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Experience Biel/Bienne’s line-up of shows and events

Biel/Bienne hosts countless cultural, sports and other events and activities. The city’s bilingualism also shapes its impressive and unusual calendar of events.

Due to the current situation regarding the spread of the new coronavirus, the Federal Council has banned major events with 1000 or more people until at least the end of August 2020. Please visit the organizers' website.

You can find an overview of the current and future events planned in Biel/Bienne and the surrounding area by clicking on the following links:

Enter and publicise your own event using these links.

Further information about major events is available on the Biel/Bienne-Seeland tourism website.

One-time events

Elite Swiss figure skating championships   on 7 and 8 December in Biel/Bienne’s Tissot Arena:

Participants in the Swiss championships are vying to qualify for the European and World championships. Entrants have competed in the elite women’s, men’s and pair figure skating classes, plus the elite, junior, up-and-coming, youth and mini ice dance classes. A Swiss synchronised skating cup has also taken place. 

Robert Walser Sculpture Swiss Sculpture Exhibition from 15 June until 8 September 2019 on the square next to Biel/Bienne’s rail station:

As part of his 'presence and production project', Thomas Hirschhorn was present every day at the Robert Walser Sculpture project on the square next to the rail station. He was supported by 200 citizens of Biel/Bienne who engaged in a dialogue with the artist concerning the life and work of writer Robert Walser. Associations, institutions, artists, writers and people from all sections of society took part.

Between ten in the morning and ten in the evening from 15 June through until 8 September 2019, myriad events took place enabling visitors to see Robert Walser in a fresh light.

Recurring events

Biel/Bienne hosts the usual festivities and revelry.

The Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography
Exhibitions, tours, performances and round tables all devoted to photography.

Biel/Bienne 100K Race
The ultimate 100km running event, with shorter distances available, too.

Biel/Bienne’s largest three-day street festival and market.

Cultural week in Biel/Bienne’s old town.

Prestigious pre-season football tournament played in the Tissot Arena.

Lakelive Festival
Music, sport and cultural activities held next to Lake Biel/Bienne.

International Chess Festival
Rub shoulders with the top names from the chess world in Biel/Bienne.

International Summer Academy
Lecturers and participants play classical and modern works.

Big Bang
The big lakeside festival with a firework display to celebrate the Swiss National Day.

Children’s festival in the old town
The old town turns itself into an adventure area for children.

Helvetia French Film Festival
First-class French cinema hosted by Switzerland’s largest bilingual city.

Davis Cup- and/or Fed Cup matches involving the Swiss national tennis teams
Elite tennis in Biel/Bienne’s Swiss Tennis Arena. The dates of the next matches to be played in Biel/Bienne have not yet been set.
A trailer for the event is available at:

Biel/Bienne Philosophy Days
Knowledge-sharing, debates and a practical introduction to the burning issues of the modern world – lectures, workshops, plays, film and art.

Biel/Bienne’s Christmas market
The largest and most beautiful in the region with over 80 delightfully decorated stands.