UPCOMING EVENTS

Swiss Community Events Calendar

Available for the first time, a comprehensive calendar to download with all Swiss events in the UK - from music concerts to art exhibitions to talks to just having a cuppa.

If you know of an event that is not listed on the calendar below of the PDF download, please do let us know so that we can keep it as up to date as possible:

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April
17
April 21
Saturday 17th, 17:30 – Saturday 17th, 19:30
Cooking Masterclass with Kira Ghidoni - Spring in Ticino
Unione Ticinese
Free online event, Register to attend
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Learn to cook a Ticino Spring meal with the acclaimed chef Kira Ghidoni. Via Zoom

About this Event

We will provide the list of ingredients that you will need to buy and start to prepare beforehand.

Kira will go through the recipes step by step with us, and at the end of the masterclass you will be able to enjoy a delicious meal!

The recipe and link to register to book your free place is here >

 

My Bio - Kira Ghidoni

I was born and bred in Switzerland (in Ticino, the Italian part) and I began cooking when I was 4-5 years old. I went to high school but after 6 months I realised that it wasn’t for me and one day I woke up thinking “what if I become a Chef”? Within 5 years I finished two apprenticeship one as a Chef and another as a Pastry Chef. After working for 2 years in the French part of Switzerland I decided to leave my country to improve my skills and I’ve got a call from London. It was hard at first, not knowing a word of English, but the passion for my job took over my fears. I had a blast and worked as a Pastry Chef in some of the top restaurants in London; Mosimann’s, Murano by Angela Hartnett and Fera at Claridge’s only to name a few. After 5 years I’ve decided to move to Australia, the country I’ve dreamt of for so many years. Here too I found a job as executive Pastry Chef at Vue de Monde and worked there for 1 year. I moved to New Zealand in 2017 and decided to take care of the dessert menu of The Grove but I wanted to go back into the kitchen to learn more. So I did and within 8 months I was promoted Head Chef. I met my partner Fabien and after running the restaurant together for over a year we decided it was time to come back to Europe. Fabien followed me back to my roots, my home, Ticino. Here I am now, we’re looking at places to open our own restaurant and can’t wait to get started.

"I can’t wait to meet you and looking forward cooking with you all!"

RSVP: Free but you must book your ticket to attend on through EventBrite >

20
April 21
Tuesday 20th, 00:00 – Thursday 20th, 23:59
Vote now for your 5 UK Delegates Council of the Swiss Abroad
Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA/ASO)
e-Voting, Postal Voting
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For the first time in the history of UK CSA Elections, you are able to vote online. You can vote for up to 5 candidates.

View the full candidate profiles or summary profiles in Issue 2 of the Regional Pages of the Swiss Review

VOTE ONLINE HERE > 

Postal votes can of course still be submitted by filling out and sending the voting slip published in Issue 2 of the Swiss Review.

Voting closes at midnight 20 May 2021.

Your vote is completely anonymous. Your personal information is only used by the Swiss Embassy London to verify eligibility to vote. Eligible votes are counted securely and independently. Elected candidates will be ratified at the FOSSUK AGM on 19 June.  

Join on ZOOM
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Join us for an intimate conversation about Music, Diplomacy and Switzerland with Desmond Cecil CMG and Ambassador Alexandre Fasel.

23 April23 April 2021, 4:30pm

Join on ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85875619049

Desmond Cecil’s memoir ‘The Wandering Civil Servant of Stradivarius’ tells the remarkable journey of its author, from following his passion to perform music as a young professional violinist in Switzerland, to a long, successful career in diplomacy since joining HM Diplomatic Service in 1970.

28
April 21
Wednesday 28th, 11:00 – Wednesday 28th, 12:00
SBS Coffee Morning
Swiss Benevolent Society
Please get in touch with us if you wish to participate on: 0207 836 9119, Online Zoom
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Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Wednesday 17th March 2021
Wednesday 31st March 2021
Wednesday 14th April 2021
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Wednesday 12th May 2021
Wednesday 26th May 2021
Wednesday 9th June 2021
Wednesday 23rd June 2021

Please get in touch with us if you wish to participate on:
0207 836 9119

Once you have contacted us, please download the Zoom app onto your laptop or tablet, and we’ll send you an invitation by email with a link with details on how to join the meeting!

It's an opportunity for Swiss Nationals to meet and get together over tea or coffee.

Please contact Petra on 0207 836 9119 or email: info@swissbenevolent.org.uk for more information.

Visit www.swissbenevolent.org.uk for find out more.

The Swiss Benevolent Society UK enhances the quality of life of fellow Swiss, old and young, from all walks of life, who are experiencing difficulties.

Living Well – We aim to make a difference through empowerment, confidence building, active and healthier lifestyle management, independence and financial aid.

May
12
May 21
Wednesday 12th, 11:00 – Wednesday 12th, 12:00
SBS Coffee Morning
Swiss Benevolent Society
Now on Zoom!, Please get in touch with us if you wish to participate on: 0207 836 9119,
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Wednesday 20th January 2021
Wednesday 3rd February 2021
Wednesday 17th February 2021
Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Wednesday 17th March 2021
Wednesday 31st March 2021
Wednesday 14th April 2021
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Wednesday 12th May 2021
Wednesday 26th May 2021
Wednesday 9th June 2021
Wednesday 23rd June 2021

More dates to be confirmed…

Please get in touch with us if you wish to participate on:
0207 836 9119

Once you have contacted us, please download the Zoom app onto your laptop or tablet, and we’ll send you an invitation by email with a link with details on how to join the meeting!

