Leisure activities in Biel/Bienne

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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:

First Friday

First Friday

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.

5/3/2019, 5 to 11:45 pm
Old town
Biel Running Days / 100km run

Biel Running Days / 100km run

"The night of all nights" will be celebrating its 61th year run in 2019. With nearly 4,000 participants, there is a choice of various levels of participation - The 100 kilometer run, the kids run, the night adventure run, the night half-marathon, the 56 km night ultra-marathon, and the 5k relay - just about anybody can take part in this classic Bieler event! Even for spectators, the Bieler Lauftage is a one-of-a-kind experience that is well worth discovering.

6/6/2019 – 6/8/2019
Esplanade
Swiss Sculpture Exhibition: «Robert Walser-Sculpture» Thomas Hirschhorn Biel/Bienne 2019

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.

6/15/2019 – 9/8/2019
Train station square Biel/Bienne
Bieler Braderie

Bieler Braderie

The legendary Bieler summer party par excellence! Every year, around 100,000 visitors from near and far come together in Biel for this extraordinary event. It's something that you won't want to miss out on: strolling through town, meeting up with friends, shopping for bargains, indulging in a wide variety of food & drinks, and enjoying the fantastic free concerts that rock the city center of Biel during the three day Festival.

6/28/2019 – 6/30/2019
Downtown
Pod'Ring - Biel's Culture Week

Pod'Ring - Biel's Culture Week

Who says there's nothing going on in the city during summer holidays? - Not in Biel! For an entire week the Pod'Ring transforms Biel's old town into a melting pot of culture and it's the perfect place for people of all walks of life to come together. Around 40 different events are showcased in the old town featuring diverse musicians, dancers, authors, and visual and linguistic artists who inspire spectators of every generation. This is a chance to take part in a truly exceptional, vibrant, and unique cultural event.

7/9/2019 – 7/13/2019
Old town
Biel International Chess Festival

Biel International Chess Festival

2018 marks the 51st edition of the Biel International Chess Festival. This year's festival promises to be especially memorable with the participation of world champion Magnus Carlsen. It is indeed a rare chance to witness and admire a reigning world chess champion playing on Swiss soil.

7/20/2019 – 7/31/2019
Congress Center
Lakelive Festival

Lakelive Festival

The nine-day festival invites people of all generations to discover a vibrant world full of art, culture, music and sports in a unique setting on the grounds of the "Strandbad" beach - the most beautiful bay in Switzerland. This event is a must! The Big Bang - The lake of Biel's famous firework show on July 31st , will give you even more reasons to have a ball! This year together with Lakelive, there will be more than 70,000 visitors celebrating Switzerland's birthday together. Happy Birthday Switzerland! Soon more information about the music program. 

Lakelive highlights 2018

7/26/2019 – 8/3/2019
Biel/Bienne / Nidau
Festival du Film Français d'Helvétie (French Film Festival of Switzerland)

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.

9/11/2019 – 9/15/2019
Cinema Rex and Apollo
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