Evening Programme

As indicated in the schedule, we will offer you a very attractive, optional evening programme! For certain events you will need your lanyard with the badge which you will receive on 5 September with your welcome package.


On Monday, a film screening will take place  at cinématte (Phone: +41 31 312 45 46) in Bern.The movie shown is The Namesake (2006) based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel by the same name.

We have negotiated a special discount of 10 SFr. for our participants for the movie. Be sure to bring your lanyard with the badge!




On Tuesday the Ghanaian author and poet Nii Ayikwei Parkes will read from his debut Tail of the Blue Bird (2010), which was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Prize. Parkes calls himself a “writer, performance poet and social commentator” and his oevre fuses West African speech patterns with jazz rhythms. Nii Parkes was poet-in-residence at the Poetry Café at Covent Garden in 2003 and associate Writer-In-Residence on BBC Radio 3 in 2005. He regularly performs overseas and in continental Europe. Learn more about Nii Parkes and his work on his official website.

Participants of the Summer School have free entry with their lanyards (badges).

Sample reading:

Nii Parkes’s thoughts about being a writer:

Basel around 1680

On Thursday there will be a guided walking tour around Bern led by team member Kevin and some friends, who are old- established conoisseurs of beautiful Bern and will introduce you to the most interesting historic sites, places, monuments and alleyways. The evening ends at the brewery Altes Tramdepot where you can indulge in some excellent dishes or snacks and maybe try a pint of the locally brewed Tram-beer.

The city tour is free of charge.

On Friday we will have farewell drinks and appetisers right after the seminars finish to enable international students to catch a train or plane home the same evening. This way we can say a proper goodbye to everybody.

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