Entertainment & events in Lausanne
Lausanne hosts regular annual events, including theatre (FR), opera, live music, festivals and exhibitions. The Fête de la Musique (FR), Festival de la Cité (FR) and Lausanne Estivale are hosted every summer. Nearby live music festivals include the Paléo and Caribana (FR) in Nyon, the world renowned Montreux Jazz Festival and Rockozarenes (FR) in Avenches. Tickets for most events can be purchased through TicketCorner or Star Ticket.
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. Lausanne Tourism and local newspapers are also good places to look for fun events.
Lausanne press and 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. Most of these publications are also available online.
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.
Lausanne 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.
English-language radio stations in Lausanne
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. It is also available to be streamed online. BBC World Service is available on digital Satellite: Hot Bird 8-13º east. Radio 74 (88.8 FM in Geneva and the lake region) is a bilingual French/English radio station.
If you have a favourite radio programme back home, check online to see if they offer streaming or podcasts.
Lausanne has several cinemas showing films in French. Larger cinemas in the centre of the city and in Montreux screen films in the original language with French subtitles. A movie card entitles frequent moviegoers to special benefits. Open air theatre projects and movies at the lakeside are organised every summer.
Photo: swiss-image/ Zuerich Tourismus