pm.

Tickets cost CHF 45 and children and reduced tickets cost CHF 20. For further information visit the website and to buy tickets online go here.

There is also a “Theatre Trilogy Night” where all three plays that are currently being performed as part of a trilogy at Theater Neuhaus (Expats, Dr Madam ihre Mössiö and Truppenbesuch) are shown in succession on Saturday 30th March starting at 6pm. Tickets for this performance cost CHF 75.

Expats in Zurich

Photo © Philipp Ottendörfer

What’s On In and Around Zurich this coming week

The forecast looks set for a fabulous time to go skiing and snowboarding in the mountains!  The snow is great following the recent snow showers and the sun looks set to shine.

Atzmännig ski resort

So where are you heading?  Klosters the resort with royal connections where you can recline in a deckchair by the palm trees and catch the rays, Davos where you can take a dip in a hot tub perched right in the snow after a hard day’s skiing or hard day’s networking at the World Economic Forum – or perhaps Flims/Laax where you can show off your latest snowboarding tricks at the snow park? Or why not explore one of the closer resorts like Atzmaennig, Hoch Ybrig, Pizol or Flumserberg?  If you want to check the conditions in nearby resorts take a look at our Practical Info page under Skiing.

Another possibility is the St.Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow which is on till this Sunday 27th January. This event is the world’s most prestigious Winter polo tournament – so if you’ve not been to one before, this is a great one to experience. It all takes place on the frozen lake there – lots of fun, excitement and colour! Click here for our previous post.

If you’re staying home in Zurich there are lots of things to do:

1. The Kunsthaus’s exhibition of Paul Gaugin’s “The Prints” has been extended till this Sunday 27th. For more information check here.

Paul Gaugin The Prints

2. The Migros Museum in Zurich is showing a “VideoInstallation” exhibition by the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson called “The Visitors” which also ends on Sunday 27th January.  Please check the website or read our previous post (complete with rather interesting photo!).

3.“Tango Fire” is an exciting Argentinian dance group from Buenos Aires consisting of 10 talented young dancers bringing the passion of the tango to life in their new show “Flames of Desire”. Click here for more information and to book. Take advantage of our special NewInZurich offer: 20% discount off any performance of Tango Fire up till Sunday 27th – just quote code XP2013TF to get this offer. You can also book tickets online at www.tangofire.ch/angebot with the promotional code XP2013TF             
Tango Fire Zurich
4. Aura Grand Opening Party Saturday 26th If you are in Zurich on Saturday why not visit Aura, the new place to be in Zurich,  as they will be celebrating their grand opening from 11pm – 4am. Tickets CHF 30 .To book please go to this website.
5. The Helmhaus Museum in Zurich shows a lot of contemporary art and their current exhibition is entitled “Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel” (After the game is before the game) and also runs till the 27th January. Entrance is free and the exhibition is open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday For more information.
6. The Original Cuban Circus

The Original Cuban Circus

Another exciting event coming up is the Original Cuban Circus performing live at the Volkshaus from the 24th to the 27th January. Featuring unicycles, clowns, acrobats, dancers, fire-eaters and lots more it’s sure to be a treat for the whole family. Tickets available here. 

7. The Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments is bound to be of interest to horse lovers and is on this weekend at the Messe in Oerlikon from the 25th to the 27th January. For more information please read our previous post.

Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments

8. Pure Beauty Spa Opening Party

Our friends at Pure Beauty Spa are celebrating the opening of their new salon in Zollikerstrasse 82 in Seefeld, Zurich with an opening party on Thursday 31st January at 6pm . Lots of special offers and treats and an opportunity to see what is on offer. For more information. 

pure beauty spa zurich

9. Simply Theatre Auditions in Zurich for “The Jungle Book” production
This weekend could be your chance to audition to be part of the exciting play. If you are aged between 8 – 18 you can come along to audition on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th for a part in Rudyard Kilping’s Jungle Book. For more information and to book online or phone directly click here.
The Jungle Book by Simply Theatre
10. Orell Fuessli’s English Book Club
Kazuo Ishiguro’s book “Never Let Me Go” bookclub event moderated by Jill Prewett, author of “Beyond Closed Doors” and “Raw Material” will be discussed at Orell Füssli at 8.30pm on 31st January at The Bookshop, Bahnhofstrasse 70, Zurich. This is a free event.
 
