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  • Legends and their artistic marketing
    William Tell plays in Interlaken have a long tradition. Markus Bertschi and Severin Jakob took a journey through the Middle Ages as part of their book project. Halberds, torches and knights' helmets meet stuffed chamois mountain goats, fake beards and state-of-the-art lighting technology: Friedrich Schiller's drama "Wilhelm Tell" is performed annually from June to mid-September in Interlaken in the open air. In 1912 a teacher staged Tell's play with his class for the first time. Since then, with an interruption during the World Wars, the play has been performed regularly, and since 1954 has become a permanent fixture. Around 130 amateur actors and actresses take part in the production. In addition to residents from the region, asylum seekers and people with disabilities are also part of the cast and crew. In their book project “Fabulous!”, Zurich photographers Severin Jakob and Markus Bertschi travelled to Interlaken. They went behind the scenes to uncover the fact and fiction ...
  • ‘Bizarre’ fish discovered in Swiss Alps
    Scientists have discovered a fossil of  a new species of Coelacanth fish in the Swiss Alps. A team of paleontologists found it on a pass near the mountain resort of Davos in southeastern Switzerland in 2014 and 2015. The fish skeletons from the Middle Triassic, which are on display at the Natural History Museum of Geneva, are around 240 million years old, according to the museum. Lionel Cavin, curator specialist of fossil fish, said it had taken some time to establish what kind of species it is. Scientists named it after a fellow scientist and patron, Foreyia maxkuhni. A detailed description was published in the online Scientific Reports journal on Friday. It is believed that the fossil find could open up new pathways to study the evolutionary process, notably about vertebrates.
  • Autumn shows its most colourful side
    The high-pressure system over central Europe is coming to an end, and with it, the unusually warm autumn days and clear skies. Many Swiss spent the first three weeks of October in the outdoors enjoying the mountain views and autumn colours.
  • A Swiss-Lebanese-Iraqi stand-up comic
    Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. This week she meets stand-up comic, Hamza Rya. His father is Lebanese and his mother is from Iraq. He speaks seven languages fluently and likes people a lot - whatever their ethnic background. Everyone is a target for his humour. (SRF Kulturplatz/swissinfo.ch) 
  • Switzerland is no longer a cinematic island
    The traditional image of Swiss cinema lies on the cutting room floor. International co-productions have become the norm and a significant number of young film-makers have an immigrant background or were born abroad. Many live and work outside Switzerland.  Of the 15 Swiss films recently shown at the 13th Zurich Film Festival (ZFF), only a third were made by Swiss directors living in Switzerland.  “People talk a lot about Swiss cinema here in a very nationalistic way. But I’m not nationalistic at all in my perception of the world,” Berlin-based Katharina Wyss, director of “Sarah joue un loup-garou” (Sarah Plays a Werewolf), her first feature film, tells swissinfo.ch.  “That said, my film is very ‘Fribourgeois’: it’s geographically and personally based around Fribourg; it’s nurtured by the city I come from.”  “But I’m also influenced by long-established European culture, especially the German and French culture that I grew up with and which gives all my work a very European ...
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The United Swiss Societies of Northern California (USSNC), founded in 1912, merged with the Swiss House Association of California, which had incorporated on July 21, 1930, the merger created the new name, United Swiss House of Northern California, Inc., which on February 11, 1983 incorporated to its current name. United Swiss Societies of Northern California, Inc., organized as a California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation, 501(c)(4), tax ID 23-7126939