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Various trade fairs and festivals are represented in Zurich. The most famous art fair is the Contemporary Art Fair Zurich.

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March 2017
Free

fundkunst.ch | Exhibition

17 March - 25 March
fundkunst.ch, Heimplatz 1, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

The opening is on Friday, March 17, 6 pm - 9 pm with sound from Tarik (No collective) Fundkunst.ch presents lost art: Every day, personal belongings lose their owners in public transport. Laptops, mobile phones, suitcases, clothes, as well as works of art, indeed whole artifacts, are lost. The objects which had become homeless landed at fundsachenverkauf.ch in Zurich. There, most things find a new owner. But art is somewhat more difficult. The art collectors are hardly lost in the…

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April 2017

GINMAKU Japanese Film Festival in Zurich

27 April - 1 May
Riffraff Kino/Bar/Bistro, Neugasse 57, Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

++++ GINMAKU Japanese Film Festival +++++ April 27 - May 1, 2017 at Houdini Kino/Bar & Riffraff Kino/Bar/Bistro http://ginmaku-festival.com Advance ticket sales: Houdini Kino/Bar, Riffraff Kino/Bar/Bistro and online www.kinohoudini.ch We are thrilled to creat another cultural bridge between Switzerland and Japan through Japanese films!

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May 2017

KuDeMa – Art and Design Market in Zurich

20 May
Zürich, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

For the first time, KuDeMa - the art and design market in Zurich opens its doors and offers you the opportunity to get some great homemade products from selected exhibitors. For example, from: Accessories | Fashion | Bags | Baby & Child | Living | Vintage | Food | DIY Area

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Videoex: International competition

20 May - 28 May
videoEx, Kanonengasse 20, Zürich, 8004 Switzerland + Google Map

Videoex Festival 2017 International competition New forms of seeing and understanding - films of today for tomorrow. The selection of more than 1500 submissions opens a view into the universe of the 'other' movie. Exciting, wild, funny and critical works reflect the whole range of the film outside the strict conventions of narrative and documentary creation. To be discovered are new works by international filmmakers, winners of major festivals as well as films of the young generation. A jury awards…

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International Museum Day

21 May
Zürich, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

A special day in the museum! Admission and all events at the Landesmuseum Zürich are free of charge at the International Museum Day. Program: https://www.nationalmuseum.ch/d/microsites/Zuerich/Museumstag/Museumstag.php

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Samuel Beckett – Film

24 May
Kunstraum Walcheturm, Kanonengasse 20, 8004 Zürich + Google Map

Film screening and conversation Program: 17:15 «Film» (France 1965, 22 min) by Alan Schneider & Samuel Beckett 17:45 «Notfilm» (USA 2015, 128 min) by Ross Lipman 20:15 Talk In 1965, the premiere of a short film took place at the Filmfestival in Venice, whose high-caliber cast led the hearts of theater and film lovers to a higher level. In Samuel Beckett's only work, the silent film legend Buster Keaton is in front of the camera. In the cinematographically reduced "film",…

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Live Performance: Centaure – Kurt d’Haeseleer / Franck Vigroux

24 May - 25 May
Kunstraum Walcheturm, Kanonengasse 20, 8004 Zürich + Google Map

Videoex Festival 2017 Live performance: Centaure - Kurt d'Haeseleer / Franck Vigroux Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 23: 30h, Festival Center Kunstraum Walcheturm Centaure is a live audio video performance by Franck Vigroux (music) Kurt d'Haeseleer (video), a postdigital road trip into a dystopian future. It is a virtual «safari» into a world populated by cloned creatures and mutations that seem to be artificially rebuilt from contaminated DNA. Man has disappeared, absorbed by technology. Everything breathes, smells, rotates ... and falls…

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Host country México V: Jodorowsky

24 May @ 22:00 - 00:30
videoEx, Kanonengasse 20, Zürich, 8004 Switzerland + Google Map

Check their website for English compability

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Videoex – DIY Wondermental Workshop

