The eyes of ballet-lovers around the world have been on Lausanne throughout the last week of January and the first few days of February, as the town plays host to the annual Prix de Lausanne
This prestigious international ballet competition for young dancers aged between 15-18 has been held in the elegant modernist setting of the Thatre de Beaulieu
since 1973, with the aim of discovering and promoting the worlds brightest young dancing talent. For the eager competitors, it opens doors to the finest ballet schools and companies, thanks to the coveted scholarships on offer.
The Prix de Lausanne may be one of the highlights of the citys calendar, but for those in search of culture, the destination promises a wealth of other pursuits.Lausanne benefits from the year-round presence of the Bjart Ballet
, an internationally renowned company under the art direction of Gil Roman. Meanwhile, the Thtre Vidy
showcases the best in European contemporary theatre from within its striking contemporary building, situated close to the banks of Lake Geneva.
Then there are the towns museums to explore with more than twenty to visit, theyre testament to Lausannes flowering cultural scene.
Highlights include the imposing Palais de Rumine at the heart of the town, home to the Muse des Beaux Arts
, or Museum of Fine Art - the second-oldest of its kind in Switzerland. In addition to the nearly 9,400 works that make up its collections, the museum hosts regularly-updated exhibitions that both highlight contemporary artists and look back at historic periods.
Lausanne is the proud home of the International Olympic Committee and enjoys the title of Olympic Capital of the World
a heritage honoured by the presence of the citys Olympic Museum. Sports fans will find much to interest them among permanent and temporary exhibitions that tell the story of the Olympic movement, including stunning sculptures relating to sporting prowess. Currently undergoing a top-to-toe renovation, the museum will re-open at the end of 2013.
A must-visit for cinema fans is the Swiss Film Archives, housed in Lausanne. The careful guardians of thousands of films both from Switzerland and elsewhere, it hosts daily screenings of cinematic masterpieces from the past hundred years perfect for an escapist afternoon spent in the company of some of the worlds finest cineastes and actors.
With so much to explore, its fortunate that Lausanne is than thirty minutes from the DuParc residences making return trips both a convenience and a pleasure.