Fêtes de Genève

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Geneva Festival
Fêtes de Genève
GenreMusic concerts, fairground attractions, fireworks
Begins1 June 2018
Ends2 September 2018
Grand fireworks on 11 August
Location(s)Geneva, Switzerland
Previous event3–13 August 2017
Grand fireworks on 12 August
Organised byFondation Genève tourisme et congrès

The Fêtes de Genève (Geneva Festival) is an annual summer event in Geneva, Switzerland. It includes a grand fireworks display.


The Fêtes de Genève started during the first half of the twentieth century. Having suffered financial losses in 2016 and 2017, the format is changed as of 2018.[1] However, the grand fireworks will still take place, on Saturday 11 August 2018.[2]

Grand firework display[edit]

Fireworks at the Fêtes de Genève, 2012

Every year, on a Saturday evening of mid-August, the Geneva Festival presents a grand fireworks display (French: grand feu d'artifice pyromélodique) over Lake Geneva. The event is free although it has a budget of 500,000 to 700,000 Swiss francs.[3] The fireworks involves about forty firing stations on the lake and about 30,000 rockets; they are about one-hour long and are accompanied by music.

In 2013, according to the Radio télévision suisse, hundreds of thousands of people came to Geneva to see the grand fireworks display of the Fêtes de Genève.[4] The Swiss Federal Railways organise special trains to bring the spectators home after the fireworks.[5]

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