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Little Sun lamps at the Beyeler Fondation during Art Basel Miami Beach

Little Sun lamps at the Beyeler Fondation during Art Basel Miami Beach

By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter How to bring more sunshine to Florida? The Beyeler Fondation has found a way. It is devoting its entire stand at Art Basel Miami Beach to the Little Sun, a solar-powered lamp created by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen. In parallel, the city of Miami plans to present the lamps from a typical local food truck, inspired by Florida street-food culture. From December 5–8, more suns will bounce their light about in the fairgrounds and in the streets. And they have another goal. The lamp is a work

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Comments Off   |  01/12/2013 Society

Sometimes top, sometimes flop

Sometimes top, sometimes flop

Swiss as friends: mission impossible? The Swiss will have mixed feelings when they are reading a survey by bank HSBC, in which expats have given marks for their host countries. In short: in public top, in private flop. Not surprisingly Switzerland takes number one spot when it comes to public transport; making friends, however, is nigh on impossible. Among 37 countries surveyed Switzerland carries the wooden spoon. The Swiss media seem to be dismayed by the survey. As headline to an article (in German only) about it the online edition of the Basler Zeitung chose: “The country where you cannot

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Comments Off   |  02/11/2013 Society, Uncategorized

Schappo award goes to the young people of “Imagine”

Schappo award goes to the young people of “Imagine”

Every summer the Barfüsserplatz hosts a music festival entitled “Imagine” that features numerous young bands and draws thousands of spectators. But in fact, there’s something going on under the “Imagine” motto all year round, with lots of youngsters helping to prepare the festival’s side events. Under the sponsorship of the charity “Terre des hommes”, young volunteers also organize workshops aimed at making their contemporaries more aware of the issues of racism, discrimination and social exclusion. It was specifically for this work that the City of Basel awarded the young people of “Imagine” this year’s Schappo* prize, with which it honours

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Comments Off   |  30/10/2013 Society

Nostalgia and Thrills Galore at the 543rd Herbstmesse (Autumn Fair)

Nostalgia and Thrills Galore at the 543rd Herbstmesse (Autumn Fair)

For two weeks beginning this Saturday, Basel’s city centre will be given over once again to the sounds, sights and impressions of the annual Autumn Fair. For the first time this year, the venues will include the whole of the completely redesigned Exhibition Square, as well as the covered space dubbed “the City Lounge,” which lies under the giant oculus connecting the square exhibition halls. Delighting all who hark back to the good old days, indoor rides under the theme “Super 80s” will excite fair goers in Hall 3 on Riehenring, where originals such as the Ghost Train from the

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Comments Off   |  25/10/2013 Entertainment, Society

Irish Poet Kevin Higgins Visits Basel

Irish Poet Kevin Higgins Visits Basel

Kevin Higgins is a renowned poet, literary critic and workshop facilitator living in Galway. He will be visiting Basel from November 6 through 11, 2013, for diverse teachings and readings. As a youth, Higgins started out as a political activist in London, fighting for egality and justice from the left of the mainstream. In the 1990s, he settled in Galway where he has become somewhat of a literary activist fighting for the right of everybody to engage in creative writing. A rebel by nature, he revolutionised the literary scene in Galway, not to the delight of all writers and literati.

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2 Comments   |  09/10/2013 Events, Society

Interview with “Chef of the Year 2014”

Interview with “Chef of the Year 2014”

Tanja Grandits has been named “Chef of the Year 2014”.  Grandits, in charge of Restaurant Bruderholz in Basel, is the first woman who has received this accolade by restaurant guide Gault Millau Schweiz. Unlike previous years when multiple chefs  received this award in the same year, Grandits does not have to share it. The Basel Journal interviewed the congenial top chef in one of its issues last year. Please click on this link to read the article in issue Nr. 1/2012 (page 52)

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Comments Off   |  09/10/2013 Society

Media Spotlight on International Schools

Media Spotlight on International Schools

Why do expats send their children to International, English-speaking schools? Does this inhibit integration? How will these students and their families recognise the need to learn German? Integration agencies, school authorities and others in Switzerland pose these questions. These International schools appear to be supported, on the one hand, because expat workers are here on contracts and thus rarely clear on a departure date from Swiss life, and seem to roam the globe on international assignments. On the other hand, many expats apparently remain sceptical about the nature of the Swiss school system, says Julia Morais of the Zurich office

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Comments Off   |  13/09/2013 Society

Upcoming Beer Market – in Mulhouse, september 5 to 8

Upcoming Beer Market – in Mulhouse, september 5 to 8

Last Saturday, Basel had its first ever “Beer Market”, and it was a huge success. At the Vogesenplatz, the atmosphere was more than festive. All the degustation lovers and beer drinkers flocked there from 4 pm onwards.  The event revealed once again that local beer from small-scale breweries is growing in popularity. Similar observations were also quoted in The Basel Journal, issue June / July, 2012. Basel’s newest brewers were also on the scene – although without beer. Sandro Waser and Tizian Würth of “Basiliske Beer” were introduced to the public at this year’s “em Bebbi sy Jazz” (Basel jazz

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Comments Off   |  07/09/2013 Events, Society

Basel Whisky

Basel Whisky

Whether Baslers or expats – on the right occasion, at the right time – both might like to enjoy a glass of good Single Malt Whisky. But why should you enjoy a drink from a country far, far away? For the last few years whisky has been distilled in the area around Basel as well.   By Martin Pütter, Photography Katrin Horn Whisky, Single Malt: most likely nine out of ten people, unless they are either of Irish or American origin, will immediately associate these two terms with Scotland. “Swiss whisky”, on the other hand, these same people would have regarded

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Comments Off   |  20/06/2013 Food & Drink, Society
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