Argentinian Tango, japanese roand dance, afrodance from Senegal – enjoy dances from all over the world. In the framework of the exhibition Switzers the Europaallee presents a varied, cultural program. To look at and to join in. On friday, 14 August, from 4 to 8 pm, and on Saturday, 15 August 2015, from 11 am to 8 pm, the sound of rhythm, dances and music will inspire the public at the Gustav-Gull Place, at the courtyard UBS, in the Europaallee Passage (Mall) and at the Campus Place (PHZH). Let yourself be fascinated by expressive dances and inspiring joie de vivre. You are cordially invited to dance with us. The program on friday ends with a concert by Ssassa with oriental gipsy music and dancers, at the Gustav-Gull Place, from 7 to 8 pm. Also at the Gustav-Gull Place will take place the great final on Saturday, from 7 to 8 pm, with varied dances from all over the world. More information about the program you can find here (only in german). The entrance is free.
Getting up early in the morning will be worthwile, at least in August 2015. In the framework of AUFSEHEN! The Summer Festival the four old town churches, St. Peter, Grossmünster, Fraumünster and Prediger church invite you to the «Sound of Sensation». Enjoy great morning organ concerts, on 17, 18, 19 and 20 August 2015, each time at 8.15 am. The entrance is free, the concerts last 30 minutes. More information about the program you can find here (only in german). The participating churches are marked with remarkable flags.
Fascinating! The spiky ears of Mr. Spock have landed successfully at the Urania observatory. There is flying an ear in the Urania Street! Not least the installation created a sensation. Many passers-by stopped to watch, how first of all the first and than the second ear leaved to the 51 m high tower. They made their way with a working platform that reaches a maximal height of 68 m. Each ear measures 13 m and weights 100 kg. Thanks to their know-how the technical team navigated the ears with the neccessary intuition up to the cupola. It lasted two hours, then both ears were completly installed and ready to listen to the outer space. By the way, interested people can learn more about intergalactic relations and the endless outerspace in the public tours by the Urania observatory, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9 pm.
Takjik song, African dance – the main hall in Zurich main station became once again a meeting place of different culture. About 400 guests followed the invitation to the Vernissage, to celebrate the official start of the exhibition and the Nation Walk «Switzers» on 16 july 2015. The artist and the project partners welcomed many of the portrayed people from 195 nations, their families, relatives and friends. Many of the faces could be recognized by the large scaled pictures from Zurich main station up to the Europaallee. It was a vernissage full of emotionally moving moments. Especially the following tour through the Nation Walk was accompanied by personal statements and became a very special experience.
The impressive portraits, together with quotes of the protagonists, provide a vital accent particulary in the still-growing and ever-changing Europaallee with its urban architecture. Human, authentic & moving: with the sensational Nation Walk continuing to arouse interest in the framework of the AUFSEHEN! Summer Festival until 6 September – as a sign of integration and cultural diversity in Switzerland. The Nation Walk provides a unique platform through which you encounter other society members and learn more about.
«Little Irene» by Pierre August Renoir, «The Milliner» von Paul Signac, «The Sower» by Vincent van Gogh, these are three of the master-works, that decorate the hotel «zum Storchen» since 19 July. Every day from 9 to 11.30 pm the façade turns into an openair exhibition. 24 artworks from the Foundation Collection E.G. Bührle are projected onto the housewall, under them you will see famous artists like Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas or Claude Monet.
Basel was knitting for Zurich’s AUFSEHEN! About 100 kg wool and 250,000 m of thread People of Switzerland and Europe knitted into fabric. Basel proved to be an important centre for knitting. On 3rd July 2015 about 40 knitting friends visited the City Parking, in order to inaugurate the art work «Knitted Parking» together with the artistical director of the project, Ute Lennartz-Lembeck. The arrival of the bus from with the knitting friends were welcomed warmly. During the project new contacts and connections between Basel and Zurich were made. In the basement floor of the City Parking cooled beverages and tasty hotdogs were served to the guests. After the official part with words of gratitude and greetings on the part of the City Parkhaus AG and the artist, the knitting groups visited at first the installation «Knitted Parking» and subsequent the other projects at the guided tour with Zurich Tourism.
If you like to read up about the Summer Festival before your visit, you can find all information here on our website. You can also download the Festival Magazine as PDF. In the middle of the magazine you can find a map. The Festival Magazine is also available for free on site in the stores of the project partners and in the Zurich Tourist Service in Zurich main station. There you can also get information about guided tours. If you like to have all information to go, just download the app. With the app you can mark all projects, that you want to look at, as favourites. So you can arrange your personal tour. With the integrated map you will find easily your way.
Many still know them: the colourful, mostly cardboard tubes, that create great pictures when you look through and turn the tubes. Kaleidoscopes were already known by the ancient greeks. The name loose translated from the Old Greek means «Look beautiful pictures». The invention date back to the Scottish philosopher and scientist Sir David Brewster in 1816. The Kaleidoscope enjoyed a great popularity in the saloons of the victorian England and drifted succesfully to America. After the turn of the century the Kaleidoscopes fell into oblivion. At the end of seventies they experienced their comeback with their colourful pictures. As the kaleidoscope images are as numerous, as diverse and as ephemeral as snowflakes. Even the smallest movement suffices for the beautifully radiating structures to vanish, to blend into a new, unique composition made of light shape and colour for a short time. The pictures never recure and have a relaxing and calmative effect. The core piece is a reflecting prism at which the picutre is refracted. Accurate straightened mirrors create a symmetrical picture. During the Summer Festival you can look through two professional kaleidoscopes on the terrace of the Globus Zurich on the fifth floor. Experience new perspectives.
For hundred of years medical plants are used for different symptoms and diseases. A three-dimensional installation fits the theme of «medicinal plants» at the façade of the pharmacy Dr. Andres Stadelhofen. Metallic hemispheres show passionflower, devil’s claw, guarana and St John’s wort. But what is the secret of these medical plants? What are they used for?
Passionflower (passiflora incarnata) is a fascinating creeper. She stands out with her beautiful flower, that can have a diametre from 1 to 18 cm. She convices with her depressant and anticonvulsant ingredients. Passionflower helps against nervous restlessness, stress, excitability and anxiety disorder.
Devil’s claw is domestic in Africa. The big, bell-mouthed flowers shine light pink to purple. The effective substances are located in the roots beneath the ground. They are a proven additional drug against rhematism and arthrosis. Devil’s claw is also used against absence of appetite and gastronintestinal troubles.
The guarana plant is also called caffeine liane. As compared with a coffee bean she has got the fivefold amount of caffeine. Because of her stimulating effect she is used in the case of weak general condition, remittent concentrativeness or increased preassure to perform.
Like a battery the St John’s wort absorbs with its yellow flowers the power of the sun in the midsummer. The contained substances help against drepression, especially in the dark time of the year. St John’s wort brights the mood, calm down the nerves and helps against anxiety disorder.
In the herb garden in the courtyard of the pharmacy you can see the plants in fact. From these plants the pharmacy produces effective and unique medications. You can get the Dr. Andres house specialties, produced by the chemist himself, exclusively in the Dr. Andres Pharmacy Stadelhofen. Do take advice from the experts! A short guided tour (on Mondays and Wednesdays) gives you more information about the production of the products.