Friday, July 19, 2019

Keep Ticino's mountains clean

Montagnepulite: This project was born to promote an effective management and sustainable use of mountain huts in Ticino, and in particular the litter management. The responsible management of litter in the mountains is a matter of common sense. We can all contribute by producing less waste.

Let’s reduce the amount of waste and not leave waste in the nature. You will give a valuable contribution if you bring your rubbish back home. Abandoned waste in nature takes too long to decompose: a simple cigarette butt takes anywhere from 1 to 5 years, a can from 20 to 100 years. Even a banana skin, although biodegradable, takes two months to decompose. The waste, in addition to being ugly, it cause pollution and is a danger for animals.

So thank you for joining the movement Montagna pulita.

You can become a pioneer: everyone can contribute, starting even with the smallest of actions. Maybe your simple idea will “infect” other people. Do you have any innovative solution to share?

Join the SHERPA project and see how a small gesture can become contagious! You will find garbage bags at participating mountain huts. Take one bag and bring your waste down to the valley to dispose of it properly.

This summer 2019 you could find the SHERPA project in the following huts:
- Capanna Monte Tamaro, UTOE
- Capanna Adula, UTOE
- Capanna Bovarina, UTOE
- Capanna Monte Bar, CAS Ticino
- Capanna Cornavosa, SEV
- Capanna Scaletta, SAT Lucomagno

If you fill in Sherpa's guestbook, you will participate in a raffle and you could win nice eco-logic prizes! The 1st prize is a bike Merida City/Trekking Crossway 500 worth CHF 1190.-.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Festival of the decade: Fête des Vignerons

The FÊTE DES VIGNERONS is a celebration organised by the Confrere des Vignerons, unique in the world, and takes place once a generation in Vevey. The last one took place in 1999!

This little town situated at the heart of the viticultural region Lavaux, in the canton of Vaud, is more commonly know for being Nestlé's worldwide headquarters.

Towards 1770, the Confrere des Vignerons assumed the objective of encouraging the perfecting of wine-growing and rewarding the winegrowers/labourers for the quality of their work instead of focusing on possible gaps in knowledge. Today it has become the first living Swiss tradition to have been recognised by UNESCO.

The Fête des Vignerons has not stopped growing, both in terms of the importance of the event and in terms of its artistic quality. The musical and poetic patchwork of the first Fêtes of the 19th century, where people were happy with an arrangement of words of circumstance on popular, well-known tunes, has been succeeded by Fêtes in which recognised artists created original and coherent pieces.

The challenge for the organisers of the Fête des Vignerons is to ensure both the expression of the aesthetic will of directors and the technical realization of a temporary stage space, which must accommodate many thousands of performers.

The Fête des Vignerons is an open-air spectacle not to be missed, paying homage to viticultural traditions many centuries old of an entire region with a spectacular show and coronation of the vineyard hands. The arenas are built for a month of performances starting July 18th, 2019. This year's arena is expected to host up to 20,000 spectators, all gathered to be part of the celebration en masse.

Venue: Fête des Vignerons
Where: Vevey "Ville en Fête" (map)
Date: July 18th to August 11th, 2019
Tickets available online:

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hiking along the lowest point in Switzerland

Lago Maggiore is the lowest point of Switzerland, only 193 m above sea level. The "Sentiero Monti di Piazzogna" winds along the sometimes steep mountain flank above Gambarogno with stunning views of Lake Maggiore and Ascona.

Setting off from Monti di Piazzogna in direction Monti di Varian you reach the easy-going hiking path with beautiful panoramic views leading to Centocampi and then descending through the picturesque village of Caviano downhill to Ranzo-Sant'Abbondio.

You can discover the terraces of "Monti di Caviano" (also known as Centocampi) where you'll find the only thatched roofs in Canton Ticino. Thanks to the restoration carried out by the local tourist authority, there is still a hut with its original roofing made of rye straw, which was once common to all.

Don't forget to pack a yummy picnic and lots of water for the way.

Hike: Sentiero Monti di Piazzogna
Length: 10 km
Ascents: 500 m
Descents: 1050 m
Hiking time: 3 h 45 min
Grade level: easy
More info:

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Celebrating Colombia's National Day in Lugano

Looking for a different kind of fiesta? Did you know that July 13th is Colombia's National Day? Every year the Latina community celebrates this special date in Lugano and you are invited to join.

The party is organised by the association Viva mi Tierra, an association helping Colombian children with limited resources. They will perform typical dances such as la cambia, il currulao and il bambuco. A wide variety of Colombian cuisine will be offered.

Don't miss the parade starting 16pm in Piazza del Municipio and marching through the streets of Paradiso. Thereafter the party continues in the courtyard of the elementary school in Paradiso with lots of Latin American music.

Invite your friends, the entrance is free.

Venue: Dia Nacional de la Colombia
Where: Elementary School of Paradiso, Via Ernesto Bosia 6, 6900 Lugano
Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2019
Time: 16:00
For more info about Viva Mi Tierra contact them directly at:

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Data never sleeps...

Today data is omnipresent and often overwhelming.

We live in a world full of data, and it’s expanding at astonishing rates. We may need to unplug and take a break from time to time, but data never sleeps. All around the world, data is being created every minute of every day, from clicks, likes, and shares, to rides, transactions, and streaming content.

By way of example, Doom’s Data Never Sleeps 6.0 reported that in 2018 Google conducted an average 3.8 million searches per minute.

In its sixth year, Data Never Sleeps shows exactly how much data is generated every single minute, and how that data is fueling innovation. Plus, for the first time, the scope has been expanded to give a snapshot of data across several industries, including tech, media, retail, financial services, travel, and social media. See for yourself and take a look at this info graph.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

IWCL Evening Group Summer drinks party

The International Women's Club of Lugano (IWCL) Evening Group kindly invites you to their SUMMER DRINKS PARTY at the Swiss Diamond Hotel.

