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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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Comments Off   |  02/08/2017 Events, Uncategorized

Run, Basel, Run

Run, Basel, Run

One of the most popular forms of exercise, running is rapidly growing in prominence throughout the Basel region.  Be it performance athletics or recreational jogging, the city offers a multitude of events and opportunities year-round. By Ella Revitt Running has one advantage: you can do it anywhere, any time. Basel also has its share of runners – you find them along the Rhine, in the various parks, on the tracks of sports grounds, or even in fitness centres on the treadmills. And we have all heard of the health benefits of running until the cows come home – sometimes quite

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Comments Off   |  18/07/2017 Sports, Uncategorized

Paintings for the Soul

Paintings for the Soul

Light, shadow and reflection: be enchanted by Claude Monet’s magic at the Fondation Beyeler. By Shirley L. Kearney CLAUDE MONET, LE PARLEMENT, CIEL ORAGEUX, 1904 / HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT, STORMY SKY - Oil on canvas, 81 x 92 cm Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, legs de Maurice Masson, 1949 Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais / René-Gabriel Ojéda As a 20th anniversary gift to itself and the public, the Fondation Beyeler has 62 works by Claude Monet hanging on its walls. Thanks to its honoured and trusted reputation in the art world, some paintings at the Fondation are on loan from 15 private collections,

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Comments Off   |  06/02/2017 Culture, Uncategorized

Ghosthunting in Basel’s backstreets

Ghosthunting in Basel’s backstreets

If you thought that ghosts only haunt Victorian houses or castles in the United Kingdom, you are in for a surprise. For centuries ghosts have also haunted the streets and houses of Basel. By Nicole J. Bettlé Whether at Heuberg, at Heuwaage or in the cloisters of the Minster: ghosts and undead are lurking everywhere in Basel. Visit Basel (website in German only) with its team of guides offers a “Ghost Walk” through Basel’s old town – for expats also in English. Horror fans will be delighted. Totengässlein (The Deads’ Alley) – quirky but inconspicuous by day, haunted at night

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Comments Off   |  28/01/2017 Society, Uncategorized

Basel and Basilisks – a quite particular relationship

Basel and Basilisks – a quite particular relationship

Basel’s residents are proud of their heraldic animal, the basilisk. Wherever you are, wherever you look, you are bound to meet this creature. Residing on fountains or bridge piers, it keeps watch over the city. By Nicole J. Bettlé At Totentanz you find Basel’s oldest basilisk fountain According to legend, the basilisk once lived in a cave where today the Gerberbrunnen (the tanner’s fountain) is situated at Gerberberglein. An inscription tells about this legend. By the way, a basilisk is not to be mistaken with a dragon or a lindworm, the latter of which are almost harmless compared to it.

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1 Comment   |  16/01/2017 Society, Uncategorized

Fondation Beyeler – Hello, 2017

Fondation Beyeler – Hello, 2017

The Fondation Beyeler in Riehen is about to celebrate its 20th birthday. It has increased the cultural activity in the three–country region around Basel with its strong and directed attention of fostering the entrance into art appreciation. By Shirley L. Kearney When the Fondation Beyeler was conceived, the hope was that 70,000 visitors a year would walk through the doors; now the average attendance to the 91 exhibitions is 300,000. With support from a private foundation, it is the most visited museum in Switzerland. And as a bit of icing on the cake: Sam Keller, Director of the Fondation received

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Comments Off   |  27/11/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

They came, they rowed, they won

They came, they rowed, they won

With their first ever start at Basel Head the Germany eight sent a challenge to all those top nations in rowing that so far have stayed away from this unique against-the-clock race. By Martin Pütter Shortly after the start the Germany eight (white shirts) is closing in on last year’s winners, the Swiss leightweight eight (under the bridge). Picture courtesy of Basel Head The figures are impressive: 37 seconds ahead of the second-placed boat, and pulverising the previous course record by more than eleven seconds – the German eight confirmed their role as favourites at the at Basel Head, held for

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Comments Off   |  21/11/2016 Sports, Uncategorized

Basel Head honoured

Basel Head honoured

A new record number of participants, an additional competition, and an almost legendary boat at the start for the first time – the international rowing regatta “Basel Head” continues to go from strength to strength. By Martin Pütter The former England international Gary Lineker has once said about football (soccer for US readers): “a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.” With slightly different wording he could have said the same about rowing; at each international race for eights the German boat has been one of the favourites since the

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Comments Off   |  17/11/2016 Sports, Uncategorized

The POTUS elections reach out to Basel

The POTUS elections reach out to Basel

The USA are gearing up to vote for their next president, the 44th person to hold office since 1789. There have been three heated and divisive TV debates, weeks of mudslinging and endless media coverage. There is no certain outcome to one of the most controversial election runoffs in American history. By Lya Pfäffli With 26,672 US-Americans registered as living in Switzerland in 2013, the US expats in Basel are no less involved in the presidential election despite being thousands of kilometres from their homeland. After all, no matter how long they have been away, they are still entitled to

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Comments Off   |  26/10/2016 Society, Uncategorized

Kandinsky & Marc: leaders of an art movement at Beyeler

Kandinsky & Marc: leaders of an art movement at Beyeler

A special exhibition at the Fondation Beyler in Riehen shows works of pioneers of modern 20th century art. By Shirley L. Kearney In Munich during 1911 an exhibition organized by avant-garde artists ushered in a new way of depicting colour and form by freeing both from concrete visual representation, thereby giving colour its own free-standing value – colour as colour and contours free of lines. Colour is valued for what it is, and not simply to fill a form or be directed by lines. It is set free from its goal of depicting things to simply being colour. Form is

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Comments Off   |  16/09/2016 Culture, Uncategorized
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