Thursday, August 22, 2019

Who wants to be a Ticino influencer?

Ever wondered if you could be an influencer? Have you got a story to share? How would you promote our beautiful Ticino?

Ticino Turismo wants to reach the Swiss expat community with a targeted influencer campaign. They have teamed up with the experts "Newly Swissed" to launch casting auditions under the motto of "Who wants to be an influencer?. With this extraordinary project, the holiday region wishes to tempt Swiss expats into discovering Ticino.

Apply by Sunday, September 8, to win an amazing prize package worth CHF 5'400. During one weekend this autumn, you will stay at a luxurious Junior Suite in Lugano, get a hair makeover and attend one-on-one workshops with bloggers, a photographer and a YouTuber.

No worries if you're still new to social media. You'll get everything you need to make it big - from know-how to beautiful content showing your #ticinomoments!

Applications for the influencer casting are open to any English-speaking residents of Switzerland above the age of 18.
Record an original selfie video and state the motivation why you should be Switzerland's next influencer. Remember you need to convince the jury!
WhatsApp it to +41 78 915 66 78 or email it to
Wait for the confirmation message with a link and complete the form
Deadline for submissions: Sunday, Sept 8, 2019.
The winner will be contacted and announced on this site on Friday, Sept 13

Sunday, August 18, 2019

TEDxLugano, a unique experience

TEDxLugano is proud to officially launch its fifth edition!

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a programme of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

This event is called TEDxLugano, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxLugano event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

TEDxLugano's speakers include MANU KAPUR, a Professor of Learning Sciences at ETH Zürich. GERMAN RAMIREZ, Co-Founder & Chief Relevance Officer at The Relevance House AG. FABRIZIO GRAMUGLIO, CEO at Forever Identity.

One of the speakers is Marissa Fayer, a 20-year medtech executive, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She is the CEO and founder of non-profit HERHealthEQ and president of advisory firm Fayer Consulting, LLC.

Marissa has been listed as one of the Top 100 Women in Medtech, a Top Woman Activist to Watch, awarded the 2018/9 Africa Development Award, and a Wonder Women in Medtech.

Leading the #wealththroughhealth and #healthequityforwomen movements she is dedicated to moving innovation and health forward throughout the world.

Marissa’s Talk will focus on redesigning how we solve global problems by incorporating existing resources into a new model of support.

Have you already bought the ticket? September is approaching quickly! Don't miss your chance! Register for TEDxLugano 2019 today! The event will be in English.

Venue: TEDxLugano
Where: Palazzo Dei Congressi, Piazza indipendenza 4, 6900 Lugano
Date: Saturday, 28 September 2019
Time: 13:00-19:00 followed by aperitivo
Tickets online:

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Buon Ferragosto

Monday, August 12, 2019

Sports climbing up the Luzzone dam

If you’re up for a challenge and into wall climbing, you might be interested in Ticino’s man-made climbing route, the Diga di Luzzone.

Bolted in the 1990s when a German manufacturer of climbing holds installed a line of over 650 artificial holds and bolts, the working dam slash artificial wall is considered as the Everest of wall climbing as it extends up to 165 meters from the base to the top of the dam.

The Lago di Luzzone is actually a reservoir with a volume of 108 million m³ located in the upper Blenio valley. The arch dam Luzzone was completed in 1963. In the years 1997–1998, its height was increased by 17 m?!?

The reservoir lies at a height of 1,606 metres above sea level and is surrounded by peaks of over 3,000 metres. The highest is Piz Terri (3,149 m), on the north-east side of the lake, followed by the Plattenberg (3,041 m), on the east side. The Torrone di Nav (2,832 m) overlooks the lake from the south side, while Pizzo Pianca (2,377 m) overlooks the lake from the north side.

The Luzzone region in the Blenio valley is full of excursion itineraries. It’s easy to find something that suits you. A slow stroll along the valley or a challenging path to the summit? Whatever your choice, you’ll enjoy a fabulous landscape! Go to check it out as long as the weather lasts.

Venue: Luzzone dam
Where: Ristorante Luzzone, Via Cantonale, 6720 Campo Blenio
When: at good weather conditions every day from May 1st to October 30th
Price: CHF 20.00 per person
Ticket and keys may be obtained at: Ristorante Luzzone (Tel. +41 91 872 13 55)

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Masterclass in leadership at FUS

Lugano will host an exceptional conference the end of August. This is an opportunity to join an incredible intergenerational Masterclass with young students, social entrepreneurs, executives, academics, researchers and representatives from governments and NGOs.

During this Masterclass you will be able to learn directly from one of the most prominent imaginal cells, Paul Polman, Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, The B Team and Vice Chairman of the UN Global Compact. Kim Polman, Paul's wife, co-author of Imaginal Cells and co-founder of Reboot the Future will address the concept of imaginal cells.

If you are curious to know what would happen if we applied the Golden Rule in leadership practices, this event is for you.