11. Joanne Finnegan’s Mountain Paintings at the AWC 
British painter Joanne Finnegan is exhibiting her paintings at the  American Women’s Club Zurich from February 2nd to March 30th. The Vernissage is on February 2nd from 6:30 to 9pm. www.joannefinnegan.com
Joanne Finnegan
12. Laura Heselton, International psychic medium and motivational workshop leader is in Zurich now until February 8th. She is conducting readings and workshops and more so why not  contact her now to arrange a consultation via email here.
Laura Heselton International Medium and psychic13.  Leona Lewis will be performing at Art On Ice at the Hallenstadion on 31st January till 3rd February. There are still a few tickets available for purchase. Check this link for the latest details and for more details on the event itself read our previous post.
Leona Lewis In Zurich14. Beauty and Detox at Palais Kraft on 1st February
There is a Beauty and Detox event taking place at Palais Kraft, Kraftstrasse 29, Zurich on Friday February 1st from 5pm featuring catered food and drinks, lounge music,detox tips, information about Botox and fillers, shoes by Colette Sol and lots more.  For more information and to book this free event email karin.gaida@beautydetox.ch
15. **** FREE TICKETS **** for John Thade
Free prize draw for 5 sets of double tickets to see the American tenor John Thade sing at the Jecklin Forum in Zurich on 9th February and 9th March. For more infromation read here.John Thade Concert16. Grafik 13
Lastly, if you someone in your family with an artistic flair, why not get them to enter their work into the “Grafik 13” showcase for grafic design and young art.  The closing date to register is 4th February and Grafik 13 will be taking place at the Maag Halle.  For more information read here.
17. The 29th International Country Music Festival is coming to town and is being held at the Schutzenhaus in Albisguetli from 1st February – 24th March. Full details of the 38 day line up and the schedule can be viewed here.International Country Music Festival Albisguetli
Whatever you do, have a great weekend and a fabulous week ahead!

New In Zurich – BringBee Home Delivery Service from Ikea

You’ve just moved to Zurich and your apartment is sorted with all your major requirements, your beds, wardrobes … but you still need to get your basic cooking utensils, blankets and clothes hangers etc.  So where do you go?  Probably Ikea. However, with the new service launched by BringBee, YOU don’t actually have to go and get the little items … BringBee will buy them for you and deliver them to you!
BringBee Shopping at Ikea
BringBee is a pickup service for your smaller Ikea requirements. BringBee finds other Ikea customers living close by and gets them to shop and deliver on your behalf, saving you the hassle of going to Ikea yourself. Simply write your shopping list online (in English or German) at www.bringbee.ch selecting from the 2500+ most popular smaller Ikea products (children toys, decorations, kitchenware etc) and they will be delivered to your doorstep!
BringBee Shopping Service in Zurich
So how much does it cost? The BringBee service costs you 9 CHF + 15% of the cost of the item, most of which goes directly to your shopper as a reward. BringBee ensures that the transactions are dealt with securely online as well as providing support and transport insurance for each transaction. BringBee’s mission is to use the unused capacity of existing shopping trips more efficiently. On average 70% of all road journey are inefficient. By using one shopping trip for a number of customers in one neighbourhood, BringBee is offering an eco-friendly way to shop and deliver. BringBee is a service provided by the young Zurich based startup PolyPort and is supported by the WWF Switzerland and Ikea Switzerland. The service will be launched in Zurich on 28th January. Why not try it now?

