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Street Parade - this year’s motto of Europe’s largest outdoor electronic music party is “Enjoy the Dancefloor… and save it!” proving once again they could use some native English speakers on their team. But never mind, the slogan is well meant: be good, don’t hurt anyone else and don’t trash the city. The point is to feel the love and dance your heart out. August 2. www.streetparade.ch

Zürcher Theater Spektakel – Zurich’s big outdoor theatre festival in tents on the Landiwiese and including some excellent buskers & international food stalls. Some of the events are in English. August 18 to September 4. www.theaterspektakel.ch

Every year, the city offers you a chance to swim across Lake Zurich without risk of being hit by a boat during Zürisee-Überquerung. Registration starts only on the day of the swim, August 20: be at the ticket office of the Mythenquai badi between 2pm and 6 pm get a swim time. You may only cross at the time they assign you. www.seeueberquerung.ch

Limmatschwimmen – there are only 4500 spots, so register early – registrations open as soon as the organisers know the weather will be good enough to hold the swim. August 23, or 30, depending on the weather. www.limmatschwimmen.ch

This year is the 16th anniversary of the Kulturfestival Integration, to be held on the weekend of August 22-24 on Helvetiaplatz. With a multicultural market offering wares, tastes and music from around the world, especially Africa, South America, Asia and the Caribbean. www.africa-integration.ch

The Dörflifäscht is on tap again in the Niederdorf this weekend with participating shops, restaurants & bars getting in on the fun, and there will be market stalls & disco-themed dancing on Hirschenplatz - thanks to locally and internationally renowned DJs. The children's theatre group Arche Noah will be performing for the little ones (in German) on Sunday. August 29th to 31st. www.doerflifaescht.ch

This summer, Kino Xenix is holding a retrospective of actor/director John Turturro's work: Desperately Seeking Susan, To Live and Die in L.A, Five Corners, Do the Right Thing, Miller’s Crossing, State of Grace, Barton Fink, Jungle Fever, Unstrung Heroes, Fearless, The Big Lebowski, Illuminata, Quiz Show, Romance and Cigarettes, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Secret Window.
Xenix’s open air summer series of films are mainly in Swiss German, with this exception: a Swiss premiere of Will Ferrell’s 2006 hit Talladega Nights on August 8th.
See www.xenix.ch (in German) for movie details.

 

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