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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, events with 15 or more people are banned. 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.

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.
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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.