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“Inspiration comes easy when surrounded by beautiful scenery. Relaxation comes easy when all of the other daily things are taken care of. Creativity comes easy when surrounded by laughter and fun.”

This is what Elita Sharpe, Founder of Busy Needle Quilting, told knowitall.ch when she described the weekend getaway for quilters that she is organizing this year in St. Gervais in France, about 1 hour from Geneva.

Taking place from Thursday 26 April through to Sunday 29 April, this quilting retreat will provide both new and accomplished quilters the opportunity to get creative in a relaxing and inspirational environment amongst friends.  It is also possible to join the retreat on a Friday if you are not able to get away earlier, and transport can be provided from Geneva if needed.

Yellow ZebraA new drama school has opened up in the Geneva area, offering contemporary drama programmes for children aged from 5 to 15 years old. 

Called Yellow Zebra, the school will offer four weekly programmes, each adapted to a different age group, and each designed in accordance with four main objectives:

•    To introduce children to literature from around the world and to dramatists, writers and poets across the ages.  To explore what inspired them and how they in turn can inspire us to be the best we can be.

•    To explore how literary works may interface with current news stories.  To increase students’ awareness of news and current affairs and the ‘drama’ embedded in them.

•    To teach stage skills, which in turn will build students’ self esteem, confidence and social skills.  To cultivate a sense of self and space while being sensitive to others.

•    To improve on the fundamentals - articulation, diction, posture and movement.

The L’Atelier-Galerie Gaïa has just announced details of its ceramics/ pottery lessons for both adults and children.

Run by professional ceramic artist, Claudia von Boch, the courses for adults require no prior ceramics experience and teach wheel throwing, sculpting, handbuilding and glazing techniques to beginners and experienced students. Each person is encouraged according to their individual interest and there are plenty of materials and ideas to help develop creativity.

Details for this year's 2010 Summer Music Program have just been announced by Pianoforte Productions Director, Julie Tompkins-Wagner.

First launched in 1995, this extremely popular program is targeted at youngsters between 4 and 16 years of age and includes two weeks of music, art, dance, drama and fun!

A range of courses of offered, each adapted to a particular age and level.   It is not necessary for students to play an instrument as all students will sing in the choir, but instrumentalists will be able to expand their skills in the instrumental ensemble.

Notebynote, the music centre for the international community of Geneva, Vaud and Pays de Gex has published details of its new music summer courses for 2010.  Promising lots of great music learning experiences for kids of all ages and experience, the Divonne-based centre will offer courses for singing, orchestral groups, recorders and guitar.  There will be opportunities for children to compose their own concert, as well as take part in the new notebynote talent show!