Thursday, February 27, 2014


I had such a great time in Zurich last December I must share their latest news and views!

March 2014

Zürich - World class swiss made

On March 14, classical orchestra music is brought together with heavy-bass electro beats, when Principal Conductor David Zinman invites young and young-at-heart music enthusiasts to tonhalleLATE at Zürich’s Tonhalle concert hall. In line with the motto, «classic meets electro», the Tonhalle Orchestra will play works by Mozart and Strauss, after which dOP (Circus Company) from France and Nicola Kazimir will transform the foyer into a dance floor. This original alternative to Zürich's nightlife was launched 12 years ago by David Zinman, principal conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra. In June of this year, he will conduct his last concert in this function at the Zurich Festival, after which he will hand over the baton to 27-year old Lionel Branguier.

The Dorint Airport-Hotel Zürich, located just a stone’s throw from Zurich Airport, will be opening its doors to business travelers from all over the world for the first time on March 1. From a bird’s eye view, the modern five-story building has a very Swiss appearance, as it is shaped like a Swiss cross. Fittingly, the Restaurant Basilico  serves predominately Swiss specialties, although Mediterranean cuisine also figures on the menu. The dishes are prepared in an ecologically conscious way using Swiss products. Also sustainable is the energy concept of this four-star establishment the heating and cooling systems are operated by geothermal heat and the lighting throughout the hotel, with its 235 rooms and suites, is provided by energy-efficient LED lamps.

Founded in 1916 by Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings, the Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich’s Old Town is regarded as the birthplace of Dada and is still a competence center for the Dadaist movement to this day. To mark its 98th anniversary, an exhibition opens at the Cabaret Voltaire on February 5 entitled «Dadalenin», after the book of the same name by artist Rainer Ganahl. His work examines the points of contact and commonalities between Dada and Vladimir Lenin, who lived in Zürich during the First World War and made his preparations for the Russian Revolution in the close vicinity of the Cabaret Voltaire. In 2016, Dada’s birthplace celebrates its centenary. In the same year, Manifesta– one of the most important events for contemporary art – will be held in Zürich. 

Fifteen years ago, the world's first «restaurant in the dark», the blindekuh (lit. «blind cow» and the German word for the game, blindman’s buff), opened in Zürich with the aim of promoting a dialogue between sighted and blind people. Here, guests dine in complete darkness, while the blind or visually impaired staff cater to their culinary needs. Besides being a restaurant, the Blinde Kuh is also a cultural stage and educational center. The Crime Thriller Dinner in the Dark, for example, gives rise to completely new experiences, and due to their inability to see, guests perceive both the performances and the food they are eating solely through their sense of hearing, taste and touch. The blindekuh restaurant is supported by the not-for-profit foundation, Blind-Liecht, the largest private employer of blind and partially sighted people in Switzerland.

The world’s largest chocolate show, the Salon du Chocolat, will take place in Zürich for the third time from April 4–6, 2014. Over an area of 5,400 square yards, chocolatiers, pâtissiers and numerous other chocolate experts from both home and abroad will sweeten visitors’ weekend with new chocolate creations, delectable chocolate demonstrations and informative presentations. Among the exhibitors are the Zürich-based quality confectioners, SprüngliHonold and Läderach Chocolatier Suisse. The Defilee du Chocolat, a fashion show held daily and featuring clothes made entirely from chocolate, is a particular treat for the eye.

The Zurich Marathon, held on April 6, covers a distance of 26.2 miles and takes participants from all over the world around Lake Zürich and past history-steeped buildings and places of interest. At Bellevue, athletes can take a glance at the brand new Sechseläutenplatz and run along the Bahnhofstrasse, where in former times the city walls stood, while at Alfred Escher-Strasse they are reminded of the Zürich-born politician who transformed Switzerland into a modern state. The scenic and varied route has less than a 98-foot difference in altitude with practically no inclines, making it the fastest marathon in Switzerland. Awaiting athletes and spectators are numerous festivities in the lakeside villages, as well as a large festival marquee and children's activities on the Landiwiese.

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