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Switzerland Festivals and Events

Cartier Polo Cup on Snow

Cartier Polo Cup on Snow

St. Moritz resort, 29-31st January, 2000
The impressive winter alpine landscape of Switzerland's Engadine valley, together with the elegant St. Moritz resort, provide a fascinating and exclusive backdrop to the annuel Cartier Polo World Cup on Snow. Once again in January, 1999, four Teams from various countries will compete on the frozen St. Moritz Lake for the coveted championship title. Under the patronage of the jewelry and watch producer Cartier, the renowned St. Moritz Polo Club every year organizes the most significant polo tournament on snow to be held anywhere in the world.

The Cartier Polo World Cup on Snow is listed in the "Top Events of Switzerland" as publicized within Switzerland itself and around the globe. Regularly for the lest several years, between 10,000 and 15,000 spectators have attended the Cartier Polo World Cup on Snow. Since 1985, when the idea to play polo on the frozen St. Moritz Lake celebrated its world premiere, the Cartier Polo World Cup on Snow has become an indispensible event on the Engadine calendar. The teams from classic polo nations such as Argentina and Enqland promise a spectacular match in the midst of an idyllic, snowcovered alpine setting.

Montreux Jazz Festival

Montreux Jazz Festival

Auditorium Stravinski,Switzerland, 2nd - 17th July, 2000
Since its beginnings as a three-day event in 1967, the Montreux Jazz Festival has become a stupendous 16-day affair, headlined by jazz, blues, rock, world-music and soul luminaries such as George Benson, Maria Bethania, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Etta James, Quincy Jones, B. B. King, Oscar Peterson and Sting. Festival founder Claude Nobs created an event which was to become one of the most important festivals of all, with a unique and eclectic musical reputation. Every year, up to 200,000 visitors from all over the world attend the Festival nights at the prestigious Auditorium Stravinski and in the festive atmosphere of the Miles Davis Hall, or enjoy the numerous free concerts at the Festival-Off, spread all over the town of Montreux.

Rado Swiss Open

Rado Swiss Open

Gstaad, 3rd - 11th July, 2000
A week after the Wimbledon Championships end, the world tennis focus shifts to the Swiss mountains and Gstaad. The tranquil resort undergoes a dramatic transformation from resort into the centre of top tennis. The charming Bernese village stages the Rado Swiss Open with such success that it has twice won the player's vote in the past five years as the best tournament of the World Series.

One of the reasons is not only the spectacular setting, but the real challenge for the players of dealing at over 3000 feet with much faster balls and courts than those they normally face. A viewing feast for the more than 44 000 fans who come to the tournament. They know that the winner can only be a player combining outstanding technique with exceptional athletic ability. Clay court tennis at this level gives splendid rallies, either from baseline or at the net. The Swiss Open champions list bears testi1 mony to the quality of the tournament, with names like Albert Costa, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Sergi Bruguera and Stefan Edberg among recent winners.

International del film

International del film

Locarno, 4th - 14th August, 2000
Locarno, where the Cinema has been celebrated for fifty years, lies on the shores of Lake Maggiore in southern Switzerland (the Tessin Canton). Although at the foot of the Alps, it enjoys a pleasant, Mediterranean climate. Locarno has long attracted political and cultural personalities from all over Europe. The Locarno International Film Festival continues the city's tradition as a meeting-place for people from all over the world. According to the national and international press, the Locarno Film Festival can now lay a claim to being "one of the world's six top festivals".

The other statistics are also striking, with an average of almost 1000 press and media, and over 4000 film-professionals from more than 30 countries attending. With its 7000 seats, stase of the art technical facilities, and its giant screen (26 x 14 m), the Piazza Grande has been, since its transformation in 1971 into a summer outdoor theatre, one of the world's largest and most attractive open-air cinemas.

International Festival of Music

International Festival of Music

Lucerne, 14th August -11th September 2000
International Festival of Music Lucerne this year is offering a rich variety of over 70 events centred on the festival theme of "Myths". The theme is treated from a number of different perspectives in 18 different symphony concerts and various newly created festival events including dramatised music in the series of "Weltruf" ("World culture") performances, theatre projects originating in Europe and from elsewhere around the world as part of our "Musical theatre" programme, performances by Evelyn Glennie (percussion) in the "Artiste ιtoile" cycle, and "Children's corner" performances geared to young audiences.

Canon European Master

Canon European Master

Crans Montana, 2nd - 5th September, 2000
The Swiss Open became the European Masters in 1983. Each year, the highprofile US Masters attracts the best players in the world. The Canon European Masters, meanwhile, has developed over the lest twenty years to become one of the principle (and most lucrative) tournaments on the turopean tour. It attracts big-name participants from around the globe and boasts a field the envy of most European events. Its breathtaking alpine setting and warm village hospitality create a truly special ambiance. Great golf in a great holiday centre makes for a compelling, wonderful and ilvely mix, but you have to be in Crans Montana at the stars of September to sample it first hand.


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