With over 140 years of history, the Lausanne Opera continues to respond to the public’s growing demand for lyrical performances. Once known as a municipal theater, it has transformed into a world renowned opera house that produces and co-produces their own productions. With a stage renovation in 2012, the Lausanne Opera offers a wide variety of operas, from baroque to contemporary, along with concerts and ballets. Thanks to its bold programming and emphasis on quality vocals and stage production, the Lausanne Opera welcomes over 45'000 spectators a year and continues to make itself known internationally; the opening ceremony took place on 10 May 1871. List of opera houses List of opera companies in Europe Official website Page on the website of the City of Lausanne
The Dampfzentrale is a cultural centre and music venue and former fossil fuel power plant in Bern, Switzerland. The power plant was built in 1904 by architect Eduard Joos on behalf of the municipal authorities, its coal boilers were complemented with diesel generators in 1924. In 1939, coal power generation ceased and the 50 meters high chimney was demolished. In 1973, the power plant was shut down and the building was used for storage; the city's decision in 1981 to demolish the building was not carried out due to legal action by the authorities responsible for the preservation of historical monuments, due to protests by cultural activists who wanted to use the site as a cultural venue and who occupied it without permission in 1987. The authorities relented and granted permission for the Dampfzentrale to be used as a cultural venue with public subsidies. From 1997 to 1999, the site was refurbished, made subject to professional management and complemented with a restaurant. In 2008, with an increase in subsidies, the Dampfzentrale was realigned as a center for contemporary dance and music.
Apart from several stages, the Dampfzentrale contains practice rooms for local artists. In its main stage, which holds 400 spectators, more than 500 events take place each year, including the annual dance festival Berner Tanztage. In 2002, the Dampfzentrale was awarded the annual prize for culture, worth CHF 100,000, by the Burgergemeinde Bern. Website
Palais de Beaulieu
Palais de Beaulieu is the historical and emblematic building of the Lausanne convention and exhibition center, located in Lausanne, in the Vaud Canton, Switzerland. The Palais is a convention centre that welcomes conventions and events; the center includes the Théâtre de Beaulieu concert and theatre hall which hosted the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest. With 1,844 seats, the Théâtre de Beaulieu is the biggest theatre in Switzerland; the Prix de Lausanne, an international ballet competition, is hosted at the Palais de Beaulieu. La Télé, a regional TV-channel, has its studio and its offices at Beaulieu, as well as the Béjart Ballet Lausanne company. Located in the Beaulieu area in Lausanne, the Convention and Exhibition Center lies in more than 6 hectares of ground, it boasts of 12,000 sq. m. of public gardens. The Convention Center uses around 20 modular halls. Beaulieu Lausanne, part of MCH Group hosts some of Switzerland's major fairs and exhibitions; the first "Comptoir Vaudois d'échantillons" was inaugurated in Lausanne in 1916, thanks to the Société industrielle et commerciale de Lausanne, the Chambre vaudoise du commerce et de l'industrie, with support from the Lausanne Municipality.
This kind of event was a novelty in Switzerland. The first Comptoir suisse took place in September, 1920. Since only one edition never happened: the one of 1939, because of the war. Note that the first official event of the NASA in Europe took place during the 1962 Comptoir suisse; the great hall - to be known as Beaulieu's main building - was built in 1921. It is called the Palais de Beaulieu since 1957. During the Second World War, it hosted prisoners of war. Talks about creating a new theater began in 1949, involved the Lausanne Municipality and the Société Coopérative du Comptoir Suisse. In 1954, the Théâtre de Beaulieu was inaugurated. Nowadays, the Theater is used, among others, by well-known local institutions such as the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, the Orchestre de la Suisse romande and the Paternelle. On the western side of Beaulieu, buildings were added between 1920 and 1940. Between 1950 and 1954, development moved to the South and East of the site; the North Halls were built in 1960 and many renovations followed.
