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Selene Folkensen wrote to knowitall.ch, "I am happy to share some fantastic Art courses being offered by my friends Stephen Preece & Katya Kaftanova at e5 portfolio.
They are offering two great Summer 5-Day Art Programs in Geneva. As a parent, summer can sometimes be tricky to find activities where your child can boost their creative mind, have fun, learn and improve their skill sets. The e5-summer academy does all of these things and guarantees that participants will leave charged and in a good place.

Drawing Academy

The first week in July will be given by Stephen Preece and will be a week of experiments and learning some great drawing skills for beginners or enhance them if you are an advance learner.


Camps to keep the children happy over the school holidays are very popular. You can choose from sports, creative arts, dance, horse-riding, magic, technology, theater, or more!

For the first time, The International British Theatre School is organizing theater camps that will be held during the Easter and summer holidays and be run by British stage professionals. Held at La Côte International School in Aubonne (LCIS), with an amazing set-up comprising a stage, theater, professional lighting, and plenty of room backstage. The facilities of the school meet the requirements for fun, creativity, and safety.

Aimed at age groups comprising 6-12 and 13-19 year-olds; within these two main groups, children will be divided into smaller groups according to their age.

If your children love performing, musical theater, drama, singing and dance, then why not find one of the many holiday camps listed on knowitall.ch's Activities Calendar for Children? At this particular camp, students will be working towards a final show, while taking part in an exciting mix of acting, singing and screen classes. Building their confidence, having fun and making new friends are just a few of the advantages.

International British Theatre School offers the ultimate performing arts holiday camp experience for age 6 to 19. Preparing students with the skills and knowledge to succeed, while boosting their confidence.

  • Taught by actors working in the British theater industry
  • Work on and produce a professional performance
  • Screen workshops
  • Headshot sessions
  • Improve confidence
  • Improve public speaking skills


We were recently contacted by Christopher Hemmens, from The Village Players, to let us know about playreadings. Christopher explained, "Playreadings are an excellent opportunity to get some informal experience on stage and I urge anyone who's ever wanted to do something like this to get involved. The cast is full for the upcoming event but new people are encouraged to contact The Village Players for future events."

Christopher was originally involved with The Village Players out of interest in performing. He claims that he didn't have the courage to put himself forward until 2009 but has never looked back as he has since been in 8 productions and directed 3 of them!

Clubnights are a great way to find out about the group as entrance is free and open to everybody. You can expect about 20 to 40 people (in addition to those on stage). Asked who is the typical participant, Christopher replied, "Anyone! We have actors and helpers of all ages and nationalities." Advantages include meeting people, especially English-speaking thespians. Those who do not fancy appearing on stage are welcome too. It's a great social atmosphere and there's plenty to do off stage: set design, costumes, make-up, etc. Self-confidence is boosted, such as speaking to a room full of people in a professinal context. Non-native English speakers are welcome to participate. In fact, in the last play there were several Swiss participants, plus some from Turkey, Slovakia, and Greece.

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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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A new English-speaking photography club has just been launched for those living in Geneva, Vaud, and neighboring France!

Called “In Focus: La Côte Photography Group” the new club has been set up by professional photographer, Catherine Lewis, with the aim of bringing people together with a common interest in photography.  Whether you are a beginner just starting to get to know your own camera, or an experienced amateur who wants to attend local photographic exhibitions with like-minded people, there is something for everyone in the new group.

As a professional in-house and freelance photographer with many years’ experience working in the UK for different magazines as well as a national newspaper and several corporate clients, Catherine knows exactly what is required to take a good shot! Having trained at the London College of Printing for a postgraduate degree in Photography, Photojournalism and Printing, she also has a good understanding of how photography should be taught.

More recently Catherine has been running her own photography business in France and Switzerland, focusing on portrait and botanical photography, the latter of which is a special passion for her and has led to much work with the Royal Horticultural Society.  During this time, she has met many clients and friends who have become frustrated by photography…but why?