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The week ahead


Informing foreigners, celebrating the arts and nature


Here are the stories we’re following the week of February 1:


Integration through information

Monday: Even after decades in Switzerland, many foreigners don't take advantage of assistance provided by Swiss agencies. To reach out to ageing immigrants, a project in the Swiss capital is training members of minority language groups to bring information to the elderly through roundtable discussions.


What's ahead for the economy?

Tuesday: The Swiss Business Federation holds its annual press conference, looking at the challenges facing the Swiss economy in 2016. Will the president of economiesuisse continue to paint a bleak picture? Or will a focus on innovation help turn around the situation? 

Following the rules at Fasnacht

Wednesday: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In the wake of sexual assaults by groups of foreign men on women celebrating New Year's Eve in Germany, authorities in canton Lucerne are gearing up for carnival with a flyer designed to show asylum-seekers what is and isn't allowed in Switzerland. Wednesday's video describes the preventive campaign.  

Behind the scenes at the ballet

Thursday: Every year, talented young dancers from around the world travel to Switzerland to take part in a world-renowned competition, the Prix de Lausanne. But the contest is also an opportunity to attend dance workshops taught by masters. In Thursday's video we take a closer look at this one-of-a-kind learning opportunity. 


100 years of Dada

Friday: Dadaism, a European art movement, began on February 5, 1916, with the opening of the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. What remains of it today? swissinfo talks with experts and reports on the festivities in Zurich. 




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