Geneva reveals 1st August celebrations

The City of Geneva has unveiled its plans to mark national day on August 1st.

The activities will centre around the Parc des Eauc-Vives.

Starting out with a free brunch for 500 people – registration is required – which will focus on local produce. 

The mayor, Christina Kitsos, says the land binds us together. 

There’ll be traditional Swiss activities, such as Alphorn demonstrations, wrestling matches and dances from Appenzell – as the president of canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Yves-Noel Balmer, will be one of the guests of honour.

But the mayor stresses there will also be an international look to highlight Geneva’s status, such as Columbian dances and Korean pop.

The other guest of honour will be the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, to reaffirm the importance of human rights to Geneva. 

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