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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

“Time in Flux” – The story of a journey down the Rhine

“Time in Flux” – The story of a journey down the Rhine

The Rhine meanders from the Swiss Alps in Graubünden through Central Europe and then flows into the North Sea in Holland. In total the Rhine stretches over 769.7 miles, 548 of which are used for shipping. The river that flows through Basel is not just one of the busiest waterways in the world; there is much more to it. Photographer Elke Fischer and journalist Sabine Theil put together various shipping exhibitions in 2008, and as part of this cultural project, they went on a five day journey along the Rhine, from Basel to Rotterdam. To gain insight into the fascinating

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Comments Off   |  28/10/2013 Entertainment, Uncategorized

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

New York Musicians Perform in Basel’s “Konzert-Galerie Pianofort’ino”

New York Musicians Perform in Basel’s “Konzert-Galerie Pianofort’ino”

Soprano Amanda Sidebottom and lutenist Erik Ryding formed Well-Tuned Words in 2011 to explore the rich repertoire of Renaissance and early Baroque lute songs.  Based in New York, they have also performed fringe concerts at the Berkeley and Boston Early Music festivals and toured in Europe, with concerts in Milan (Sforza Castle), Paris and Amsterdam. Recent recitals have featured collaborations with harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky and the ensemble Brooklyn Baroque. This trio of musicians will appear on Friday, October 18,  at 8 pm in the “Konzert-Galerie Pianofort’ino” (Gasstrasse 48, Hinterhof) with a programme of songs and instrumental pieces by John Dowland

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1 Comment   |  11/10/2013 Entertainment

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