• Raimbow Play Systems
  • British School of Geneva
  • Signal de Bougy
  • Brillantmont

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Do you ever get the need to do something creative, to get your hands dirty and build something imaginative of your own? Or would you just like your kids to get off their digital devices and spend more time using their brain for a more practical use! Or do you have a business idea which you want to develop in the workshop using professional tools and machinery that you can’t afford yourself?

If so, Knock on Wood may be just what you need! Launched two years ago by three entrepreneurs with a passion for woodworking, the organization has now delivered more than 170 workshops to individuals and businesses located in and around Geneva.  Co-founder, Zsuzsanna Varga, told knowitall.ch,

“Originally from Hungary, I have lived and worked in many countries throughout my life, employed mainly in adult education and training, either as a solo entrepreneur or as a co-founder of other businesses. When I arrived in Geneva I started looking for an urban workshop so that I could have access to tools and machinery for my latest project. Although I wasn’t able to find one, I discovered a lot of interest in the idea on social media, so in 2016 I decide to create a new urban workshop, with the support of my two co-founders, Sebastien Vigny and Sanna Takala!”

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Bring your friends and enjoy 50% extra free time with knowitall.ch!

Having tested the water in Yverdon-les-Bains last year, Second World has just opened a new virtual reality gaming center in Ecublens, near to Lausanne.

The largest of its kind in Suisse Romande, the new center has 5 VR cabins and will cater for large groups of people keen to experience multiplayer games.  So, whether you’re looking to organize a birthday party, team building event or just want to have fun with your friends, Second World is the hip new place to be!  Let your imagination take you to the virtual world of escape rooms, laser games or paintball as if you were there in person!

The ultimate multiplayer experience

Whilst the center has a special focus on groups, you can have just as much fun if you simply want to come with a friend and try out some of the experiences for yourself.  However, for all bookings, you do need to reserve a place in advance.

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Annual theme 2018, Alimentarium © Anne-Laure Lechat

From fruit picking to a master chef’s prowess, humans intervene on every level to make, combine and enhance the food we eat. Directly reflecting the growing collective awareness of issues related to food, the Alimentarium’s new annual theme, The faces behind food, showcases expertise in food professions. By choosing to throw the spotlight on the people themselves and the skills they use to give food an extra special touch, the Vevey-based Museum is celebrating their talents and quest for a whole palette of different flavors. Through a variety of exhibits and activities, food becomes the axis of a human and social adventure, from the most basic flavors to a sophisticated art form.

Theme throughout the Museum

With this new theme focusing on professions, the Alimentarium invites visitors to think about the people who work to make our food ‘good’ in every sense. The theme features interactive experiments extending across the Museum’s three sectors – Food, Society and the Body – supplemented by various presentations and events, its digital content and the columns of its online magazine (www.alimentarium.org/en/magazine).

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A new literature festival will take place in Montricher over the weekend of 4 - 6 May 2018.

Organized by the Jan Michalski Foundation, the festival will feature discussions with writers from all corners of the world, who will take part in a programme of readings, debates, and interviews, with interludes for music by the singer, Noa, and a film screening of She, a Chinese.

The first edition of this festival will focus on literature “beyond borders”, and will explore the issues of displacement, both by choice and necessity, and of geographical uprooting, whether emotional, linguistic or intellectual. It will look at questions such as:

  • How are identities, both personal and political, transformed and shaped by
    exile?
  • Is literature stateless and transnational?
  • Is language our haven or our memory?
  • What kind of international encounters are negotiated through fiction? How does migrant literature reinvent and question societies?

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Switzerland’s largest kitchen garden © Swiss National Museum

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Château de Prangin’s role as home to the Swiss National Museum in French-speaking Switzerland.  Over the past 20 years, it has welcomed more than a million visitors, presented some 50 cultural history exhibitions, and launched a wide array of innovative events, such as Rendez-vous au Jardin (a fête and spring market) and Déjeuner sur l’Herbe.

500 volunteers needed!

A highlight of the museum’s celebrations will be the creation of a new social sculpture by the artist, Muma. Remembered by many for his work in the historical kitchen garden back in 2008, Muma, will return to the Château on Saturday 29 September 2018 with 50,000 candles and a new work entitled Flowers of Fire. For this special occasion, some 500 volunteers will be needed to create a unique light performance, which will reflect the idea of clarity dear to the Age of Enlightenment – an era of which Château de Prangins is an iconic monument.

To kick off their anniversary year, the Château has just made a formal appeal to the general public, asking anyone interested in taking part in this event to sign up via an online form on the website, www.fleursdefeu.ch, or contact Jacqueline Naepflin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 022 994 88 67 (Tuesdays and Thursdays). All languages welcome, including children from 7 years old, accompanied by an adult.