Finally, the recent blast of Arctic wind has subsided. The mercury’s rising, the days are lengthening, and people are enjoying a bit more time outdoors. Extend the spring-like days into the evening, and consider taking a stroll through the Parc des Bastions.

From now until 7 April 2021, the Geneva Literary Society is presenting the work of French cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé. The show, Spring with Sempé, features 54 of the artist’s works projected onto the walls/facades of notable Geneva locations, from dusk until 23:00.

1. Grand Théâtre de Genève – 5, place de Neuve

2. Palais Eynard – 4, Rue de la Croix-Rouge

3. Mur des Réformateurs – Parc des Bastions

4. Uni Bastions – Parc des Bastions

5. Société de Lecture – 11, Grand’Rue

The light show is free of charge, and attendees are asked to follow social distancing guidelines. Organized/group tours can’t be arranged.

Sempé, 88, hails from Bordeaux and is known for his playful style, nods to irony and paradoxes, and creating art as a humorous ‘antidote to gloom.‘ Sounds exactly like what many of us could use, following a year of COVID-19.

His most famous work is a series of children’s books entitled Petit Nicolas. The titular Nicolas, a cheeky 8-year-old French school boy, dreams of a care-free life with his friends. His adventures have been translated into more than 35 languages, and several animated and live-action films. Sempé’s illustrations have also appeared in The New Yorker and Paris Match.

For more details on Jean-Jacques Sempé, click here. And if you make it to Parc des Bastions, let us know in the comments below!

We are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland. If you would like to learn more about our activities and excursions, visit our website at  http://www.aiwcgeneva.org/