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Culture in Basel

Splendid theatre, high-class ballet and concerts ranging from classical to pop: Basel is regarded as a cultural hotspot with a vibrant theatre and music scene.
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“La traviata” at Theater Basel

One city – many stages

Theater Basel, which has twice been named “Opera house of the year” and has been invited to attend the Berliner Theatertreffen several times, attracts actors, directors and intendants from across the German-speaking world. Switzerland’s largest multipurpose theatre is home to dance, music and acting – here you can enjoy a spectrum of entertainment ranging from classic opera to modern stage shows.  

But Basel’s small theatres also thrill audiences with their own sophisticated productions.

Basel is music to your ears

Both global stars and promising new talents come to Basel to showcase their skills and make their mark, however big or small it may be. Catch them at one of Europe’s most celebrated jazz clubs or in the concert halls of the new Stadtcasino, just opened in 2020. The incomparable acoustics in the new concert halls make them a coveted stage for orchestras from across the globe – but most often they showcase the Kammerorchester and Sinfonieorchester Basel.

Small city – big screens

The cinema screens of the Basel region show all the big Hollywood productions as well as many European and numerous non-European films. Many movies are shown with the original soundtrack and German and French subtitles.

One should not forget the many smaller events that give the city of culture its well-deserved name. Some of these have already become well-established, others are still establishing themselves. However, they all have one thing in common – the blood, sweat and tears that the promoters and event organisers put in.

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