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A walk in the park: multicultural Petit-Saconnex
Petit-Saconnex, Geneva’s diplomatic district, is also a leafy multicultural haven.
Last weekend, the Place du Petit-Saconnex was the scene of celebrations. The crowd was served by the Café du Soleil staff and music from Burkina-Faso sang out amid an artist’s rendering of how the Place will look soon as a pedestrian zone without cars.
On this day, it was also the occasion for the launch of a photographic exhibition entitled “Balade à la découverte de l’autre”, organised by the local resident’s association l’Association des Habitants du Petit-Saconnex et Genets.
Twelve billboards scattered across the neighborhood feature photos highlighting the ties that bind the Genevois with those passing through, or newcomers to, the city. The exhibition’s theme is to present at least two people in each photo who live or work in Petit-Saconnex, representing different cultures, ages and genders.
Italian photographer, Marina Cavazza, took 50 images for the exhibition and explained that, “thanks to the project, very strong links have been established between some people, such as a young woman working at the International Federation of the Red Cross speaking about her African experiences to a neighborhood lady.”
An initiatory journey
The artistic walk shows the inhabitants’ openness and promotes the discovery of natural and cultural highlights in the neighborhood. To visit the exhibition, visit the parks Chavanne, Ariana, Trembley, Jardin de la Paix and the Ferme de Budé. A detailed map of the sites can be found here.
This very beautiful human, personal and artistic exhibition is on until September 30th.