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Galleries are open again! Many of us have been itching to get our creative juices flowing after so long in confinement. Well, you now have an opportunity to get your photos seen by the crowds… crowds of under 300 at a time, of course.

Returning to Geneva again on 30 July 2020, the Swiss Photo Club (SPC) Photo Awards are a unique opportunity for every photographer – whether amateur or professional – to have their best work exhibited in a real gallery. Submit your best photos to the competition. They’ll be exhibited for nine days at Galerie La Cave in old town Geneva.

How it works

  • A jury of Swiss Photo Club’s photography instructors will select 50 photos from among the submissions to be printed in a large size (offered for sale or yours to keep).
  • All other photos will be printed in a smaller size and exhibited as well.
  • The jury will select one grand prize winner, and public votes from the exhibition visitors will determine the other four winners (including one prize reserved for the most-voted small photo).

The exhibition is free and open to the public. During the exhibition, Swiss Photo Club also provides free photography workshops, as well as a festive opening and closing celebration that are also free to attend. Come and check out the photos of your talented neighbors — and try your own luck at the competition!

Naver couture picture sewing lessons

Naver Couture's sewing workshops are a wonderful way to be sociable and creative whilst having fun. We caught up with Nathalie Underhill to find out more. 

Why did you start Naver Couture? What has been the inspiration?

I wanted to inspire people to get back to basics by teaching them how to sew for themselves, and by practising this great skill we learn to value and appreciate our clothes much more and at the same time build a conscious closet. 

I run classes to help people build their own home sewn wardrobes, make alterations for a better fit and up-cycle second-hand clothing to promote circular fashion. Students of all levels come to see me. There are classes that follow a set program and others that enable students to work on their individual projects. I help my students to understand how the various machines work, how to overcome sewing technical issues, how to use, hack and adapt commercial patterns and to create unique made-to-measure garments.
We all know it's hard to find clothes that fit correctly if you are slightly outside the regular cookie-cutter size template, especially for petite, tall, curvy or larger women.

I really enjoy interacting with people and sharing my knowledge. Seeing people's confidence grow as they master the various skills is very rewarding. The camaraderie that builds up in the various workshops really makes it fun! The classes are in English or French and sometimes both so we get a good mix ideas and people.

Have you been working on this idea forever, or was it something that came to you recently?

I was trained as a Fashion Designer at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design and worked for fashion houses in the US, the UK, Belgium and Switzerland. With the arrival of my children I decided to set up my own business from home making made-to-measure garments, alterations and curtain-making. It was not until two years ago when I accepted to give a few private sewing lessons to a client who was very keen to learn herself that everything changed. I discovered a new passion of teaching and I am now actively teaching people of all ages and I love it.

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L'Entreacte Nomade

As of February 2020, Le Court du Mois offers short films their big comeback in cinemas. Every first Friday of the month, starting on 7 February 2020, around 140 cinemas throughout Switzerland will screen the same Swiss short film before all the day's screenings.

Every first Friday of the month

The short film is making a big comeback in Swiss cinemas thanks to the Court du mois, a project launched in May 2018 by Base-Court. The association Base-Court in Lausanne programs short films all year round throughout Switzerland: notably during the Short Film Night Circuit (Tournée de la Nuit du Court Métrage) co-organised with the International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur festival, or via projects as varied as the Entracte Nomade in Yverdon or during the CinéTransat festival in Geneva - among many other events.

Send in your submission

The vocation of Le Court du Mois is twofold: on the one hand, to bring the short film format back to the cinema screens, and on the other, to give special recognition to recent, prolific and high-quality Swiss productions that circulate little outside the festival circuit. Le Court du Mois is also an opportunity to offer a springboard with exceptional visibility for local filmmakers, with an average of 26,000 spectator-ices per month. Nearly 140 cinemas throughout Switzerland are responding to the call of Base-Court and are already partners in this project, in all the French-speaking cantons and in four German-speaking cantons. The programing is monthly: every first Friday of the month, a Swiss short film of up to 4 minutes is shown in all partner cinemas, before all the programs of the day - and of course at no extra cost to the public. Le Court du Mois 2020 is supported by Swissperform.

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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.

LCIStheatre

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