25 May - 28 May
videoEx, Kanonengasse 20, Zürich, 8004 Switzerland + Google Map

DIY Wonderful Workshop ! Get in contact with the organizers (email below) to check for English language compability ! Experiments with 8mm & amp; 16mm: Under the guidance of our guests from Mexico (LEC) and Atelier Nitrates the participants realize their own celluloid film. Experimenting with film as a raw material. The filmstrip is exposed, with, and without camera, developed, cut, scratched and with Foundfoot overprinted. In addition to the filmstrip itself, hands, cameras, flashlights, development chemicals, cutting equipment, glue,…

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Live Performance México I: LEC Expandido

25 May
videoEx, Kanonengasse 20, Zürich, 8004 Switzerland + Google Map

Live Performance México I: LEC Expandido Thursday 25 May 2017, 23: 00h, Festival Center Kunstraum Walcheturm In his live performances, the LEC - Laboratorio Experimental de Cine - produces new images with several 16mm projectors through interference, suspensions and disturbances. These flicker and flicker, often on several screens, move and are combined with further objects. An immersive soundtrack of noises, samples and modified soundscapes also offer the multi-channel live settings. The audiovisual improvisations have an experimental character and move between…

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55CHF

Videoex Workshop: Guillermo Gómez-Peña (USA)

26 May
Kunstraum Walcheturm, Kanonengasse 20, 8004 Zürich + Google Map

Videoex Festival 2017 Interdisciplinary Performance Workshop "PLANET PERFORMANCE" What to expect: - Physical and mental endurance exercises - Social interaction, ritual games - Jam sessions & unexpected border crossings - Radical tenderness as political and pedagogical practice Conscious goals: - To build trans-national communities of rebel artists - To contest any form of authority (aesthetic, religious, political, sexual, etc) - To vindicate the human right of having fun #crossgenerational #polygendered #polyethnic #anarchic #queer #ecosexual #postfeminist #transborder -------------------------------------- WHEN Friday 26…

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Live Performance México II: Guillermo Gómez-Peña

27 May
Kunstraum Walcheturm, Kanonengasse 20, 8004 Zürich + Google Map

Live Performance México II: La Pocha Nostra / Guillermo Gómez-Peña Saturday, 27 May 2017, 22: 30h, Festival Center Kunstraum Walcheturm Whether as an indio shaman or as an ethno-drag, the performance of Guillermo Gómez-Peña always revolves around borders, border culture, hybrid identities and the confrontation of cultures. As a video artist, author, cultural theorist, poet and photographer, he deals with the politics of language and the body, "extreme culture" and new technologies. In his "Chicano Cyber-Punk-Performances", the border is at…

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June 2017

Rhizom 2017

3 June - 5 June
Rote Fabrik, Seestrasse 395, 8038 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

http://www.rhizomfestival.ch "A RHIZOME GROWS UNDER THE GROUND, UNDER YOUR FEET. YOU ARE NOT WITNESSING THE INTERCONNECTION UNTIL IT SPROUTS - WHEREVER THE SOIL IS THE MOST FAVOURABLE." The interdisciplinary festival named RHIZOM has developed out of a collective dedicated to cultivating alternative electronic music and arts. It commits itself to uniqueness, character, innovation, passion and DIY-spirit. At the RHIZOM festival, the social responsibility of culture and its consumers will be discussed and envisioned through readings, film, dance, music, video and…

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Free

Gasträume 2017 – Art in public places in Zurich

9 June - 3 September
Zürich, Switzerland, Zürich, Switzerland + Google Map

GUEST ROOMS is linked to the success of Art and the City from the year 2012. For the sixth time already, this year's exhibition in Zurich's inner city and in Zurich-West will present art projects on twelve «guest rooms». Exhibition period: 10 June to 3 September 2017 Opening: 9th June 2017 in the coffeehouse to the world ball, Basteiplatz (Bärengasse 20), 8001 Zurich ------------------------------------- Locations of the guest rooms - Parade Place, 8001 Zürich - Uraniawiese, 8001 Zürich - Sigi-Feigel…