BringBee Home Delivery Ikea Service

New In Zurich: Aura Restaurant and Book Reading at Caritas Secondhand im Viadukt

 Aura Restaurant Zurich

Aura 

A new restaurant and event location opened last weekend in Zurich called AURA right in the centre of the city close to Paradeplatz at Bleicherweg 5. Aura is not just a restaurant but also a unique event venue for birthday parties, graduation parties, conferences and events. It has fabulous lighting capabilities, 360° projection and an enormous event area measuring 480 m2. It also incorporates a night-club and a cigar bar. If you are in town this coming weekend why not give it a visit as they will be having their grand opening party on Saturday 26th January from 11pm – 4am. Tickets CHF 30 . And if you’re booked up this weekend, or off skiing in the mountains, why not try it for a Valentine’s Day treat on February 14th? They have a special evening planned from 6.30pm onwards with dinner, show and drinks with a variety of ticket combinations available.  For more information visit their website.

Caritas Secondhand Im Viadukt

Caritas Secondhand im Viadukt

If you speak German, (or are learning it?) why not go along to another event happening this week in Zurich.  Caritas charity shop in Viadukt, Bogen C in Zurich, which incientally must be the poshest second hand shop in Zurich, is hosting a reading by Joannes Vogel of the aptly titled “Kleider machen Leute” (clothes make the man) by Gottfried Keiler. There will also be musical interludes as you browse through the racks of ‘pre-loved’ clothes, shoes and accessories in this very elegant boutique situated under the arches in the Viadukt. The evening takes place this Thursday 24th January starting at 6.30pm. What a great way to shop whilst supporting a charity at the same time. For more information visit their website.

Caritas Secondhand Im Viadukt, Zurich

Photos: Aura and NewInZurich

Pure Beauty Spa – New in Zurich New Year, New You?

It’s that time of the year for New Year Resolutions and perhaps a new you? Our latest featured Guest Blog is Georgina Georgiu from Pure Beauty Spa.

NewinZurich: Georgina, tell us a little bit about yourself and how new you are to Zurich.

Georgina: I moved to Zurich last November so strictly speaking I am not ‘New in Zurich’, but the business, Pure Beauty Spa, is! My sister, Alexandra, and I are partners and we are both UK certified, experienced professional Beauty Therapists with over fifteen years’ experience working in the beauty and spa industry in the UK and abroad. We were previously located in Greece where we successfully owned and managed the same business there too.

Georgina Georgiu, Pure Beauty Spa

NewInZurich: So how did you start your business in Zurich?

Georgina: After a couple of months in Zurich I soon realised that I either had to speak German fluently or start my own business so I did an intensive German course and created a website. During this time I had made quite a few contacts and had a number of regular clients and together with my sister started searching for permanent premises which we found in a great location in Seefeld with parking for our customers too!  Pure Beauty Spa now has a new lease of life – this time in Zurich instead of our home town in Greece.  We realise how lucky we are and how many people dream about doing something like this every day.

NewInZurich: What was the hardest thing about starting your own business and living your dream?

Georgina: Getting the salon up and running was a huge challenge especially as we both do not speak German. We signed the contracts and got the keys in mid-October, and that’s when the real work began. We had originally thought it would take us two weeks but that proved to be very unrealistic and so one month later we very happily opened our doors.  Perseverance is the name of the game!

NewInZurich: So what does Pure Beauty Spa offer?

Georgina: We offer a premium range of professional beauty and spa treatments for both men and women. From essential beauty treatments (facials, waxing, nails, massage) to specialised treatments such as spa body treatments, non-surgical face lifting, microdermabrasion, red vein and pigmentation treatments, permanent hair removal and cellulite reducing treatments. We use and retail some of the best, world renowned spa brands in the industry. Such as Elemis, OPI, CND Shellac, Jane Iredale Skincare Makeup, LND:Skins sunless tanning system, Lycon Precision Waxing  and Pukka Teas, to name but a few. We also offer gift cards which can be purchased online, over the phone or at the spa.  We can even send them out to you.

