There's no end to the list of things to do in your free time in Biel/Bienne. An entire world of outdoor activities is waiting to be discovered just outside your doorstep! Biel/Bienne is perfectly nestled in the midst of pristine natural surroundings between the Jura, Lake of Biel/Bienne, and the vast region of the Seeland. School children have every opportunity to try out a wide array of sports through school, for example, and there are clubs for just about every interest under the sun.
For those searching for a more culturally enriching experience, there is plenty to discover in both the established, and more experimental arts. Biel/Bienne's bilingualism creates a unique environment, fosters talent, and is an immense source of inspiration for creativity in its native population. Biel/Bienne is hometown to the well-known Swiss band Pegasus and rapper Nemo, both proud recipients of several Swiss Music Awards. Biel/Bienne is also home to the last AJZ (Independent youth club) of Switzerland - the "Chessu" -, which features concerts, live acts, and other cultural events.
Biel/Bienne is the perfect setting to take a chance, enjoy, and come along for the ride! Here are some of the year's biggest highlights for everyone to enjoy:
Swiss Sculpture Exhibition: «Robert Walser-Sculpture» Thomas Hirschhorn Biel/Bienne 2019
Thomas Hirschhorn's «Presence and Production Project» includes his daily presence and production on the platform, supported by 200 inhabitants of Biel for bringing to life the work of the writer Robert Walser. Associations, institutions, artists, writers and other interested parties are involved.
From 15 June to 8 September 2019, around 30 events will take place every day for 86 days, 12 hours a day (from 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.). The events will be open to everyone free of charge and will enable all to experience Robert Walser in a new way.
On the first Friday of every month, Biel's beautiful old town transforms into a lively but laid-back block party. The captivating historical streets and buildings draw you in for a scenic stroll, where you can do a little shopping, meet friends, and celebrate. The old town's quaint shops, selling rare and specialty items, are open until 22:00. Theaters, galleries, restaurants, bars and clubs provide unique entertainment with concerts, DJs and special programs late into the night.
Festival du Film Français d'Helvétie (French Film Festival of Switzerland)
The highlight of the year for French-speaking cinema connaisseurs! The FFFH presents around 50 feature films, including numerous "Grandes Premières" in their original language with mostly German subtitles. Daily podium discussions present the audience with unique opportunities to come in contact with French-speaking film stars, creating an interesting dialogue between the world behind the screen and the audience.