Swiss Community Events Calendar
Available for the first time, a comprehensive calendar to download with all Swiss events in the UK - from music concerts to art exhibitions to talks to just having a cuppa.
If you know of an event that is not listed on the calendar below of the PDF download, please do let us know so that we can keep it as up to date as possible:Send us your event
UNTIL 10 SEPTEMBER 2017
Tate Modern presents the UK’s first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti for 20 years.
'A spectacular hymn to human survival'
'Poignant and powerful...this exhibition is full of suprises'
'You will not have the chance to see a Giacometti exhibition of this calibre again'
'A wondrous show that puts the artist in the same league as Degas, Picasso and Matisse'
Until 3 September 2017
NEW CONTINENTS, LIGHT LINES
This is Sarah Burger’s first UK solo exhibition. She develops a site-responsive installation, by combining analogue and digital print techniques on fabric in varying two and three dimensions. Burger’s works make reference to the topics of presence, duration, time and the history of material.
Until 8 October 2017
This is Frieze’s first-ever summer display in Regent’s Park which brings together 25 new and significant works by leading 20th-century and contemporary artists from around the world, including Urs Fischer, Peter Regli and Ugo Rondinone from Switzerland.
Rondinone’s aluminium sculpture Summer Moon (image) is a memorial, a frozen emblem of a long life at the moment of entropy; its white patina lends it a ghostliness.
Until 19 August 2017
DREAM A LITTLE DRAMA
For his first project in the UK, Guillaume Pilet will be in residence at Primary to develop Dream A Little Drama, an initial sketch for a new sculpture-opera-work. His installation will mix classical painting and vernacular folklore, family customs and popular dramaturgy, childhood memories and pre-globalized 90s culture. Within this theatrical set, a performer will act as the artist’s alter ego, using the language of popular culture to introduce elements of Pilet’s cultural autobiography. ©
7 August – 4 September 2017
JOCJONJOSCH, PIER GIORGIO DE PINTO
LOST SENSES 2017
Pier Giorgio De Pinto and JocJonJosch will participate in Lost Senses, a living space for encounters, open every day to everyone. Revisiting the exhibition as format and exploring the gallery space as a fluid cultural site, artists and practitioners will work closely with people reorganising the self’s relation to perception during a one-month campus. Their performances will take place on 12 August (De Pinto) from 2 to 7 pm and on 30 August (JocJonJosch) from 6 to 8 pm.
Time to book! Congress of the Swiss Abroad
Organised by the Organisation of the Swiss abroad (OSA), the Congress of the Swiss Abroad is the annual meeting of the Swiss citizen living all around the world. During this meeting, they have the opportunity to renew with the Swiss current information, to discuss on special themes and to exchange in a friendly atmosphere their own experiences. The Congress is held in german and french.
This Congress takes place each year in a different area of Switzerland and some 400 compatriots from the whole world come each year to this event. Visits, entertainments, meeting with the authorities and local population are also part of the programme.
Please book these dates and join us at the next Congress of the Swiss Abroad!
More details will be posted as the event approaches, but do follow online on the OSA website.
Further information available here
In September Sepp Jans invites us to a walk with 4 possibilities. An informative stroll, a leisurely walk around a Loch, or to a strenuous hill walk in the Moorfoot Hills, finished by a visit of the freshly renovated Relief of Scotland and finally to meet up with everyone for “coffee and scones” at the Barony Hotel in Eddleston. Even if you would just like to meet at the Barony Hotel at end of the walk it would be a good reason for a day out to meet Swiss companions.
The informative stroll brings us to the Portmore Estate, north east from Eddleston, with its walled garden which we can visit (fee £6), after the visit we change the side of the valley and walk up to the Relief of Scotland beside the Barony Hotel in Eddleston.The leisurly walk brings us through the Portmore Estate up to Loch Portmore. The shore invites us for a short picnic before we move on and walk around the loch through pasture and a herd of cows back to Eddleston to join the informative walkers at the Relief and the scones.
The fit hillwalkers leave the leisurly walkers after half around the loch and ascend towards Dundreich (623m) to enjoy – weather permitting – a fantastic roundview towards the hills of the Borders and towards the Pentlands and Edinburgh before we descend again down to Eddleston to join the others.
Find out more on the Swiss Club Edinburgh website
Your chance to visit a house that is exceptionally important both for Ticinese and for British history. The House is only open on weekday afternoons and the Unione Ticinese have secured the opportunity for a guided tour, followed by tea and biscuits, on Tuesday 26 September at 2 pm.
RSVP: Attendance costs £20 per person. First come, first serve. To reserve your place on the guided tour, you must RSVP by contacting Peter Barber, either on email email@example.com or writing to 16 Tivoli Road, London N8 8RE.
The full address is Ditchley Park, Enstone, Chipping Norton, OX7 4ER. It lies a little to the west of the A44 on the road between Woodstock and Chipping Norton. The closest railway station is Charlbury (about 75 minutes from Paddington), which is about 10 minutes drive away. Taxis should be booked in advance.
It is unusual for the Unione Ticinese to organize an event on a weekday. But this is the only way in which members will have the chance to visit a house that is exceptionally important both for Ticinese and for British history.
Ditchley Park was designed by one of Britain’s greatest architects, James Gibbs (who also designed St Martin’s-in-the Fields), in 1722, but its dignified but restrained internal spaces are transformed and brought to life by its magnificent plasterwork figures and decorations. These are the work of four Ticinese craftsmen from villages around Lake Lugano: Giuseppe Artari, his younger brother Adalberto and their cousin Francesco Serena of Arogno and Francesco Vassalli of Riva San Vitale (where the Vasssalli home near the ‘Strada degli Inglesi’ is still to be seen).
Their figures and designs were copied from classical sculpture and prints of contemporary Roman, Venetian and Bolognese paintings – but with a lot added from their own imaginations! The house is one of the earliest and most striking examples of the cultural contribution of the Swiss, and particularly of the Italian Swiss, to the cultural life of Great Britain.
The owner of the original house, Sir Henry Lee, commissioned one of the greatest portraits of Elizabeth I, shown standing on a map of England and Wales with her toe pointing at Ditchley, to commemorate her visit in 1592. However the house achieved its greatest fame between 1940 and 1942 when Winston Churchill repeatedly spent long weekends there, relatively secure from German bombs.
Since the late 1950s it has been the home of the Ditchley Foundation, which fosters international relations, and particularly Anglo-American relations through conferences and the chance for leaders to meet confidentially in comfortable surroundings.