Lausanne’s selection of theatre, dance and music is exceptionally rich for a city of such a modest size (approximately 125,000 residents).
Simply look at the calendar of cultural events; you almost don’t know which way to go. The tradition of the stage has long been a part of Lausanne. In the 18th century, around a dozen theatres performed shows for the city’s 7000 residents. In 2006, nearly 150,000 people flooded into theatres, and 190,000 people were present at events in the various concert halls. Nearly 50,000 attended dance performances.
Aujourd’hui comme hier, Lausanne entretient une relation privilégiée avec l’art du mouvement.
Lausanne offers a multitude of venues devoted to music of all kinds. Classical music with the OCL, choral music with Michel Corboz’s Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne and the Chœur Laudate, chamber music with an array of groups, including the Sinfonietta, the Camerata of Lausanne and the Sine Nomine quartet.
For centuries, theatre has been part of life in the Vaud capital. The Protestant reformer Théodore de Bèze wrote the first tragedy of the French repertoire here, Abraham sacrifiant, and Voltaire had his plays show here before a cosmopolitan audience.
Salle de spectacles
Small or large, little known or famous, Lausanne and the surrounding area have an abundance of auditoria. From industrial halls to churches, barns or converted cinemas, school assembly halls to the Opéra, Beaulieu to Vidy via the salle Métropole: these pages offer an opportunity to discover or find out more about the venues that bear witness to a rich and varied cultural life.
Service de la culture
Place de la Palud
Hôtel de Ville
Case postale 6904
Phone +41 21 315 25 25
Fax +41 21 315 20 30
tl: Saint-François, Bel-Air
m1: Lausanne-Flon; m2: Riponne-M. Béjart