Le Servette aux Charmilles: La HEAD revisite l’histoire d’une passion

As part of the European Heritage Days, the HEAD - Geneva is engaging in a reflection on the memory of the Charmilles stadium, a stronghold of Servette FC that remains forever in the city’s collective memory. The HEAD celebrates the memory of the Charmilles district by proposing three days of celebration on the theme of Football with scenographic installations, a fashion show and the projection of the film Servette aux Charmilles : histoire d’une passion by Juliana Fanjul.

The Charmilles stadium (former Parc des Sports) was inaugurated in 1930 on the occasion of the organization of the Nations Cup by the Servette Football Club. Deserted in 2003 due to its low capacity and dilapidation, it was abandoned for nine years before being razed in 2011 to make way for the Gustave & Leonard Hentsch park, next to the HEAD - Geneva campus.

In addition to installations built by students of the Interior Architecture Department and a fashion show imagined by an alumna of the Fashion Department, the public will be able to discover the film Servette aux Charmilles : histoire d’une passion by Juliana Fanjul (alumna Master cinema), a documentary made especially for this event, in co-production with Radio Télévisions Suisse and the Association Autre-Terre.

Servette aux Charmilles : histoire d’une passion is a documentary film that paints a portrait of what was, from 1930 to 2002, a key place in Geneva’s life: the Charmilles stadium. Home of the great Servette F.C. and the scene of prestigious international matches, this stadium, renowned for its frenzy, has welcomed entire generations of fans, establishing itself in memories throughout Switzerland and beyond as a mythical place with a powerful and inexplicably magical soul.