Entertainment & events in Bern & Biel-Bienne
Bern is the capital of Switzerland and as such, has a variety of events, cultural activities and exhibitions to enjoy throughout the year. The Gurten Music Festival in July and the BEA (DE/FR) spring exhibition in May are popular annual events, as are Bern Buskers festival in August and Museums Night (DE), which takes place sometime around March.
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. Bern Tourism, Biel/Bienne Tourism and local newspapers frequently publicise fun upcoming events. You can also check the Berner Kultur Agenda and sign up for the Ron Orp Bern (DE) newsletter.
Bern & Biel-Bienne press & online media
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. Stauffacher has a large English book department and you can also order books from them online.
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.
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.
Bern & Biel-Bienne 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 through digital internet and telephone packages. The Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) lists licensed broadcasters in Switzerland.
English-language radio stations in Bern & Biel-Bienne
BBC World Service is available on digital Satellite: Hot Bird 8-13º east. Other English radio, like 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.
Cinema, culture & sports in Bern & Biel-Bienne
Museen Bern showcases over 40 cultural institutions around Bern, including museums, castles, parks, libraries. Gala nights and other events are regularly held at the Kursaal, a major congress centre, hotel and casino. Tickets for many concerts and events can be purchased through Ticketcorner and Star Ticket.
Bern's local soccer and hockey teams are called Young Boys (YB) (DE) and SC Bern (SCB) (DE). The arenas are close to each other and easily reachable by public transport. Matches between the EHC-Biel (DE) and SC Bern are closely followed by fans. Many people also enjoy watching Bern Lacrosse (DE) games.
There is a wide choice of cinemas in Bern. Pathé Westside (DE) has 11 modern screening rooms with 3D technology. Films are usually shown in the original language with subtitles but they are sometimes also shown in the local language so make sure to check. The language is indicated by a letter after the film's title: E for English, D for German, etc. Tickets are cheaper on Mondays. Orange Cinema hosts an open air cinema during July and August at the Grosse Schanze next to the university. Check the Kitag map to find more cinema locations in Bern.
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