Youth Culture!

Photo by jkf.ch.

Lucky ’13 has been a great year for special events in Basel.

Not only has it brought the annual summer favourites like National Day fireworks and music on the Rhein, it also happens to be the year for Basel’s biggest youth culture festival—the Jugendkulturfestival Basel. Taking place every two years, the JKF is an exhilarating marathon of sights, sounds, and adrenaline. And it all happens this weekend, 30 and 31 August.

Watch Basel come alive in a whole new way as the entire city becomes a stage for music, art, drama, sports, and fashion. There’s a music video showcase and Swiss short film showcase at the Gässli Film Festival; Freestyle and Theater at the Literaturhaus; DJs at Elisabethenkirche and bands in Barfüsserplatz; Taekwando at Münsterplatz; and more than 150 different events from 1700 artists all around town.

Some 60,000 youth turn out for this two-day celebration of everything new and trending—and to set some new trends of their own. It starts Friday afternoon and goes until early Sunday morning, so be sure to catch something! It’s fun for youth and families and seriously cool.

For more info, stop by the JKF website: www.jkf.ch.JKF

Sun and Sports

Photo by Basel.com

Summer is the perfect time to get more involved in the great outdoors. Enjoy the extra days of sun with these one-of-a-kind outdoor sports and family events coming up this month!

Swimmers Unite

What: Official Basler Rheinschwimmen 2013
When: Tuesday, 13 August, 18.00
Where: Kleinbasel, corner of Schaffhauserrheinweg/Stachelrain

Backstroke, butterfly, paddle…whatever you do best, you’re invited to join in this year’s 33rd Annual Rhein Swim Day in Basel! Drawing more than 6,000 attendees last year, the swim along the Rhein is a long-held tradition and a favourite for any age. Swimmers meet a little bit before 18.00 to mark the beginning of the Rhein Swim together at 18.00.

It’s strongly recommended to wear swim shoes to avoid cuts and scrapes. Also, stay close to the Kleinbasel side of the river, and be sure to leave plenty of space between yourself and the pillars as you pass under the bridge.

Can’t make it to the Rheinschwimmen? Don’t worry! Every Tuesday evening through the summer months (weather permitting), the city has set up an accompanied Rhein Swim that gathers at the Solitude Park. You can find more information on both the Annual Rhein Swim and Tuesday Rhein Swims here.

Sport Night!

What: Sportnacht Basel 2013
When: Saturday, 24 August, 16.00 to Midnight
Where: Everywhere!

Now in its 7th year, the Sportnacht Basel is a unique opportunity for everyone to sample an exciting and comprehensive variety of sport and dance: one ticket gets you access to 70 different activities all over the city.

Soccer Ball
Photo by rittyrats // Flickr.com

There’s American football and baseball in Barfüsserplatz, chess at Marktplatz, breakdance at the Schulhaus Leonhard, karate and Scottish dance for kids, and so much more. Easy to strenuous, you’ll find something to challenge you, or simply something to enjoy.

Tickets are CHF 25- for adults, CHF 20- for students, and Family Passes go for CHF 10- per person (special discounts for CSS Insurance holders and Colour-Key pass members). Click here for ticket prices.

For more details, stop by Basel.com or the official Sportnacht website at Sportnachtbasel.ch.

What’s your favourite summer sports event in Basel?