Art and Culture in Zurich – the Kunsthaus, Helmhaus, AB Gallery and more…

The Kunsthaus

Everyone knows that the Kunsthaus in Zurich houses a fabulous art collection. At the moment current exhibitions include Paul Gaugin “The Prints”, which has been extended to 27th January, so you still have an opportunity to view it if you haven’t already. There is also an exhibition of work by Ferdinand Hodler, a Swiss painter from the late19th early 20th Century, which has just opened and will continue till 17th March. “Giacometti, The Donations” exhibition is also on until 17th February. The Kunsthaus is currently undergoing an extension designed by David Chipperfield Architects, which is due to be completed in 2017, allowing it the space to exhibit lots more work.

Giacometti The Donations at the Kunsthaus Zurich

Entry to the Kunsthaus is CHF 18 for adults and CHF 12 for concessions but it’s good to note that under 16s are admitted free of charge and as we’ve mentioned previously, there is free entry for everyone on Wednesdays. The Kunsthaus is open Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday from 10am to 6 pm and Wednesday to Friday 10 am–8 pm. It is closed on Mondays.

The Helmhaus Museum

The Helmhaus Museum in Zurich shows a lot of contemporary art, usually by Swiss artists. The current exhibition is entitled “Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel” (After the game is before the game) and runs till the 27th January featuring work from the following artists: Anna Maria Bauer, Frank Bischof, Gabi Deutsch, Mark Divo, Cris Faria, Stella Glitter, Florence Jung, Björn Magnusson, Asia Andrzejka Naveen, PARK (Clarissa Herbst, Mario Marchisella, Dominique Rust, Michael Wolf), David Siepert. Entrance is free and the exhibition is open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday with late Thursdays till 8pm. Closed on Mondays. For more information.

Shahriar Ahmadi at the AB Gallery 6th February – 16th March

A selection of paintings by the Iranian artist Shahriar Ahmadi will be showcased at an exhibition at the AB Gallery in Zurich from the 6th February to 16th March. Ahmadi’s works often feature bold vibrant colours and are inspired by his Persian and historical heritage.  Works from his latest collection Kiss will be on display at the exhibition.

A work by Shahriar Ahmadi

The Kiss Exhibition by Shahriar Ahmadi at the AB Gallery in Klausstrasse 23, 8008 Zurich is open Wednesday to Friday from 12 noon – 6 pm and by appointment. For more information view the website.

You are invited to an Apero on Friday 6th from 5.30 – 8pm to view the collection.

Painting by Shahriar Ahmadi

Joanne Finnegan Mountain Paintings 2nd February – 30th March

Don’t forget, NewInZurich friend, Joanne Finnegan, will be exhibiting her paintings of Swiss Mountains at the American Women’s Club in Schoentalstrasse 8 in Zurich from  February 2nd to March 30th. She will be having a Vernissage on February 2nd from 6:30 to 9pm. For more information.

Joanne Finnegan mountain paintings Photos: Kunsthaus, Shahriar Ahmadi AB Gallery, Joanne Finnegan

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2 Special Offers for NewInZurich Readers

Today we have 2 special offers for NewInZurich readers! Just quote the relevant codes to get the discounts:

1)  20% discount off any performance of Tango Fire up till Sunday 27th – just quote code XP2013TF to get this offer.

You can book tickets online at www.tangofire.ch/angebot with the promotional code XP2013TF or via the ticketportal hotline +41 (0) 900 101 102 (CHF 1.19/min from a Swiss landline) using the same code XP2013TF. Also available at all booking offices: Migros City Zurich, post offices, Zurich main station (SBB Customer Services) and at 200 more SBB ticket offices and all ticketportal booking offices. This discount cannot be combined with other offers and is available for a maximum of 6 tickets per order

Tango Fire Zurich

«Tango Fire» is probably the most exciting dance company in Argentina. From the heart of Buenos Aires, young dancers bring the unbridled passion of the tango to life in their new show “Flames of Desire”. «Tango Fire» is a group consisting of ten exceptionally talented dancers, five of whom are world tango champions, performing different styles of tango for the audience with breathtaking energy, in harmony with Argentinian music. Accompanying them are four of the best musicians in Argentina. Click here for more information and to book and take advantage of this special offer.

2) 10% off Viewfinder Creative Compostion Course this Saturday 26th January

Creative Composition Course with Justin Hession at the Jalle Learning Studio in the heart of Zurich’s old town quarter (classroom location is 1 tram stop from Zurich HB). Justin is an experienced and talented professional photographer of many years (check out his site) and is an experienced teacher and a fun guy. We’ve got three spaces left in this course with 10% discount to NewInZurich readers. Please quote NewInZurich or enter the promo code: NIZ when you register online.

