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Lifestyle, celebrities, entertainment and culture: Big names as well as rising stars are all under our spotlight. From the red carpet to the design world, we build bridges between Switzerland and the rest of the world.
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Tanya König
Where to spend your francs at the Street Parade
The Street Parade in Zurich is the world’s biggest techno-party. Over 1 million people danced around Lake Zurich to celebrate this year’s motto, “Culture of Tolerance.” The party on the street is free of charge, but if you want to take your partying to the next level, you’ll need to be prepared to shell out. Tanya König tells you where to invest your hard-earned francs for a safe and fun party.
Ana Maria Montero
Switzerland's other jazz festival gets underway
With the Montreux Jazz Festival wrapping up this weekend, we turn our attention to the Engadin Valley, where yet another jazz fest is underway, the Festival da Jazz in St. Moritz. On this week's Spotlight, Christian Jott Jenny, the founder and artistic director, joined Ana Maria Montero for a chat about how this event comes together and how his own start at the festival—like the improvisational spirit of jazz itself—was completely unplanned.
Ana Maria Montero
Julie Fuchs is Poppea at the Zurich Opera House
French soprano Julie Fuchs began her musical training as a violinist. It wasn't until she was a teenager that she discovered her true passion was singing—and she never looked back. Six months into her pregnancy, she returns to the Zurich Opera House in the lead role of Monteverdi's "L'Incoronazione di Poppea." In tonight's Spotlight, she tells Ana Maria Montero how she brings it all together and how being a diva is not her thing.
Tanya König
Jean Dubuffet's work comes to Zurich
Jean Dubuffet is one of the most important French painters of the 20th century. In his 40-plus year career, he explored a variety of different styles. A current exhibition at Hauser&Wirth Zurich shows his work in relation to a very specific theme: the city. Tanya König finds out more.
Tanya König
A Golden Lion for the Swiss Pavilion at Venice Biennale
The Swiss Pavilion at the architecture Biennale in Venice won the Golden Lion for the best national participation. It's the first time this prestigious prize was awarded to the Swiss. The installation — titled "Svizzera 240: House Tour" — is about looking at empty flats. It was conceived and designed by a young team of ETH architects. Tanya König met Alessandro Bosshard and Li Tavor—two of the four-person team—to find out the inspiration behind it.
Martina Fuchs
Paléo Festival Nyon : from farmland to festival site
How do you transform farmland into one of the biggest summer music festivals in Switzerland with space for 230,000 visitors? Paléo Festival Nyon promoter Dany Hassenstein says it has been a constant logistical challenge for each of the festival’s 43 years: "We build a city from scratch. There is nothing. It's farmland. … It's a one-shot every year." CNNMoney Switzerland’s Martina Fuchs started by asking him about the lineup this year, which includes Depeche Mode, Lenny Kravitz and Gorillaz.
Tanya König
"Not a love story": an exhibition by Iouri Podladtchikov
He is known as a snowboarder, but Iouri Podladtchikov has other talents too. At "Au Premiere" in Zurich's main station, he is currently exhibiting his mostly black-and-white photography. Gallerist Christophe Guye tells us here what makes his work special.
Ana Maria Montero
From point A to point B: The storage and transportation of fine art is an art onto itself
Art Basel, the premier event of its kind in the world, attracts artists, gallery owners, dealers, and collectors looking to buy, sell, or simply enjoy the work. The logistics behind storing and transporting works of such high value is an art in and of itself. In this week's Spotlight, Simon Hornby, the president of the art logistics company Crozier, tells Ana Maria Montero what it takes to be an industry leader in the storage and transport services of fine art.
Tanya König
How to spot good art
The world's premiere contemporary art fair, Art Basel, kicked off this week. CNNMoney Switzerland's Tanya König asked galleries such as Galerie Urs Meile, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Rodeo, Catriona Jeffries, on their views on what constitutes a good piece of art.
Tanya König
How Zurich is putting itself back on the art map
With the world’s biggest art fair set to kick off soon in Basel, museums and institutions in Zurich are doing their part to attract a share of the visitors in the days ahead. We took a look at what the Zurich art scene is doing to lure in connoisseurs and collectors during Art Basel.
Martina Fuchs
"Dream Alone" is a dream come true for Swiss singer Anna Känzig
Up-and-coming 33-year-old musician Anna Känzig started playing the guitar at just age five. Today the Swiss singer is about to break through with her new single "Dream Alone", recorded at the legendary RAK studios in London. Martina Fuchs spoke to her about taking Swiss music to an international audience and the story behind her emotional new record.
Ana Maria Montero
Alvaro Soler makes the right moves onstage and online
He reached summer-hit stardom in 2015 with "El Mismo Sol," which was later covered by Jennifer Lopez. Now, three years later, his new single, "La Cintura"—with more than 40 million views on YouTube and over 30 million plays on Spotify worldwide—is poised to become yet another summer hit for the Spanish singer-songwriter. But as he explains to Ana Maria Montero in today's Spotlight segment, it's not only about keeping the beat onstage, it's also about making the right moves online.
Tanya König
The most expensive hot dog in the world
The most expensive hot dog in the world is sold by Jasmin Feierabend, founder of Happy Souls, in Switzerland. Tanya König met the women behind it and found out it's so pricey.
Ana Maria Montero
"Lipstick Leaders" portrait collection inspired by female power and success
Two years ago, artist Daniel Eisenhut embarked on a mission: to visit 100 female leaders from all over Switzerland at their place of work and draw their portraits. Done in black and white, each image received one final touch: a bit of lipstick. The portrait collection, entitled "Lipstick Leaders", will be making its debut in Zurich one week from today. Ana Maria Montero put the artist and one of his muses, Georgette Vun, under our spotlight.
Ana Maria Montero
WETA Workshop: bringing fantasy to life
What do films like "The Hobbit," "Thor: Ragnarok," "Power Rangers," and "Blade Runner 2049" have in common? The answer is the award-winning WETA Workshop, a special effects and prop company based in New Zealand. Recently, two of its crew visited Switzerland for Fantasy Basel and gave Ana Maria Montero a glimpse into their world.
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