Lugano Summer School


Continuing Education in Systems Thinking

Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Lugano, Switzerland

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Ticino Cultural and Sport Attractions

During the period of the Summer School, there are many cultural and sport events in the Lugano region and in Ticino (the Swiss Canton in which the Università della Svizzera Italiana is located), most of them free. The web site of Lugano Tourism offers a current events calendar that allows you to specify the dates and type of events that you would like to have listed. Some major events that usually take place in Lugano or other Ticino locations in the months of June and July are the following:

An overview of some top events (by Lugano Tourism)

Lugano Festival:  A series of classical music events (evening concerts with world renowned soloists and orchestras in Lugano's Palazzo dei Congressi), from April to June.

Ceresio Estate: Free evening concerts featuring chamber music with emerging musicians and organized around special themes (entire summer season from June to September, in different places in the Lugano region)

Boat cruises .During the day, try one of the relaxing boat roundtrips to some of the lovely villages on the borders of Lake Lugano, such as Morcote, Gandria, Ponte Tresa, and others. During summer nights (June – August) there are also night cruises with music (jazz, folclore, dancing).

Poestate:  Poetry Festival in the city centre (early June, around the Piazza della Riforma))

Settimane Musicali di Lugano: many evening classical music concerts performed in Lugano's most suggestive settings and with the participation of orchestras and soloists of European renown (from June to August)

Lungolago ai Pedoni e LuganEstate: Evening entertainment along the Lugano lakeside every Friday and Saturday evening: cabaret, classical music, Latin-American music, events for both the young and old (the road is closed to vehicular traffic, mid-June – August)

Bellinzona Piazza Blues: Open-air blues festival in Bellinzona: (June)

Cinema al Lago: Open-air cinema at the lakeside (Lido di Lugano, from last week of June to first week of August; for tickets see here)

Sailing Match-Race in the Gulf: regatta in the bay of Lugano (June)

Ascona New Orleans Jazz Festival:  10 days of jazz in the streets, bars and restaurants of Ascona (last week of June - early July)

National Day grand fireworks display  in the Lugano bay (1 August)

Locarno International Film Festival:  international film festival in the historical setting of Locarno's Piazza Grande, with one of the world's largest  (early August)

Arts exhibitions in the Museo Cantonale d'Arte Lugano , in the Museo d'Arte Moderna, and in the Villa Ciani (throughout the summer). Also of interest is the  Herman Hesse Museum  in Montagnola near Lugano. Additional museums in Lugano and environment can be found here.

Parks:  Perhaps, after so much culture, you just feel like taking a leisurely walk along Lugano's lakeshore promenade or through one of Lugan's many parks? See this page for some hints and information.

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