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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.

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 3 website.


One-time events

Elite Swiss figure skating championships 4  on 7 and 8 December in Biel/Bienne’s Tissot Arena:

The best of the best will be competing, including Alexia Paganini, currently one of the top names in the sport – she is the Swiss champion and took part in the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea. Participants in the Swiss championships are vying to qualify for the European and World championships. Entrants will compete 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 will also take place. Admission is free.

Robert Walser Sculpture 5 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

Carnival 6
Biel/Bienne hosts the usual festivities and revelry.

The Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography 7
Exhibitions, tours, performances and round tables all devoted to photography.

Biel/Bienne 100K Race 8
The ultimate 100km running event, with shorter distances available, too.

Braderie 9
Biel/Bienne’s largest three-day street festival and market.

Pod’Ring 10
Cultural week in Biel/Bienne’s old town.

Uhrencup 11
Prestigious pre-season football tournament played in the Tissot Arena.

Lakelive Festival 12
Music, sport and cultural activities held next to Lake Biel/Bienne.

International Chess Festival 13
Rub shoulders with the top names from the chess world in Biel/Bienne.

International Summer Academy 14
Lecturers and participants play classical and modern works.

Big Bang 15
The big lakeside festival with a firework display to celebrate the Swiss National Day.

Children’s festival in the old town 16
The old town turns itself into an adventure area for children.

Helvetia French Film Festival 17
First-class French cinema hosted by Switzerland’s largest bilingual city.

Davis Cup- and/or Fed Cup matches involving the Swiss national tennis teams 18
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: 19

Biel/Bienne Philosophy Days 20
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 21
The largest and most beautiful in the region with over 80 delightfully decorated stands.

  1. Schedule of events hosted by Gassmann Media AG Biel –
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  3. Biel/Bienne-Seeland tourism –
  4. Elite Swiss figure skating championships –
  5. Robert Walser Sculpture –
  6. Carnival –
  7. The Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography –
  8. Biel/Bienne 100K Race –
  9. Braderie –
  10. Pod’Ring –
  11. Uhrencup –
  12. Lakelive Festival –
  13. International Chess Festival –
  14. International Summer Academy –
  15. Big Bang –
  16. Children’s festival in the old town –
  17. Helvetia French Film Festival –
  18. Davis Cup- and/or Fed Cup matches involving the Swiss national tennis teams –
  19. A trailer for the event is available at: –
  20. Biel/Bienne Philosophy Days –
  21. Biel/Bienne’s Christmas market –
  22. 032 326 11 21 – tel:+41323261121
  23. Email –
  24. Directions / show map –ühlebrücke+5,+2501+Biel,+Switzerland