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Entertainment & events in Fribourg

Fribourg is a small but multicultural university town with a significant medieval heritage and a lively arts and cultural scene. Frison is a popular live music venue in Fribourg. Many international bands play in this concert hall. One of the main events happening in July is the festival Les Georges (DE/FR) located in the city centre of Fribourg. In Dudingen there is also an excellent indie music festival in the spring called Kilbi.

Check the Hello Switzerland Events page and sign up for the Hello Switzerland Newsletter to keep up to date on expat events in your area. Tourist information centres are a good source of information about upcoming events, as are their regional and local websites.

Fribourg press & online media

The main newspapers that are published in Fribourg are La Liberté (FR) or the Freiburger Nachrichten (DE). They publish articles on world and regional topics, such as sport, politics and culture.

English language publications

International and foreign language newspapers are available at larger city newsstands and kiosks and at the train station. Swiss news is a monthly national newspaper focusing on events from an expatriate's perspective. Swiss Info is an online publication featuring daily news articles about Switzerland, published in many languages. Two other good English periodicals are The Local and Swiss Style.

Fribourg's city library has English books, publications and DVDs, as do the intercultural library Livrechange (FR/DE) and the Fribourg Cantonal and University Library.

Geneva Lunch is an online community newspaper which provides Swiss related news for the Swiss Romande region in English. Mothering Matters & Fathering Too is an excellent online journal for parents in Switzerland. It covers, in English, topics in health, education, travel, bilingualism and child development.

Hello Switzerland Magazine is written by expats for expats. It is published quarterly and free of charge, containing articles and events for those living in Switzerland, as well as information for those still in the relocation process. Receive it for free when you create a simple profile online and check the box in your profile.

Fribourg radio & television

The Swiss national public broadcaster (SSG/SSR) provides regional television channels in Switzerland's official languages via cable, installed in most homes. International channels are available on digital internet and telephone packages. The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) lists licensed broadcasters in Switzerland.

Fribourg's local radio station is Radio Fribourg (DE/FR).

English-language radio stations in Fribourg

World Radio Switzerland can be received via DAB+ radio or streamed over the internet. Programming includes contemporary music, chat, BBC news, interviews, lots of great contests, and local goings on for the English speaking community.

If you have a favourite radio programme back home, check online to see if they offer streaming or podcasts.   

Theatre & cinema in Fribourg

The programme at Salle Equilibre (DE/FR) includes opera, ballet and more. Les Osses (FR) is another popular local theatre. Tickets for most events can be purchased through TicketCorner or Star Ticket.

Learn more about cultural events and things to do in Fribourg in the articles Enjoying Fribourg and Family Activities in Fribourg.

The main movie theatre is Cap Ciné, located in the "Equilibre" building. Movies are usually screened in the original language with subtitles. On Mondays entrance prices are cheaper.

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Author: Virginie Schumacher

I grew up in France, in Paris. Just after I got my diploma from the hospitality school, I moved to the US (Minneapolis) for 2 years. Then I arrived in Switzerland in 2000 and had the great pleasure to work in beautiful palaces on the French Riviera for almost 10 years. I now live in the canton of Fribourg with my family. I am working with Packimpex as a relocation consultant. If I am not on the road with my clients, you may find me in the forest or in the countryside running. I also have the chance to meet my friends for a drink either at the café des Arcades (by the Fribourg's Cathedral) or at the café Populaire (nearby the university). Now that I've been living in Switzerland for almost 15 years, I learned how to enjoy life!

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