Basel Tourism Announces January, February Events

Basel Tourism has announced its events slated from January until February.

The international world class jumping tournament CSI Basel will be occurring for the fourth time this year, come January 10 to 13. The jumping riders are completing a total of 17 tests and can collect points for the world ranking list in the process. As a whole there are 45 participants at the St. Jakobshalle. At the end of the three days, a show with the equine artists Lorenzo and his greys awaits visitors.

Basel Museum Night is scheduled on January 18, when 32 museums and 10 guest institutions are participating.

Glaibasler Charivari is scheduled from January 19 to February 2 at the Volkshaus Basel. On a total of 15 evenings, also admirers of the Basel Carnival can get in the mood for the "drey scheenste Dääg" (three most beautiful days) and can experience the pre-Carnival program.

On January 26, the herald figures of the honorary companies of Kleinbasel - Vogel Gryff, Leu and Wilde Maa - parade through the neighborhood and perform their dances. The folk holiday dates back to the Middle Ages, when the three companies were still responsible for monitoring the city wall. During the whole parade, the figures turn their backs Grossbasel.

"Ferdinand Hodler" is scheduled at Fondation Beyeler from January 27 to May 26. The Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) dedicated his works to the “beauty of the Swiss mountains and lakes, his fascination for women and a dialogue with his own existence and death”. The special exhibit in Hodler's late works shows the portraits of the artist, his Valentine Godé-Darel and panoramas of the Alps and Lake Geneva.

The Drummeli - the largest pre-Carnival event in Basel - takes place from February 2 to 8 under the direction of Bettina Dieterle. Nineteen regular cliques, two types of Guggen music and "Schnitzelbänk" will be showcased.

The Swiss Contemporary Dance Days is slated from February 6 to 10, when Basel will host the ninth edition, and offer perspectives into the newest developments of the contemporary Swiss dance scene. Fifteen companies will present their pieces in various theatres and museums.

Meanwhile, the Basel Carnival will take place on February 18 to 20. The Carnival starts with the "Morgestraich", when all of the lights in the city center are extinguished and the traditional melodies of piccolos and drums fill the alleyways and streets.
Other upcoming events include: the Blickfang Basel on March 8 to 10; Badminton Swiss Open on March 12 to 17; “The Picassos Have Arrived! A Retrospective from Basel Collections" in Kunstmuseum Basel on March 17 to 21; and Rock the Ballet on April 16 to 21.