Fribourg Festivals and Events

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           CALENDAR OF FESTIVALS/EVENTS

January*   Fête des Rois

 

February*   Carnival link

Salons de Modeste CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Environmental Film Festival link

 

March*   Fribourg International Film Festival

Carnival

 

April*   Easter

 

May*  Nature Festival

Museum Night-Fribourg: http://www.ndm-fribourg.ch/index.php/

Tzampata

Fribourg International Storytelling Festival

Fête des Voisins

 

June*  Fète Dieu-Corpus Christi

Music Festival:http://www.fete-musique.ch

Belluard Bollwerk International (BBI)

 

July*  Jazz Parade

Lieder Festival

 

August*  Swiss National Day, August 1st

International Folklore Festival

 

September*  BENICHON

Journée du Patrimoine (second weekend in September)

venezvisiter.ch Journées du patrimoine

 

October*  Halloween

BENICHON

Morat-Fribourg Race

 

November*  BENICHON

 

December*  St Nicholas- procession to cathedral and annual satirical speech Christmas market

 

 

Salons de Modeste Fribourg in February

This is a special evening in Fribourg where you are invited to drop into somebody's home.
On the evening, prospective hosts agree to open their home to strangers.
Their addresses are published in the ‘La Liberté’ newspaper on the day.

laliberte-click here
you can also consult newspapers at the BCUF Library :click here
People go to ‘their’ (see LaLiberté) address from 7pm onwards where they meet with their host and other guests.
After 21.30 the host reveals the address of the location that brings all the ‘Salons’ together.

The local morning papers ‘La Liberté’ and probably also the ‘Freiburger Nachrichten’ will disclose on the morning of February 22 some 20 to 30 addresses.
 
Have a go and meet the locals.
 

 

La Fête des Voisins 31 May 2013

 

For the very first time Fribourg is putting on an event for getting to know your neighbours.
Help can be obtained for the organisation  - advertising, invitations, food and drink etc.

 

FETE DES ROIS

This festival takes place either on the 6th January or on the following Sunday to celebrate Epithany.

You will see the special galette des rois displayed in the baker shop windows.

There are several recipes for these galette depending on which country you are in. The version found in Fribourg is a brioche type. In France and Belgium, you have a galette that contains more flaky pastry and cake mix and either filled with almond paste or apple purée etc. depending on the local custom.

All galettes, however, have a surprise feature. They are all made with a small statue fève hidden in them. The lucky person (or unlucky - if he/she swallows it) who finds the fève is made King or Queen of the day and is entitled to wear the golden crown which usually comes with the galette.

 HAPPY FETE !

translated from: http://french.about.com/b/2012/01/02/la-galette-des-rois.htm

THE THREE KINGS PROCESSION - FRIBOURG OLD TOWN

05/01/2012 

Le cortège de l'Epiphanie de retour

Basse-Ville

C’est vendredi soir, sur le coup des 18 h, que le cortège de l’Epiphanie entamera sa procession dans les rues de la Basse-Ville de Fribourg. Point de départ: la chapelle Saint-Beat, à l’entrée de la vallée du Gottéron. Les perturbations sur le trafic devraient être mineures, selon la police locale. Comme l'année passée, le préfet de la Sarine Carl-Alex Ridoré reprendra son rôle de Balthazar (photo), l'un des trois Rois mages. Au programme: cavaliers, chameaux, fifres et tambours, chants et crèche vivante sur le plateau de l'Oelberg, dans le Jardin Magique d'Hubert Audriaz.

Olivier Wys

source: La Liberté

 

 

CARNIVAL

CARNIVAL TIME IN FRIBOURG AROUND FEBRUARY 17-21

- a time for letting your hair down after the doom and gloom of winter !

Festivities in the OLD TOWN - CARNAVAL DES BOLZES

The highlight of the Carnival takes place on Sunday afternoon from 14:00 in the Old Town. After the noisy procession of strange floats, colourful bands and raining confetti, the celebrations turn to the trial of Rababou and the lighting of the gigantic fire - the ritual paganistic torching of the Grand Rababou effigy - bearer of winter and all evil. This takes place in the Petit-St-Jean Square.

 

 

 

SWISS NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS, AUGUST 1st

-see information from communes for local celebrations on and around 1 August- fireworks - music - eating -dancing

 

 

 

LA FETE-DIEU

FETE-DIEU FRIBOURG THURSDAY JUNE 7

This is a very important event in the Swiss Catholic Cantons.

The Feast of Corpus Christi, which is a moveable feast, is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday i.e. the 60th day following Easter.

At the end of the Mass, there is a huge procession of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

The procession starts around 10h30.

Route : rue Joseph-Piller, rue de l’Hôpital, place Georges-Python, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Old Post Office, route des Alpes, route du Pont-Muré, rue Saint-Nicolas, and finally ending up in front of the cathedral Saint Nicolas where prayers are conducted by the Bishop.

