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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Joint venture for a good cause

Joint venture for a good cause

As a short journey back to their origins reveals, the American Women’s Club of Basel (AWC) and the “Gesellschaft für das Gute und Gemeinnützige” (GGG), a non-profit society for good works, have some common objectives. By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter The American Women’s Club (AWC) is a small but energetic group. Also energetic, but large, is the “Gesellschaft für das Gute und Gemeinnützige” (GGG – society for the good and the common benefit). As both contribute to the betterment of their members in particular and Basel’s citizens generally, both saw the benefit of entering into what in

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Hans Huber – the regional master

Hans Huber – the regional master

Exhibition and concerts at the Kleines Klingental Museum, Unterer Rheinweg 26, Kleinbasel, 8 February 8 – 31 August By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter Hans Huber (1852 -1921) was born in Solothurn, studied in Leipzig, recuperated from whatever ailment afflicted him at the time in Vitznau on Lake Lucerne, and died in Locarno, but Basel was his chosen home. He laid its foundation as a musical city. As choral and orchestra director he was omnipresent. As director of the music school (today the Musik-Academie) he promoted the professionalisation of music education. The school building on Leonhardstrasse exists thanks

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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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Subscribe now to The Basel Journal

Subscribe now to The Basel Journal

By Stéphanie Erni, English by Bronwen Saunders Last weekend, the Swiss charged their government with the reintroduction of quotas aimed at curbing immigration. That, essentially, is what last Sunday’s referendum was all about. The result was a close call, with a wafer-thin majority of just over half the votes cast. Plebiscites on immigration-related issues always stir up quite a storm. Many foreigners living here may now feel somewhat ill at ease; as will many Swiss, who fear being tarred with the same brush of xenophobia. But the storm will pass, and life will go on much as before. Only for

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Two badminton treats

Two badminton treats

Twice within the space of four weeks, Europe’s and the world’s best badminton players will be competing in Basel: first at the Team European Championships (11 – 16 February), and then in the Swiss Open (11 – 16 March). By Martin Pütter Badminton in Basel has experienced something extraordinary: instead of having to bid to host a major event – which seems to be standard procedure in sport nowadays – the city was actually asked by the European governing body “Badminton Europe” whether it could host the Team European Championships for men and women. The thinking behind this request was:

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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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