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Pre-Fasnacht Period in Basel

January features a large number of events that sweeten the wait until the “three best days of the year” and heighten the anticipation. Whether slapstick or variety performance, the range of humour and creativity is virtually unbeatable and highlights the diverse facets of Basel's carnival. Clever verses and amusing punchlines in the “Raamestiggli” provide a framework for the splendid drum, pipe and “Gugge music” performances. In addition to the traditional pre-Fasnacht events, new productions delight a steadily growing audience each year.