Thus, as well as the Comptoir suisse, Beaulieu hosted conventions, artistic activities and economic events. Since 2000, the buildings belong to a public law foundation named the Beaulieu Foundation, created by the Vaud Canton, the City of Lausanne and Vaud district councils; the Foundation is in charge of maintenance and logistics, as well as the strategic and economic development of the site. It manages the Convention Center and, along with Opus One SA, the Beaulieu Theater; as a tenant, MCH Beaulieu Lausanne SA, that took over from the Société Coopérative du Comptoir Suisse, organizes fairs and exhibitions in the South Halls. Since 2006, Eldora Traiteur SA, a branch of the Eldora SA Group, is in charge of the catering; the Beaulieu Foundation launched a renovation program named Beaulieu 2020, that encompasses years 2000 to 2020. Under the Beaulieu 2020 flag, the Palais de Beaulieu has undergone various renovations since 2001, work is still going on; the old South Halls were destroyed and new South Halls were built in 2011.
In 2014, a vote of the population of Lausanne rejected by 52% the project of building a tower of 90 meters next to the Palais de Beaulieu. As a result, MCH Beaulieu Lausanne decided to reduce the conference activities and to concentrate on trade fairs; this triggered a reorganization of its partners. As from 2014, spaces in the Palais de Beaulieu are being reallocated; the Haute Ecole de la Santé La Source has decided to take premises at Beaulieu. The Court of Arbitration for Sport of the International Olympic Committee is planning to move from the Château de Béthusy to the south part of the Palais de Beaulieu. Habitat Jardin Comptoir suisse Baby & Kid Planet Swiss Expo Le Salon des métiers et de la formation Le Prix de Lausanne le Béjart Ballet Lausanne L'OSR La Paternelle Numerus general assemblies and conventions First International Congress on World Evangelization Eurovision Song Contest 1989 World Gymnaestrada Holiday on Ice Mamma Mia Official website Official website
The Tonhalle is a concert hall in Zurich, home to the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, one of Switzerland's leading orchestras. The 1455-seat hall, located at Claridenstrasse 7 in Zurich, was inaugurated in 1895 by Johannes Brahms; the hall is considered to be "acoustically superb". Since 1939, it is part of the building complex Kongresshaus Zürich; the Tonhalle was built between 1893 and 1895, designed by the Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer, who had built the Zurich Opera House and many theaters and concert halls in Europe. The architects had become experienced in acoustics, achieved excellent acoustics in the Tonhalle. In his comparison of concert halls and opera houses, Leo Leroy Beranek found the Grosser Saal "an excellent hall", agreeing with three out of four conductors whom he had interviewed, adding "Music critics have given high praise to the acoustics". Johannes Brahms conducted his Triumphlied, Op. 55 for the opening on 19 October 1895. In 1939, the building was changed to a Kongresszentrum for the Swiss National Exhibition of 1939 by the architectural firm Haefeli Moser Steiger.
The two concert halls remained unchanged, protected as a historic monument since 1981. In 1988, the Tonhalle was equipped with a pipe organ built by the firm Kleuker-Steinmeyer; the organist and organ consultant Jean Guillou was instrumental in its design. Plans to replace the Kongresshaus with a new convention center were submitted in 2006 but rejected in 2008; the Tonhalle will undergo renovation during the 2013/14 season. Tonhalle Pipe Organ Page Tonhalle Orchester Zürich’s official websiteKongresshaus Zürich Tonhalle planet-zurich.com
Eulachhalle is an arena located in Winterthur, Switzerland. It is used for team handball and is the home arena of Pfadi Winterthur and Yellow Winterthur. Eulachhalle holds 2,300 people. In 2008, the arena was the host of the finals of the men's and women's EuroFloorball Cup final rounds; the Arena has twice been the host of the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships, in 1997 and 2007. At the 2007 world championships there was a record number of 3,280 spectators in the arena. Eulachhalle holds regular trade fairs and concerts. Http://www.eulachhallen.ch
The Hallenstadion is a multi-purpose facility located in the quarter of Oerlikon in northern Zürich. It has a capacity of 11,200 spectators. Designed by Bruno Giacometti, it opened on November 4, 1939, was renovated in 2004–05; the Lions are set to move out of the Hallenstadion at the end of the 2021/22 season to move in a new 12,000-seat arena a few kilometers away in the Altstetten area. Construction for the new Swiss Life Arena began on 6 March 2019, with completion scheduled for the summer of 2022. Hallenstadion has been a top venue for entertainment in Switzerland as many international artists have performed at the venue, spanning a wide range of genres. Bicycle race events were held in the Hallenstadion in its first year of service, 1939, most years since then; the classic Zürcher 6-Tagerennen began there in 1954, running on its characteristic oval of wooden boards, until the arena closed temporarily for renovation in 2004. The event is run there again now, in a more modern atmosphere; the Hallenstadion hosted the Ice Hockey World Championships in 1998, along with Basel, is the home stadium of the ZSC Lions ice hockey team.
