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African Blues

African Blues

Farka Touré performed during the opening ceremony at the Football World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Now he is giving a concert in Basel. By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter Singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, born in 1981 in Niafunké, Mali, to the Grammy-winning Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, studied percussion and guitar in Bamako. He attributes his major musical influences to John Lee Hooker, B .B. King and Salif Keita. After his father and other community leaders gave him their blessing to produce an album, 2007 saw his international breakthrough with his self-titled debut release. Touré’s

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Expression through movement

Expression through movement

Artist, entrepreneur and photographer David P. France reveals the philosophy behind his life and his goals – and what he plans to achieve in Basel with the David P. France Dance Company. A New Yorker in Basel. By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter Turn to the internet, and you will find no shortage of information about David P. France’s Dance Company and his various activities, for example on the website of “Tanzbüro Basel”. But what makes him tick, what are his goals? Not only did meeting him in person reveal a lot about him, it also topped the

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Magical “Fasnacht” night

Magical “Fasnacht” night

Celebrate this Fasnacht season with a magical night of music and storytelling: „WIE DER KÖNIG VOM EISZAPFENLAND AN DIE BASLER FASNACHT KAM“ – Ein schlechtgelaunter, trauriger König, hoch im Norden, wird von einem Basler Ueli an die Fasnacht eingeladen…… written by Dorette Gloor, illustrated by Heidi Gonser. Basel West Library invites adults and children (ages 4 and up) to a presentation of this new picture book. Traditional Fasnacht Songs will be sung by the “Lälli-Wälli” and an exhibit of textile masks will be on display. Traditional Fasnacht refreshments will be served. An English version of the picture book will be

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Basel’s first Laughter Competition

Basel’s first Laughter Competition

Basel’s first ever laughter competition takes place on Sunday, 16 February from 1.30 pm to 5 pm at the cultural centre Union at Klybeckstrasse 95. The laughlete (contestant) having the most contagious laugh during a series of dramatic laughter challenges wins. The audience is the jury. The most important criterion for the laughter competition is: who has the most natural and contagious laugh? Laughter yoga trainer Claude Messer is the organizer of the championship. If you’d like to participate or just plan to watch, you can register with him online. (www.liebeundlebedeinlachen.ch). Laughter yoga was founded by Madan Kataria in India

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“Winter Line”- at the Kunsthalle

“Winter Line”- at the Kunsthalle

January 17 – March 23 by Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter “Winter Line” at the Kunsthalle Basel marks the first comprehensive presentation of the work of the two Scottish artists Ross Birrell (*1969) and David Harding (*1937). Both have close ties with the Glasgow School of Art: Ross Birrell is currently a lecturer at the Forum for Critical Inquiry, while David Harding was the founder and for many years head of the influential Environmental Art Department, whose graduates include numerous artists of international renown. The two artists pursue a multifaceted practice that embraces film, sculpture, installations, literary works,

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Snow White Twice Over

Snow White Twice Over

By Bronwen Saunders and Shirley L. Kearney Theatre-goers in Basel will have two opportunities to see the beautiful princess with hair black as ebony and lips red as blood this season – as ballet and as opera. Richard Wherlock’s ballet “Snow White” at Theater Basel is to run until March and promises a fantastic night out: “Wherlock’s choreography of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – along with assorted friends and villains – is sheer enchantment,” writes our author Shirley L. Kearney. “The 6.30 pm performance on December 26 was well-attended by ballet aficionados

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Vogel Gryff dances this Monday, January, 13

Vogel Gryff dances this Monday, January, 13

By Shirley L. Kearney, Basel: A Cultural Experience; publisher Spalentor Verlag 2005 / (Photo: By Patapat, via Wikimedia Commons) The yearly gathering and celebration of the three Honourable Societies of Kleinbasel takes place on January, 13, 20 or 27. The Wild Maa / wild man rides down the Rhine on a platform supported by two boats. He begins his wild dance to the accompaniment of drums and many cannon shots. The boats must never cross the middle of the Rhine, which would bring him onto the main Basel side and allow the spectators the opportunity to jeer him; he must

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Jakob Christoph Miville (1786-1836) – Romantic landscape artist from Basel

Jakob Christoph Miville (1786-1836) – Romantic landscape artist from Basel

Exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum (Kunstmuseum) until 16 February 2014 By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter If you feel the need to escape into an oasis of visual serenity during the chaotic preparations for Christmas then a visit to the Basel Kunstmuseum’s Kupferstichkabinett (Drawing and Engraving Cabinet) is just the thing. The Miville exhibition allows you to travel with this relatively unknown Basel artist as he ventures forth in the early 19th century on his exploratory studies and voyages – first to Rome and later to Russia, where he was engaged as a land surveyor. This gave

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Comments Off   |  20/12/2013 Events

Basel English Panto Group presents “Beauty and the Beast”

Basel English Panto Group presents “Beauty and the Beast”

By Martin Pütter (the picture shows «Mother Goose», played in 2012) If you want to know another aspect of how the British tick, visit a pantomime. These very particular plays are integral parts of the British pre-Christmas season. Since 1994 the Basel English Panto Group has been performing these plays, much to the delight of expats living in the Basel area, and so far, largely – and unjustly – ignored by most locals. The Basel Panto Group have been performing these traditional, typically British plays to entertain the audience, to give them a bit of British culture abroad and for

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Totentanz reloaded

Totentanz reloaded

Totentanz means “Death Dance”, and this November, the dead will dance again by the Predigerkirche. Artist and director Peter Greenaway has put up gravestones outside and inside the church and will project the “Dance of the Dead” onto them. There will also be  presentations, concerts and other events. www.baslertotentanz.ch Pictorial representations of Dances of Death developed all over Europe following the 15th century, most likely in response to episodes of the plague. Particularly known in Basel is The Basel Dance of Death, painted on the inside wall of the cemetery of the Dominican convent. The original, created approximately between 1431

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