Culture from birth: things are happening!

From 22 to 25 November 2021, Geneva is organising evening activities on introducing children to culture from birth. The programme includes an exhibition, conferences with experts on culture and early childhood, dialogues between professionals and unusual visits.

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Events are open to families and culture and early childhood professionals, but require registration. Access to culture from birth cannot be separated from the right to freedom of expression and participation for all.

In the City of Geneva and the partner municipalities for these events (especially Vernier and Meyrin), access to culture is encouraged from birth, particularly in early childhood institutions, through special links with cultural bodies. Introducing children to culture and art at an early age promotes living together right from the start.

Running from 22 to 25 November, the evening activities on introducing children to culture from birth are a highlight in this initiative. Starting from children’s daily lives, the week of events examines the relationship between childhood and culture with the participation of several experts. At the same time a retrospective exhibition, “Une œuvre, mon doudou et moi” (“A work of art, my toy and me”), will trace a representative adventure at Le Commun.


Events will take place on two sites, Le Commun and the Manège en Ville, and be free of charge, as follows:

  • “Encouraging cultural participation by children aged 0 to 4”: discussion and round table, Monday 22 November 2021, 7pm in the hall at Le Commun  
  • “Introducing children to art and culture: a matter of social justice”: conference with neuroscientist Samah Karaki, Tuesday 23 November at 7.30pm at the Manège en Ville
  • “Unusual visits”: Wednesday 24 November 2021, starting at 6pm in the hall at Le Commun
  • “Looking after babies means looking after society”: conference with psychologist and psychoanalyst Sophie Marinopoulos, Thursday 25 November at 7.30pm at the Manège en Ville

Registration is required for all events apart from the unusual visits. Full details of the programme are in the flyer, which is available for download below. Activities will comply with the health standards in force.

The evening activities on introducing children to culture from birth are supported by the Department of Social Cohesion and Solidarity (DCSS) and the Department of Culture and Digital Transition (DCTN) and organised jointly with partner municipalities, the Maison de la créativité, pro enfance, Lapurla and Association kaléidoscope. They come under the cross-cutting policy of the City of Geneva to promote children’s rights.

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Article modifié le 21.02.2024 à 17:10