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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Lute and Guitar Festival

Lute and Guitar Festival

“Basel Plucks” ̶ the festival for lute and guitar scheduled from October 2 to 6 ̶ presents prominent lutists and guitarists teaching and living in Basel. The festival creates a platform to demonstrate the unique richness and diversity of the lute and guitar scene in Basel. The inclusive festival pass (all concerts) costs 70 Swiss francs, and a single day pass costs 20 Swiss francs. The venues include Musik Akademie Basel (Music Academy Basel), Zinzendorfhaus on Leimenstrasse, Kultkino on Theaterstrasse and Museum für Musik im Lohnhof. For more information: www.facebook.com/baselplucks Tickets: +41 61 264 57 57

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Comments Off   |  19/09/2013 Events

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

Dances of Death in the Museum

Dances of Death in the Museum

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 and 1439, dramatised 40 people from all walks of life entangled with the representation of death. In 1805, the wall was pulled down and only 19 fragments were saved. Those 19 pieces were restored several times and even changed. They are now on display in the Historische Museum Basel,

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Comments Off   |  11/09/2013 Events

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

Meret Oppenheim Art Project – The Secret of Vegetation

Meret Oppenheim Art Project – The Secret of Vegetation

To honour what would have been Meret Oppenheim’s100th birthday (she died in Basel in 1985), 20 sculptures created by Basel artists are scattered around the city until October 24. The participating artists were born between 1946 and 1989. The works respond to the complexity and sweeping scope of Oppenheim’s production. Perhaps her most well-known object is the fur-lined tea cup. Although it was not used as an inspiration for any of the 20 Basel artists, the tea cup is featured on the cover of the guide book available at the Tourist Office in Barfüsserplatz. The location of the objects is

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