Venue: Masterclass with Paul Polman
Where: FUS, Franklin University Switzerland, Via Ponte Tresa 29, 6924 Sorengo
Date: Friday, August 30th, 2019
Time: 9:00 to 18:00
For more info, click here:

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Opportunity for a UN experience

Each year, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) finances around 20 UN Youth Volunteer (UNYV) positions. UNYV assignments, which last one year, are a unique opportunity to learn and grow, discover the multilateral system and further your career in the area of international cooperation.

From August 14, 2019, you can apply for the UNYV programme. The chosen candidates will start their assignment in March 2020 and work on a focal theme of the organization, such as human rights, gender, health, humanitarian aid, etc. Take the opportunity and spend an unforgettable year with a UN organization in the field!

Minimum requirements for applicants:
Swiss nationality
Master's degree in a relevant field
Ideally 1 year of relevant professional experience
Max. 28 years old at the moment of the application
Excellent command of English
Demonstrated thematic interest in international cooperation, development, human rights, peace promotion or humanitarian affairs

More inför, click here:

Monday, August 5, 2019

A post card from Ibiza

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Happy 1.August

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Lugano's August 1st Party

1. August is a national holiday throughout Switzerland and therefore every city, town and village centre is brought to life. The City of Lugano invites you to celebrate the National Holiday offering various opportunities for reflection on the role of the Confederation concluding with the traditional great fireworks display.

There will be various official and musical moments throughout the day, starting in the morning with the ringing of the bells of Lugano and culminating with the speech of a prestigious guest in Piazza della Riforma and the fireworks starting from 22.30.

Should you wish to get a closer look the Lake Lugano Navigation Company is organizing boats to watch the fireworks close-up from the lake. Spaces are limited, tickets can be bought on the website

Also note that extra TPL buses services will be provided for the event:

Below find the whole programme for August 1st, 2019:

06:00: Ringing of the bells of Lugano

10:15 | Piazza della Riforma
Meeting of the Authorities in the Patio of the Palazzo Civico and parade

10:30 | Piazza Indipendenza
Laying of the wreath at the Independence Monument

20:30 | Via Nassa
Meeting of the Autorities and City Associations

20:45 | Via Nassa
Parade of the Authorities and City Associations
Via Nassa, Piazza Battaglini, Riva Vela,
Rivetta Tell, Via Canova, Piazza Manzoni and
Piazza della Riforma

21:15 | Piazza della Riforma
1 August address
Roberto Badaracco, Counsillor, Head of the Department for Culture, Sport and Events of Lugano

22:30 | Golfo di Lugano
Great fireworks display
The spectacular fireworks display will complete the Swiss National Holiday celebrations by lighting up the  Lugano lake front, from Rivetta Tell to the Giardino Belvedere.

Piazza Manzoni
31.07 and 01.08 | 18:00 – 01:00 |
Grottino dell’Associazione Carnevale Lugano

Rivetta Tell
31.07 | 18:00 – 01:00
01.08 | 10:00 – 01:00
02.08 | 18:00 – 01:00 |
Grottino Amici del Grott Mobil Lugano

Piazza Rezzonico
01.08 | 17:00 – 00:00 |
Grottino della Società Federale Ginnastica Lugano

Piazza Battaglini
31.07 | 17:00 – 00:00
01.08 | 16:00 – 01:00 |
Grottino DNA Bianconero & Events HCL

Piazza Manzoni
01.08 | 16:00 – 00:00 |
Mescita dell’Associazione Nümm da Lügan

Piazza Luini
01.08 | 18:00 – 00:00 |
Grottino del Gruppo Feste San Pietro Pambio

Patio Palazzo Civico
11:00: Concert of the Philharmonic of Castagnola

Piazza della Riforma
21:45: Concert of the Philharmonic of Lugano

Piazza Manzoni
18:00 and 23:15:  Entertainment with Lüganiga Band

Sunday, July 28, 2019

August 1st speech for Swiss Abroad 2019

On the occasion of the Swiss National Day 2019, the President of the Swiss Confederation traditionally holds the 1st August speech for Swiss Abroad.

According to the statistics compiled by the Federal Statistical Office, in 2018 around 760'200 Swiss citizens were registered with Swiss representations abroad. The Swiss community abroad has grown in recent years. If it were a canton it would be Switzerland's fourth largest in terms of population.

Did you know that the Swiss Abroad Act governs the fundamental rights and obligations of Swiss nationals living abroad? It also defines a variety of services that Switzerland can offer its citizens who are living and/or working abroad permanently or temporarily.

The questions is: How Swiss do you feel? Are you representing the values that one associates with Switzerland? Switzerland and its governing body would like thank you for representing Switzerland so well.

To read the National Day 2019 greetings for the Swiss abroad: click here.
To see the video with English subtitles of President of the Swiss Confederation Ueli Maurer, click here.

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