One year exactly before the start of Expo Milano 2015, the Giro del gusto will make its debut in Italy on April, 30th on Milan's "Piazza del Cannone". A travelling exhibition will bring to a number of Italian cities a taste of Switzerland. More on http://www.padiglionesvizzero.ch.
The House of Switzerland closed in the night after the big closing ceremony in Sochi its doors to visitors. Review the best moments from 17 truly Olympic days in our highlight clip.
The Olympic games ended last night with the closing ceremony in Fisht stadium. Its directors were Daniele Finzi Pasca (on the right of the picture), his wife Julie Hamelin and Hugo Gargiulo, all Swiss and the founders of the Ticino based Compagnia Finzi Pasca. The Swiss company, which already directed the closing ceremony in Torino in 2006, put together a poetic and visually striking spectacle titled «Reflections of Russia». Finzi Pasca describes the work of his team as an «affectionate tribute» to Russian artists, musicians and writers who have had a lasting impact on other cultures.
This is a story about passion. Two passions, to be correct – one for wine and one for Russia’s South. When Renaud and Marina Burnier first met twenty years ago, she was a Russian student, and he was working at his family’s vineyard in Vully, in the canton of Fribourg. In a newspaper add, she had read about an offer to care for a vine for ten years at the Burniers and get a bottle of wine with her own name on it in exchange. Renaud suggested a different idea: «Why only one vine? I will let you take care of 800.» She agreed and began to spend her free time at the Burnier vineyard.
Eleven medals by Sunday morning, six of them in gold, and 25 diplomas – the Swiss team looks back on highly successful Sochi games. The faces of Swiss Olympic President Jörg Schild, Chef de Mission Gian Gilli and Chief Medical Officer Christian Schlegel looked accordingly content during their final press conference. For Gilli and Schlegel it was the last press conference for Swiss Olympic in general – both will leave the organization after Sochi.
It was short but sweet, Bastian Baker’s concert at the House of Switzerland this evening. The sympathetic singer/songwriter from Lausanne took the stage around dinnertime. The crowd immediately listened up, including the bronze-winning girls from the Swiss Women’s Hockey Team. The Russian guests waiting in line for their Rösti and Älplermaccaroni were also visibly taken with the 23 year old: Baker welcomed them not only in French, English and Swiss German, but also in Russian. From that multilingual moment on, he and his acoustic guitar owned the courtyard of the House.