A Bespoke Guide to Geneva - Autumn

Many people think of lounging by Lake Geneva in the summer and exploring the mountains in the winter, but that would be to miss the exciting events found around Geneva during the autumn months. This year visitors can enjoy everything from opera and ballet to bicentennial and quincentenary celebrations. This is your guide to the best autumn events in Geneva.

Art of the Aboriginals at MEG


Examining Australia’s indigenous cultural heritage, MEG’s Art of the Aboriginals exhibition contains everything from boomerangs to engraved pearls. Some of the most popular pieces are the masks, the 20th century paintings (including Jimmy Midjawmidjaw’s painting on bark), and the photography, which includes steely stares and fabulous accoutrements.


19th May 2017 – 7th January 2018

MEG – Boulevard Carl-Vogt 65, CH – 1205 Geneva 


The Garden, 200 Years of Passion

Picture of a purple flower taken in the Botanical garden in Geneva

The Garden, 200 Years of Passion is part of a programme of events taking place this year celebrating the bicentennial of the Geneva Botanical Conservatory and Garden. This outdoor exhibition tells the story of the park’s creation while guiding visitors around the verdant space, found downstream of Villa Le Chêne; a living testament to the Garden’s continued beauty.


18th May – 15th October 2017

Les Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève, CH – 1202 Genève


Print! The First Pages of a Revolution

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To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the printing revolution, the Musée International de la Réforme is hosting an interactive exhibition. In addition to the 16th century books on display, an entire bible will be hand-printed (visitors are encouraged to participate) on a specially-built Gutenberg press over the 128-day run of Print! The First Pages of a Revolution.


4th June – 31st October 2017

Musée International de la Réforme, 4 Rue du Cloître, Cour Saint-Pierre, CH – 1204 Genève


Bourses de la Ville de Genève

Geneva_Bourses-de-la-Ville_Credit-Simone Holliger

For a chance to see the work of up-and-coming local artists, look no further than the Bourses de la Ville de Genève, held at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève. Twelve of the top young Genevan artists in the fields of plastic and applied arts will have their work on display, competing for the chance to win a coveted bursary.


15th September – 14th October 2017

Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10, CH – 1205 Genève


International Ceramics Competition


Held every two years in Carouge, just outside Geneva, the International Ceramics Competition is a celebration of the art of ceramic-making and a fixture on the calendars of artists and appreciators alike. This year’s theme is “mirror”, with the competing entries on display at the Musée de Carouge throughout the autumn season.


16th September – 10th December 2017

Musée de Carouge, Concours de Céramique, CH-1227 Carouge




The ballet Callas is an homage to Maria Callas, one of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century and one of the world’s great sopranos. Choreographed by German dancer Reinhild Hoffmann, the piece was first performed in 1983 at the Theater am Goetheplatz in Bremen and will once again delight audiences, this time at Geneva’s Opéra des Nations.


10th – 17th October 2017

Opéra des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 11A, CH – 1202 Genève


Philippe Jaroussky, Contre-Tenor

Geneva_Philippe Jaroussky_Credit-Simon Fowler

With a programme of Handel opera classics, Philippe Jaroussky will take to the stage at Victoria Hall for one night only in October. The celebrated countertenor will perform “Bel Contento” from Flavio and “Se parla nel mio cor” from Giustino, among other pieces, during the evening with his ensemble Artaserse.


20th October 2017

Victoria Hall, Rue du Général-Dufour 14, CH – 1204 Genève


Geneva International Film Festival


Dedicated to championing and examining all things audio-visual, from television and cinema to digital art, the annual Geneva International Film Festival Tous Écrans offers a full programme of events, screenings, live performances, VR experiences and talks during its much-anticipated nine-day run.


3rd – 11th November 2017

Various locations around Geneva


Les Automnales

©Automnales/Pierre Albouy

An epic show-cum-festival, Les Automnales features everything from live entertainment and food demonstrations to trade shows and international dog and cat shows. Over 150,000 people visit the cavernous Palexpo where Les Automnales is held every year to enjoy the myriad events on offer. CERN is this year’s guest of honour; it’s an event that’s not to be missed.


10th – 19th November 2017

Palexpo, Route François-Peyrot 30, CH – 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex


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