Annual General Meeting & Cultural Weekend

Belfast, Northern Ireland
Friday 18th, 18:00 – Sunday 20th, 15:30

The next AGM of the Federation of Swiss Societies UK (FOSSUK) will take place in Belfast from the 18th to the 20th of May 2018.

Timings are as follows but could still be subject to changes:

Friday, 18th May 2018

18:00 – 21:00                                 
Evening with Barbara Kastalin
Join us for the unique opportunity to experience a traditional Irish stew in the iconic pub ‘The Duke of York’ whilst listening to abstracts of Barbara’s latest novel, ‘When the Snow Fell’.
NB: for those that arrive late, please note that we have reserved the room upstairs at ‘The Duke of York’.
Meeting point: 17.45 at the main lobby of the of Premier Inn Belfast City Cathedral Quarter

Saturday 19th May:

09:30 – 12:30                                 
Private Walking Tour of Belfast’s Murals

On this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the main murals of West Belfast as well as the “Peace Wall”, the high wall between the nationalist and the loyalist areas of West Belfast. During the tour we will also gain an insight as to the history of the area and the different point of views of nationalists and loyalists.
Meeting point: 09.15 at the main reception of the Premier Inn Belfast City Cathedral Quarter


Private Guided Tour of Titanic Belfast and SS Nordic

On this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the Titanic Belfast, a visitor attraction and a monument to Belfast's maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard in the city's Titanic Quarter where the RMS Titanic was built. Included in the ticket is a visit to SS Nomadic. SS Nomadic is the last remaining White Star Vessel and the role of the ship was to taxi passengers out to board Titanic when it was docked in Cherbourg.
Meeting point: 09.45 at the main reception of the Premier Inn Belfast City Cathedral Quarter

Registration for the AGM

Registration will open at 13.30
Light refreshments will be served prior to the start of the AGM.

Location: The Factory Room, 6th Floor of the MAC, 10 Exchange St West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ

14:00 – 16:45                                 

Annual General Meeting followed by
Speeches from:

- His Excellency Ambassador Alexandre Fasel
- Sarah Mastantuoni Organisation of the Swiss Abroad

16:45 – 18:30                                 
Drinks reception
offered by HE the Ambassador
followed by ‘Meet the Artist’ and canapés

An exclusive opportunity to meet HE Ambassador Alexandre Fasel and members of the Swiss Embassy.

During the evening guests will be introduced to the extraordinary work of UK based Swiss film director Francesco Bernasconi.

19:30 onwards                              
Private Dinner at James Street South

For those of you wishing to carry on with the evening, a private room has been reserved from 19.30 at the restaurant James Street South (21 James Street South, BT2 7GA, Belfast). The menu options have been published, but you will select your choice for dinner on the evening.

Sunday, 20th May 2017

09:15 – 16:00                                 
Private Giant Causeway’s Tour

On this tour you will have the unique opportunity to experience the incredible scenery of the Northern Irish coast. At around lunch time we will stop at the scenic Carrick-a-Rede and Larrybane, where we will have the opportunity to visit Carrick-a-Rede Island. The island is connected to the cliffs by a rope bridge across the Atlantic Ocean. Suspended almost 100 ft (30 m) above sea level, the rope bridge was first erected by salmon fishermen 350 years ago. Carrick-a-Rede Island is the home to a single building - a fisherman's cottage. Lunch will be provided in the form of a packed lunch to be consumed when we reach the island. The tour will continue after lunch towards the Giant’s Causeway where we will stop for a second time before heading back to the hotel.

Meeting point: 09.00 at the main reception of the Premier Inn Belfast City Cathedral Quarter


Registration now closed for paid events: Please note that no tickets are issued!
For those who marked the requirement for accommodation, please contact Loredana via with queries, but all rooms have been reserved.


AGM Detailed Programme


With heartfelt thanks to our AGM & cultural weekend sponsors: