Maybe weird but also wonderful: Valais Festival of New Music
The 2017 Festival takes place over Whitsun from 1-5 June in Leuk Castle. In all 50 works by composers from more than 25 countries will be presented, along with an exhibition of contemporary art.
Living the cliché: reel Switzerland
Switzerland, as the Swiss themselves know, is a cliché of mountains, snow, yodelling, banking, 500 years of peace, and cuckoo clocks. Now, a one-time location scout for television chain Home Box Office in Los Angeles, Cornelius Schregle, has put together a 400-page picture book of foreigners' clichés of Switzerland on film.
Valais wines (before the disaster): a bumper year on show
25-27 May 2017
The icy weather of 19th of April 2017 launched catastrophe week in Switzerland's finest winegrowing region. The Valais "wine village" of Salgesch/Salquenen will probably lose 80-90% of its harvest, growers predict, as a result of frost damage to the vines (and apricot trees).
Nevertheless, the canton's wine cellars will be open to visitors on 25-27 May, the weekend of Ascension. So this might be the best time to take a trip and grab the good wines they have on offer. 2016 provided a bumper crop.
Others in the running for "the most beautiful village in Switzerland" are Blatten in the Lötschental, Ernen and Visperterminen (home to the highest vineyards in Europe and known as "Heidadorf" for its white wine).
RZ, the regional newspaper, named them in its 11 May 2017 edition. Visitors to the website www.dasschoenstedorf.ch can vote till 23 May 2017. The competition is organized by Swiss television channels and several magazines.
Its latest show – Hodler, Monet, Munch: painting the impossible (3 February to 11 June 2017) – also demonstrates the Foundation’s knack of finding original themes to group masterpieces of modern painting. This time it has perhaps the iconic painting of Impressionism.