Basel's biggest crowd pullers - Win tickets! Be part of the scene!

Issue: Issue2 2014
Kate Orson throws the spotlight on the top two annual events which take place in June and July in Basel, known as Switzerland's most culturally diverse city.

Spotting stars at Art Basel

Attracting more than 75,000 art lovers and übercool contemporary art fans, and with 285 leading galleries from 34 countries, this is the Grandaddy of all art shows. It's also your chance to spot new talent and perhaps even some celebrities. Among the star artists, Ai Wei Wei, Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry (dressed as a woman or as a man) are tipped to attend. Among the celebrities, Brad and Angelina and Robert De Niro have all been seen here shopping for something to hang on their walls. Head out to the rest of the city for the many side events including Art Parcours in Kleinbasel, a series of site-specific sculptures, interventions and performances by emerging and renowned international artists.

19 - 22 June  


Banging beats at Basel Tattoo

With over 120,000 visitors each year the Basel Tattoo is the city's most popular event. This year it lights up the Kaserne for its ninth edition. The festival encompasses military music with dance, a light show, choreography and a spectacular firework display. Dominik Nyfenneger from the event explains it's success: ‘'The drum is an integral part of Basel's culture, we have Fasnacht, so Baslers love it. But visitors also come from all over Switzerland and beyond." Some of the more exotic acts include the Singapore Armed Forces band and hopefully (still yet to be confirmed) the Changxing Lotus Dragon Folklore Group from China, bringing performances that will transport you to the Orient. From the bagpipes of bonny Scotland to the didgeridoos of Down Under, it's a musical world tour in military style.

18 - 26 July  



Would you like to experience Basel Tattoo for yourself?

Hello Switzerland has 3 pairs of tickets to give away. Leave a comment on this article, letting us know why you want to be at the Tattoo. We will choose three winners on 7 July. Good luck!



Photos:Basel Tattoo/Straub, Art Basel 2013/Aaron Curry

Author: Kate Orson

Kate is a British writer living in Basel. She has published articles about travel, health and parenting. She also writes fiction and is currently working on a novel.

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  • 6/23/14 11:27 PM

    Since I'm not going anywhere on vacation this summer, a little trip to Basel to see the show would be absolutely the highlight of my summer! Me and my boyfriend have been talking about visiting Basel as we have never been there before, so this might be the perfect opportunity for it! emoticon))

  • 6/23/14 8:43 PM

    Despite living in Basel for a while I have never had a chance to go to the Tattoo before. It would be great to be able to win tickets to go this summer and enjoy the atmosphere.

  • 6/23/14 8:36 PM

    I would really like to go to Basel tattoo this year.
    It was on just as I moved to Basel last year so didn't get a chance to go. But definitely want to experience it properly this year!

  • 6/23/14 3:29 PM

    Would love to win tickets to the Basel Tatoo - it would be absolutely banging!!! Also need to replace depressing memories of business trips to Basel where it was all work and no play!

  • 4/17/14 8:52 PM

    I would love to see the Tattoo, having some Scottish blood but actually never having seen it, plus living here year after year and somehow always managing to remember to buy tickets only when they are sold out! So, HELLO SWITZERLAND, please send me along this year !!! ;) and save a poor wee lass from missing out on the big Basel event...

  • 4/16/14 5:24 PM

    I want to be among the lucky ones to see this great show!
    After watching several spectacular shows on YouTube, I really want to see one real show! I would be very happy to get a pair of tickets.

  • 4/15/14 4:32 PM

    Would love to win tickets to the Basel Tattoo, as I have lived in Basel for 14 years and have never been. Heard its a must see for anyone living in Basel, plus I see there is a band from Singapore which is my hometown, would love to support them!

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