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Beervana Basel

Beervana Basel

Two events this summer intend to prove that beer is of particular importance in the Basel area: first there is the “Brautag” at Voltabräu on 12 August, followed by the 5th Beer Market at Vogesenplatz on 25 and 26 August. Picture by Wikimedia By Martin Pütter When it comes to beer the people in Basel seem particularly pampered. Pioneering work for small and micro breweries was done in their city over 40 years ago. The pioneer was Hans-Jakob Nidecker who in 1974 started to brew the still popular Ueli Beer in his restaurant, the Fischerstube. Today there are around ten breweries

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Leave a Comment   |  02/08/2017 Events, Uncategorized

A market to quench a specific phobia

A market to quench a specific phobia

The Basel Beer Market has experienced a growing popularity – and comes up with a premiere in 2016. By Martin Pütter Anybody suffering from “Cenosillicaphobia” absolutely must – repeat: must – visit Vogesenplatz this last weekend of August. The 4th beer market taking place there contributes significantly to massively reduce the symptoms of the “fear of empty (beer) glasses”. Science may have discovered this phobia only very recently; however, beer aficionados are familiar with this phenomenon since their favourite tipple was first brewed – and the oldest surviving remains of beer date back to around 3’500 BC. Archaeologists strongly believe

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Comments Off   |  22/08/2016 Events, Uncategorized

Basel‘s Weihnachtsmarkt: enchanting December festivities

Basel‘s Weihnachtsmarkt: enchanting December festivities

When winter begins to settle on charming rustic chalets of craftsmen and artisans, when aromas of Raclette and Glühwein drift tantalisingly around Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz, then you can travel back in time at Basel’s Weihnachtsmarkt. By Ella Revitt On Münsterplatz – overlooking the Rhine and near Basel’s renowned minster – the chestnut trees are decorated with snowflake-esque lights and the 80-foot Christmas tree is illuminated with ornaments designed by Johann Wanner (whose famous Christmas Shop in Basel has attracted the likes of Queen Elizabeth II for ornaments).  Down the hill at Barfüsserplatz, just in front of the Barfüsserkirche housing the

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1 Comment   |  06/12/2015 Events, Uncategorized

Fun Fair with imperial blessing

Fun Fair with imperial blessing

Ferris wheel, ghost trains, candy floss, roller coasters and a lot more than that – for two weeks every year, life in Basel’s city centre is dominated by the annual autumn fair. By Christian Rieder A number of children and adults had specifically marked 24 October in their calendars some time ago – and exactly at 12 noon that day the bells were ringing to announce the beginning of Basel’s autumn fair. Until 8. November – on Petersplatz even until 10 November – you can smell garrapinyades (sugar-coated almonds), candy floss and fried sausages, the brave are catapulted into the

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Comments Off   |  24/10/2015 Events, Uncategorized

Premiere at Basel’s beer market

Premiere at Basel’s beer market

Basel’s third Beer Market comes up with a first:  you can sample beers by a small brewery from the other side of Switzerland’s national borders. By Martin Pütter Baslers love beer, and craft beers in particular – that is also a reason why the number of small and micro breweries participating at the Basler Beer Market is rising continuously. When it takes place for the third time at Vogesenplatz next to St. Johann station on 29 August, 20 breweries will be present – up from 12 last year. And, for the first time, a brewery from abroad will participate: the

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Basel’s influence on America

Basel’s influence on America

A guided city tour will show you that historically there are more things connecting the Basel area with the United States and the American continent than meet the eye. By Martin Pütter The teaser on the website of Visit Basel is written rather cleverly: “So if you want to know what led the US film industry to produce ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ (only one of three films to win the five major Oscar trophies), based on the novel of the same title by Ken Kesey; what actually lies behind ‘Project Artichoke’; what allowed California’s capital Sacramento to be

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Comments Off   |  30/06/2015 Events, Uncategorized

“Slavery – an insult to mankind”

“Slavery – an insult to mankind”

That France abolished slavery in 1848 is to a large extent down to Victor Schoelcher. To honour his legacy, the village of Fessenheim in Alsace has now reopened a museum. Fessenheim – that is nuclear power. However, the village in Alsace (with just over 2’200 inhabitants) would also like to be known for something else. For that reason, it has joined the museum Victor Schoelcher, son œuvre (Victor Schoelcher, his work) and the very popular media library of the same name. The opening of this new museum takes place on 6 June. Strictly speaking Victor Schoelcher (born in Paris in

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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

The Golden Age of the Jukebox – Music from Automatons

The Golden Age of the Jukebox – Music from Automatons

by Museum für Musikautomaten Seewen With their sound reproduction inventions, pioneers such as Thomas A. Edison in the USA and Emile Berliner in Germany made the whole jukebox phenomenon possible. Its actual inventor is generally accepted to be Louis T. Glass. On 23 November 1889 he and his business partner, William S. Arnold, launched their Nickel-in-the-Slot Player in a San Francisco restaurant, the Palais Royal Saloon. The golden age of the coin-operated phonograph began in the USA in the 1930s. The term “jukebox” first appeared during the 1940s and quickly spread. Famous American makes including Wurlitzer, Seeburg, Rock-Ola, Mills and

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The father of modern anatomy

The father of modern anatomy

Andreas Vesalius alias Vesal was born 500 years ago in Brussels on the last day of 1514 – his connection to Basel and the University’s Anatomical Museum, located at Pestalozzistrasse 20, are reason enough to celebrate this anniversary. By Shirley L. Kearney    Andreas Vesalius was a humanist, physician and the “father” of modern anatomy. At the age of 28 in 1543, he conducted a public dissection on the cadaver of Jakob Karrer von Gebweiler, a notorious felon in Basel. The bones were assembled, and the skeletal preparation is exhibited at the Anatomical Museum. It is the oldest anatomical preparation of

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