The Kinnekswiss will be transformed into an old-fashioned funfair featuring some 20 historic attractions dating back to the period from 1886 to 1956. Performances by entertainers in period dress will give visitors the feeling of having stepped back in time.
Dates, times and venue
- 20 May 2022–12 June 2022
- Early closure on 28 May at 17:00 due to the ING marathon
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 11:00–20:00
- Friday and Saturday: 11:00–22:00
- 25 May and 5 June: 11:00–22:00
Attractions and concerts
- The world's oldest mobile Ferris wheel, dating back to 1902
- Swing Ride dating back to the 1940s
- Carousel dating back to 1886
- Music Express dating back to the 1960s
- Children's carousel dating back to the 1960s
- Swing boat dating back to 1921
- House of mirrors
- Hook-a-duck dating back to 1946, under a round pavilion
- Balloon and dart game dating back to 1920
- Tin Can Alley dating back to the 1920s
- Old-fashioned confectionery stand dating back to 1956
- Café (pastries and drinks)
- Old fairground organ
- Puppet theatre – daily programme at different times
- Vintage mallet
The "Kiermes wéi fréier" will kick off officially at 11:30 on Friday, 20 May 2022 with an aerial performance by Geschwister Weisheit. There will also be a reception sponsored by the college of the mayor and aldermen.
A sextet of energetic brass musicians who play a crowd-pleasing repertoire of classical and modern tunes.
- 22 May, 11:30–12:30 and 14:30–15:30
An alternative-jazz quartet that melds groove, ethno jazz and hip-hop.
- 12 June, 11:30–12:30 and 14:30–15:30
Fifteen performers spanning the three generations making up the celebrated Geschwister Weisheit high-wire act from Gotha, Germany, will take you back to the early 20th century with their "Anno dazumal" show, which features their acts from the era, organ accompaniment, and megaphone announcements. You'll be dazzled as performers cross the rope on a bike, a wheelbarrow and Dutch clogs, and cook pancakes while sitting at a working stove 4 m off the ground. No continuous programme – several shows per day.
- Friday, 20 May to Sunday, 22 May
Ottokar von Schnappschuss
The German comedy-walk act, Ottokar von Schnappschuss – der grösste Fotograf der Welt, is not only tall but also hilarious as he tries to photograph visitors with his old-fashioned, disproportionately tall camera. No continuous programme – several shows per day.
- Thursday, 26 May to Sunday, 29 May
The street arts are the realm of the Dutch group Desalles Variété, which features a clown who totes balloons, rides a bike and, in the group's signature act, weaves in and out of the crowd and among the stands in a bumper car. Expect the unexpected! Lots of laughs and fun guaranteed. No continuous programme – several shows per day.
- Friday, 3 June to Monday, 6 June
Gilbert, a quintessential street performer from Belgium, will enthral spectators with his "Automatmensch" show, which combines juggling, mime, fire performance and other acrobatics that he performs both beside his vintage caravan from another era and while strolling through the fair. No continuous programme – several shows per day
- Thursday, 9 June to Sunday, 12 June
How to get there
- Line 1: "Theater" or "Faïencerie" stop
- AVL lines 2, 3, 4, 19, 72, 88, 93, 94, 95, 96: "Theater" stop
- AVL lines 8, 30, 71, 72, 97: "Faïencerie" stop
- AVL lines 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 18, 19, 21, 30, 32, 86, 90, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97: "Fondation Pescatore" stop
- "Robert Schuman", "Glacis Kapell", "Amélie" and "Charly's Gare"
- Car parks