GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – There’s plenty to do in the region in coming days, so pull out your calendar and start marking the dates.
The cinema festival Visions du Réel is honouring British filmmaker Peter Greenaway 18 April, awarding his its Sesterce d’or Prix Raiffeisen Maître du Réel prize for the ensemble of his work – the Monday night event is open to the public. The award ceremony will be followed by a screening of his most recent work, Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015)He will also be giving a masterclass Tuesday morning, open to the public. The festival continues through 23 April. Programme, ticket sales and details
The new Charlie Chaplin museum above Vevey opened officially today, 17 April, after two years of renovations of the filmmaker’s beautiful , large family home, his studio and private park in Corsier-sur-Vevey. Chaplin’s World is expected to become a major area tourist attraction. Tickets: CHF23 for adults, CHF16 for children and free for those under age 6.
Music: Paleo and Montreux programmes now out
Two of Switzerland’s biggest music festivals have now published their programmes, which promise a great summer of music, especially when you add in all the other smaller music festivals around. The increasingly attractive Cully Jazz Festival just closed (8-16 April), setting the tone with 55,000 tickets sold.
Montreux is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a great lineup that includes Neil Young, PJ Harvey, Sigur Rós, Patti Smith, Lana Del Rey, M83, Muse, Ernest Ranglin and Friends, Scofield Mehldau Guiliana, Christian Scott, Jean-Michel Jarre, Future, Woodkid and Friends, Beirut, Grimes. Tickets went on sale 15 April; don’t wait, because they go quickly. Complete programme
Paleo runs from 19-24 July. Ticket sales start Wednesday 20 April at noon – expect a rush of buyers for this huge event, now in its 41st year. Details
Key garden events are taking place between now and mid-May. The Morges tulip festival was off to a rainy start at the end of March, but the flowers are now coming up beautifully and are on display until 8 May. More than 100,000 tulips at the lakefront Parc de l’Indépendance makes for a great outing. The town has added several events to the six-week-long show. Programme and details in English
Jardins en Fête in Coppet has as its theme “the garden of the simple” this year, a focus on herbs and garden basics. Guest of honour is the Garden of the Five Senses in Yvoire, France, across the lake. The festival has been growing and this year there will be more than 100 exhibitors. From 10:00-18:00, 6 to 8 May. Editor’s personal note: my book on Swiss wines, Vineglorious! Switzerland’s Wondrous World of Wines, will be sold during the weekend by Librairies Payot.
A third date of interest to families in particular is the Fête de la nature, a week of French and Swiss events centred around discovering nature. The web site is in French; details of events will be published 21 April.
Not an event, but a must-visit area garden: the Jardin botanique in Geneva, and in particular its famous Herbarium, with some 6 million specimens!