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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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Ana Maria Montero
Cecilia Bönström's date with destiny at Zadig & Voltaire
Like the story that inspires its name, Voltaire's "Zadig ou la Destinée," creative director Cecilia Bönström feels as if her connection to the label Zadig & Voltaire also has an element of destiny. The Paris-based Bönström joined Ana Maria Montero for a Spotlight chat in Zurich on the eve of the label's latest store opening in Switzerland.
Tanya König
It's taco time!
Warning: Watching this video will cause extreme hunger! Tanya König and Eléonore Payró take you on their food tour to "La Taqueria" in Zurich and show you how to eat Mexican like a pro.
Sarah Chiarello
Italian songstress Laura Pausini: "Switzerland feels like home"
She is one of the most well-known Italian voices abroad. Laura Pausini has just released her new album "Fatti Sentire." Sarah Chiarello caught up with the Italian superstar in Zurich, where she explained that her latest opus tells more just than her own stories.
Tanya König
The Swiss fashion designer Hollywood loves
Her leather clothing label YVY can be found in the wardrobes of Hollywood stars and influencers, such as Kylie Jenner, Eva Longoria, Katy Perry, and Monica Bellucci. Success seems to follow 31-year-old Yvonne Reichmuth. Tanya König sat down with the Swiss fashion designer.
Ana Maria Montero
Ana Maria Montero with the red carpet wrap-up
Steven Spielberg's latest movie, Sean Penn's first novel, and Christina Aguilera goes au naturel. Ana Maria Montero rolls out the red carpet and wraps up the week in entertainment news.
Martina Fuchs
Philipp Fankhauser: Swiss blues star and iced tea lover
At just age 11, he told his teacher and classmates that he would one day be a blues musician. Philipp Fankhauser's dream has become reality: Today he is Switzerland's finest contemporary blues singer – and a very prolific one at that, having just released his 15th album. As Martina Fuchs found out, the 54-year-old is full of plans and projects, and not all have to do with music.
Ana Maria Montero
Bell & Ross: Luxury Online
In the market for a new timepiece and ready to spend about half a million? Luxury watch company Bell & Ross has just the thing for you. In tonight's Spotlight, Ana Maria Montero chats about this and more with their CEO, Carlos Rosillo, at Baselworld.
Tanya König
Ai Weiwei says he'll never be a free man
As Chinese artist Ai Weiwei shows his first feature length documentary at the Human Rights Film Festival in Geneva this weekend, he reveals how his own background helped him tap into the global refugee crisis. Filmed across 23 countries, Human Flow exposes the realities of the largest exodus of people since the Second World War. Tanya König met Ai Weiwei to discuss the crisis and found out why Switzerland will always be so dear to him.
Paula Dupraz-Dobias
Gael García Bernal 'fulfilling responsibilities as a human being'
Mexican actor Gael García Bernal came to Geneva to take action. During his short stay he addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council to seek justice in Mexico's cycle of violence. He also attended the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, where CNNMoney Switzerland's Ana Maria Montero caught up with him to talk about his activism.
Ana Maria Montero
Switzerland's hot new TV series
After a successful run in French, the hit Geneva-based television series, “Quartier des Banques" – "Banking District" in English – is crossing Switzerland’s language borders and making its debut in German. Ana Maria Montero spoke to co-creator and producer Jean-Marc Frohle about his dramatic thriller set in Geneva's banking world.
Ana Maria Montero
"And the Oscar could go to…"
In a matter of hours, all eyes will be on the Dolby Theater on Hollywood Boulevard for what is undoubtedly the film industry’s biggest and most glamorous night: the Oscars. Ana Maria Montero, our resident Hollywood expert, tells us more about what to expect from the 90th Academy Awards.
Martina Fuchs
Yen Han: from war refugee to prima ballerina
Once a “boat person” who fled Vietnam by sea to Hong Kong, Yen Han is today a prima ballerina and one of the most popular dancers of Ballet Zurich. During the years that she has been a member, the company has become one of the best in Europe. Yen has danced the principal characters in all the great classics of the repertoire, including “Swan Lake”, “The Nutcracker” and “Cinderella”. Of Chinese-American origin, Yen Han has been living in Switzerland for more than two decades and has opened the Yen Han Dance Center in Zurich to teach children and adults the art of ballet.
Ana Maria Montero
More medals for Switzerland in the Winter Olympic Games
After a wobbly start to the campaign, there is a real possibility of a record medal haul. Matt Leighton gives us all the details of this as well as the project of Swiss ski legend Bernhard Russi to enable all Swiss school children to experience the joys of skiing. We also look forward to the weekend's main medal hopes.
Ana Maria Montero
"The eye is a great teacher"
Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla have one of the largest private photography collections in the world. Ana Maria Montero met her in Lausanne where a major part of their collection is being exhibited at the Musée d’Elysée. Her advice to aspiring collectors? Ignore the hype and trust your gut.
Eléonore Payró
From science to brewery – the first craft beer in Zurich
With almost 56 liters consumed per person per year - beer is the most drunk alcoholic beverage in Switzerland. And just like food, people are becoming more adventurous in trying-out local beers. In recent years in the French-speaking part of the country, an increasing number of small craft breweries have opened up – but none in Zurich - none that is until recently when the country’s largest city became home to its very first craft brewery.
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