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Centrepoint is made by members for members. Our social events, talks, trips, language conversation groups and activity groups reflect the interests and efforts of our members.

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Calendar

For a concise overview of our events and activities please take a look at our calendar.

Note: The latest version of the Calendar is accessible to members only.

Conversation Groups

Practise and improve your language skills in our Conversation Groups in German, English and other languages.

See the Conversation Groups Schedule above for details, which languages are currently being offered and when.

Non-members can find out more by contacting the conversation team at  conversations[at]centrepoint.ch . Leading a conversation group is usually also a good volunteering opportunity.

Members can see more details and register via the calendar in Member Area (login required).

*Disclaimer: Conversation Groups are led by Centrepoint members and provide informal learning practise and assistance. They are not a substitute for structured language school courses. Conversation Groups are offered at different levels but are generally not suitable for absolute beginners. They are also very popular and some groups may be full.

Regular Social Events for Members and Guests

Meet open-minded people from all over the world in a casual and inviting atmosphere at our social events and vernissages. Enjoy exclusive talks and tours to expand your horizon or simply have a good time.

Our social events are the perfect opportunity for non-members to get to know Centrepoint.

Coffee Mornings

Friday Coffee Morning

A popular weekly chance to meet other members, make friends and chat over a cup of coffee or tea. There are volunteers at the coffee morning to welcome new members and show guests around.

Place: Centrepoint
Date and Time: Fridays 10:30 - 12:30
Who: Members and guests
Cost: Free, small donations are welcome

Kaffee auf Deutsch on Wednesdays

An opportunity to practise your German in a friendly environment whist having a cup of tea or coffee.  Members with all levels of German knowledge are welcome.

Place: Centrepoint
Date and Time: Wednesdays 10:30 - 12:30
Who: Members and guests
Cost:  Free, small donations are welcome

Kaffee auf Deutsch on Fridays

Another opportunity to practise your German in a friendly environment whist having a cup of tea or coffee.  Members with all levels of German knowledge are welcome.

Place: Centrepoint
Date and Time:  Fridays 14:00 - 15:30
Who: Members and guests  
Cost:  Free, small donations are welcome

Monthly Welcome Coffee

Place: Café Huguenin (upstairs) at Barfüsserplatz

Date and Time: Wednesdays once a month* 10:30 - 11:30

Who: New, current and potential members

Cost: Self-paid

*exact date announce in News

Monthly Feedback Meeting (members only)

Please come along to hear what is happening at Centrepoint, ask questions and/or make suggestions. A Board member will host this meeting

Place: Centrepoint
Date and Time: See Calendar (login required)
Who: Members only

Evening Events

Monthly Apéro

An evening opportunity for all Centrepoint members and friends to get together for drinks and apéro snacks.

Place: Centrepoint
Date and Time: Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00 once a month. Exact dates are announced in Latest News
Who: Members and guests
Cost: CHF 5.- for members, CHF 10.- for non-members, free for new members with their voucher

The Artwall

The Artwall features work from selected local artists in a small exhibition @ Centrepoint that changes several times a year. The vernissage is open to members and guests. Coming exhibitions are being posted on the Home page and our social media channels.

Contact for artists: artwall[at]centrepoint.ch or Centrepoint, Artwall, Im Lohnhof 8, 4051 Basel.

Talks

Members talk about their homelands or travels or external speakers such as the Red Cross, Zero Waste and the like give exclusive presentations on hot topics.

My Place

A regular series in which Centrepoint members take turns presenting a talk on their home country.

Traveller’s tales

A regular talks series where members present their travelling experience and most beautiful photos

Trips

Excursions

Exclusive trips to a variety of places and organisations are being organized - ranging from regular Basel history tours, museum and factory visits over a look behind the scenes at Roche Bau2 or a Fasnacht Clique.

History Tours of Basel

Learn about important events in Basel history on these regular tours led by one of our lively and knowledgeable members.

Activity Groups

Centrepoint is home to a number of shared interest groups. These allow members to meet on a regular basis with like-minded people to pursue their current interests or take up new ones in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Most groups meet at Centrepoint. All groups are open to members only.

Arts and Crafts

Creative Studio

Bring along your latest art project and materials (sorry, no oil painting permitted) to this informal art group. We share ideas and enthusiasm but also give you time to work on your own.

Hooks and Needles

Hooks and Needles Group

Enjoy a good chat over a cup of tea or coffee while knitting, crocheting, cross stitching or quilting etc. We can’t offer tutorials but we are always happy to help one another and offer advice.

Men Modelling!

Men Modelling Group

If you fancy a chat over a beer about life in general or men’s hobbies in particular, then come and join us. Now and again we also work on our current model!

Photography Group

An enthusiastic group of photographers who share techniques, conduct field trips and mount exhibitions.

Environment and Sustainability

Climate Change Discussion

From coral to the world's forest and from heating to transport - we have regular discussions about all kinds of facets of climate change.

Games

Bridge for Beginners

Come and learn the basics of bridge in a friendly atmosphere with lots of support.

Bowling

Are you ready to hit the lanes and smash some pins? Then join us for some bowling fun. No skills or minimum level of play are required.

Jass

There is some playing experience required to enter a game of this Swiss classic pastime.

Scrabble

Do you enjoy playing with words? Then join us for an evening spent poring over the Scrabble board and shunting letters around. No previous experience required, just a love of words.

Wednesday Bridge Club

If you have some bridge playing experience come along and join us to play this interesting game.

Western Mahjong

If you are interested in the game of Mahjong please come and join us. All levels are welcome. We will gladly teach beginners the basics of this fascinating game.

Health and Wellbeing

Mindfulness and Meditation Group

No special equipment or clothes are required and all sessions will be seated on ordinary chairs. All you need to bring is an open and curious mind.

Yoga

Give your body and mind a chance to come closer together through the physical practice of Yoga. Bring your mat and join us for an hour dedicated to ourselves. No yoga experience required.

Outdoors

Bird Watching

This birding group is led by an informed enthusiast who will share his knowledge of birds through the seasons. New and experienced birders welcome, including children.

Seasonal Activities

Let yourself be surprised what the summer or winter brings. Maybe some ice skating or minigolf?

Sunday Walkers

Join us as we go for a two-hour ramble through the Basel countryside. All walks are accessible by public transport.

Reading and Writing

Books in English

Every month we choose an English language book together to read and then discuss (no more than 300 pages long). The group is a mixture of regulars and those who have read the book before and just drop in.

Spanish Book Club

We select and read a total of six books per year. Every two months, we gather to share our points of view and discuss the material. Come and join our discussion!

Thin Raft Writers

Bring your writing for review and constructive critique. Many of our members have published works including novels, children's books, poetry, non-fiction and short stories.

Library

The Centrepoint library is available for Members to use whenever Centrepoint is open. Members may borrow books free of charge. Donations of books written in the previous 5 years are welcome.

The library comprises a collection of fiction, biographies and travel memoirs, some baby and toddler books as well as some books about Basel and Switzerland (in English and German)

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