Viewfinder Photography Courses

Course Description: The easiest way to improve the quality of your photographs is to improve your composition skills. Whether you are using AUTO mode or you are an advanced photographer, understanding and improving composition will greatly improve how your images resonate with others. Composition is something anyone can learn or improve. It just takes a basic understanding of some simple principles and (of course) good, old-fashioned practice. This course will get you started with both by combining theoretical discussions with hands-on shooting exercises.

Course Location: Augustinergasse 21, 8001 Zurich Time: 10:00 – 17:30, lunch at 12:00

Course Fee: Fr. 250. (10% discount for NewInZurich by using promo code: NIZ)    Materials: Bring any digital camera (for the shooting exercises), a course outline will be provided for note taking. For more info please visit the ViewFinder website course page.

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

St Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow and World Economic Forum Davos

This week is a busy one in the mountains outside Zurich. If you fancy heading out of town there are two big international events on this week.

St.Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow 24th – 27th January

Why not make the journey to St Moritz to experience the glamour and excitement of a world class polo tournament? From the 24th – 27th January there will be speed, excitement and colour on the frozen lake in St Moritz for the “St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow”. 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.

St Moritz Polo World Class on Snow

Photo Credit: Polo St. Moritz Media
St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow

The highlight of the tournament is the final taking place on Sunday 27th January after four teams have battled it out for the coveted World Cup trophy. Since the Snow Polo Tournament in Klosters was cancelled this year you may like to take the scenic journey from Zurich to St Moritz for this spectacular event. Watching polo on a frozen lake, 1,800 metres above sea level, surrounded by snow capped mountains in a fabulous ski resort is a truly unique experience. For more information read here.

The World Econmic Forum Davos 2013 23rd – 27th January

The World Economic Forum is taking place this week in Davos / Klosters. This is a meeting of the foremost global business, political and intellectual communities and other leaders of society who are committed to improving the state of the world. Issues such as HIV/AIDS treatment, water supply and fostering dialoque between Islam and the West will all be on the agenda.

World Economic Forum Davos 2013

There is an impressive line up of speakers from all over the world coming to debate and discuss the most pressing global issues for a full list of speakers and for more information read here.

Photo credits: Polo St. Moritz Media, St.Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow and World Economic Forum

What’s on in Zurich this Weekend and events coming up …

An exciting weekend in and around Zurich! Not only is the city looking so pretty bathed in a blanket of snow, but the mountains have lots of fresh powder and it looks like there may be more on the way. Check this page and scroll down to “Skiing” for some nearby ski-resort suggestions and ski reports and do read our visit to Atzmaennig. We’ve also got a short photo report on Flumserberg. Do check our Winter information sheet which we prepared earlier in the Season with some tips for your ski trip and dealing with the snow.

But if you’re staying in Zurich on Saturday afternoon why not “Say Something Nice”?

Etwas nettes sagen, say something nice

This is an initiative born of some volunteers from the Hub in the Viadukt in Zurich and which started in New York organised by the Guggenheim Museum together with “Improv Everywhere”. In German it’s called “etwas nettes sagen” and it starts at 2pm in the Lindenhof in the centre of Zurich there will be a megaphone set up and you can pop by and say something nice for the whole of Zurich to hear!

Etwas nettes sagen, say something nice

Read more information about Say Something Nice here

And there are some great the events in town this week:

Tango Fire

Tango Fire Zurich

Tango Fire, an exciting Latin dancing group from Buenos Aires in Argentina opened its doors at the Maag Halle this week and the shows continue until the 27th January. A full-on vibrant and colourful show, it features 10 talented dancers, 5 of whom are Tango World Champions. It should be an amazing evening explaining the history of the tango accompanied by live music.  For more information.

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. 

Zurich Tanzt 2013 online registration closes on 20th January for auditions for the play “The Show Must Go On” by Jérôme Bel at Schiffbau. Auditions take place at Club Plaza on 27th January. The organisers are looking for 26 diverse people from the Zurich Area, who want to dance on stage for the opening piece. If you’re interested, you can register here up until 20th January.

Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments

Mercedes Benz CSI Golden Moments

This equestrian event is bound to be of interest to horse lovers and takes place at the Messe in Oerlikon from the 25th to the 27th January. For more information please read our previous post.

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

Hallenbad City

Fancy a swim? Did you know that after being closed for renovations for two and a half years the Hallenbad City in Sihlstrasse 71 reopens this Saturday 19th January from 6am – 10pm.

Hallenbad City Zurich

T I P E Publishing Event 26th January

The independent publishing event for aspiring writers is taking place at the Volkshaus in Zurich from 9am – 1.30pm on Saturday 26th January. For more information read here.

