Of ultra-modern concept and harmoniously integrated into an environment worthy of preservation, the urban woodland of La Grande Boissière, the building designed by the architects Wilmotte & Associés is intended for students of the International School of Geneva (Ecolint), cultural institutions and the general public. Its generous proportions house an auditorium that seats 400, a 155-seat theatre, a theatre studio, a dance studio, a recording studio and numerous classrooms, as well as exhibition space.
The Centre des arts hosts staged productions, workshops and conferences, and welcomes resident professional artists. Through its programming and the development of partnerships with local and international artistic communities, the Centre des arts will greatly enrich the teaching programmes of Ecolint. Open to a range of different audiences, it provides Geneva with a genuine cultural platform for the transmission of the arts and interdisciplinary exchanges.
Within the context of the school and the wider Geneva community, the Centre des arts will:
- stimulate the teaching of the arts (music, theatre and visual arts) in La Grande Boissière secondary school,
- enhance cross-curricular cooperation with other teaching areas and encourage collaboration with cultural experts and institutions,
- expand the offer of extra-curricular activities in the field of arts through courses, lunches, workshops, masterclasses, scholarships etc.
- offer a venue for the transmission of the arts and promotion of new technologies.
The key words are otherness, transdisciplinarity and creativity.
The calling of our Centre des arts, written into its DNA from the very start, is to face the outside world and welcome all without exception. So it is with joy and pride that we present this year’s programme to our students, to the public, and to actors in the cultural scene of Geneva.
David Hawley, Director-General of the International School of Geneva
The opening hours of the Centre des arts are adapted to the the activities taking place therein. Please refer to the times indicated for each event or activity. The campus of La Grande Boissière is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 20:00 and Saturday from 13:00 to 18:00.
The Centre des arts is ideally located on the campus of La Grande Boissière, in between the route de Chêne, a short walk from the TPG tram 12 Grange-Canal stop, and the route de Malagnou, a few minutes away from the TPG buses 5, 25, 61 Rieu stop, via the promenade Charles-Martin and the chemin de la Petite-Boissière.
The campus parking lot has 200 spaces available for the evening events only. During the day we recommend our guests to use public transport.
All information regarding the various spaces of the Centre des arts, their configuration, technical specifications, floor plan and detail regarding rental as well as the reservation forms is available upon request.