What’s on and free in November 2017 in Geneva

GENEVA, Switzerland — Shorter days but no shortage of things to do — and for free — in Geneva and surroundings! Here’s my monthly round-up.Unless noted otherwise, the events take place in canton Geneva. A few favourites are highlighted in blue and those that could be of interest to kids and families are in green (check the agenda for little ones on AmStramGramGeneva Family Diaries, and HappyKid).

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Art & Other Exhibits

  • 1-5 Nov: Exhibit of objects made with fimo clay/playdough in Bellevue, free
  • 1-5 Nov: Latin sails of the Leman — an exhibit of the Lake Geneva typical sail boats from the turn of the century, Evian, France
  • 1-19 Nov: Foot Notes, Michael Borzykowski explores the relationship of musicians’ feet and their instruments — mmm, free, Collex-Bossy
  • 6-17 Nov: What does peace look like? At the UN in Geneva, registration required, free

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  • Throughout November: concerts and jam sessions at AMR, including various free every week
  • 2-12 Nov: Nuits du Labyrinthe — a world beat music festival with sounds from Iran, Greece, Spain, medieval Italy, India, Mediterranean and more
  • 5 Nov: Cuarteto Quiroga, from Spain in Jussy, free
  • 5 Nov: Hotegezugt, klezmer music concert, free, Collex-Bossy
  • 8 Nov: James Blunt in concert
  • 9-19 Nov: Couleur Café — African music festival
  • 10 Nov: Dama Blanca, Yaite Ramos Rodriguez Latin hip hop from Cuba, and La Nefera, a Swiss-Dominican rapper as part of Les Creatives festival
  • 10 Nov: De La Soul — remember the 80s in New York? (I do!)

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Films and other Performing Arts


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Fairs and other Special Events

  • 23-26 Nov: Fureur de Lire — a literary roving festival with plenty of (mostly French) authors, performances, readings and lectures, free
  • 24-26 Nov: Fashion Week Geneva, Africa fashion show
  • 28 Nov: Fix your own electronic devices or print/recreate missing plastic parts at this Post Tenebras Lab workshop, free and open to Carouge residents only

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Fitness Activities & Sporting Events

  • 10-12 Nov: Salon de la Montagne — Mountain sports, exhibit and workshops as part of Les Automnales
  • 11, 12 & 18 Nov: the Art of Movement – karate, Shung do Kwan Budo, shiatsu, flamenco and more as part of Les Automnales
  • 12 Nov: Escalade training at Aire-la-Ville, free, (prepare to walk or run the classic Geneva run)

  • 19 Nov: Escalade training at the UN Plaza, free, (prepare to walk or run the classic Geneva run)
  • 26 Nov: Escalade training at Bastions Park, free, (prepare to walk or run the classic Geneva run)
  • 1-2 Dec: Supercross motorcycle race and exhibit

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Food and Drink

  • 9 Nov: Whisky tasting, Bruichladdich distillery
  • 10-11 Nov: La Chasse — learn how to cook seasonal game meat and set up the accompanying table, course includes material and meal, in Mont-sur-Rolle, canton Vaud
  • 11 Nov: Graissage des bouches
  • 11-12 Nov: Jussy town fair with fleamarket, food and entertainment, free
  • 1 Dec: Advent Afternoon Tea at the Hotel d’Angleterre
  • 15 Dec: Whisky tasting, Lutry, canton Vaud

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Shopping: Fleamarkets, artisans and art fairs, vintage and ski sales, etc.

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