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Polyfon Festival in Basel

The Polyfon is a meeting point for lovers of current and surprising music from Switzerland and all over the world. Different perspectives and ways of hearing meet here - in a summer mood on the festival area and with a club feeling at the neighbors Parterre One, Renée and Kaserne Basel.

For 3 days, the festival area with marketplace in the middle of the Kasernenplatz in Kleinbasel invites you to stay. With a cozy, sustainably built wooden stage and stands for local shops and initiatives that want to make a difference. Bands in a summer mood and participatory formats at the Explore Events awaken the desire to discover.

The musical spectrum is broad and enlarges the list of one's own musical preferences. As with the polyphonic project Transmitting Voices, in which Algerian and Swiss musicians create a new common listening experience from their individual perspectives.

The Kaserne Basel

The Kaserne Basel

The Kaserne Basel is a building in Basel, built in 1863. Today it is a cultural center for the independent theater, dance and performance scene as well as for concerts in the field of popular music. In three performance spaces for a total of 1700 visitors, own productions and guest performances take place. In addition, the Kaserne Basel takes care of the promotion of young artists. The operation is supported by the "Verein Kulturwerkstatt Kaserne" and receives state subsidies. Attached are catering facilities (restaurants, bars).

The Kaserne Basel was originally a military training site, used by the Swiss Army from 1863-1966, and even earlier had belonged to the Klingental monastery. After a lengthy planning and transition phase, the cultural facility opened in 1980, followed by a fundamental structural renovation and internal structural changes in 2000-2004.

The former barracks area is larger than the "Kaserne Basel", which uses the two horse stables and the riding hall. The open space of the inner courtyard is used for major events such as parts of the Basel Autumn Fair or the Basel Tattoo. The former monastery church houses artists' studios and the Klingental exhibition space, while the head building houses Basel city schools.



Basel is a city in northwestern Switzerland on the river Rhine. Basel is Switzerland's third-most-populous city (after Zürich and Geneva) and is commonly considered to be the cultural capital of Switzerland. Basel is famous for its many museums, ranging from the Kunstmuseum, the first collection of art accessible to the public in the world (1661) and the largest museum of art in Switzerland, to the Fondation Beyeler (located in Riehen) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Basel), the first public museum of contemporary art in Europe. Forty museums are spread throughout the city-canton, making Basel one of the largest cultural centres in relation to its size and population in Europe.

The University of Basel, Switzerland's oldest university (founded in 1460), and the city's centuries-long commitment to humanism, have made Basel a safe haven at times of political unrest in other parts of Europe for such notable people as Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Holbein family, Friedrich Nietzsche, and in the 20th century also Hermann Hesse and Karl Jaspers.

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