A winter tale by artists at the cusp of innovation:

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Every year, for the past 16 years, a winter festival in Lausanne presents brand new talents appearing on the international art scene. Musicians, visual artists, performance and installation artists share their bold creativity with delighted audiences. Forty projects take place in 10 venues over three days, including a face painting party for children! Arts correspondent Michèle Laird talks with director Patrick de Rham on how Les Urbaines is both a platform and catalyst for the vibrant arts scene in Switzerland today.

Listen to interview with Patrick de Rham, Director in conversation with Michèle Laird: Les Urbaines, broadcast by World Radio Switzerland on 20 November 2012

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Link: www.urbaines.ch/

Michèle Laird, née Haffner, trained as a journalist, became an international arts administrator (visual arts and theatre), successively in Paris, New York and London before moving to Switzerland, where she now covers the art beat and presides several associations.

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