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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 the end of September 2020 1. 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 4 website.

Recurring events

Carnival 5
Biel/Bienne hosts the usual festivities and revelry.

The Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography 6
Exhibitions, tours, performances and round tables all devoted to photography.

Biel/Bienne 100K Race 7
The ultimate 100km running event, with shorter distances available, too.

Braderie 8
Biel/Bienne’s largest three-day street festival and market.

Pod’Ring 9
Cultural week in Biel/Bienne’s old town.

Uhrencup 10
Prestigious pre-season football tournament played in the Tissot Arena.

Lakelive Festival 11
Music, sport and cultural activities held next to Lake Biel/Bienne.

International Chess Festival 12
Rub shoulders with the top names from the chess world in Biel/Bienne.

International Summer Academy 13
Lecturers and participants play classical and modern works.

Big Bang 14
The big lakeside festival with a firework display to celebrate the Swiss National Day.

Children’s festival in the old town 15
The old town turns itself into an adventure area for children.

Helvetia French Film Festival 16
First-class French cinema hosted by Switzerland’s largest bilingual city.

Davis Cup- and/or Fed Cup matches involving the Swiss national tennis teams 17
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: 18

Biel/Bienne Philosophy Days 19
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 20
The largest and most beautiful in the region with over 80 delightfully decorated stands.

 
  1. Federal Council has banned major events with 1000 or more people until the end of September 2020 – https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/massnahmen-des-bundes.html
  2. Schedule of events hosted by Gassmann Media AG Biel – http://agenda-biel.bielertagblatt.ch/
  3. www.bienneout.ch – http://www.bienneout.ch/
  4. Biel/Bienne-Seeland tourism – https://www.j3l.ch/en/Z10387/main-events
  5. Carnival – http://www.faschingszunft.ch/index.php?willkommen
  6. The Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography – http://www.bielerfototage.ch/en/home.html
  7. Biel/Bienne 100K Race – https://www.100km.ch/index.php/en/
  8. Braderie – http://www.bielerbraderie.ch/d/home/
  9. Pod’Ring – http://www.podring.ch/
  10. Uhrencup – https://www.uhrencup.ch/en/home-en/
  11. Lakelive Festival – https://www.lakelive.ch/webroot/source/index.php?language=fr&language=de
  12. International Chess Festival – https://www.bielchessfestival.ch/Homepage.html
  13. International Summer Academy – https://www.somak.ch/en/
  14. Big Bang – http://www.bielerseefest.ch/de/home.html
  15. Children’s festival in the old town – http://www.kinderfest-biel.ch/
  16. Helvetia French Film Festival – http://www.fffh.ch/de/
  17. Davis Cup- and/or Fed Cup matches involving the Swiss national tennis teams – https://www.swisstennis.ch/daviscup
  18. A trailer for the event is available at: – https://vimeo.com/274078692
  19. Biel/Bienne Philosophy Days – http://www.philosophietage.ch/home
  20. Biel/Bienne’s Christmas market – http://www.weihnachtsmarkt-biel.ch/de
  21. 032 326 11 21 – tel:+41323261121
  22. Email – mailto:info@biel-bienne.ch
  23. Directions / show map – https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mühlebrücke+5,+2501+Biel,+Switzerland