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Museum für Gestaltung Bazar

13 June - 14 June
Toni Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 94, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

Rally, appraisal, a stroke of luck - at this year's bazaar of the Museum of Design awaits you design and kitsch, beautiful, useful and curioses in a loose market atmosphere. For two days, the entrance hall in the Toni area is full of exquisite jewelery, design and art books, Lomo cameras and posters in world format, postcards, games for children and adults, and more. These trouvailles and rarities are available at a reduced price, but only as long as stocks…

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Kolorit Soundfestival 2017

21 June - 25 June
Sihlquai 125, Sihlquai 125, 8005 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

The reception of the sound is an immediate one. In contrast to visual perception, one can not escape one's gaze; The sound is transfused, transformed and re-transmitted within fractions. Through repetitive structures he penetrates deep into the human psyche; It generates a detachment and at the same time attachment - meditative, disturbing as well as encouraging. KOLORIT-A festival on the subject of sound is concerned with various manifestations of the sound that resonate and dissolve in the form of objects,…

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July 2017

All you ever wanted to know about sex

5 July
Openair Literatur Festival Zürich, Pelikanstr. 40, Zürich, 8001 Switzerland + Google Map

Part I: Reading by Nora Bossong (GER) The award-winning German author has entered the "red light" and has created a new standard work on sex and prostitution. Part II: Sex Movies, Live French sex movies from the silent movie time, live audio by Steve Buchanan Dadaglobal, curated by IOIC

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September 2017
25CHF

The long night of museums

2 September
Zürich, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

On Saturday 2 September 2017, 46 Zurich museums invite you to the night's discovery journey and look forward to your visit. In the Long Night of the Zurich Museums, the approach routes should be short. The VBZ Züri line supports good ideas and contributes to the fact that you can enjoy the culture in our city comfortably and without any circumstances. Day and night. Good ride. Combiticket The combined ticket costs CHF 25.- (no single tickets or reductions). Children under…

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Design Biennale Zürich 2017

7 September - 10 September
Zürich, Switzerland, Zürich, Switzerland + Google Map

Design Biennial in Zurich, Switzerland 7. -10.9. HELLO FUTURE. Welcome to the first design Biennial of Zurich. A route, six locations, 18 positions, a design conference, Talks and walks. A biennial to discover, Exploring and experimenting. The design biennial in Zurich 2017 focuses on digital fabrication, experimental processes, active materials, as well as corporate designs of yesterday and tomorrow. How design research, comment and criticize is staged and discussed at six venues throughout the city for four days. The detailed…

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Breakthrough Festival 2017

9 September - 10 September
Rote Fabrik, Seestrasse 395, 8038 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

9th and 10th September / Rote Fabrik In the Factory of the Rote Fabrik, the break dance and its culture are once again presented from a different angle. Explanation is the rolling game, inspired by different characters like Superheroes, Kung-Fu Masters and the like to make this topic more comprehensible to the visitor. The exhibition uses various visual media such as photography, installation and drawing. With a live performance the tour will be finished and the topic Superhero will be…

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19. ART International Zurich | Contemporary Art Fair Zurich

22 September - 24 September
Puls 5 Giessereihalle, Giessereistrasse 18, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

For the 19th time, the Kunstmesse Zurich will present an international exhibition Contemporary Art. The exhibition for contemporary art in Zurich is devoted to professionals, collectors and a broad public. In a beautiful and well-kept ambiance, the fair features high-caliber works from the fields of painting, graphics, sculpture and photography. Opening hours: Friday, September 22: 10.00-20.00 Saturday, September 23: 10.00-20.00 hrs Sunday, September 24: 10.00-18.00 opening: Thursday, September 21: 6pm - 9pm

