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Press release 23.06.2021
Geneva Airport's new public terrace is ready! As of Thursday, 24 June 2021, visitors will be able to enjoy this space offering a bird's eye view of the tarmac, with the Jura mountain range in the background. Free of charge until the end of 2021, the "Terrasse Panorama" will be accessible after passing a security check.

The "Terrasse Panorama" was originally intended to crown the celebrations of the centenary of Geneva Airport in September 2020. Unfortunately, sanitary restrictions linked to the Covid-19 epidemic have postponed its opening by almost a year. It is therefore with pride and relief that Geneva Airport opens its new terrace on Thursday, June 24 at 10h!

Free of charge until the end of 2021 and open to the public, it offers an exceptional view of the tarmac six days a week during the high season, with the Jura mountain range in the background. Spotters will be able to observe the runway from end to end while its orientation will allow them to take beautiful pictures. This non-smoking area is located on the 4th floor of the main building and is accessible after passing a specific security check. A refreshment bar is available on site, offering snacks and refreshments. Visitors also have access to a projection room where films about Geneva Airport and its history are shown.

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The year 2020 will be remembered by months of confinement, closures, social distancing, and economic crisis due to the health crisis. Most every domain was effected, including our beloved cable car that lifts you above the city. The Téléphérique du Salève was shut to the public but maintenance operations were organized and carried out by the technical teams during this time.

This will be the last season before the cable car closes for a longer period, to make way for the renovation of the stations. Read our article from 2019 at this link where we show you the new amazing architectural plans.

The schedules between May and June have been adapted:
— Wednesdays and Fridays: 9h30-18h
— Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays in France and Geneva: 9h30-19h
— From 1 July until 29 August 2021, the cable car will be open every day until 19h + Friday and Saturday nights until 23h to take advantage of the combined offer Cocktail + Cable Car "Mont-Salève Sunset".

The Panoramique Restaurant's terrace will offer a combined lunch formula+ticket at €29.80. The offer will also be available for purchase at the lower station from 11h30 on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon (lunch and return trip by cable car).

During the summer season, visitors to the cable car will have the chance to automatically participate in a contest that will draw, each week, the serial number of the cable car ticket published at the cash desk or on the web. The winning number will be posted each week on the website.

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We caught up with Paul Stebbings, artistic director of TNT Theatre Britain, who has been chomping on the bit to be able to get his latest production opened. All the theaters and shows are now allowed again with certain restrictions but it is great to get back to some normality.

Why did you start? What has been the inspiration?
TNT was started by actors who broke from an experimental 'physical' theatre company influenced by the Polish Director, Grotowski. We wanted to create our own style that acknowledged that the actor's body and physical training were important but aimed to be more popular and accessible to a wider audience than the usual 'experimental' theatre. We started off making our own plays, using a popular form such as Commedia dell'arte or English Music Hall and eventually moved onto classics such as Hamlet.

Have you been working on this idea forever, or was it something that came to you recently?
TNT have always been a work in progress, an ever-changing experiment. But we do keep productions in repertoire longer than most companies. The difference is to develop rather than revive a production. So this Hamlet was born almost 20 years ago but has grown since! We have had a full month rehearsal period to build on the previous incarnation. One actor was in the original production as the young Horatio and now plays the elderly Polonius. The original Laertes now plays King Claudius - we grow and age with our work.

What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?
The double whammy of Brexit and Covid has been a huge obstacle. But we managed a shortened outdoor Castle tour last summer with Othello and have high hopes that his year's Hamlet will be easier because of the success of vaccinations. Who knows? But if we do not try to tour we will not have a chance of success.

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With the Tokyo Olympics all set to start as of 23rd July 2021, The Olympic Museum in Lausanne has an amazing exhibit around the Japanese culture of Mangas.

Believe it or not, the hosting of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo was already mentioned in the 1980s in the science fiction manga Akira by Otomo Katsuhiro – 40 years in advance!

EXHIBITION
Numerous Japanese authors and publishers are featured in this exhibition, which makes the Sport X Manga project a rare and original experience. The Olympic Museum thanks Kodansha, Shogakukan and Shueisha for their kind assistance.

The exhibition is clustered around the Olympic and Paralympic mascots, placed in the centre. As ambassadors for the Games, they demonstrate the close link between manga and Japanese society.

The Manga for Dummies corner offers newbies an introduction to manga: its origins, history, codes and relationship with Japanese society and the world of art.

The nine 3D manga panels present nine major sports manga and help to trace the evolution of this cultural phenomenon in Japanese society from 1945 to the present day. The stories and characters featured in these manga illustrate the eras in which they were created. This section also shows to what extent the heroes had an influence on real life, and vice versa.

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Photo credit: Regis Colombo

Château de Vullierens architecture, magnificent gardens and sculpture park form one of Switzerland’s most remarkable heritage sites with an incomparable 180° degree view of the Alps, Mont Blanc and Lake Geneva. Rising from the foundations of a C13th fortress, Château de Vullierens is considered the purest example of early C18 architecture in the country. The 100-acre estate has remained in the same family for 700 years. It is visited by hundreds of local and international garden enthusiasts and art lovers.

The flowering season starts with tulips, followed by rhododendrons, bluebells, peonies, irises, roses, day lilies, herbaceous borders, hydrangeas, and concludes with the autumn plant collection.

The iris collection - started in 1955 - is considered one of the most modern in Europe. It features recent award winning American hybrids, including several rare re-flowering varieties. An incomparable 4-acre coloured mosaic is created by 400,000 flowers at the height of the season. Themed gardens provide additional delight, offering a varied selection of designs and vistas. The famous ‘large trees collection’ includes Sequoia, Oaks and possibly the oldest Tulip tree in Switzerland.

The sculpture park features over 80 large contemporary works by 25 Swiss and international artists - Davide Rivalta, Beverly Pepper, Alan Jones, Gillian White, Laura Ford, Dorothy Cross, Christian Lapie, Etienne Krahenbuhl, Manuel Torres, Pol Quadrens, Manuel Carbonnel, Mireille Fulpius, Carles Valverde, Herbert Mehler, Werner Pokorny, among others. It is open year-round by appointment.

Vullierens' 6-acre vineyard features Chasselas, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Gamaret, Garanoir, and Galotta.