La Bātie Festival
From: Friday, August 31 2007, 7:00 am
to: Saturday, September 15 2007, 5:00 pm
The La Bātie festival welcomes the finest local and international performers to Geneva, with a programme that spreads over more than 20 venues and ranges from contemporary dance to classical drama, unexpected performances, installations and the visual arts. Every year nearly 40,000 spectators take in the 200 or so shows.
Over the years the programme has grown so much that the festival has had to leave its original home in the La Bātie Forest, but it remains true to its mission of showcasing new and adventurous local talent, while also presenting high-quality visiting acts.
It's not all about performances either - special bars are opened in old theatres or industrial hangars for the occasion, and these venues are very popular with the local crowds, who wait all year round for them to open and shed a tear when they close down at the end of the festival.