The Indian Association Zurich
is spearheading a series of celebrations in
Zurich between 17th July and 24th August 2008
under the Gruezi India banner to commemorate
this sixtieth jubilee of the Swiss-Indian treaty
of friendship signed in August 1948.
The logo for the celebration
consists of a peacock, India's national bird,
adorned with 6 feathers representing the 60
years of Swiss-Indian friendship, which extends
an edelweiss, Switzerland's national flower, in
a gesture of friendship, very much as the dove
carries an olive twig as a symbol of peace.
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF SWISS-INDIAN
Switzerland was the first country to sign a treaty
of friendship with independent India in August 1948.
The period from August 2007 (when Indian celebrated
60 years of independence) to August 2008 is being
commemorated in India and in Switzerland as the 60th
Jubilee of Swiss-Indian friendship. This will be
highlighted by the Indian Association Zurich in all
our events during the course of this period. We
however wish to commemorate it with a programme of
special events within the framework of a special
Indian Summer Festival 2008 in July/August 2008.
Zurich will be the hub of the festival.
FILM FESTIVAL, FASHION SHOWS, FOOD FESTIVAL
The Gruezi India Indian Summer Festival 2008
proposes to include an Indian Film Festival with
special screenings of Bollywood movies in the
cinemas in and around Zurich, a touch of Indian
Cinema at the Kino am See in July/August 2008 and a
flavour of India at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel
from 14th to 31st August 2008. Additionally, there
will be business symposia, fashion shows, food
festivals and an exhibition of paintings from the
Ramayana at the Museum Rietberg from June to
MEGA MELA - INDIA COMES TO ZURICH HB
The highlight of the Indian Summer Festival 2008,
under the Gruezi India banner , and the grand finale
of the 60th Jubilee Celebrations will be a 3-day
carnival at the Zurich HB, a location frequented by
300,000 persons each day, the Mega Mela.
The Gruezi India Mega Mela will be a three-day grand
carnival at the SBB-Halle at the Zürich HB,
combining an Indian Bazaar, stage performances, a
cookery theatre, workshops, activities for children,
live stations, DJ parties and business symposia.