Zurich News – August/September 2017
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Winterthur rocks
Winterthur transforms into a musical hub from August 9 to 20. The 42nd Winterthur Music Festival will feature performances by Feist (Canada), Philipp Poisel (Germany) and Glen Hansard (Ireland), with the heart of the picturesque old town providing the perfect setting for these platinum-selling singer-songwriters’ only tour stops in Switzerland. They share the one-of-a-kind atmosphere with Kraftklub, Broilers (both German), Band of Horses (USA), the Zurich-based musician Faber, and more than 60 other exciting bands. 12 days, 4 stages, music, cabaret and cuisine: half the city of Winterthur is either involved in Europe’s oldest pop and rock festival, or a guest there.
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Booming party beats in Zurich
The most colorful house and techno parade in the world attracts hundreds of thousands of dance fans from all over the world year after year. Around 25 lovemobiles – vibrantly decorated trucks fitted with powerful stereo equipment, DJs and partygoers – will slowly drive around Lake Zurich through the masses of people. These 25 “traveling stages” are supplemented by nine stages along the route blasting a diverse selection of electronic music with top international DJs and multimedia artists. The street parade showcases revolutionary innovations in the fields of music, graphics and digital art and has established itself as a contemporary cultural treasure.
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Cultural festival for the Zurich summer
The most beautiful side of the Zurich summer is once again on display at the Theater Spektakel. From August 17 to September 3, the festival on the “Landiwiese” will present around 50 theater, dance, circus and music productions from across the world. The green area next to Lake Zurich will feature eight stages, as well as bars and restaurants where guests can enjoy the festival ambiance. Family-friendly events, street performances on the Landiwiese and atmospheric concerts make the Theater Spektakel the most popular cultural festival in Zurich.
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Word-class athletics in Zurich
On August 24, sports fans across the world will have their eyes on Zurich, where the world’s best track and field athletes will compete at the legendary Weltklasse Zürich International Athletics Meeting at the Stadion Letzigrund. Around a dozen Olympic and world champions, as well as Swiss stars such as Mujinga Kambundji and Kariem Hussein, will battle for victory – and for prize money – in the IAAF Diamond League. The final of the IAAF Diamond League will be taking place in a new format in Zurich for the first time. In order to make it to Zurich, challengers need to qualify based on the previous 12 Diamond League meets. If they make it here, they will compete for USD 1.6 million dollars in prize money at the big season finale in Letzigrund. Winners in the 16 disciplines will receive USD 50,000 each.     
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