Venues / stages

Open air stage

The most beautiful stage in Switzerland: 

Main stage of the festival in the Old Botanical Garden





Old botanical garden, Pelikanstrasse 40,

8001 Zurich,

Entrance at the ethnological museum.

Tramway Nr. 2, 9 or bus 66 to Sihlstrasse. 



The most beautiful hall in the city:

The 'Klubsaal' at Kaufleuten, built in 1915.


This legendary hall looks back on a long history: Lenin gave a famous speech here in 1916, the Dada movement caused one of its biggest scandals in 1918 with its 8th soiree, and in the same year James Joyce staged Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" in this hall. 

Over the last decades, the Kaufleuten Klubsaal has established itself as one of the top addresses for concerts, readings and cultural events. World-famous artists like Prince, Amy Winehouse, Ed Sheeran, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers have all been performing live on this stage; numerous podiums and discussions took place with personalities like nobel prize winner V.S. Naipaul, Judith Butler, Ai Weiwei or the Dalai Lama. (For the complete "Hall of Fame": Click here)

At night the club hall transforms itself into one of Switzerland's hippest party locations.



Kaufleuten, Pelikanplatz, 8001 Zurich


Tramway nr. 2, 9 or bus 66 to Sihlstrasse.




Just a little bit less famous, but a beauty as well:
The 'Festsaal' at Kaufleuten, built in the 1920s.

This smaller hall has been recently renovated true to style and is a well-established venue for readings, comedy events, podiums and concerts. At weekends the hall is transformed into the noble club "Jade", where the golden youth celebrates their parties.



Kaufleuten, Pelikanplatz, 8001 Zurich

Tramway nr. 2, 9 or bus 66 to Sihlstrasse.




Literaturhaus Zürich – One of the most important places for literature mediation in Switzerland, as well as a first-class venue for readings and discussions since 1999.




Literaturhaus, Limmatquai 62, CH-8001 Zürich


Tramway nr. 4 or 15 to Rathaus.


Kaufleuten – a cultural institution with two event / concert halls, a restaurant, two bars, lounge terrace and nightclub. 




Kaufleuten, Pelikanplatz, 8001 Zurich



Tramway nr. 2, 9 or bus 66 to Sihlstrasse.