It's an opportunity for Swiss Nationals to meet and get together over tea or coffee.

Please contact Petra on 0207 836 9119 or email: info@swissbenevolent.org.uk for more information.

Visit www.swissbenevolent.org.uk for find out more.

The Swiss Benevolent Society UK enhances the quality of life of fellow Swiss, old and young, from all walks of life, who are experiencing difficulties.

Living Well – We aim to make a difference through empowerment, confidence building, active and healthier lifestyle management, independence and financial aid.

June
13
June 21
Sunday 13th, 00:00 – Sunday 13th, 23:59
Two Popular Initiatives & Three Referenda
Voting Deadline
Send your postal voting forms in on time
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Upcoming voting. Voters will give their verdict on five more proposals – two initiatives and three referendums. Remember to send your postal vote in on time.

Ensure that you excercise your right to vote: https://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/living-abroad/fifth-switzerland/voting-and-electoral-rights.html

Find out more about popular initiatives and referenda on our dedicated page >

19
June 21
Saturday 19th, 11:00 – Saturday 19th, 13:00
FOSSUK 2021 AGM & CSA UK Delegates Ratification
Federation of Swiss Societies UK
Swiss Embassy London, 16-18 Montagu Place, Marylebone, London, W1H 2BQ,
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Save the date! 

Federation of Swiss Societies UK (FOSSUK) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and CSA UK Delegates Ratification taking place at the Swiss Embassy London (provisionally depending on Covid restrictions) on the Saturday afternoon on 19 June 2021. 

Highlight: Announcement of the new UK Delegates to the Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA)

Learn about who is standing and why by taking a look at the full candidate profiles >

For the first time in the UK's CSA Elections history, you are able to vote online for the 2021 - 2025 term UK Delegates - securely and anonymously. The voting deadline is midnight, 20 May 2021. E-vote for your UK CSA Delegate >

Special Guests from Berne:

- Mr Laurent Perriard, Deputy General Consular Affairs (FDFA)

- Mr Remo Gysin, President Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA)

More information regarding the AGM will be publishing in the Swiss Review UK Pages and on the website in the dedicated AGM section in due course. 

30
June 21
Wednesday 30th, 09:00 – Wednesday 30th, 23:59
Deadline to apply for Settled or Pre-Settled Status
Brexit
online www.gov.uk
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Swiss citizens (and their family members) wishing to remain in the UK beyond December 2020 have to apply for a new residence status under the EU Settlement Scheme, called settled or pre-settled status (see Question 6).

Acquiring settled or pre-settled status will allow Swiss citizens to continue to live, study and work in the UK, to have access to public funds and services and to go on to apply for British citizenship if they wish to do so.

Applications are free of charge.

Swiss citizens married to a British citizen also need to apply. However, Swiss-UK dual nationals must not (and cannot) apply. They already have full rights of residence in the UK.

The Settlement Scheme opened fully at the end of March 2019.

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)

Visit the Swiss Embassy webpage for comprehensive FAQs.

The Swiss Benevolent Society are Home Office registered to assist with applications for those in need.

August
03
August 21
Tuesday 3rd, 10:00 – Sunday 8th, 18:00
The Life & Works of Maurice André Kaspar 1892-1946
New Helvetic Society
Bankside Gallery , Thames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 9JH
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An exhibition of over 200 original watercolour paintings never before publicly displayed in the UK, by little-known Swiss artist, Maurice André Kaspar, brought together from around the world by his grandson, René Dee, from the 3rd - 8th August 2021 at London's Bankside Gallery. 

Over a 30-year period from 1914 Maurice painted iconic scenes from Geneva Old Town, where he was born, raised, schooled and worked; from the Italianate town of Carouge in the Canton of Geneva where he later lived and raised his own family, and many other small villages and towns in Switzerland, France and Italy.

Maurice André Kaspar was an architect by profession who worked for Geneva State Council and particularly interested in the complex and often beautiful architectural features of the many traditional farmhouse, manor houses, chateaux and churches throughout rural Switzerland and France at that time.

Many of his paintings are important historical records – none more so than those he painted in the 1920’s recording the Geneva district of St. Gervais alongside the River Rhone - demolished in its entirety in the early 1930’s. In 1937, Maurice became a founder member (one of 13) of what would become an important Society of multi-disciplinary artists called, La Palette Carougeoise, still in existence and a major force for the arts in Carouge.

Find our more and view the catalogue on the Bankside Gallery website > 

20
August 21
Friday 20th, 09:00 – Friday 20th, 18:00
Session of the Council of the Swiss Abroad
Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA/ASO)
Piazza Indipendenza 4, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland
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Session of the Council of the Swiss Abroad (August)

Date: August 20, 2021 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM CEST

Location: Piazza Indipendenza 4, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

More information and booking on SwissCommunity.org

The session of the Council of the Swiss Abroad takes place on 20 August 2021 as part of the Congress of the Swiss Abroad in Lugano.

The recognized mouthpiece of the Swiss living abroad

The Council of the Swiss Abroad (CSA) represents the interests of Swiss expatriates before the authorities and public opinion in Switzerland. This is why the media call it the 'Parliament of the Fifth Switzerland'. It has numerous major achievements for the Swiss Abroad to its credit.

The CSA gathers in Switzerland twice a year for a day-long meeting to discuss important matters concerning the Swiss abroad and to voice an opinion on current affairs on behalf of the Fifth Switzerland. The Council meets regularly in the spring as well as in late summer within the framework of the Swiss Abroad Congress. Between sessions, routine business is dealt with by the Executive Board and the administration team.