NewInZurich: And you have some special offers to tell us about?

Georgina: Yes, we have a Special Introductory Offer for New in Zurich readers. We would like to offer you 10% off your first treatment with us and the first 10 lucky people to contact us will receive a free 20min Massage for every Facial Treatment Booked (1Hr min). Please quote New in Zurich at time of booking.

NewInZurich: You also have a very special date coming up.

Georgina: Our opening party celebration will take place on Thursday 31st January from 6pm at our new premises on Zollikerstrasse 82, 8008 Zurich. Please email info@purebeautyspa.ch if you would like to come and let us know if you are bringing a guest. We look forward to seeing you!

Appointments can be booked via our website or by sending an email to: info@purebeautyspa.ch  or by calling:  043 544 31 31 or 078 640 71 78 

Living In Zurich – Courses and Workshops for Newcomers

When you first arrive in Zurich it’s really helpful to find out as much as possible about the city – how the public transport system works, how to dispose of rubbish correctly, where and what to recycle, what’s on and where.  Books such as David Hampshire’s “Living and Working in Switzerland” are always a good start for practical information about Switzerland and NewInZurich runs regular Workshops which last approximately 2.5 hours, giving you all the essential information you need to get settled in Zurich in an afternoon or morning. However, Stadt Zurich also runs a course called “In Zurich Leben” or “Daily Life in Zurich” which runs once a week in Zurich on Wednesday mornings for 3 months.

In Zurich Leben, living in Zurich,  course for newcomers to Zurich

This course is held at Zentrum Karl der Grosse in the Niederdorf and is aimed at women, giving an in-depth look at all aspects of practical life in Zurich from the Swiss political system, Swiss healthcare and insurance, schooling and education and lots more.  It is run in a number of languages including English, Spanish, German and the cost is just CHF 60 if you live in the city of Zurich and CHF 320 if you live outside the city centre.  Childcare is also offered for an additional CHF 30 if you live in Zurich and CHF 90 if you don’t . The next course starts on Wednesday 16th January and there are still a few spaces available.If you are interested please call 044 412 37 37 or email integrationsfoerderung@zuerich.ch

Leona Lewis at Art On Ice at the Hallenstadion Zurich 31st January – 3rd February

Leona Lewis In Zurich

Don’t miss “Art on Ice” at the Hallenstation in Zurich featuring British singer and entertainer Leona Lewis.  Leona will be performing from the 31st January – 3rd February. Accompanying Leona  on the journey will be 2Cellos’ Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic who supported Sir Elton John on a recent tour.

The stars on the ice are all figure skating champions: Stéphane Lambiel, Jewgeni Plushenko, renowned for his incredible jumps, Olympic gold medalist Shizuka Arakawa, four-time world champions Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy as well as Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov, Nathalie Péchalat & Fabian Bourzat and Sarah Meier.
Moderating the show will be the highly acclaimed René Bazinet. Art on Ice is much more than a figure skating event – it is an exciting mix of outstanding athletes and international music stars. For further information and to buy tickets.

Art On Ice

British, American and Romanian Artists at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever visited the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst?  Now is a great time to go as with the newly renovated Löwenbräukunst-Areal, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst finally has a permanent framework for its temporary collections.The first three collections are dedicated to contemporary work in sculpture. The first collection features works by British artists Phyllida Barlow and Mark Leckey, and American scultptor Jimmie Durham and Romanian artist Daniel Knorr.

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

 

 

 

 

 

In fact if you fancy learning a little more about the Museum, and practising your German at the same time, there is a curator’s tour of the Museum (in German) taking place this Thursday 22nd November at 6.30pm, led by the Director of the Museum, Heike Munder.

The Museum itself is located at: Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zurich

Photos: courtesy of  Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Don’t forget to change your clocks tonight in Zurich

Don’t forget to change your clocks in Zurich tonight – an extra hour’s sleep and perhaps even more snow in the morning!

Do check our previous posts for things to do in Zurich.  More events coming soon.