Swiss Diamond Hotel is a five-stars luxury hotel located in a fascinating corner of the lake surrounded by the enchanted view of the mountains. It uniquely combines the Alps majesty with Lake Lugano romanticism. Now, would you need any more convincing?

The Swiss Diamond Hotel is offering finger food and risotto with a lovely chance to catch up with the ones staying in town for summer. It is also a great opportunity to meet new friends. Just shoot an e-mail to and let them know you are coming. As usual friends/husband and partner are most welcome.

Venue: IWCL Summer drinks party
Where: Swiss Diamond Hotel, Riva Lago Olivella 29, 6921 Vico Morcote
Date: Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Only cost: your drink(s)

Friday, July 5, 2019

Cinema al Lago

“Cinema al Lago” is for all those who love watching a good movie under the stars. With Lake Lugano as the backdrop to the big screen the best films of the past season are projected.
The films scheduled from June 27th to July 25th 2019 are:

- Thursday 27.06.2019 Bohemian Rhapsody
- Friday 28.06.2019 A star is born
- Saturday 29.06.2019 Pets 2: animal life
- Sunday 30.06.2019 The favorite
- Monday 1.07.2019 Johnny English strikes again
- Tuesday 2.07.2019 A just cause
- Wednesday 3.07.2019 Rocketman
- Thursday 4.07.2019 Green book
- Friday 5.07.2019 After
- Saturday 6.07.2019 Bohemian Rhapsody
- Sunday 7.07.2019 The wife
- Monday 8.07.2019 Do not marry my daughters
- Tuesday 9.07.2019 The return of Mary Poppins
- Wednesday 10.07.2019 Spider-Man: far from home
- Thursday 11.07.2019 A star is born
- Friday 12.07.2019 Bohemian Rhapsody
- Saturday 13.07.2019 Green book
- Sunday 14.07.2019 Van Gogh: on the threshold of eternity
- Monday 16.07.2019 Anna
- Tuesday 17.07.2019 Dolor y Gloria
- Wednesday, 18.07.2019 Bohemian Rhapsody
- Friday 19.07.2019 Pets 2: animal life
- Saturday 20.07.2019 Toy Story 4
- Sunday 21.07.2019 Wolkenbruch
- Monday 22.07.2019 Book Club
- Tuesday 23.07.2019 Green book
- Wednesday 24.07.2019 Rocketman
- Thursday 25.07.2019 A star is born

Tickets can be bought online (, Coop City or at the Tourist Office of Lugano in Piazza della Riforma.

Where: Lido di Lugano
Date: June 27 - July 25, 2019
Ticket price CHF 15.-
The evening cash desk and doors are open from 8.30pm
The screenings will take place at the Lido in any weather.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Celebrating July 4th with InterNations and AFW

Join the InterNations network at the ethnic restaurant "Feta" and celebrate the American Independence Day. is an International social network service designed with expatriates in mind. The website was founded by three young German businessmen. They had come to recognize the need for a global online network for expatriates when they were living abroad themselves. They decided to come up with a web-based dot-com solution to address issues like relocation, intercultural competence, cross-cultural communications and everyday life as an expat which today spreads over 230 cities worldwide.

All of the evening's proceeds will be donated to AFW (Ankur For The World Association). was founded in Ankur Singhal's memory to empower youth through education. An Indian by birth, his exemplary academic achievements led to a life of travel, finally leading him to settling in Switzerland. Ankur's life was cut short tragically by incurable cancer, but he left behind a legacy of deep friendships built on his incredible positivity. After his passing on, his friends came together to mourn, and discovered that they all had been indelibly touched by his friendship. As they shared their stories, an idea began to take root - what if the best of what Ankur represented, could be carried forward to do good for others?

The association's motivation is to create impact by connecting different worlds, using education as a tool for opening up the world of opportunity, and helping others view the world positively against the odds.

Feta will be offering mini burgers and other American specialties. Kindly note that the welcome drink token will be distributed only until 20:15 (margarita shot only - to redeem by 20:30).

Please register for this event by signing up at their site and by clicking the Accept Invitation button. Feel free to bring your friends. If they want the CHF 5.- discount, please ask them to first become InterNations' members, and secondly to sign-up for this event, in order to be on the guest list.

Venue: InterNations Networking Event for AFW
Where: Restaurant FETA, Via Zurigo 7, 6900 Lugano
When: Thursday, July 4th, 2019
Time: 19:00 - 22.00
There are some white and blue parking around this venue (check also Piazza Molino nuovo)

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Long Lake Experience in Lugano

Having reached its 9th edition, the International LongLake Festival is one of the biggest open-air city festivals in Switzerland. Concerts, music for all tastes, literature, gatherings, entertainment, theatre, dance, cinema, children’s shows and urban art installations will invade the streets, squares and public parks of the city almost completely free of charge.

Compared to the other LongLake festivals, which are short and intense, Experience keeps on going for the entire month. With its mix of different kinds of events and attractive locations, Experience transforms the way of experiencing Lugano’s lakefront, making it exciting for residents and welcoming for guests and tourists.

The public are guided towards the different events on offer through themed sections, and include festivals created historically within LongLake (Classica, Dance, Family and Urban Art), as well as many others through the cyclone of enthusiasm resulting from the collaboration with different organisers.

From June 17th to August 27th, the lakefront will be closed to traffic every Friday and Saturday from 20:30 to 01:30.

Today's programme:
Complete programme:
Long Lake experience programme:
National Day programme:

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