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utumn is a great time of year in Geneva – the weather can be nice and sunny and there’s lots of festivals and activities going on. The leaves turn a stunning shade of orange making mountain trips worthwhile! Here’s our pick of what to do: *Don’t miss!

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OCTOBER British Classic Car Show; 5 October, Morges A gathering of over 1500 classic cars in a lovely setting; 10 – 5pm, Free. *International Chocolatiers and Chocolate Fair; 5 – 6 October You won’t want to miss the tastings, lectures and workshops for kids! Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about chocolate. For instance, you can learn which wine to drink with which type of chocolate, the working life of cocoa-planters, and much more. Watch some demonstrations by the best chocolate makers! Buy your tickets in advance and make sure to reserve a spot for your kids for the workshops! Bâtiment des Forces Motrices. http://www. Animatou: 5 – 13 October International animated movie festival with workshops and films for all ages! Short movies, as well as some premieres and documentaries in smaller cinemas, (Grütli, Spoutnik, Bio Cinema, Scalaand Nord-Sud) and larger ones, like Pathé. In their headquarters in Les

Grottes, the festival organises workshops, concerts and more! Check out the programme to see the times and the venues; *Le Jour de la Nuit: 12 October An event in neighbouring France to increase awareness about light pollution and the biodiversity of skies. In Ferney Voltaire, you can join the night-walk to the Swiss countryside. The meetingpoint is in front of the Ferney swimming pool at 8pm, and the walk is 1.5 hr long. In Prevessin-Moens, you can watch the stars with a mobile planetarium! Meeting-point is at the Parc du Château at 7:30pm. * Marche de l’Espoir, charity walk: 13 October Terre des Hommes organizes this great event every year. It’s a short and fun walk to do with your friends and kids. Going from Pâquis to the botanical gardens and back, as many times as you want, is all you have to do; Last year this took place in order to help street kids, orphans and earthquake victims in Haiti. A lot of schools are taking part in this walk, but you can register as an individual, too. You need to find sponsors


who will donate money for each tour you walk (or you can sponsor yourself as well – after all, it’s for a good cause!). You can sign-up online, or on-thespot on the day of the event. The more the merrier, and the more funds raised! This event takes place in all weather conditions from 11am. *Jazz Contreband: 3 – 26 October Concerts are all over the region, and are spread between 18 different venues. Concerts are not only taking place in Geneva, but also in Nyon and Annecy. Luff: 16 – 20 October Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival. Concerts, movies, exhibitions, and workshops. This is the perfect excuse to go to Lausanne! Halloween: October 31st There are many Halloween parties and Pumpkin festivals in the area for all age groups, check our website, for the latest listings.

NOVEMBER *Geneva International Film Festival; 31 October – 7 November Festival tous écrans: Another great film festival, using all possible types of screen to show fiction in an innovative way (TV, cinema, mobile phones, web, video games). Thanks to all the festival’s partners, tickets are free for

all the screenings! It’s best to book in advance for a majority of the projections, however. There will also be some lectures, some debates, workshops and a family day! Check the website for more information; Wine tasting, Cave Ouvertes: 2- 3 November Local winemakers will be delighted to explain to you what the new wine “bourru” is, and the whole process of fermentation. Walk through the vineyards of Luins, near Gland, and enjoy some food and music along the way! 15 CHF to purchase a glass and taste wine, in all of the wineries. Shuttles are available from Gland train station. php Les Automnales, Autumn Fair; 8 -17 November Not only a good way to find out what’s new in the shopping world -and maybe find your Christmas gifts – but also lots of activities and shows. 3 main topics for the exhibition: housing, leisure and cooking. Check out the latest innovations! The fair includes lots of demonstrations and fun activities: cooking workshops, after-work drinks with DJs, a treasure hunt, a running race, circus and theatre.

* Latin American film festival: 15 November – 1 December 15th edition of this great festival; Also in October and November the ski fairs in Haute Savoie, France* with significant discounts off skis and clothing. Check for details.

DECEMBER Course de l’Escalade: December 7; More than running, it’s a popular event: groups, families and schools participate. Whether you just watch or run yourself, don’t miss the costumed race (Marmite) at the end of the day. Parc des Bastions. Remember to sign up in November! Fête de l’Escalade: December 13 – 15; A celebration of the victory of the Swiss over the Duke of Savoy in 1602. The Fête includes a parade with 60 horses and 800 people in costumes on Sunday, guided tours of the Old Town where you can enter some secret passages, muskets firing, smaller parades with music all weekend, special markets, accompanied by lovely mulled wine. Also a great opportunity to break and eat the chocolate marmite! More historical facts on the importance of this event and the full program of the fête are on the website; AUTUMN 2013 ISIS Magazine


ISIS Magazine - What's on in the region?  
ISIS Magazine - What's on in the region?