Every summer, hundreds of cultural and free activities take place outdoors or in unusual places, livening up the heart of Lausanne with music, dancing, shows and more.
Gospel Air Festival: Oh Happy Day!
Saturday June 18 th 10am to 17pm. Twenty-seven choirs will make the town centre reverberate by performing a capella gospel on five stages between the Riponne Square and Saint-François. The Gospel Festival’s final concert will take place in Lausanne Cathedral with over 700 choir singers and musicians, on Sunday June 19th at 3 pm.
Where : 5 stages spread between Place de la Riponne and St-François
Concerts and visits of Lausanne Cathedral
Come and listen under the Cathedral’s vaults to the works of Bach, Debussy, Mesner, Liszt or Vivaldi, performed by the Société des Concerts de la Cathédrale de Lausanne, and attend the masses organised with the participation of the Petits Chanteurs de Lausanne accompanied by the unique sound of the organ, an instrument with 7,000 pipes.
Details per date: June 17th, June 21st, July 1st, July 8th, July 22nd, July 29th, September 2nd, September 9th, September 16th, September 23rd.
Where: Lausanne Cathedral
Music in museums
June 25th – 8.30 pm. During the Nuit des Images, students from the Lausanne School of Jazz and Modern Music set the evening to music in the magnificent gardens of the Musée de l’Elysée.
June 30th – 6 pm. At the Cantonal Museum of Zoology, the Jazz School choir will put the finishing touches to the work of two taxidermists with a concert.
July 2nd – 6 pm. At the Musée de l’Hermitage, several works from the extraordinary exhibition “Basquiat, Dubuffet, Soulages...” are set to music, followed by a Funk-Motown concert.
Where: Musée de l’Elysée gardens, Cantonal Museum of Zoology, Musée de l’Hermitage
Classical music concerts with the Lausanne Camerata
The Camerata directed by Pierre Amoyal has invited renowned musicians for two exceptional concerts:
June 28th – 8 pm. Jean-Marc Luisada for a piano concerto by Chopin at the Casino de Montbenon, Paderweski Hall
September 4th – 6.15 pm. The André Fischer and Sébastian Singer duo performs works by Vivaldi and Piazzolla at the Olympic Museum.
Where: Casino de Montbenon and The Olympic Museum
The Festival de la Cité
From 05.07.2016 to 10.07.2016
Six nights of cultural effervescence with creations, shows and concerts in many locations across the town. Innovative, urban, off-beat, the Festival de la Cité offers unique artistic diversity and a pronounced taste for original projects.
Where: various locations in the town
Baroque music concerts in the Mon-Repos Park
July 5th and 6th – 8 pm. Discover two masterpieces of Baroque music, specially written by Handel to be performed outdoors. “Music for the Royal Fireworks ” and “Water Music” are performed by the Lausanne Sinfonietta.
Where: Mon-Repos Park in the town centre
2016 Euro Football Final set to music
July 10th – 9 pm.
The 2016 Euro football final will be broadcast live on a giant screen in the Saint-François Church and set to music on the great organs by Loïc Mallié, an internationally renowned organist and composer. While sportsmen compete on a giant screen, music will accompany their moves.
Loïc Mallié is a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon as well as at Musikene, the Higher School of Music of San Sebastián (Spain).
Where: Saint-François Church, Saint-François Square
Celebrating jazz: Onze+ Summer Concerts
Exceptional concerts for amateurs of jazz in all its diversity:
July 12 – 9 pm. Saxophoniste Juliane Rickenmann.
July 19 – 9 pm. The MalDraCor Trio with jazz/Latin flavourings.
July 26 – 9 pm. Pianist Evaristo Pérez with his quintet at the service of modern jazz.
August 2 – 9 pm. Professor Wouassa’s group will ensure you’re grooving.
August 9 – 9 pm. The voice packed with emotion and virtuosity of Florence Chitacumbi.
August 16 – 9 pm. Anniversary evening for the Onze+ Festival, conducted by the IEW quintet.
Where: Casino de Montbenon Open-Air Theatre
Fallback to the Salle des Fêtes of the Casino de Montbenon in case of rain.
August 1st – National Day
On the first of August, celebrations for the Swiss National Day take place with a band and procession in the town of Lausanne. It is also the day of the famous August 1st picnic – starting at 11 am – in one of Lausanne’s most beautiful parks to savour local artisan produce with your feet in the grass, overlooking Lake Geneva. As from 12 am, refreshment stalls and activities take place at the Place de la Navigation. And to top it off, fireworks will be set off on Lake Geneva starting at 10.15 pm.
Where: Place de la Navigation and Montbenon Esplanade
Festival of Electronic Music: Les Digitales
August 13th – 2.30-10 pm. Relaxing on your deck chair or lying in the grass, come and listen to the best there is in electronic, experimental and contemporary sounds in the exceptional setting of the Denantou Park, a stone throw from the lakeside. It’s a unique opportunity to discover up-and-coming talents and internationally renowned artists. Free admission, stalls with artisan food and drinks.
Where: Denantou Park
The Improvised Music Festival
The Festival of Improvised Music instils in a “classical” concert the spirit that usually reigns in jazz or popular music. During the day, musicians benefit from the instruction of concert artists and in the evening, audiences discover lively music, created on the spot. It is not rare for listeners to suggest themes to the improvisers. The concert then becomes a real interplay between the musician and his audience. Five unmissable dates.
Details per date: August 14th, August 15th, August 16th, August 17th, August 18th,August 19t
Where: different locations in the town
String quartet concert with Sine Nomine
August 17th – 8 pm. A beautiful moment of intimate music at twilight, Arlaud Square, by the musicians of the Sine Nomine Quartet that browses through the various repertoires of chamber music, from Brahms to Balissat, from Schubert to Dusapin.
Where: Arlaud Square