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Open House Zürich – Architecture for everyone 2017

30 September - 1 October
Zürich, Switzerland, Zürich, Switzerland + Google Map

Open House Zürich, for the second time. On 30.9. and 1.10. In 2017 the doors of Zurich opened again. The opportunity to take a look behind the scenes, learn more about architecture and experience how versatile in Zurich is and is used to. The architecture and city experience is free for all visitors and illustrates the wealth and diversity of urban life with guided tours of around 80 historical and contemporary buildings. Guided tours illustrate how architecture and urban development…

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October 2017
10CHF

ART Talents art market Zürich

22 October
Tanzwerk101, pfingstweidstrasse 101, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

ART TALENTS - art market - platform for art lovers and artists from the fields of painting, graphics, photography and sculptures. Discover newcomer talents, buy affordable artworks. Information and registration http://www.arttalents.ch

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Kunst 17 Zürich

26 October - 29 October
Kunst Zürich, Ricarda-Huch-Strasse, ABB Hall 550, 8050 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Zurich's concentration of contemporary art venues is exceptional in Europe. The audience of the establish art fair Kunst Zürich will discover numerous positions narrated through a variety of media: From photography to multimedia and installation, as well as more classic modes of expression such as painting and sculpture. Figurative and abstract, conceptual and spontaneous, small to large formats, young as well as established, low and high priced. The Kunst Zurich is not only a marketplace, but a meeting-point where active…

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Workshow Grafik17

27 October - 29 October
grafik-schweiz.ch, Veranstaltungsort: Halle 622, Therese-Giehse-Strasse 10 8050 + Google Map

Grafik is the largest and most important workplace for graphics and visual expressions in Switzerland. Every year more than 130 Swiss exhibitors show their current work. Every year the graphic provides a representative overview of the graphic work in Switzerland and is very popular. Nearly 10,000 visitors came to grafik 16 in 2016. Werkschauschau grafik 17 wants to record and show current trends and tendencies. She wants to be the mirror and the impetus for the industry. In Classic &…

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November 2017
5CHF

Backslash Festival / MuDA

4 November
MuDA, Pfingstweidstrasse 101, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

Backslash Festival @ the MuDA Saturday 4 November 5-8pm The MuDA is groovin with this year’s Backslash Festival exploring transdisciplinary symmetries between video art, sound design, sound architecture, performance, interactive design and digital arts. On the Saturday of the festival, the MuDA will house two unique audio performances presented by the Zurich label Kashev Tapes. Sound artists e-acute and Tikitula will perform in response to our current exhibition of Japanese artist Qubibi. Not to be missed! < The Backslash Festival…

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Free

Gallery weekend 2017

4 November - 5 November
Zürich, 8001 Zürich Schweiz + Google Map

Gallery weekend: Saturday / Sunday, 4./5. November 2017, 11am to 5pm

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Free

Blickfang Design Fair Zürich

10 November - 12 November
StageOne Event & Convention Hall, Elias Canetti-Strasse 146, 8050 Zúrich Schweiz + Google Map

International design fair for furniture, jewelery, fashion, etc. With the ReTra label, Relle presents Swiss design products from Swiss traditions with a twist of modernity - come over and convince you live

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GameZfestival 5.0

10 November - 12 November
Kunstraum Walcheturm, Kanonengasse 20, 8004 Zürich + Google Map

GameZfestival is back for its fifth edition with three days of talks, international guests, indie game studios, panel discussions, awards and an OpenMic. This year's topic is 'Game Over!' with focus on deaths in videogames. The Festival's Highlights are Jakub Dvorsky from Amanita Design (CZ), Transport Fever's Basil Weber (CH) and more. Our conference track gameZ & ruleZ takes a closer look at motivational systems for non-human games. Yes, animals and robots want to play too! Festival and conference will…