In February 2006, it hosted semi-finals and the final of the 2006 European Men's Handball Championship. It had been the home of the annual Zürich Open, a WTA Tour tennis tournament, discontinued after 25 years in 2008. On 21 December 2010, tennis returned to the arena with an exhibition featuring Roger Federer against Rafael Nadal, for the benefit of Federer's foundation. On September 29, 2009, the Hallenstadion hosted the 2009 Victoria Cup; the game pit the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks against the Champions Hockey League title-holder, the Zurich Lions. In April 2011, the 2011 IIHF Women's World Championship top division are being held at Hallenstadion ice rink hockey arena and at Deutweg rink. Among many others, in August 2005 the 14th Dalai Lama gave several teachings and initiations as well as a public talk on "The Art of Happiness" open for everyone within 10 days; the 61st FIFA Congress was held at the Hallenstadion on 31 May and 1 June 2011, the 65th FIFA Congress was held there on 28 May and 29 May 2015.
The 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress took place at the venue on 26 February 2016. List of tennis stadiums by capacity Media related to Hallenstadion at Wikimedia Commons Official website
Rote Fabrik is a former factory in Zurich-Wollishofen, now used as a music venue and cultural centre. It is so named because the buildings are made of red brick, but because left-wing parties were part of the campaign to turn the location into a cultural centre; the Rote Fabrik was built in 1892 for the Seidenfirma Henneberg company, to a design by the architect Carl Arnold Séquin-Bronner. In 1899, the Henneberg company was taken over by the Stünzi Söhne Seidenwebereien company, based in Horgen. In 1940, the factory was taken over by the ITT Corporation. In 1972, the city acquired the factory and planned to demolish the building in order to widen the adjacent Seestrasse. In 1974 the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland launched a proposal to transform the factory building into a cultural centre; as a result, studios have been set up for artists and cultural events were held. In 1977, voters chose for the use as a cultural centre. A three-day celebration of the Zürich Opernhaus and the opening of a festival was celebrated on 30 May 1980.
Unbidden at the door, about 200 protesters demand an autonomous youth centre. The communal Stadtpolizei Zürich and state Kantonspolizei Zürich police corps were informed before and stationed in the foyer of the opera house; as the young people occupy the stairs, the demonstration transformed into a street battle between the demonstrators and the policemen, equipped with water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets. A public votation contributed the riots, as the city of Zurich planned to grant CHF 61 million to the opera house of the rich Zürich people for a renovation and an extension of the building, but nothing to the planned Rote Fabrik in Zürich-Wollishofen, on the other side of the Zürichsee lake shore; the further, for that time high subventions, but lacking of alternative governmental cultural programs for the youth in Zürich, occurred on 30 May 1980 to the so-called Opernhauskrawalle at the present Sechseläutenplatz square in Zürich. A first political compromise was the so-called AJZ, a shorttime youth centre at the Zürich main station.
The most prominent politician involved was Emilie Lieberherr member of the city's executive authorities. On 25 October 1980, the cultural centre Rote Fabrik opened. Music and theater were the focus of activities; some independent theater groups, which gained increasing influence in the scene gave their debut at the Rote Fabrik. A referendum in 1987 decided that the Rote Fabrik should be used as an alternative cultural centre and subsidised. In the early 1990s, the area was redeveloped. In 2002, the subsidies were adjusted to 2.3 million francs. With this money it became possible to organise more than 300 events annually. Since 2008 Dock18 is located at the location as well. Dock18 is a space for the new media culture. A restaurant, Ziegel oh Lac, is located in the rear of the building. 2010 was the 30th anniversary celebration. The Rote Fabrik will continue to run as a collective. Homepage of Rote Fabrik