Les Salons
Les Salons Foundation is a wonderful surprise. Located in the heart of Geneva, its visitors can uncover a hidden gem of nineteenth century theatrical architecture. The prestige and beauty of the venue enhance each event held there, be it a conference, a classical or contemporary music concert, play, cocktail reception or another event.

With over 175 years of history, the former Société genevoise des amis de l’instruction (Genevan Society of Friends of Education) changed its statutes on 22 December 2010 to become the present-day Les Salons Foundation. This transformation, desired by the Board, went hand in hand with its aspiration to professionalise the institution’s operations. Today, the Foundation employs six members of staff who offer quality, personalised service and hospitality.

With its willingness to create a unique experience for future visitors, Les Salons Foundation and its staff warmly welcome you to its premises.

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Next events

  • Tuesday 10 December 2019

    – Événement privé
  • Wednesday 11 December 2019

    – Événement privé
  • Thursday 12 December 2019 at 20 h

    – Les jeudis de la guitare
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    • December 2019

      •   Tu 10
        Événement privé

      •   We 11
        Événement privé

      •   Th 12 20 h
        Les jeudis de la guitare

        Concert de guitare, Jérémy Jouve

        Info et réservations : www.les-jeudis-de-la-guitare.ch

      •   Tu 17 19 h
        Les Aperos de l’Histoire : Musique à Genève

        Musique à Genève : du classique au swing

        Parler de musique et Genève, c’est parler d’interdits. De tolérance, aussi. D’instructions et de démonstrations. De petits kiosques, de conservatoire et de Kursaal…. Tout un programme

      •   Fr 20 20 h
        Les Grands duels de l’Impro – Théâtre

        Théâtre d'impro, organisé par Impro Suisse Genève.

        Billetterie et infos: ici
    • January 2020

      •   Mo 13 18 h
        Conférence SGDL

        Plus d'info sur le site SGDL
      •   Tu 21 18 h 30
        Conférence INGE

        Plus d'info sur le Site de l'INGE
      •   Th 23
        Événement privé

      •   Fr 24 20 h
        Les Grands duels de l’Impro – Théâtre

        Théâtre d'impro, organisé par Impro Suisse Genève.

        Billetterie et infos: ici
      •   Mo 27 18 h 30
        Conférence INGE

        Plus d'info sur le Site de l'INGE
      •   Tu 28
        Événement privé

      •   We 29
        Événement privé

      •   Th 30
        Événement privé

      •   Fr 31
        Événement privé

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    The Les Salons Foundation offers its spaces to hire for all kinds of cultural, corporate and private events.
    The Foundation gives preference to events which fall into the cultural niche: performances, readings, conferences, general meetings, seminars (with or without the option of a cocktail reception)

    The spaces:

    The Theatre

    Renovated in 1998, its acoustics are designed for theatre as well as music.
    This elegant hall comprises 173 seats distributed as follows: stepped pit (122 seats), gallery and balcony (51 seats). The hall is fitted with a professional sound and lighting desk. A full technical sheet is available for download here.
    The theatre stage is equipped with nine pipe battens and two fully-automated stage curtains. The stage measures approximately 5.50m by 6.50m (downstage-upstage) and 12.90m (stage left-stage right), with a height ranging between 9m (under perches) and 5m (under coves).
    Since September 2018, the hall has been equipped with a professional projector, so it can also accommodate film nights!

    The Salon

    A warm Baroque/Renaissance salon which also offers good acoustics.
    Its capacity can be adjusted for up to 100 standing or 80 people seated.
    The Salon’s lighting is also adjustable, and it is possible to install projection or sound equipment.


    In addition, Les Salons offer the following facilities:
    — four dressing rooms for artists or speakers (with showers)
    — professional sound and lighting desk
    — catering areas (with fridges)
    — lift
    — male, female and disabled toilets
    — access for people with reduced mobility (wheelchair lift from the courtyard entrance on Rue Général Dufour, call 022/808.01.01 to open the door)
    — wardrobe with ticket sales counter
    — opening of bar with regional products one hour before and after performances or on request

    The General Secretary and the Coordinator offer professional and personalised support to make your event a success.
    A site visit is both encouraged and recommended by appointment.
    A quote tailored to your event will be offered following initial contact.
    Download theatre plan here


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    Contact us

    Théâtre Les Salons
    Rue J.-F. Bartholoni 6
    1204 Genève

    +41 (0)22 808 01 01

    General Secretary
    Dafne Rondelli

    Joseph Chaumont


    The members of the Board are:

    Michel Bohenblust (President)
    Bruno Megevand (Vice-president)
    René Romy (Treasurer)
    Yvette Desjacques
    Thierry Fauchier-Magnan

    Access plan

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