Fêtes de Genève

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Geneva Festival
Fêtes de Genève
Genre Music concerts, fairground attractions, fireworks
Begins 3 August 2017
Ends 13 August 2017
Grand fireworks on 12 August
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Geneva, Switzerland
Previous event 4–14 August 2016
Grand fireworks on 13 August
Organised by Fondation Genève tourisme et congrès

The Fêtes de Genève (Geneva Festival) is an annual summer event in Geneva, Switzerland. It includes a grand fireworks display.


The Fêtes de Genève started during the first half of the twentieth century.


Grand firework display

People gathering around the lake for the grand firework display of the Fêtes de Genève.

Every year, on a Saturday evening of mid-August, the Geneva Festival presents a grand fireworks display (French: grand feu d'artifice pyromélodique) over Lake Léman. The event is free although it has a budget of 500,000 to 700,000 Swiss francs.[1] The fireworks involves about forty firing stations on the lake and about 30,000 rockets; they are about one-hour long and are accompanied by music.

In 2013, according to the Radio télévision suisse, hundreds of thousands of people came to Geneva to see the grand fireworks display of the Fêtes de Genève.[2] The Swiss Federal Railways organise special trains to bring the spectators home after the fireworks.[3]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Les traditionnels feux d'artifice des Fêtes de Genève ont attiré la foule, Radio télévision suisse, 10 August 2014 (page visited on 10 August 2014).
  2. ^ "Une heure de feux genevois sur le thème des conquêtes", www.rts.ch.
  3. ^ Fêtes de Genève – fireworks display, www.sbb.ch.

External links

  • Official website
  • Geneva fireworks as seen from a drone (2014)

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