Qualification for the World Cup and 17 Swiss pros in Germany's Bundesliga: Despite its small population, Switzerland has many great players. There's a reason that national coach Ottmar Hitzfeld isn't setting any limits in Brazil.
He admits to being a bit nervous: The young clarinetist and winner of the 2013 Prix Jeunes Solistes, Pablo Barragán, is refreshingly frank in this video prior to the Lucerne Festival. And he stresses that music should be for enjoyment and must always be fun. Watch the video to find out why he is nonetheless never fully satisfied after a concert.
Roger Federer is chasing his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open (January 14 – 27). Federer skipped the Qatar Open in Doha for the first time since 2008, but isn't worried about going into the Australian Open without a warm-up tournament.
In the fourth episode of the documentary series "Growing Up in Malawi" we encounter various surprises: The kitchen is now in full use. But the nearby source of water has dried up. The women now have to fetch water from far away.
The Cathy Freeman Foundation is encouraging indigenous children in the remote community of Palm Island to take an active role in their own education. The foundation's programs encourage students to set and achieve goals, and are also helping to develop well-performing students into community leaders.
Anticipation about a past musical event: The prizewinner's concert by Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang, winner of the 2012 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Bernard Haitink, was one of the highlights of the Lucerne Festival. It will be broadcast by Swiss Radio DRS 2 at 20:00 on Thursday, December 13.
Every spring and fall since 2004 Credit Suisse has organized a classic car rally for a select group of guests. In 2012 the spring rally took place against the backdrop of the Grand Prix Historique de Monaco. "It was pure pleasure driving around in the hills above Monaco," enthuses Alain de Cadenet, UK motor racing journalist and a passionate collector of classic cars.
The second episode of the documentary series that Credit Suisse is making about the work of the Roger Federer Foundation in Malawi was broadcast recently. It shows that progress is being made. The foundation sponsors early childhood education in this African country.
The infrastructure of the day care center in Mbwetu has been improved significantly in recent months. Things have been a little more difficult for the initiative in Thundu, a four-hour drive from the capital Lilongwe.
Through improvements in early-childhood education, the Roger Federer Foundation is contributing to a brighter future for Malawi: "I want to give some of my own good fortune back to the children," says the tennis ace. The initiative has been made possible thanks to the partnership with Credit Suisse.
Jailos Kanjanga's story is the story of his Lipangwe Organic Manure Demonstration Farm in southern Malawi. It shows how, with passion and without chemical fertilizer, people can claw their way out of poverty. Some 3,500 farmers have already followed his teaching and done just that.
The idea behind “2x Christmas” is simple. Donations of food and daily necessities that more fortunate people have a surplus of are donated to the needy. With some 400 tons of gifts to be distributed by the Swiss Red Cross, volunteers from Credit Suisse are helping to sort the parcels. By doing so, they learn about the plight of the less fortunate in Switzerland and Eastern Europe.
Credit Suisse has been committed to microfinance since 2002, supporting and working with a variety of specialized partner organizations. We paid a visit to two microfinance clients in southern Malawi, in the company of credit advisors from Opportunity International.
Credit Suisse's social media campaign – featuring the top prize of a meet and greet with Roger Federer – was a total success. 15,035 people took part in the Facebook competition. The winner is from Italy.