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Schau!Werk – Art market

11 November
Kulturmarkt Zürich, Aemtlerstrasse 23, Zürich, 8003 Switzerland + Google Map

We are looking forward to the second edition of this special art market with two-dimensional art at affordable prices. About 50 artists present their works and sell them directly on the spot - exciting conversations with the visitors included. Cela Carmela Leggio and Andrea Steiner, an art auction by Ursus Wehrli for the benefit of kind & art and the nomadic portrait studio by Oliver Zenklusen / les délices du chaos. http://www.kulturmarkt.ch/veranstaltungen/schauwerk-2017

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Free

Pop Up Market Zurich

19 November
Puls 5 Giessereihalle, Giessereistrasse 18, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

POP UP MARKET ZURICH November 19, 2017 Pulse 5 (Giessereistr. 18) in 8005 Zurich FREE ENTRANCE / ADMISSION FREE OPENING HOURS: 11 AM - 6 PM Please note: on Sundays PULS 5 also features our GREEN DAYs - sustainable life & style event for those who are interested in sustainable products. The list of participants of our GREEN DAYs market can be found here: www.greendays.ch/index.php?id=135 Pop Up Market in Zurich Lifestyle & Design Market http://www.popup-market.ch

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VOLUMES 2017, Independent Art Publishing Fair

24 November - 25 November
Helmhaus Zürich, Limmatquai 31, Zürich, 8001 Switzerland + Google Map

VOLUMES Independent Art Publishing Fair 2017 With: 60 Exhibitors, Workshops, Performances, Exhibitions, Readings, Drinks & Music Special Focus: MEXA! Independent Publications from Mexico When: Friday, 24. November 2017: 16 - 20h Saturday, 25. November 2017: 12 - 20h Where: Helmhaus Limmatquai 31 8001 Zürich Stay tuned for the detailed program and further info, soon here: http://www.volumeszurich.ch

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Porny Days 2017 – Cinema/Performance/Party

24 November - 26 November
Riffraff Kino/Bar/Bistro, Neugasse 57, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

The Porny Days is a three-day film and art festival on the subject of physicality and sexuality that takes place every year in Zurich. With open access to the body and portrayal of sex, the Porny Days counterpoint mainstream pornography and neo-brotherhood, bringing the versatility of sexuality and related issues to a wider audience. In this form, the festival creates a unique public sphere for a theme that is fraught with complex taboos and at the same time a central…

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December 2017
Free

DADA FOR EVERYONE! X-Mas sales

2 December
Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, Zürich, 8001 Switzerland + Google Map

X-Mas yourself Big Christmas sale with great discounts. Books, absinthe, shirts and many special Christmas gifts.

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MuDA’s Digital Holiday Market

7 December - 8 December
MuDA, Pfingstweidstrasse 101, Zürich, 8005 Switzerland + Google Map

To all the makers and digital grinches (and people across the land)! The MuDA invites you to a market of a special species on the 7th of December. Digital artists and makers have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their artworks, ideas, objects or any creation they desire at the MuDA Digital Holiday Market. All the visitors can enjoy a relaxed night of shopping before the holiday rush (and get epic gifts!). To get you in a cosy market mood,…

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Basislager-Market

10 December
Kulturplatz Basislager Zürich, Aargauerstrasse 14 - 94, Zürich, 8048 Switzerland + Google Map

The base camp opens its doors and invites you to the traditional market far away from the mainstream, between Gleisfeld and Autobahn, data center and Europabrücke. Countless petty traders and designers provide a look behind the container door and offer a variety of unusual products. Experience the mix of arts and crafts, improvised workshop flair and innovative service providers. Let yourself explain the latest ideas or simply enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with fire pits, bar and spontaneous actions. If you…

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Sunday sales art

10 December
Prachtwerk, Grüngasse 7, Zürich, 8004 Switzerland + Google Map

It's that time again! Far away from the hustle and bustle, you can choose from mulled wine and gingerbread from a variety of original unique pieces of your favorite artwork, find souvenirs and gifts or even easily decide on a voucher.

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