Télécharger le dépliant du programme (pdf)

 

http://www.fete-dieu.ch/fr.html

 

 

FETE DE LA MUSIQUE

Le 21 juin, c'est la fête de l'été et de la musique! Laissez-vous surprendre par la variété des styles: classique, jazz, rock, pop, folk, danse... Plus de 50 groupes sur 9 scènes feront résonner la musique dans les rues, sur les places et dans des lieux insolites. Partage et découverte réuniront musiciens et public sur des rythmes d'ici et d'ailleurs. Affûtez vos oreilles et laissez-vous surprendre: il y en aura pour tous les goûts.http://www.fete-musique.ch/

 

 

FETE DE LA NATURE

Société fribourgeoise des sciences naturelles
T: 026 300 9161    
Web: http://www.unifr.ch/sfsn

NATURE FESTIVAL

http://www.fetedelanature.ch/

 

FETE DE LA SAINT NICHOLAS

Don't miss this important Fribourg happening which takes place on the nearest Saturday to December 6th each year, around 5-6pm.

more info: http://www.csmfr.ch/La-Vie-autour-de-l-ecole/St-Nicolas.aspx

http://www.fribourgtourisme.ch/en/navpage-EventsFR-FribEventsFR-178567.html 

Saint Nicholas and company (includes a donkey and various bands) parade noisily down the Rue de Lausanne to the cheers of the crowd and showers of sweets. Saint Nicholas, on the cathedral balcony (without the donkey) then delivers a satirical speech in French and German, drawing on the year's political happenings (or mishappenings!) to the jeers, cheers or laughter of the dense crowd.

The evening is rounded off with a Christmas market where you can warm yourself up with spicey gluwein or other Christmas goodies.

Programme of the day:

from 5.30 am to 8 pm: Market, Place des Ormeaux + Place Notre-Dame

from 10 am: Market, College of St.Michael

St.Nicholas route, discovery route to learn about the legendary St.Nicholas.

- projection of film of St.Nicholas, bio chalet soup (soupe de chalet), donkey rides....

from 10 am to 4.30 pm: Les Rendez-Vous Musicaux de la St-Nicolas, Franciscan Church and Church of the College of St.Michael

5 pm: start of the Procession from the College of St.Michael to the Cathedral

 

International Folklore Festival

PICT0039

This is one of the major festivals in Fribourg.

It is a celebration of dancing, music and arts and crafts of various countries with mostly paying concerts.

There is one free, public event, however in Place Georges-Python on Saturday August 18th.

Two street processions are mentioned in the news but the time and place have not been announced. Traditionally, there is an opening procession that goes along Bld de Pérolles on the opening day of the festival in the late afternoon i.e. Tuesday.

 

Programme

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 :

 

Opening Performance (20h00 – Halle Ste-Croix – Fribourg)

 

Thursday, August 16, 2012 :

 

Gala Performance (20h00 – Equilibre – Fribourg)

 

Friday, August 17, 2012 :

 

Gala Performance (20h00 – Equilibre – Fribourg)

 

Saturday, August 18, 2012 :

 

All the groups (Village des Nations – Pl. Georges-Python – Fribourg)

 

Sunday, August 19, 2012 :

 

Closing Performance (16h00 – Halle Ste-Croix – Fribourg)

 

more information here: http://www.rfi.ch/en/the-festival/

 

 

 

 

BENICHON

http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/offer-About_GourmetTravel-Restaurants-17575.html

Bénichon is the name of the event celebrating the return of cowherds to the flat lowlands after more than 4 months in the alpine pastures.

Typical food to mark the celebration includes cabbage soup, ham, leg of lamb, double cream and meringues. Don't miss your chance to come and try the typical Bénichon food in one of the villages around Gruyère.

Benichon takes place in Bulle over the second week in September and in the villages over the second week in October.

A RECIPE

source:

http://www.downonthefarm.co.uk/page.php?p=recipes2

Swiss Style Terrick Lamb

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Shoulder of Terrick Lamb

½ pint red wine

4oz raisins

thyme

Quantity of mushrooms

1 onion

1 pint beef stock with a few gravy granules thrown in

3 lamb stock cubes

Method:

* Place the shoulder of Terrick Lamb in a large casserole dish. Pour the red wine over and sprinkle with raisins and thyme. Cover and leave to marinate overnight in fridge.

* Heat oven to 220oC for 10 minutes, then turn down to 150oC and put casserole dish into oven for 3½ hours.

* Check occasionally and turn joint if desired.

* One hour before the end of cooking add mushrooms and onion.

* Half an hour before end of cooking add the beef stock, with three lamb stock cubes added.

Serve with whole steamed pears (one for each person), baby courgettes and

mashed root vegetables (parsnips, carrots, sweet potato).

This recipe is based on Fribourg Benichon Lamb, a Swiss dish served during the great Thanksgiving festival of Benichon (blessing) at the end of the summer in the Canton of Fribourgh. We came across it during our family holiday in the beautiful country of Switzerland in the summer of 2006 and adapted the recipe to create our own version.

HISTORY

source:

http://www.benichon-lng.ch/labenichon.htm

DATES

District de la Sarine

Ville de Fribourg Bénichon de la Plaine, 2e dimanche de septembre et le lundi suivant

District de la Singine

Düdingen 2e dimanche novembre

Bad Bonn 2e dimanche août

Giffers 2e dimanche octobre

Plaffeien 2e dimanche octobre

Schwarzsee 4e dimanche juillet

Zollhaus 4e dimanche juillet

Plasselb 2e d

Schmitten 2e dimanche novembre

St-Antoni 2e dimanche octobre

St-Silvester 31 décembre

St-Ursen 2e dimanche septembre

Tafers 2e dimanche novembre

Tentlingen 2e dimanche octobre

Ueberstorf 2e dimanche novembre

Flamatt 2e dimanche septembre

Schmitten 2e dimanche novembre

District de la Guryère Bénichon de la Montagne, 2e dimanche d'octobre et le lundi suivant.

Allières 3e dimanche juillet

Bulle 2e dimanche septembre

District du Lac

Cordast 1er dimanche octobre

Chavannes-les-Forts 1er dimanche mai

La Joux 1er dimanche août