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A new year under the northern lights in Geneva

To mark the arrival of the New Year, which will once again take place against the singular backdrop of the pandemic, the City of Geneva invites the residents of Geneva to visit Parc des Bastions on 31 December as well as 1 and 2 January to discover a magical light and sound show. 

Borealis - Fête 31 décembre

Ms Frédérique Perler, Mayor of Geneva, wanted to offer the city’s residents a moment of contemplation, open to all, in order to unwind and marvel at the show while taking time to reflect.

The public should arrive at Parc des Bastions at dusk, to discover the northern lights in the Geneva sky! Shifting from green to pink at will, these highly colourful curtains of light are the result of an atmospheric phenomenon generally visible in the Arctic regions during the winter.

With Borealis, an artistic installation by Swiss artist Dan Acher, spectators will have the chance to admire them at the very heart of the city, where this phenomenon would not normally take place. Accompanied by music from French composer Guillaume Desbois, this work combining particles of water and laser beams will bring the experience of the northern lights to the city.

A highly emotional work

According to Dan Acher, “This highly emotional work is also a means of opening a discussion on the forces of nature, what they have meant to human beings throughout history and the climate change we are currently experiencing.” For the Mayor of Geneva, Frédérique Perler, Borealis is a “An opportunity to reflect on how we treat our environment and the need to take it into consideration and take care of it.”

Practical information

The performances will be organised in compliance with the health rules currently in force, with a limited number of spectators and presentation of a Covid certificate and identity card required, subject to any decisions taken by the authorities as the health situation changes. There will be no refreshments stand on site.

Parc des Bastions – 31 December 2021 from 7 p.m. to midnightfree show every 45 minutes. Additional performances on 1 and 2 January 2022 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Ms Catherine Armand, Department of Planning, Construction and Mobility of the City of Geneva – 022 418 20 32 – 076 375 69 44. The Mayor of Geneva will attend the event on 31 December and will be available to speak to the media at 7 p.m.

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Article modifié le 03.01.2022 à 16:24