Victoria Hall, built at the end of the 19th Century in honor of the English queen, is a magnificent concert hall that is both luxurious and acoustically brilliant. Built for classical concerts, the hall is the venue of choice for city-based as well as visiting orchestra groups across the country. The ornate decorative elements and regal ambiance of the hall enhance the performances hosted here. A wide range of cultural events are conducted here throughout the year, which you can't afford to miss. Visit the website for details about upcoming performances.
Having aged gracefully over more than 850 years, this magnificent cathedral lies nestled in Geneva's Old Town. Its interiors set alight by chandeliers, this cathedral boasts ornate chapels like the Chapel of Maccabee adorned with Gothic frescoes, and side aisles bearing tomb stones of various luminaries of the church. In addition, its majestic capitals draw influences from the Romanesque and Gothic styles of architecture, and are some of the largest in the whole of Switzerland. Not only is this cathedral a solemn dedication to Saint Pierre, but it is also a stirring emblem of Roman Protestantism. A steep climb through a labyrinthine spiral staircase leads to two imposing towers which serve as an outstanding vantage point over the shimmering blue Geneva Lake, charming brown-roofed buildings and the iconic Jet d'Eau. North of this grand structure lies the extensive International Museum of Reformation, which is a stirring insight into theology, and what life looked like after reformation.
Located at the intersection of rue Verdaine, rue des Chaudronniers, and rue Étienne-Dumont is the Place du Bourg-de-Four, a bustling town square in Geneva's Old Town. This place draws its historic significance from the historic buildings that surround it; though bearing picturesque, pastel-hued facades with flower-laden windows, at one time these buildings were originally raised to shelter European refugees from across Europe. The square is within close proximity to noteworthy attractions like the Palais de Justice and St. Pierre Cathedral, the largest church in the city. Surrounding the Place du Bourg-de-Four are gelateria, cafés, book stores, art galleries, bars, and bistros which promise a buoyant and enjoyable atmosphere through the day. Once the site of a significant cattle market, the square also offers high-end shopping to today's visitors.
Housed inside Bâtiment d'art Contemporain- which was previously a factory, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain is a state-of-the-art facility for showcasing contemporary artworks. It was established in 1994 and is spread across 4000 square meters (43056 square feet) which enables it to showcase more than 3000 artworks at a time. Out of these, the museum permanently hosts 1300, whereas, the rest are temporary exhibits of works by national and international artists. Some of the classic collections of the museum include the Black mirror space by French artist Bernar Venet, drawings and projects of Corridor Store Front by Christo and collection of more than sixteen thousand cubes of different sizes and colors made by Robert Filliou. Call for more information.
This contemporary theater is located in the middle of Meyrin surrounded by the Ecumenical Center, the town hall, and a mall. The auditorium holds up 700 seats and also has a large stage for the performers. There is also a bar that serves drinks and snacks, as well as galleries that present different art expos. Films and workshops are also another feature of this theater. Théâtre Forum Meyrin is not just an exciting performing arts venue, but is also popular for hosting business meetings, socializing, and gatherings.
Situated on the Boulevard du Théâtre, this grand opera house ardently celebrates the glory of opera, dance, recitals, and occasional theater. Built in 1879, it replaced the Théâtre de Neuve, which had become unable to accommodate the city's growing patronage. Although the original structure suffered damage in a fire the following century, the tenacious opera house was refurbished and reopened to an eager public in 1962. Home to state-of-the-art acoustics, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, with its repertoire of ballet, classical symphonies and choral performances, harks back to the legacy of maestros like Beethoven, Mozart, Rossini, and Meyerbeer. Perhaps the most striking feature of this opera house is its grand foyer, a canvas of elegance, set alight by luminescent chandeliers, gilded panels, and vibrant ceiling frescoes. Just minutes from downtown, and opposite the Parc des Bastions, this central attraction boasts both a historic facade and tempting events schedule.
Founded in 1981, Andata Ritorno is a contemporary art gallery that has given its space to a number of emerging artistes since its inception. The center is dedicated to promoting fresh talent and has the workshops of several artists as well. Some of the artists to have displayed their art here include Gianni Motti, Yan Duyvendak, Guy Limone and Qui Jie.
In the loft of the old food market on Ile Rousseau, which in effect floats over the river Rhône, is a very different sort of bookshop/gallery: off-beat comic books, a coffee bar the size of a church organ, modern ("art nouveau") painting and print exhibitions and displays of original comic book plates, plus art books, colored writing paper and writing/artists materials, music CDs and posters. Cross the footbridge onto the island just off the bus terminal at Place Mollard, walk through the arcade towards the cafe at the prow, up the stairs and voilà, you've reached Papier Gras!
This beautiful old synagogue was built in 1859 when the Genevan government finally allowed minorities to build religious buildings within the city walls. Beth Yaakov or La Grande Synagogue, as it is popularly called, has been listed as a historical monument and was recently renovated according to its original design. Its style is Byzantine, it has a large dome and its facade is striped pale orange and white. Services are held according to Ashkenazi rituals.
Sponsored by Geneva's Department of Cultural Affairs, Halle Nord is a non-profit interactive arts space that seeks to promote contemporary local artists. Sandwiched between a gallery and an art center, the Halle is more of a laboratory, a place of experimentation and expression. In addition to frequent performances and community events, it hosts about fifteen temporary group and solo exhibits each year, all with the goal of facilitating important interactions between ground-breaking Swiss artists and its broader public.
Founded in 1835 by François Bartholoni, Conservatoire de Musique de Genève is a premiere music school located in downtown Geneva. It also enjoys the honor of being the oldest institution dedicated to education in the field of music in the country. The internationally acclaimed music event, Geneva International Music Competition was formed at this very prestigious institute in 1939. The place plays host to several music events and concerts throughout the year.
Specializing in the exhibition of sculpture, painting and photography, Galerie Charlotte Moser is home to the works of contemporary Swiss, European and international artists, both upcoming and established. Artist galleries and a showroom are available for those interested in viewing or purchasing works.