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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Würth brings art to Arlesheim

Würth brings art to Arlesheim

By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter A world leader in its industry exhibits modern art on the outskirts of a quaint little town just outside Basel. When thinking of Arlesheim, images come to mind of a quiet village and marketplace surrounded by wooded hillsides, some polka-dotted with vineyards, and home to Reichenstein and Birseck, two of the four castles on the Birseck slope. This is all valid: an illusionary or romantic impression of the municipality. Less bucolic and less known is the industrial area nestled in the lower part of the village with the Birs River running along

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Comments Off   |  30/12/2014 Entertainment

Gilbert & Sullivan – like Lennon & McCartney

Gilbert & Sullivan – like Lennon & McCartney

By Adrian Chess, German by Martin Pütter Alsace-based expat Adrian Chess describes how joining Basel’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society helped him settle in his new environment – and explains that the Victorian operetta creators’ works can be adapted to different times. I arrived in Hégenheim, Alsace, in January 2013, after 35 years in Nantes doing a fair amount of acting and music. The little village I moved to is very quaint with its typical Alsatian houses, especially in the snow that was blanketing much of the area in Christmas-card ambiance at that time. However, like many newcomers who follow their

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Comments Off   |  21/12/2014 Culture, Uncategorized

«Firewater» at the pyramids

«Firewater» at the pyramids

By Shirley L. Kearney / Stephan Theurich from “Feuerwasser” The video and sound installation project “Firewater”, which took place at the pyramids in back of the Basel Theatre during Art Basel, will be repeated until 31 December. The time is from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm. The visual effects combined with the sound heard through individual earphones, produce moments of complete involvement and rapture. Stephan Theurich studied sculpture in Germany from 1994 to 1998 and Media Arts at HGK Basel from 1998 to 2002. Most of the time, Stephan Theurich is working on a site-specific basis, i.e. he thinks and

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Comments Off   |  16/12/2014 Entertainment, Uncategorized

Laudable attempt with unintended side-effects

Laudable attempt with unintended side-effects

A comment by Martin Pütter The Washington Times recently tried to give its readers some insights into Switzerland, with somewhat unusual examples.  Recently I came across an article in the online edition of the Washington Times, saying that “Switzerland seeks skilled foreign workers amid anti-immigration push”. The article appeared the day after Swiss voters had soundly rejected the “Ecopop” initiative aimed at limiting annual net immigration to 0.2 percent of the nation’s population. The article in the Washington Times was an interesting follow-up, trying to clarify why Switzerland, and Basel in particular, actually depends on skilled foreign workers. It was

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3 Comments   |  14/12/2014 Society, Uncategorized

Shakespeare’s Women on Stage

Shakespeare’s Women on Stage

PR / The international theatre group TEV (Theatre of Eternal Values ) has created an inspiring piece honouring the Bard’s 450th birthday, exploring his female characters and representations. The piece was favourably received at the Fringe Festival in Rome this past year. In excerpts from the various plays, the main female characters are involved in a debate over their respective roles with the playwright himself. This creates an exciting friction between the destinies played out and the modern discussion of the changing perception of women and their roles in society today. Shakespeare’s Women 9 December, 7.15 pm Engelhof-Keller, Nadelberg 4

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Comments Off   |  05/12/2014 Events, Uncategorized

Basel sealed off

Basel sealed off

By Stéphanie Erni, English by Nigel Hulbert This coming Thursday and Friday, foreign ministers from 57 countries will be convening in Basel for the annual OSCE Ministerial Council meeting. The event also involves a large-scale military exercise. The Basel Exhibition Centre is being sealed off. On 4th and 5th December, Basel hosts this year’s meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), whose 2014 chairman is Swiss Federal President Didier Burkhalter. With 1,200 delegates from 57 countries expected to attend, including major world players such as US Secretary of State John Kerry and

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