Culture feast awaits football fans in Switzerland
Geneva alone promises 800 artists with 72 concerts and 24 evening DJs in the coming month.2 June 2008
GENEVA - Austria and Switzerland are determined to offer a cultural feast for football fans during Euro 2008 that endures well beyond the 90 minutes of the so-called beautiful game.
Thousands of national and regional bands have been booked to entertain supporters throughout the month-long football fest in the Fan Zones.
The party gets going at the eight venues on the eve of Euro 2008. In Basle, where Euro 2008 kicks off, Swiss pop star Baschi, famous for his Euro 2008 anthem Bring en Hei (Bring it Home) will top the bill in an evening rounded off with a huge fireworks display.
Former Spice Girl Mel C, once known appropriately as Sporty Spice, will head the line-up in Zurich on Friday 6 June.
Geneva alone is promising more than 800 artists, with 72 concerts and 24 evening DJs. "For two years, we have repeatedly said the EURO will be more than just three football games in Geneva," said city spokesman Mark Müller.
In Switzerland, an exhibition called Hors Jeu (Offside) at the Musee d'Ethnographie in Geneva takes a close look at a sport as the "opium of the people."
In Berne at EGW centre in the city, sticker lovers can find paradise at the Panini exhibition. It is the ultimate tribute to sticker albums with examples from all past European and world championships.
In Zurich, there are alternative football highlights, however on a slightly smaller scale, with the final of the table football tournament on 28 June at Sihlcity.
Another nostalgic exhibition close by at Letzipark shopping centre looks back all the way to 1924 when Switzerland became champions of Europe.
[dpa / Expatica]