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.

Open Air Cinema


There are few more gorgeous locations to watch a film than the park of Perle du Lac. Starting at sunset (which falls at around 9.30pm during the summer), the Open Air Cinema is known for the variety of its screenings, which has included movies like Rocky in the past, as well as a more international oeuvre. So, pull out a deckchair or a rug, set up your picnic and sit back to watch the pictures in a setting you won’t forget.


13th July – 20th August 2017

Parc de La Perle du Lac – Rue de Lausanne, 1202 Geneva


From Concrete to Liquid at the Centre d’Art Contemporain

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This summer, the Centre d’Art Contemporain sits at the heart of a ground-breaking project that explores the field in which words and images meet. Dedicating several displays to how people think and communicate, artists at the exhibition focus on bringing words back from a digital, liquid domain, and attempt to recover their tangible forms.


31st May – 27th August 2017

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


La Bâtie

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Named after the local forest from which it sprang, La Bâtie festival keeps the summer spirit alive into September. Playing at venues all over Geneva, most partygoers congregate at the Salle Communale de Plainpalais, which hosts a variety of gigs and performance arts events. This year, it has a new director, Claude Ratzé, who is expected to bring big names to an event that connects participants to their spiritual side.


1st – 16th September 2017

Various locations across Geneva


La Nuit des Bains


Set in Geneva’s Quartier des Bains (hence its name), La Nuit des Bains marks three exceptional evenings of art in Geneva, taking place in March, May and September. Strolling across the neighbourhood, visitors and locals enter galleries, sample wines and observe award ceremonies. Some are hungry for crash-courses in contemporary art, others look to buy, and some just enjoy its relaxed atmosphere.


14th September 2017

Various locations across 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

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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


The Figaro Trilogy


The Opéra des Nations is telling stories from three chapters of Figaro’s life this September through performances of The Barber of Seville (Gioacchino Rossini), The Marriage of Figaro (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), and Figaro Gets a Divorce (Elena Langer). While each opera stands on its own, the chance to watch all three is irresistible.


12th – 26th September 2017

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


Bourses de la Ville de Genève

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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


MAH | Objets Issus du Trafic Illicite

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Trafficking in priceless cultural and archeological objects is an ongoing problem; the plundering of history is not new, but it is gaining increasing recognition. Nine illegally trafficked objects from Yemen, Syria and Libya were recently confiscated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Geneva and will be on display at MAH, with the hopes that the objects will be safely repatriated in due course.


14th March – 30th September 2017

Musée d’art et d’histoire, Rue Charles-Galland 2, 1206 Genève




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

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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

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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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