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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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!

Spotlight Zumikon

Today we’re taking a look outside Zurich for a change and covering some interesting events taking place in 8126 Zumikon over the next couple of weeks.

Florita Flowers Zumikon, Florists

On Monday 19th November there is a Vernissage at Florita, the florists in the Dorfplatz in Zumikon highlighting all the special Christmas decorations, wreaths, flower arrangements and more to help make your Christmas really special.  The “Adventvernissage” takes place in the shop itself from 4pm – 8pm.  Why not pop by for a spot of inspiration?

Andre Beccio, Galerie Milchhuette Zumikon

On Wednesday 21st November Andre Becchio is presenting an exhibition entitled “Objekte in Holz”, “Objects in Wood” at the Galerie Milchhuette in Zumikon from 6pm until 8pm and on Thursday 22nd there will be the “Finissage” of the exhibition from 6pm – 8pm. For more information.

On Saturday 24th there is a Christmas wine tasting event at the Triangel Restaurant in Zumikon from 11am to 4pm organised by Real Wines.  Admission is free.  Why not drop in to sample a glass or two?

On Saturday 24th November and Tuesday 27th November there are “Young Engineers” trial workshops taking place at Gymboree in Zumikon aimed at children aged 5 to 10 years old helping them explore engineering, physics and maths in a fun environment. For more information

ICS Christmas Market Zumikon

On Thursday 29th November there is the annual ICS Christmas Market taking place in the Gemeindesaal in Zumikon Dorfplatz from 11am till 6pm.  There will be a raffle, tombola, stalls selling jewellery, clothes, cookies, cakes and more.  Most of all there will be an amazing selection of presents for all the family.  Don’t miss this great event! Free entry and everyone welcome! All proceeds will be going to two charities: the the SMD School in Nepal which gives an education to children from villages in the Himalayas who would not otherwise receive one, and to Sozialwerke Pfarrer Sieben which works with the homeless and vulnerable in Zurich.

ICS Christmas Market, Zumikon

Glacier Skiing and Ski and Snowboard Testing in Saas Fee

Ski and Snowboard Testing in Saas Fee

Hopefully the ski resorts around Zurich will be full of snow soon.  But if you can’t wait until December when the resorts typically open up, why not try glacier skiing in Saas Fee?

During the months of October and November they run their “Swiss ski tests” where you can test out skis and snowboards for the coming season in the Allalin snow sports area.  In addition to the ski pistes, you can also use the Kingdom Snow Park, equipped with a half-pipe, large and small lines of kickers and various rails.

There are a number of special offers running at the local hotels with hotel accommodation, lift pass and special ski and snowboard testing all included –  for more information click here. The ski or snowboard testing alone costs just CHF 55 for two days, allowing you to test out any new model of your choice from a good selection. A  great idea to try out different models if you’re thinking of changing skis or snowboards too.

Photo: Saas-Fee Tourismus

6 Things to do in Zurich this Weekend!

Lots going on this weekend in and around Zurich and it looks like it will be a good one whether it snows or not. A few things to keep you busy:

1. Open Day (Tag der Offenen Tur) at Zurich Kunsthaus – the gallery is open to everyone for free and lots of special activities including music, tours, competitions etc will be laid on to entertain you and please scroll down to our previous post on this topic for more information. Don’t miss this great opportunity: kunsthaus.ch

Photo: Kunsthaus.ch

2. Continuing with the “art theme” there is also the exhibition of young Swiss artists in Winterthur jungkunst.ch which looks like a great occasion to view aspiring Swiss artists in a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy, music, shopping and food and drink. Love this picture by Alain Poussot:

3. Jelmoli Style Days continue with a Family Day in the children’s department with special offers, family photo shoots, a special family breakfast in the newly opened Sopra restaurant and 10% discount on many items across the whole store.

4. On Saturday evening there will be an “apocalyptic evening of fun and food” with a reading in English by Justin Cronin, author of “The Twelve” at Orell Fuessli bookstore at 8:00 p.m. Entrance free. For more information click here. This is part of the “Zurich Liest ’12” initiative which you may have seen advertised on billboards around Zurich.  From October 25th to 28th, the international literary festival «Zürich liest 2012» there will be 140 literary events and more than 200 writers from Switzerland, Germany, Europe and overseas in Zurich and Winterthur «Zürich liest» is a well-known literary festival in the German-speaking world and project is run by the Zurich booksellers and editors association (www.zbvv.ch).For more info in English click here: Zurich Liest ’12

5. On Sunday there is the Family Halloween Day at the Jucker Pumpkin Farm in Seegraben from 11am till 5pm.  For more information scroll down to our previous post on the pumpkin farm and it’s “Olympic”pumpkin exhibition or click here to go to the website (in German)

Photo: Jucker Farm

6. And if you’re feeling thirsty why not taste some wine at the Coop Weinmesse at the Schuetzenhaus in Albisguetli.  It’s closed on Sunday but it is open on Saturday 27th from 2pm – 10pm. For free entrance (worth CHF 20) click on this link and download the coupon under the Zurich Albisguetli heading. Prost!

Last Day at the Gourmesse fine food and wine Fair


Monday 8th is the last day at the “Gourmesse” fair at Burkliplatz.  If you haven’t visited and you’re passionate about good food and wine make sure you don’t miss out.  You can taste hams, cheeses (see below photo of Willi Schmid who makes award-winning cheese from Jersey milk) as well as wines, beers and champagne. Chef Rene Widmer demonstrates “cuisine sous vide” and there are demonstrations galore.

Gourmesse 2012 Willy and his cheeseRene Widmer Gourmesse 2012 © NewinZurich

Gourmesse is also a place to find hard to source ingredients, gift items, kitchen accessories, gadgets and a show kitchen where top chefs cook up amazing dishes.The fair is open Monday 8th October from 11am till 8pm. Click here for the brochure with all the information. Please click here to read a related article on Willy Schmid’s cheese by Sue Style from the Financial Times.

It’s Zurich Film Festival Week – so why not make your own movie from a bike?

It’s Zurich Film Festival week (see post below for more info) so if you’re not watching one of the big screens why not shoot your own movie and perhaps even win a prize?
Photo of Velo Streifen - Go Pro campaign with Zuri rollt
Until 22nd September you can take your Ausweis along as a deposit to the «Zürich rollt» station at Pestalozziwiese and borrow a bike and helmet camera for 30mins to make your own movie of Zurich. By the evening you will be able to watch your own video of the city on Facebook. There will be a competition on Facebook and who knows if yours is voted best film you will be the competition winner!  Good luck!

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.

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.

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