Book Club at Orell Fuessli 

Book Club Event at Orell Fussli

Kazuo Ishiguro’s book “Never Let Me Go” will be discussed at the book club taking place at Orell Füssli at 8.30pm on 31st January at The Bookshop, Bahnhofstrasse 70, Zurich. This is a free event and will be moderated by Jill Prewett, author of “Beyond Closed Doors” and “Raw Material”.

Joanne Finnegan’s Mountain Paintings at the AWC

Joanne Finnegan is exhibiting her paintings at the  American Women’s Club Zurich on February 2nd to March 30th. Join her at the Vernissage on February 2nd from 6:30 to 9pm. www.joannefinnegan.com

Joanne Finnegan

Whatever you do, have a great weekend and a fabulous week ahead!

Photos: Joanne Finnegan, Stadt Zurich, Orell Fuessli, Mercedes CSI, Improv Everywhere, Tango Fire and The Original Cuban Circus.

Zurich Tanzt 3rd to 5th May – Zurich’s Dancing Festival

Zurich Tanzt 2013 is an amazing dancing extravaganza that will be taking place in Zurich from the 3rd – 5th May. It will feature dance events of every type imaginable and there will be dancing for everyone no matter what your age or interest.
Zurich Tanzt 2013
The auditions or “casting events” for the play “The Show Must Go On” by Jérôme Bel at Schiffbau will take place at Club Plaza on 27th January. The organisers are looking for 26 diverse people from the Zurich Area, who want to dance on stage for the opening piece. If you’re interested, you can register here up until 20th January. So if you’re keen to get involved and show the world that you can dance – sign up now!
Zurich Tanzt 2013
There will be 15 short dance performances by dancers from all over Europe, as well as some crash courses in different styles of dancing and a variety of events throughout the city. There will even be one big event at Zurich Hauptbahnhof on Saturday 4th May to show the world that Zurich “rocks”. They’re keeping it under wraps at the moment but there will be more information to follow.
Zurich Tanzt 2013
So don’t worry if you’ve got two left feet, or no rhythm, you’ve got plenty of time to start practising. After all, there are still a few weeks until the beginning of May, and it looks as if the whole of Zurich will be dancing that weekend!
For more information (in German) read here. Enjoy and have fun!
Photos: © Zurich Tanzt

Zurich Events – Laura Heselton, Country Music Festival, Leona Lewis Art On Ice

Three very different events coming to Zurich in the coming weeks – but as things often sell out quickly it may be a good time to book.

Laura Heselton, International psychic medium and motivational workshop leader is coming to Zurich from January 24th to February 8th. Sessions, readings and workshop – so why not “harness your intuition and find your destiny”? To arrange a consultation email Laura here.

Laura Heselton International Medium and psychic

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

Don’t forget too that 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 Zurich

Photos: Laura Heselton, International Country Music Festival and Art On Ice

Atzmännig – Bijou Ski Resort just outside Zurich

Skiing in Atzmännig Ski resort

This weekend we visited Atzmännig ski resort for the first time. Having lived in Zurich some time now, and skied widely across the Graubunden resorts, as well as in Hoch Ybrig, Flumserberg and in the French part of Switzerland, I can’t believe it’s taken so long to discover this bijou little resort right on our doorstep!

 Atzmännig ski resort

And what a pleasant surprise. From the centre of Zurich, Atzmännig takes under an hour to get to and if you’re coming from Kuesnacht way you can be there in little more than 30 minutes. It’s ideal if you find you’re free for just a morning or afternoon, or if you fancy nothing too challenging, or if other slopes feel like just too long a drive. And it’s great for kids! It also offers free parking and over 1,000 car park spaces.

Atzmännig ski resort

This Saturday was a great day to go and the conditions were fantastic – fresh snow glinted in the sunshine against a backdrop of clear blue skies.  If you don’t fancy hurtling down the slopes at Atzmännig, there are some lovely restaurants you can visit or some great walks you can take around the resort either with or without snow shoes. There are two well marked out “snow shoe trails” and if you don’t have any, snow shoes can be rented on site. See the snow shoe trails here.

Atzmaennig Ski resort near Zurich

Atzmännig is a small resort but it is ideal for families and beginners. It clearly doesn’t offer the breadth and divertity of for example, a resort like Flims, but it has a charm all of it’s own. With various tickets available at a variety of prices including an inexpensive “Punkte Card” which would be ideal if you were only going to do a few runs, it is very accessible in more ways than one. It also has a ski school, a slalom course and offers night skiing and fondue parties – lots of Winter fun for the whole family.

Atzmännig ski resort

 To check out the runs take a look at the piste map here. For the website and full information see here.

Atzmännig Ski resort

All photos ©NewInZurich and taken this Saturday in Atzmännig

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